- NNHS Newsletter
“A Festivus for the Rest of Us!”
“There can be hope only for a society which
acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today marks our fifth observance of the totally ludicrous Seinfeld holiday of Festivus (revealed December 18, 1997):
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8g4Ztf7hIM - The Story of Festivus
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrZPcGG0_e8&NR=1&feature=fvwp - Festivus - The Airing of Grievances
BONUS #3 - http://www.festivus.biz/festivus.mp3
BONUS #4 - http://www.festivuspoles.com/pages/Festivuspoles.htm (contains video song)
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma879--VKrI - Five Things You Should Know about Festivus
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Festivus Birthday today to Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!
Happy Christmas Eve Birthday tomorrow to James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;
27 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
29 - Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND Kenny Lipscomb ('63) of VA AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 23, 1914 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrived in Cairo, Egypt.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:December 23, 1940 - The Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
December 23, 1941 -
American forces on
Island surrendered to the
Japanese Imperial Army.
December 23, 1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.
December 23, 1948 - Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East were executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. They had been found guilty of crimes against humanity.
THIS DAY IN1964:
|Wednesday, December 23, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Bad Radio, and Hovercraft) Eddie Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson in Evanston, Illinois.|
From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA -
|Nina Murphy in Saturday,
Mother of Annette and Ada Murphy
Kitty Dichtel Heffington
Kitty, I am so sorry to learn this! Thank you for letting me know; I completely missed it.
From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 12/22/14, 7:24 AM - "RE: 'I'm sick and returning to bed now...' ":
|Oh Please feel better! We need you.
Thank you so much, Rochelle; I really appreciate that! Timing is everything, and mine is usually bad! Actually I think I'm getting "worserer" instead of "betterer!" I thought I'd be able to proceed on auto-pilot, but as we shall see next, that just doesn't always work for me - especially where those odious Newsletter announcements are concerned!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/22/14, 5:49 PM - "Newsletters":
YOWZERONI! Thanks, George! I postponed sending the announcements for a whole day thinking my mind would clear some, but instead it just became worse. The links on the Newsletter page are fine and dandy, but within the announcements I see that both links go simply to the 12/21/14 Winter Solstice edition.
I don't think I'd know how that could possibly have happened if my mind were clear and working properly, but it's for sure and certain I don't know now while I'm still feverish and confused!
In the event that y'all missed the 12/22/14 Pat-a-Pan issue (which would be a terrible shame!) here are the CORRECT links:
Thanks again, George - for everything!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/22/14, 10:05 PM - "A little good news today.":
One of the blessings of this time of the year, we hear from friends, and today one such letter arrived to bring me great joy, and I truly wish to share it with the TYPHOON Nation.
Bill Chambers is pain free as a result of back surgery a year
ago in July at the University of Virginia. The Annual Check Up reveals
the spine surgery was a complete success. We can all rejoice with this
|Thank you, Adonis! What fabulous news, indeed!|
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/22/14:
I ask you, what can we possibly give to the Lord this Christmastime?
Considering all that He has done and is doing for us, there is something
that we might give Him in return. Christ's great gift to us was His life
and sacrifice. Should that not then be our small gift to Him-our lives
and sacrifices, not only now but in the future?”
Ezra Taft Benson
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 12/20/14:
|HOW BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Chris! Happy Hanukkah!|
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/22/14 - "Joy of Christmas":
have a list of people
All written in a book -
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.
And that is when I realize
That those names are all a part -
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.
For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time -
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine.
And once you've met some people
the years can not erase -
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.
So when I send an email
That is addressed to you -
It's because you're on that 'Special list'
Of folk that I'm indebted to.
And you are one of several folk
In times past that I've met -
And happen to be one of those
I don't want ever to forget.
And whether I have known you
For many years or few -
In some way you have had a part
In shaping things I do.
So this is the Spirit of Christmas
That forever still endures -
May it leave its richest blessing
In the hearts of you and yours.
Thank you so much, Wayne! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/22/14 - "THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT......":
It’s long but good reading...
|Thanks so much, Joyce! This is the same Christmas Story that Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60 - of VA) sent us that appeared in the 12/14/14 - Kling, Glöckchen Newsletter but it's good to reread, and besides, it's your birthday!|
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/22/14:
From My Friend, Alejandra, of NC - 12/22/14:
|SO TRUE! Thank you, Alejandra!|
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#11 in a series of 15)":
Laughs for the day………..
From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#23 in a Series of 24)":
|This year I decided to
share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a
tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in
December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.
Christmas Story Day 23,
A Gift in the Trees by
Cynthia J. Teixeira
"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.
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/browned-butter-sandwich-stars/ - Browned-Butter Sandwich Stars Cookies