- 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 seventh 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
My Sister-in-Law, Ramona Harty (Jackson HS, MO - '75) of MO - 12/21/16:
From My Sister-in-Law, Ramona Harty (Jackson HS, MO - '75) of MO - 12/21/16:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday this week to:
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND the late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (deceased 05/11/15) AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|Friday, December 23, 1966 - World War I: The Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeated Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula.|
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 IN1966:
|Friday, December 23, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Badi Assad was born in São João da Boa Vista, São Paulo, Brazil.|
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 My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/22/16:
Thanks, Cheryl! Merry Christmas!
simple; if it jiggles, it's fat.”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#13 in a series of 19)":
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/16/16 - "~*~ Good Ones and Great Truths ~*~ (#3 in a series of 13)":
Wishing each of you a Merry
Christmas, a happy ending to 2016 and hoping 2017
will be one of your best years!!
BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Shari!
From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 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!
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
- Ice Skates Ornament from The Treasure Room
BONUS CHRISTMAS KNIT PATTERN:
|http://www.berroco.com/patterns/erastus - Amanda Keep's Erastus Snowflake - "Light and airy, this knitted snowflake is a perfect decoration for your home or holiday gifts."|
BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT:
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - "10 Fun Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas":
WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Tina!
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/browned-butter-sandwich-stars/ - Browned-Butter Sandwich Stars Cookies
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/22/16:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/23/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Let Them Wait!
What a lovely day for Festivus,
A Festivus for the rest of us,
(But this is??) no place to hate,
Let them wait, let them wait, let them wait!
"Let Them Wait! (Let It Snow!)" midi courtesy of http://www.abcsoffaith.com/html/sound7.html - 12/26/07
"Let Them Wait!" lyrics laboriously (HA HA!) not completely transcribed by the webmistress from http://www.festivus.biz/festivus.mp3 - 12/23/09
"Happy Festivus" Title Logo courtesy of http://www.cbrsd.org/nessacus/festivus/festivusmain.html - 12/23/10
"Happy Festivus" image courtesy of http://theframeproblem.wordpress.com/2007/12/24/heres-to-a-happy-festivus/ - 11/30/09
Animated Colored Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I cannot seem to access that information at the moment - 12/08/08
Jackson High School (MO) logo courtesy of http://www.jacksonr2schools.com/seniorhigh/ - 05/25/15
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL -
Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16