12/22/07 - NNHS Newsletter
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with
- Psalms. 33: 2-3
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This is another charming old French carol which I remembered from the days of my youth.
TODAY AND UPCOMING:
We have another one of those rare Birthday Four-Fers today! Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA, Harry Barritt ('64) of VA, Dale Mueller ('64) of VA, AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA are all celebrating!
Sunday brings us a Three-Fer: Tom Flax ('64) of VA, Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA, AND Holly Hill Campbell (HRA - '72) of VA!
On Christmas Eve, we'll have another Two-Fer: James Gay ('57) and Ann W. Hutcheson ('57), and on Christmas Day, we'll have yet another Two-Fer: Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) and Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to you all!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/20/07 - "Love This":
This is a classic, Joyce (especially that last line)! Thanks so much! Happy Birthday - and Merry Christmas!
From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/20/07 - "Merry Christmas!":
WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much, Renee! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 12/20/07 - "Merry Christmas":
A Mountain Christmas in Virginia
As Christmas sounds ring through the night, my childhood dream’s soon take flight,
To that old farm house sitting on a hill, a blanket of snow ‘neath the window sill.
Our plump little grandma cooks all day, so all the clan will enjoy their stay.
The player piano rings Christmas sounds, as everyone in the parlor gathers ‘round.
Uncle Massie fiddles a familiar tune and we sing and play all afternoon.
Soon Santa will arrive, with his face so kind, he surely resembles that dad of mine.
Uncle Garnett sounding like a train whistle will call,
announcing supper time to one and all.
As night falls on the old homeplace,
Uncle Jack tells stories to wide eyed children
of big bears and the golden arm.
Soon tucked snug in our beds, quilts over our heads,
cousins knew there was one thing to dread.
Across the cold dark room behind the closet curtain,
is a place we’d have to visit for certain.
When the giggling is done, and the morning has come,
the aroma of ham cooking awakens us.
Too soon the time has passed, we must leave at last.
In sadness we part, holding memories in our hearts.
The aging farm house once busy with life waits quietly on the hill,
over looking Piney Rivers rushing sound where rocky banks wind around.
Silhouetted against a winter sky, her loneliness seems to call,
beckoning back the children who once played within her halls.
For they will come from far and near, to keep alive a dream held dear.
We are guardians of the future preserving the past.
May our children have memories that long will last,
of grandma’s bed and a cold winter's night and stories of Bethlehem’s light.
Burn deep in our hearts, oh silent flame,
we give thanks for those who to this mountain came.
Tombstones now line the silent hill, echoes of children playing linger still.
So put a candle in the window and gather around,
and sing of the Christ Child on which our faith is found.
Cheryl Mays Howard
WOWZERONI!!! I forget from time to time that you write poetry, Cheryl! This is charming! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Merry Christmas to all of y'all!
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/20/07 - "Merry Christmas":
Carol, and all readers of the NNHS
Thanks to you, Carol, this Christmas is one of the best in a long time. You and your unrelenting determination to get The NNHS Newsletter out to all of us is just a real true gift, one that you give to all of us all year. It has opened up a whole new window in my life, and a very welcome one. Being able to share things with friends, old and new has been very rewarding and enlightening and in a way like going through a box of old treasures, carefully wrapped, and stored in the attic of my mind so many years ago. Never really forgotten, but briefly remembered, at certain times by certain things that have occurred and a memory jolted by a name, a face similar to someone in the past, and places seen during my trips back to the old Stomping Grounds in the past 25 years. O.K. more than fifty years !
In the last six months The Newsletter has made it possible to find these wrapped treasures that I remember storing so long ago in my mind...after searching, I have located that box of treasures that I remember tucking away in my mind, located in my heart ! Funny how that happens. For the past six months I have been slowly unwrapping some of those treasures, taking my time, not wanting to reach the bottom of the box. Discovering that the wrappings themselves carried their own special meaning, I truly expected to find some broken or at least tarnished, but that has not been so. A few have turned back to dust, causing brief, unexpected grief... only to be replaced by the shining ones that still bring joy and love and the journeys back to years that prove that our hearts are still young even though some of our body parts aren't ! To find out how forgiving time is and that memories in their maturity are so much more kind and loving and have come to be more than any of us expected that we were capable of.
