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12/22/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Christmas Variations

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart
that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant
event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing
medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand
years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

- George Matthew Adams
(23 Aug 1878 - 29 Oct 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter's midi contains a medley of much more familiar Christmas carols than we've heard recently - well, to me, anyway.


 


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND    Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND     Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.

December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S. President Roosevelt.

December 22, 1942 - Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"

December 22, 1944 - The People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.

December 22, 1948 -
Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.

December 22, 1989 -
In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.


 


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, December 22, 1965 - In the United Kingdom, a 70mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.

Wednesday, December 22, 1965 - Journalist and broadcaster Richard Dimbleby CBE (born 25 May 1913 near Richmond, England) died in St Thomas' Hospital, London, England at the age of 52 from testicular cancer contracted five years earlier. In an interview with the Daily Mail, his son David confirmed that "treatment then wasn't as good as it is now, but he had testicular cancer which spread because he left it".[10] Two weeks before his death, he presented a documentary on the links between heavy tobacco smoking and lung cancer. Dimbleby decided to admit he was ill with cancer, which, in those days, was a taboo disease to mention. It was helpful in building public consciousness of the disease and investing more resources in finding a cure. The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund was founded in his memory. Dimbleby was cremated, the ceremony receiving national publicity.[11]


 


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!

Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!

 
 

  
We only have 9 more days to vote for Grace!  It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!
 
  All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!

http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery.php?pg=&limit=40&sort=tnid&type=tnap&field=dog_name&keyword=grace#14296


 


      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/21/10 - "Ski News from Deer Valley Resort, Park City":
 
Carol,

I have never seen so much snow before January. We are having another 5 day storm with accumulation of 4 feet and counting with two days left. It is killing me not to be able to ski the powder! The pictures depict just how much snow we have gotten. The large hotel is the new Montage, located next to Empire Lodge. The small snow cats are for winching steep hills and the new large cat is called The Beast, 8 feet wider than the others. The beast will eventually replace the smaller cats after we extend our shop and add wider doors. The picture of me is just having fun in the snow. I do love it!

Take care and come out to visit soon before we return to Florida,

Phil
 
Monday, December 20, 2010 Monday, December 20, 2010 Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Tuesday, December 21, 2010
       
  WOWZERS!
Thanks, Phil!
Y'all have fun!

   Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Tuesday, December 21, 2010
     


 


    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/21/10 - "OOPS!":

   OH, NOOOOO! GIGGLES! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!


 


   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/21/10 - "Merry Christmas":

Hello Schoolmates,        Tue, Dec. 21, 2010
 
Seasons greetings and best wishes from our family's generations 1 and 3:
 
Fred W. Field (82) and granddaughter Sara Sue Burton (17), October 2010.
 
To quote the favorite salutation of my maternal grandfather, John Henry Lloyd (b. Liverpool 1870):
 
        "May you all live long and die happy!"
 
Fred
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Fred W. Field
Fullerton and Loma Linda, CA

fwfield@juno.com

   Thank you so much, Fred! I was crushed to find I could neither view nor save your attached image (I believe there was a problem in the file extension; the ".jpg" was missing...). If you try renaming and resending it, I'm certain everyone is as eager to see it as I am.

   Merry Christmas to you and yours!


 


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/21/10 - "my sister (  Ricki Bond Giles - '60 - of VA)":
 
Hello Carol and all,

I am on a mission and, of course, need help.

My sister Ricki, told me about getting a school letter for field hockey. I have that letter. She told me all about it. What I'd like are some pictures of her in the 'field' and any pictures from any Anchors anyone might have. I'd like to make her a scrapbook page to hang on the wall.

Ricki lost her husband a few months back. I'd like to brighten her day with good memories.

Sorry I've been quiet lately, but my life has changed and I'm getting used to it. After my mother and sister,
Betty Jean (Bond Spatafore - '63) (d. 29 Apr 2010), died, I went to their house and got my older brother, Toni, to come live with me.

At first I had to say, "INTERSTATE," in a very loud and firm voice, a lot. But as time has passed and he has settled into a routine, things are great!

Toni goes to PACE every day for six hours where he gets help with his Parkinson's, sight, hearing, and has social interaction. They pick him up in a PACE van so we call it "going to school" because he catches the "short bus."

I hardly have to say "interstate" at all anymore, which is why when I said it the other day he finally asked me what I was talking about.

"Oh," I said, "that's where I'm going to take you and let you out if you don't stop being mean!"

"Well," he said indignantly, "why don't you tell that to that loud mouth bird you got?"

I explained that I had two other words for him.

He had to ask........what?

"Fried Chicken," I said.

With love always for the nation and you, Carol

Linda May '66
 

   Hey, Lady! I do miss you, but I figured you had an unusually full schedule right now with all the life changes you've survived lately...

