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12/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter
While by My Sheep
(How Great Our Joy)

"And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said
unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him
the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

- Luke 1: 28-33

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The carol featured in today's Newsletter is also new to us this year.  It's not exactly one of my top favorites, but hearing it always makes me happy.  As it is known by four names, I was astonished that I didn't find forty-eleven exciting versions in both languages on YouTube.  Of those I did find, I preferred these two:

BONUS #1 - - While by My Sheep or How Great Our Joy - Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

BONUS #2 - - Echo Carol (German CHRISTmas Carol) - organ solo


Happy Birthday today to Eugene Peters ('57) AND Gene Peters ('57) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

   Happy Birthday this week to:
07 -
  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OR!

Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/04/08 - "Missile Defense":

Here's an interesting bit of news:

No longer stuff from a Popular Science magazine, this system could protect our country. I hope it soon undergoes testing under actual combat simulated conditions so that (no one can) claim it as unproven.

My father was a NASA research scientist and I went with him fifty years to lecture about lasers, a virtually unknown technology back then. There was a demonstration where a laser was fired at a balloon from around sixty exploded with a huge bang. The balloon was filled with hydrogen & oxygen and the laser melted the surface of the balloon and ignited the gas mixture in about two seconds. Very impressive...most people involuntarily jerked in their seats when it blew up.

At that time our country was extremely worried about the Soviets missile capabilities and the ICBM race was just beginning. The lecturer pointed out that it was quite probable that the best anti-missile defense would turn out to be a laser based system. I'm sure that scientist is now dead and gone, but his vision is alive today.


   WOWZERS - that's a highly interesting  - quite nearly mind-blowing - read, John - thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/04/08 - "Bubba's 21st birthday":

21st Birthday

Bubba had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition.

It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on
water on their 21st birthday.  On that special day, they'd each walked across the lake to the bar on the far side for their first legal drink.

So when Bubba's 21st birthday came a round, he and his pal Jim Bob took a boat out to the middle of the lake, Bubba stepped out of the boat ... and nearly drowned!  

Jim Bob just barely managed to pull him to safety. 

Furious and confused, Bubba went to see his grandmother.

'Grandma,' he asked, 'it's my 21st birthday, so why can't I walk 'cross the lake like  my pappy, his father, and his father before  him?'

Granny looked deeply into Bubba's troubled eyes and said, 'Because your father, your grandfather and your great grandfather were born in January, when the lake is frozen, and you were born in July, you dumb !@#'.

     Thanks, Joyce!


    From Glenn Dye of TX - 12/04/08 - "Southern Ten Commandments":

  This is funny!!!  And much easier to remember!!!

Ten Commandments - Southern Style

Some people have trouble with all those 'shall's' and 'shall not's' in the Bible. Folks aren't used to to talking like that. So, in middle Tennessee they translated the 'King James' into ' Jackson County' joke (posted at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro, TN).

(1) Just one God
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No tellin' tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff

Now that's
plain an' simple. Takes out all the guess work.  Y'all have a nice day. 

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  It certainly brings it into the vernacular, doesn't it?!?  Thanks, Glenn!

   By the way, I tried to check this through just for the fun of it, but my repeated searches were fruitless.


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/04/08 - "To brighten your day.":

Hi, Carol:
Thought this might brighten your day. If you care to share it with the TYPHOON Nation, it just might brighten the day for someone else as well.
We are experiencing some "Chamber of Commerce" weather this week.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Thursday, December 4, 2008

   OHHHH, how lovely - and how considerate of your Christmas cactus to actually bloom for Christmas!  We have three, and they seem to regard themselves as "Holiday" cactus plants.  ("We'll bloom whenever we're good and ready; we must be getting close to some holiday or another...")

   Thanks for sharing this, Adonis! It certainly brightened my day, and I'm sure quite a few others as well!  


From - 12/03/08 - "Well-Structured Goals":

Goal Setting - Successful Goal Selection Avoids Self-Sabotage
By David Schaefer, Nov. 26, 2008


Successful goal selection stems from our inner perceptions and the congruence of our actions. If what we want and how we go about accomplishing our goals is incongruent, then we are likely to experience a degree of self-sabotage.

In order for success to be achieved, one’s intentions and actions must be in alignment when selecting and committing to a goal. It is important to take time to consider if the results you desire will actually be processed effectively by your goal choice.