It is possible to go back home, even if it is briefly, to find the things you thought you had misplaced sweeter and more delightful than our once juvenile minds thought was possible. I love and adore each and every one of you, I will not name you, you know who your are. In unwrapping and approving old memories, I find that the bottom of the box is not being emptied, but being filled with new memories, created by new friends and wrapped in strong, resilient but beautiful pictures of the recent past. When I go home I really don't want to stay long, just long enough to collect a little more of each of you and in return to give a little more of myself. This is possible with each Newsletter, or e-mail or phone call or visit. Some of my memories began as diaper buddies, some as toddlers, first graders, and on up the ladder of education, in more than one curricula of study. We have all helped one another grow, most of the time without realizing it. We are stronger, happier, and more successful because we are all related by the memories of an old school, or schools and friendships. If it was just a smile from me to you, or you to me, it has helped me on my journey, I hope it has helped you. Our roots are multicultural, but still intertwined, what a blessing...some have been adopted, some encircled by love and mutual friends, but brought into the fold only to find it comfortable enough to want to stay. Maybe your brother of sister graduated before me, and that's how I met them. Maybe they were underclassmen and played in my yard and I watched them grow up. Whatever the reason, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas or whatever you choose to celebrate, and a Wonder filled New Year packed with miracles and blessings that will bring more peace of mind, more love and better health and more and stronger Faith into your lives.
Thanks Carol.......Thanks, All Y'all !
Sepi a.k.a. Ozora a.k.a. Dimples
WOWZERONI!!! Your note really touched me, Sepi! Thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/21/07 - "A quiz.":
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joe! I spotted four, but those other two were hiding!
From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/21/07 - "RE: Winter Solstice":
Actually, this year (the 4th year in the leap year calendar), the solstice is tomorrow. I will be celebrating with a bonfire or other minor ceremonies. No human or animal sacrifice this year, Some absolution of sins.
ARGHHH! I "thought" I had checked on that! Sigh. Well, on the bright side, whodaevahthunk I'd be EARLY instead of LATE?!?
Thanks, Frank! Enjoy your celebrations - and be careful with that fire!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/21/07:
Thank you, Domi, I really like that! Good Yule!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/21/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Merry Christmas to You and Your Family":
My Christmas IS ...
I don't know who
I walk into a
What happened to
freedom of speech
Men and women
have given their lives
Come on, ALL,
let's wake up
This is starting
to get out of hand,
Thanks so much, Herbie Darlin' - for everything!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/21/07 - "When Christmas overwhelms you, take a nap!!!":
|Thursday, December 6, 2007|
From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 12/21/07:
Does anyone have a good recipe for fruit cake?
Don't laugh, now. Today, for some reason, fruit cake has gotten a bad rap.
Growing up, fruit cake was ALWAYS a favorite treat within my family.....grand
parents, aunts, and all. My grandmother, and then my mother, always made at
least one fruit cake every holiday season and she would soak it in some sort of
rum or brandy. In addition she would sometimes prepare a type of creamy sauce to
spread on a slice. I believe she called it "Hard Sauce", probably because it
also was made with some sort of "hard" liquor. Don't take me wrong. The Nelms'
were not a bunch of sots, well at least not the adults, but our fruit cakes
never lasted very long before they were entirely eaten. Maybe that's why fruit
cake has gotten such a bad name, now. People have not only given up the art of
making them at home but they've forgotten the secret "ingredients".
I have a double admission, Chandler Darlin'. I LOVE fruit cakes, and I've never baked one in my life. So whereas I can find you a good Virginia recipe, I've never personally tested it.
Thanks, Sweetie! I'll see what I can find for you.
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/14/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is Dog Logic" (#5 in a series of 12):
Dear Carol / Dimples
Something to ponder.
So sadly true!
Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!
|Dogs love their friends & bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love & always have to mix love & hate.|
There's much more to come - next time! Meanwhile, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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"Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is the title of a traditional French (specifically, Burgundian) Christmas carol. The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments--flutes and drums--the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol "The Little Drummer Boy", with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."
Words and Music by
Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin, Bernard de la Monnoye, c. 1700 (1641-1728)
(Source: William Sandys, 1833)
Guillô, prends ton tambourin,
Toi, prends ta flûte, Robin
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Je dirai Noël, gaiement.
C'était la mode autrefois
De louer le Roi des rois
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Il nous en faut faire autant.
L'homme et Dieu sont plus d'accord
Que la flûte et le tambour
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Chantons, dansons, sautons-en!
Willie, get your little drum,
Robin, bring your flute and come.
Aren’t they fun to play upon?
When you play your fife and drum,
How can anyone be glum?
When the men of olden days
Gave the King of Kings their praise,
They had pipes to play upon.
And also the drums they’d play,
Full of joy, on Christmas Day.
God and man today become
Closely joined as flute and drum.
Let the joyous tune play on!
As the instruments you play,
We will sing, this Christmas Day.
"Pat-a-Pan" midi courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/20/07
History courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patapan - 12/20/07
"Pat-a-Pan" French Lyrics courtesy of http://www.songsforteaching.com/charlottediamond/patapan.htm - 12/20/07
"Pat-a-Pan" English lyrics courtesy of http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/pat_a_pan-1.htm - 12/20/07
Image of Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of http://www.pewterkingdom.com/WilhelmSchweizerCollection.htm - 12/20/07
Image of Goebel Porcelain Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of http://www.replacements.com/webquote/CO_GOEXMSF.htm - 12/20/07
Red Bow Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ22.htm - 12/20/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
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