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12/23/17 - 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.”

- Anwar Sadat
(25 Dec 1918 - 06 Oct 1981)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today marks our eighth observance of the totally ludicrous Seinfeld holiday of Festivus (revealed December 18, 1997):

BONUS #1 - - The Story of Festivus

BONUS #2 - - Festivus - The Airing of Grievances

BONUS #3 -

BONUS #4 - - Five Things You Should Know about Festivus



  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/23/17 - "Top Seven Irritating Hackneyed Phrases":

   In keeping with the spirit of today's observances, I offer these seven phrases guaranteed to send me right over the edge and quite possibly to throw something:

1. "This video is going viral." - Surely there's a better way of expressing this, if only once in a while for the sake of variety.

2. "Give it up for..." - What's wrong with, "Let's have a round of applause for..."?

3. "Put your hands together for..." - Ditto

4. "... not a happy camper." - This was cute the first five times we heard it back in the 80's, but no longer.

5. "Been there, done that..." - Ditto

6. "Last, but not least..." - Pretty much defines trite

7. "Rule of thumb" - This is THE most offensive expression, as the origin of this phrase was to indicate that a stick used to beat one's wife could legally be no bigger around than her husband's thumb.

   Thank you for this opportunity to vent. I shall now resume my usual lovable sweetie-pie nature.


   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 -   Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND  Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;

28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);

29 -  Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND the late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (deceased 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   the late Ron Miller ('59) (deceased 07/29/14) 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, One and All! 


December 23, 1940 - The Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.

December 23, 1941 - American forces on Wake 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.

Saturday, December 23, 1967 - Singer-songwriter and model Carla Bruni was born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi in Turin, Italy

Saturday, December 23, 1967 - Author and playwright Tim Fountain was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England.

Saturday, December 23, 1967 - Boxer, coach, and manager Otis Grant was born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/22/14:

So 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
(04 Aug 1899 – 30 May 1994)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/23/17:
   Thank you, Joan!

  From My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of UT - 12/20/17:

  I just got home from my mission (for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) last night! It was such an amazing experience. I thank God every day that he called me to be one of his missionaries:)

It’s so good to be home, but it was really sad to take off the (missionary name) tag.

    Thank you, Rachel!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Collinsville, IL
Rachel Harty

From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of NC - 12/21/17:

   Thank you, Laura! What a great picture of such a beautiful family!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Spring Lake, NC
BACK ROW: Jim, Chris, Hunter, Joe, and Alexandria
FRONT ROW: Brent, Laura, and Hera

“It's simple; if it jiggles, it's fat.” 

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(b. 30 July 1947)


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!


    - Ice Skates Ornament from The Treasure Room

BONUS CHRISTMAS KNIT PATTERN: - Amanda Keep's Erastus Snowflake - "Light and airy, this knitted snowflake is a perfect decoration for your home or holiday gifts."


From My Friend, Tina, (then) of SC - "10 Fun Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas":

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Tina!

Browned-Butter Sandwich Stars Cookies


From - 12/21/17:
She texted me: "Your adorable!"

I replied: "No. You're adorable!"

Now she likes me a lot. All I did was point out her grammatical error.

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -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.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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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 - 12/26/07

"Let Them Wait!" lyrics laboriously (HA HA!) not completely transcribed by the webmistress from - 12/23/09

"Happy Festivus" Title Logo courtesy of - 12/23/10

"Happy Festivus" image courtesy of - 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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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