   I vaguely recall an action shot or two in one of the forty-eleven Anchors at my feet. I'll look a little more thoroughly later; meanwhile, here are two of the team photos with Ricki - from '59 and '60.

   
1959 Anchor, p. 84 1960 Anchor, p. 89
   
  
   Merry Christmas, Linda May!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/21/10 - "Pet Food Recall":
 
KROGER RECALLS PET FOODS DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

CINCINNATI, Ohio, December 18, 2010 – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.
Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall:
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in
Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.
Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

Kroger is recalling the following items: Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128 Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357 Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152 Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580 Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903 Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566 Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563 Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018 Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559

   YIKESARONI! Thanks, Shari!


 


       From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 12/21/10 - "Check Out This Video":
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdRA0lQq38 - A Happy Place - Katie Melua

   Okay, that's weird, alright! Thanks, Baby Girl!


 


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/21/10 - "Christmas at the Gas Station - This is beautiful! PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!":
 
This will bring tears to your eyes. What a story!

Christmas at the Gas Station - This is beautiful!

The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn't hate Christmas, just couldn't find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up. "Thank you, but I don't mean to intrude," said the stranger. "I see you're busy, I'll just go."

"Not without something hot in your belly." George said.

He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. "It ain't much, but it's hot and tasty. Stew ... Made it myself. When you're done, there's coffee and it's fresh."

Just at that moment he heard the "ding" of the driveway bell. "Excuse me, be right back," George said. There in the driveway was an old '53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front. The driver was panicked. "Mister, can you help me?" said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. "My wife is with child and my car is broken." George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.

"You ain't going in this thing," George said as he turned away.

"But Mister, please help ..." The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting. "Here, take my truck," he said. "She ain't the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good."

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office. "Glad I gave 'em the truck, their tires were shot too. That 'ol truck has brand new." George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it. "Well, at least he got something in his belly," George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered the the block hadn't cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator. "Well, shoot, I can fix this," he said to himself. So he put a new one on.

"Those tires ain't gonna get 'em through the winter either." He took the snow treads off of his wife's old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn't going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, "Please help me."

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention. "Pressure to stop the bleeding," he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound. "Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin'," he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

"Something for pain," George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. "These ought to work." He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. "You hang in there, I'm going to get you an ambulance."

The phone was dead. "Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car." He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. "Thanks," said the officer. "You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area."

George sat down beside him, "I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain't gonna leave you." George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. "Looks worse than what it is. Bullet passed right through 'ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time you're gonna be right as rain."

George got up and poured a cup of coffee. "How do you take it?" he asked.

"None for me," said the officer.

"Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best in the city. Too bad I ain't got no donuts." The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun. "Give me all your cash! Do it now!" the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

"That's the guy that shot me!" exclaimed the officer.

"Son, why are you doing this?" asked George, "You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt."

The young man was confused. "Shut up old man, or I'll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!"

The cop was reaching for his gun. "Put that thing away," George said to the cop, "we got one too many in here now."

He turned his attention to the young man. "Son, it's Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain't much but it's all I got. Now put that pea shooter away."

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. "I'm not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son," he went on. "I've lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week."

George handed the gun to the cop. "Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can."

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. "Sometimes we do stupid things." George handed the young man a cup of coffee. "Bein' stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin' in here with a gun ain't the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we'll sort this thing out."

The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. "Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I'm sorry officer."

"Shut up and drink your coffee " the cop said.

George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn. "Chuck! You ok?" one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

"Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?"

"GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?" the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, "I don't know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran."

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.

"That guy work here?" the wounded cop continued.

"Yep," George said, "just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job."

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, "Why?"

Chuck just said, "Merry Christmas, Boy .... and you too, George, and thanks for everything."

"Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems."

George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. "Here you go, something for the little woman. I don't think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day."

The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw. "I can't take this," said the young man. "It means something to you."

"And now it means something to you," replied George. "I got my memories. That's all I need."

George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell. "Here's something for that little man of yours."

The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

"And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too," George said. "Now git home to your family."

The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. "I'll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good."

"Nope. I'm closed Christmas dDay," George said. "See ya the day after."

George turned around to find that the stranger had returned. "Where'd you come from? I thought you left?"

"I have been here. I have always been here," said the stranger. "You say you don't celebrate Christmas. Why?"

"Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn't see what all the bother was. Puttin' up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin' cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn't the same by myself and besides I was gettin' a little chubby."

The stranger put his hand on George's shoulder. "But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. "That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man."

George was taken aback by all this stranger had said. "And how do you know all this?" asked the old man.

"Trust me, George. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again."

The stranger moved toward the door. "If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned."

George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.

"You see, George ... it's My birthday. Merry Christmas."