Ask yourself these 3 questions when contemplating a goal:

Do I truly WANT what I think I want?
Do I earnestly BELIEVE that I can achieve my goal?
Do I deeply feel that I DESERVE to have what I want?

It is certainly better to be clear about your answers to the above questions than to forge ahead and then have nagging doubts. Otherwise, you may become a candidate for self-sabotage. So, how do you explore your true intentions so that ultimately your actions will be in successful alignment?

The answer is to take a close look at your real intentions, your level of belief, and your feelings about deserving the outcome. Let’s take a look at each of these points.

Explore your real intentions. Why are you acting on this particular goal? Is it actually your goal or the idea of another person? Is the goal 100% what you want? Taking the time to consider this fundamental step is very important and can mean the difference between success and disappointment.

Explore your level of belief. In addition to wanting the goal, do you truly believe the goal is achievable? Do you believe down deep this is important enough to you to go after it? Have you thought about the tools and resources you will need for positive action? Can you commit yourself to what is necessary to accomplish the results you want?

Explore your feelings about deserving the outcome. While this may seem strange, if you do not completely feel that you are worthy of a successful outcome, all the time and energy invested simply will not bring the goal to fruition.

If you want the goal and believe in it, but have any doubt whether you are worthy of its success, figure out why you feel this way. Most likely, when honestly addressed, you can resolve this issue and move forward.

It is absolutely wonderful when your intentions and actions are in alignment and you know that you want a goal, believe in it, and deserve it. But, unless you consciously deal with these basic elements, then it is possible to sabotage your well-intended efforts.

In summary, a well-structured goal is essential to establish a clear path to a desired outcome, but carefully selecting the right goal is perhaps even more critical. That also means that the intent of the goal and the actions to implement it must match. Pursuing a poorly conceived goal is paramount to self-sabotage. Learning to make a successful goal selection is fundamental to goal-setting.

Author's Bio

David Schaefer is a success coach and writes on the topics of personal development and Internet marketing. He offers a FREE AUDIO CD about Breakthrough Success at -- Also visit

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


From the Daily Press - 12/04/08, 6:56 AM - "Top 10 Christmas songs":

Top 10 Christmas songs, | 757-247-4730

"'Tis the season," they say. However, "'twasn't the season," they say in the places where the Christmas music started just after Halloween. There are always people who will complain, but some are particularly fond of the holiday carols. The crackpot music critics at the Daily Top 10 have compiled this list of Christmas songs that won't make you sick - like drinking too much egg nog will. Feel free to disagree or weigh in with your own choices in our comments section and online poll.

1. Jingle Bell Rock -- There is something rhythmically moving in the slow beat of this song. The catchy lyrics suggest partying on a grand scale, reminding us of the joy and revelry that should accompany the holidays.

2. Carol of the Bells -- Yes, the often-used chorus of voices singing in a fast, soprano style makes the lyrics hard to understand. However, the emotion, thought and wonder produced by the song are very pervasive. If the singing is too much, check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra's instrumental version, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo (12/24)."

3. Feliz Navidad -- Well known, yes. Highly repetitive, yes. A fun song? You bet. And it makes for an easy Spanish lesson for kids, to boot.

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -- Who doesn't remember the lyrics to this song? Who doesn't remember the cute little adlibs that kids insert between the verses? A play on words in the lyrics (or confusion) even created another character in a book and animated special, Olive, the Other Reindeer.

5. Silent Night -- Of all the songs on this lists, Silent Night is the most mellow. Its soothing tempo inspires reverence for the story of Christmas. When given a quality performance, the song has remarkable beauty and charm. Then there's the Stevie Nicks version.

6. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer -- Quite macabre for a Christmas song. Despite its dark humor, the lyrics raise an interesting question: if Grandma had drunk too much eggnog, why did she leave to go get her medication? Alcohol and medicine normally isn't a safe mix.

7. Frosty the Snowman -- Granted, many of us get tired of Christmas songs and even the holidays and winter in general. "Frosty the Snowman" shows us that there is light at the end of the tunnel, when the warm weather melts Frosty. However, we are reminded that he will be back again next year.

8. Nuttin' for Christmas -- What's funny about some versions of this novelty song is that though the "kid" singing it laments his bad behavior, he laughs between the verses. Of course, perhaps we should adjust the lyrics for the times, for some of us will get nothing for Christmas because the economy "ain't been nuttin' but bad."

