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12/27/17 - NNHS Newsletter - A 'Soalin'

“Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing,
Returns to you glad.”

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sept 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was suggested by    my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA on 12/08/10.  Thanks again, Jean!

BONUS #1 - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary, 1965

BONUS #2 - - Sole Cake - Sting


A-Soalin' was a yuletide (Christmas) tradition and dates from long before the Elizabethan era. It has NOTHING what-so-ever to do with the tradition of Hallowe'en.

The Elizabethan 'round' reported by "Jacob B" is in fact one of the earliest written examples of the song. It was a chant / round / song sung long before those times. Oral tradition (from a mate in Britain who is really big on this stuff) has it that the tradition of going 'A-Soalin' is probably almost as old as 'Shrove-ball'.

SHROVE-BALL - the tradition of playing "street football" between the two opposing elements of a single town where everybody who was fit and able played - generally teams were called the "Uppies and the Downies" or the "Uppers and Downers", "Upp'ns and Down'ns", "Northers and Southers" and so on. Games were begun at around mid-afternoon and went until sunset and there were no rules - though around the late 1700's and onwards, weapons were somewhat frowned upon. Prior to this time it was not uncommon for a contestant to be stabbed (occasionally fatally) by an opposition player to gain possession of the ball.
The idea was to get the ball to a "goal beyond the territory of the opposition (in the case of Workington in Cumbria; that meant the "Uppies" had to strike the ball against a large capstan on the town wharf while the "Downies" attempted to strike it against the wall of the city park).
Oral traditions have 'Shroveball' being played in Workington since before the arrival of the Vikings in the 10th Century. Shroveball is played - depending on the town involved, is played on either Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Easter Saturday, Monday or Tuesday - NEVER, of course on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Soalin' was another 'one-day-a-year' tradition and generally occurring around (from recollection) Boxing Day or Christmas Eve - again it depended on the town / parish / county, etc. On this day (evening) the less fortunate of the town would go from door-to-door to ask for comfits from the larders / purses etc of the more fortunate townsfolk. It was considered VERY bad form (even to the extent of being cursed by The Lord) to turn away one who was 'A-Soalin' empty-handed.

The Peter, Paul and Mary version is a more modern rendering of the traditional 'Soalin' song - sort of like the treatment Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, etc. give to traditional English Folk songs - to "contemporise" them.


    Happy Birthday today to   Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND  Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Stalnaker ('63)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND   Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND  David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND  Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;

03 - The late Carl Rossman, Hargrave Military Academy ('66) (deceased 04/24/16)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 27, 1939 - Winter War: Finland held off a Soviet Union attack in the Battle of Kelja.

December 27, 1942 - The German military formed the Smolensk Committee and began enlisting Soviet POWs in the battle against Russia.


Wednesday, December 27, 1967 - What? NADA? Again?!? Whodathunkit?  


“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”

- Victor Hugo
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/27/17:
   Thank you, Joan!

   From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of NC - 12/27/17, 2:39 AM:

As always, nice pages, Mom! Nice, the family pic in there. With love...

   Thank you, Brent! We had such a wonderful time with all of y'all at your home on Christmas Day!

 From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - '02) of TX - 12/25/17:

      Thank you, Megan!

   From Gene Moore ('67) of CA - 12/24/15:


Thanks so much, Gene! Guilty as charged!



“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

- Lily Tomlin
(b. 01 Sept 1939)

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Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul - Umm, these patterns are $6.95 a piece, but if you hurry, they're on sale for only $1.00 each.



From - 12/26/15:

My 13-year-old grandson spent a beautiful Saturday playing video games.

His older sister tried coaxing him outside by warning, “Someday, you’re going to be 30 years old, single, and living in Mom’s basement playing video games all day!”

He reply: “I can only dream.”

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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/10/17

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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A 'Soalin'

Rewritten by Noel Paul Stookey, Tracy Batteast, and Elena Mezetti (but with much older origins)

Made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary, 1963

Hey ho, nobody home,
Meat nor drink nor money have I none,
Yet shall we be merry,
Hey ho, nobody home.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
And all the little children that round your table grow,
The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates, we wish you ten times more.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’
For we'll come no more a-soulin' till this time next year.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty, my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all

"A 'Soalin' " midi courtesy of - 12/28/10 (sic)

"A 'Soalin' " lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/10

Image of Soul Cakes courtesy of - 12/08/10

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)
Thanks, Cheryl!

 Pie Line clip art courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 12/03/03

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

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

Animated Happy New Year clip art courtesy of - 12/26/17

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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

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