George fell to his knees and replied, "Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus"

Merry Christmas!!

   Thanks, Dools! This is beautiful - and while apparently it's been around for quite sometime, it was a new story to me.  I'm sure there are those who would nitpick with a few inconsistencies - a '53 Chevy (just being considered "old" - not "classic") in combination with a lack of cell phones but an obvious GPS (and a few more such details), but to do so would negate the entire spirit of the tale - and this is no time of year to be missing any of the beautiful spirit which could surround us all if we simply allow it to do so. Merry Christmas!


 


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/20/10 - "The Holidays: Stress":
 
The Best Holiday Ever Can Be Yours

By Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz
 

We have all seen it, the grandest of holiday plans come crashing down with the reality of the situation. You work your tail off cooking a delicious dinner only to be left with a pile of dirty dishes while everyone else retires to the den to watch football. If anyone said thank you, it was certainly done quietly under their breath.

If the truth be known, you honestly wished your in-laws, or your own relatives for that matter, were somewhere other than your house for the holidays. You never really liked them in the first place and now you have to wine and dine them without their appreciation for what you are going to have to do to make it all look easy. In fact, you can count on at least one of them telling you all the things you are doing wrong -- food preparation, decorating house, raising the kids, your choice of clothing, etc. Then there is Uncle Fred, who sits on the couch and wants you to turn up the television so he can watch the football game at full volume while Aunt Ethel complains about everyone else in the house.

Stress, stress, stress!!! Holidays are among the most stressful times in a relationship - make no mistake about it.

Since we do not recommend that you shoot Aunt Ethel or Uncle Fred, you will have to discover other more appropriate ways of dealing with holiday stress.

Here are a few tips to help you and your spouse lower your stress level and have the best holiday season ever:

1. Appreciate the traditions within your family and your spouse's family. Blend them together in a way that both you and your spouse will cherish and make new memories together. Don't feel compelled to follow the exact same traditions of one family over the other without a full discussion of what you both want to create your own "traditions" together.

2. Money is not the solution to a great holiday season -- especially in these tough economic times. Rather, it is the simple things that matter -- simple acts of kindness, homemade gifts and cards, simple expressions of love.

3. Talk about what you are going to do for the season - what are you and your spouse's highest priorities? Have this conversation as soon as possible so you both can feel good about your plans. Then, let all the other holiday "stuff" go by the wayside.

4. Take a moment in the midst of the chaos and pressure of the holidays to focus on what really matters. Give your spouse your respect, your understanding, your embrace, your kiss and your time. Don't let the relatives and friends put a wedge between you and the one you love because of the stress and circumstances surrounding the holidays.

5. When holiday problems arise -- as they always do -- an open discussion with your spouse needs to happen as soon as possible. Discussions about serious matters must always begin with agreement about what the issues really are. Work to identify the issue, establish the parameters of the discussion, with agreement to solve the problem together.

6. As the stress rises, so does the opportunity for argument and disagreement. When the holiday tension is so thick that you could cut it with a knife, it is easy to let nasty statements and sharp words roll off your tongue, making judgmental statements about your spouse, their actions, and their relatives. Think twice before exploding with vitriolic words that cannot be taken back.

7. The holiday doesn't have to be perfect! It is more important to build memories together for the holidays. Invite the family and friends to share in the dinner preparation and holiday decorating. The relationships built are more important than holiday perfection.

Our final thought for the holidays is this -- no love has blossomed or been sustained without doing the simple things.


About the Author:

As America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts and award-winning authors and the SelfGrowth.com Official Guides to Marriage, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz help international audiences answer questions about love, marriage and relationships. With 26 years of research on love and successful marriage across six continents of the world and their own 43-year marriage, the Doctors know what makes relationships work.


 


CHRISTMAS SEWING BONUS:

http://www.allfreesewing.com/master_images/AllFreeSewing/9%20Ways%20to%20Transform%20Old%20T-Shirts.pdf 


 


CHRISTMAS BONUS RECIPE:

http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cookies/ - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies


 


CHRISTMAS BONUS:

From http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/inspirational-christmas-stories2.htm:

"A Gift in the Trees"

God shows his love for us in many ways. Something that may not seem extraordinary to one person might appear as a miracle for someone else. On Christmas Eve 1997, that is exactly how I saw things, though not at first. At first I was feeling too sorry for myself to see anything but my own unhappiness.

The holiday season is a popular time for couples to get engaged. I had been in three long-term relationships by the time I was 29, but none of them had ever produced a marriage proposal. I had always considered myself a loyal, caring, unselfish girlfriend, and boyfriends often told me as much after the relationship had ended. I always seemed to be "the one that got away," and I began to feel like I was special only once the relationship was over. After a while, I started to feel like I just wasn't worth a lifetime commitment.

