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11/30/08 - NNHS Newsletter - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

(First Sunday in Advent)

“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes... and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom
has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(04 Feb 1906 - 09 Apr 1945)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This Newsletter theme is being "rerun" from just over three years ago AND almost two years ago:

   Today is the first Sunday in Advent, which officially opens the Christmas season according to the recognized church calendar.  St. Nicholas Day (December 6) is the opening date observed elsewhere.  in the world, as it was in Colonial Virginia.  We'll celebrate that, too. We're still celebrating everything together because we're family.

BONUS - - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Mormon Tabernacle Choir



   Happy Birthday today to      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) AND    Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND Gene Peters ('57) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -
  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


    From Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA - 11/30/08 - "Happy Birthday to my Sister     (Sandi Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA)":


Hope this isn't too late to put in today.

"Happy Birthday Sandi!"

   Not at all! Thanks, Johnnie - and Happy Birthday, Sandi!


   From Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08 - "Charlie Brown Philosophy":

I've seen this before, and so have you. But it's special this time. If you are on my mailing list it's because you are my friend or part of my family. We either grew-up together, or have grown-out together. We might have walked to school together, worked together, had kids on the same team or been on a team ourselves, shared dinners and drinks at each other's houses, told tons-and-tons of jokes, renewed old friendships, seen each other at another friend's wedding or funeral, been too busy to call everyone just to say hello-but think of them often, shared pictures of kids, grandkids, and dogs. Spent many nights around the same campfire or in a boat fishing. Today's internet technology is great and I love it. It allows me to tell you that if you received this today it was because I was thinking of you and your husbands, wives, kids, grandkids, dogs and cats, fondly remembered parents, and most of all the times we've shared together as friends and family. Happy Holidays!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

Don't actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish.

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials .. the most money ... or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life, as I did.
'Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia !'

''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!'"

   Thank you so much, Billy Turner!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/29/08 - "YOU ARE BLESSED!":

This is one that comes around quite often, but its ok to read it more than once! It reminds us of how lucky and blessed we are...with family, friends, neighbors, etc. and.........this one has MUSIC!!

This is beautiful......

Have a great day!!

   Thank you, Joyce! You're right - this is always a great reminder!


  From Ronnie Burroughs ('60) of VA and FL - 11/29/08:

Hi Carol,

I would appreciate your changing my email address in your book to __________________.  This will allow me to keep in touch with your TYPHOON NEWS 12 months a year.  

Thanks and have a great Holiday Season.  

Ronnie Burroughs Class of 60

   Certainly, Ronnie! You Snowbirds enjoy yourselves as well!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/29/08 - "Re: Bulifant - Massenberg":

(Editor's Note: Dave has amassed a considerable amount of valuable genealogical information on the Bulifant and Massenberg lines. Too lengthy to include here, it is available by request, ether from the Webmistress at, or from Dave himself at

   Thank you, Captain - great job!


From - 11/26/08 - "Dealing with a Crisis":

Stress Management - Six Keys to Managing Crisis
By Jayne Moffitt - Nov. 23, 2008

It’s difficult enough to manage a major life transition that was planned, but what can you do when one enters your life through crisis? Everything changes, what defines a crisis is critical and abrupt change. The depth and complexity of your crisis will eventually determine what you will do and how long it will take to do it but the steps in managing it emotionally are the same.

1. Step Back
The first thing you need to do is step back from the situation and realistically assess two things. Become an observer and see your crisis from an outward perspective.

2. What’s the worst that can happen at this point?
The key here is to accept your answer as a mere factual statement. Turn off your emotional attachment to the situation as best you can by being your own mediator between your thoughts and the real world. That’s not the same as suppressing your emotions; it just means that you have to be able to think through them and not with them. This is especially true when your expectations of the worst case scenario are exaggerated. Today, many are facing this with financial crisis. The truth however, is that you have probably never gone hungry and never will. You have probably never gone without a roof over your head and won’t now. You may have to learn to do things differently, yes.

3. What the best possible outcome?
Every crisis contains and equal amount of opportunity if you take the time to find it. I have experienced several significant crises in my life. In some I was able to see this right away and in others it took quite some time. Have faith that it will happen though. Play with that idea for awhile. So, what if you had to move, maybe it would become a great adventure in your life. What kind of story will this create to tell your grandchildren some day?

4. What can I do?
If there is something within your power to change for the better, then do it. Really brainstorm with yourself to find an answer. Often it is closer than you think. Sometimes though, the only thing you have the power to change is what is going on in your own mind.

5. Ask for help.
Admitting that you don’t know what to do is the first step in finding out what to do. You were not meant to live this life alone. There are people surrounding you every day, truly angels in disguise that would leap at the opportunity to help you if you’d only ask. This is how God supplies you with the unlimited resource of Him. Use the gift He is giving you.

6. Be flexible.
You have to accept the fact that crisis is God’s way of pointing you in a new direction. Be willing to look down that road and see what is waiting for you there. It will be a road full of emotions both good and bad, but it will also be a road full of life lessons learned and the opportunity for walking a path of wisdom and arriving at a newer and better you.

Every crisis is an opportunity to rebuild a new you. Embrace that as the chance to grow into more than you were yesterday and a vision of what you could be tomorrow. The possibilities are endless and ALWAYS there is something positive that can be created from even the most stressful or tragic of times.

Author's Bio

Jayne Moffitt is sincerely committed to helping others embrace their purpose, passion and potential. Dropping out of college, she began her adult life as a teen parent struggling to make ends meet and even receiving public assistance. Through the grace of God, Jayne has since followed Spirit to become a multimillion dollar business owner, investor, author, coach and even a college graduate. She is now the mother of four beautiful children and truly feels she is leading the unabridged version of her life.

In addition to her own company, Jayne is also the founder of Life is Now Inc., a company dedicated to helping people achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams through spiritually based success principles.

She has partnered in business with some of the most prominent leaders in self improvement including Bob Proctor and David Neagle. Jayne was also the Vice President of the leading sales and facilitation team for Bob Proctor’s Life Success Productions where she shared her passion for finding fulfillment and purpose with clients from all over the world including Australia, Canada, the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom. You can learn more about Jayne through her website at

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#5 in a Series of 12):


   Thank you so much, Shari! These seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!

And Thank God for today!



The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)



1. Thursday, December 4, 2008, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/23/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 11/24/08


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

                                  Love to all, Carol





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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale,
Mediaeval Hymns
, 1851. Neale’s original translation be­gan, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"

Music: “Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn Libera me)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" midi courtesy of - 11/23/05

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" lyrics and available history courtesy of - 11/23/05

Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of - 11/23/05

First Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 11/23/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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