At the age of 29, I decided I needed to take my own happiness into consideration. It took a couple years of dating mistakes, but I finally figured out how to respect my own needs and not just worry about the needs of my partner. That's when, at the age of 31, I met Paul. He was a wonderful person who didn't expect me to take care of him. He just wanted to be with me, and he respected me for who I was. Everything felt right between us, and I figured I had finally found a man I could marry.

During our second Christmas together, I thought Paul might propose. On December 22, we ventured onto the topic of marriage. Paul said that he did see himself marrying me, but the timing was not good "right now." I couldn't help but feel sorry for myself. So many of my friends had received proposals and engagement rings, but I had never received either. I was at the point where I figured maybe marriage just wasn't in the cards for me.

On the following day, December 23, school was canceled because of a winter storm. I knew my students would be as excited as I was for the extra day off right before the holiday break. It would also be nice to have a beautiful, white Christmas. The roads were covered in snow, and the trees were buried under a sheer layer of ice. It was much too hazardous to venture out, so I just stayed inside and reflected on my situation.

By the end of that snowy day, I had come to the conclusion that it wasn't the proposal I needed. It was simply that I wanted to feel loved and appreciated enough that someone would want to be with me forever. I prayed to God and asked that someday a man would think I was important enough to give me a diamond, the symbol of the commitment that my heart needed the most.

Christmas Eve finally arrived. Paul came to my house so we could ride together to my sister's holiday party. I was happy to be with him but a little sad knowing he wouldn't be proposing that night.

By this time, almost all the snow and ice had quietly melted away. I realized that we wouldn't have a white Christmas after all. It would, however, make the drive to the party much safer.

The gathering was a happy one. My nieces and nephew were a joy to watch as they opened their gifts. Paul and I had a wonderful time with my family. Eventually, after all the gifts had been opened and all goodbyes repeatedly exchanged, we left.

It was a long, quiet ride home, as Paul fell asleep 25 minutes into the trip. The roads were dry and the trees were barren. Yet the stars shone brightly against the black, cloudless sky, adding a touch of beauty to the night.

As I neared my home, a small group of trees caught my attention. They stood out from the rest of the dull, dry landscape. Of all the tress I had passed on my way home, these were the only ones that had any sign of the recent winter storm upon their branches. As I drove, I wondered how this could be. The temperature was much too warm. Yet somehow the branches were covered in an incredible layer of ice. I had seen ice-covered trees many times before, but something about these was extraordinary. This was a dazzling light like I had never seen before.

As I gazed at the beautiful trees, warmth spread through my heart. This was a truly magical moment. No longer was I seeing these winter-decorated branches with the eyes on my face; I now looked upon them with the eyes in my heart and soul. That night -- Christmas Eve 1997--the air was clean and crisp, the sky was entirely filled with stars, and the trees...the trees sparkled with diamonds. Thousands and thousands of diamonds.

In my heart I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. I had needed him to show me that there was a man who thought I was worth a commitment, the commitment that is symbolized by a diamond ring. That Christmas Eve, God covered the trees in diamonds for my eyes and heart to behold. It was his way of showing me that he thought I was special and worthwhile enough for an eternal commitment.

As Paul slept quietly in the seat next to me, completely unaware of the miracle that had taken place, joyous tears of peace and self-worth streamed down my face. I knew that I had found someone who would love me forever, and realizing this was more profound and meaningful than any marriage proposal I could ever receive.

 -- By Cynthia J. Teixeira


 


ABBREVIATED ALERT:

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS:

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/brochure(2).pdf

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/CNC-Memories-Book-219390602.pdf

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/61-63-DECADERS-ADDENDA.doc

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/61-63-DRAMATIC-WORKSHOP-STUDENTS.doc 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at cncmemories61_71@yahoo.com.

   Thanks, Jane!


 
FINALLY:

From http://www.ahajokes.com/christmas_jokes.html:

"The Chinese Pay Off Their Debts"

Jones: "The Chinese make it an invariable rule to settle all their debts on New Year's Day."

Smith: "So I understand, but, then again, the Chinese don't have a Christmas the week before!" 


 


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, January 6, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
4.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (mcmiceli@verizon.net - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (bjneher@cox.net - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (hdsdds@aol.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971


 


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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                           Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
915-780-3048

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Christmas Variations for Orchestra


 


"Christmas Variations for Orchestra" (sequenced by Jeff Fallen) midi courtesy
of
http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/midiplay/playmidi.shtml?midi/x/christva - 12/02/10

Image of Christmas Decorations courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/19/10
Thanks, Shari!

Ornament Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ16.htm - 12/18/04

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.pfhs.ccs.k12.nc.us/alumni.htm - 05/19/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

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