9. Here We Come A-Wassailing -- You know, it's surprising that wassailing isn't more popular these days. It's a lot like caroling except you bring a bowl or cup and demand a drink for your singing. Persistence is the key. "We won't go until we've got one," the lyrics say.

10. I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In) -- An appropriate song in the maritime area of Hampton Roads, though it is highly unlikely that anyone will see three ships sailing on Christmas day. You might see a couple of boats, but most ship crews will likely take that day off.

   Oh, WOW - we used that as a Newsletter theme two years ago today! :o)

Matt Cahill's Daily Top 10 comes out every weekday. Coming Friday: Top 10 things to buy with a dollar.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/05/08 - "Mrs. Claus' Cookbook":

My contributions to the site are rarely epicurean. However, a cousin sent me this link, which I thought was very nice compilation of recipes for the holidays.

It's time again for the website that has all those Christmas cookie recipes......just "click" on Mrs. Claus...... 

   How delightful! Thanks, David!


      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/05/08 - "And Speaking of Food...":

   This is THE best pecan pie recipe; I've been making it since 1967!

Colonial Innkeepers Pecan Pie

3 beaten eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup melted butter (NO margarine!)
1 cup whole pecans

   Beat eggs, add sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat lightly.  Add syrup and butter.  Place pecans in bottom of unbaked crust; add filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.

                                                                 - Mrs. P. L. Guynn, Norfolk County, Virginia

   If you'd like to make your own pie crust, this one is superb (or you could "cheat" and buy a pre-made one)!

Margo's Foolproof Pie Crust

4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups shortening
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 egg
1/2 cup water

   With a fork, mix together first four ingredients. In a separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.  Combine the two mixtures, stirring with a fork until all ingredients are moistened.  Then with hands mold dough in a ball.  Chill at least 15 minutes before rolling it into desired shape.  Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to three days, and it can be frozen until ready to use.  Makes two 9" double crust pies and one 9" shell.  Dough will remain soft in the refrigerator, and can be taken out and rolled at once.  No matter how much you handle this dough (and you may beat it with your rolling pin if you like), it will always be flaky, tender, and delicious.

                                                                 - Margo E. Brown, Woman's Day, January, 1968


   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of MD - 12/04/08 - "Busy woman":

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard.  Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could  have beaten the red light by accelerating through the  intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her  cell phone and makeup.

As  she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and  placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.  She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He  said, 'I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life'  license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper Sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk."
"Naturally... I assumed you had stolen the car."

   I'd say she was justifiably busted; there wasn't enough evidence to convict her of being a Christian! Thanks, Mark!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#10 in a Series of 12):

sweet pictures

   Thank you so much, Shari! These lessons 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, January 1, 2009, 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 12/03/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/01/08


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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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The Echo Carol (Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht)

German Lyrics by Nach Friedrich von Spee, veröffentlicht, 1625

Music: Traditional German melody, arranged by Hugo Jüngst

1. Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht
Ein Engel mir die Botschaft bracht.

Des bin ich froh, bin ich froh,
Froh, froh, froh, o, o, o!
|: Benedicamus Domino. :|

2. Er sagt', es soll geboren sein
Zu Bethlehem ein Kindelein

3. Er sagt, das Kind läg da im Stall
Und soll die Welt erlösen all.

4. Als ich das Kind im Stall gesehn
Nicht wohl konnt ich von dannen gehn.

5. Das Kind zu mir sein' Äuglein wandt,
Mein Herz gab ich in seine Hand.

6. Demütig küßt' ich seine Fuß',
Davon mein Mund ward zuckersüß.

7. Als ich heimging, das Kind wollt' mit
Und wollt' von mir abweichen nit.

8. Das Kind legt' sich an meine Brust
Und macht' mir da all' Herzenslust

9. Den Schatz muß ich bewahren wohl,
So bleibt mein Herz der Freuden voll.

Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht',
Ein Engel mir die Botschaft bracht'.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Er sprach: „Der Heiland Jesu Christ
Zu Bethlehem geboren ist !"
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

„Das Kindlein liegt in einem Stall
Und will die Welt erlösen all !"
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Als ich zum Stalle trat hinein,
In Windeln lag das Kindelein.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Das Kind zu mir die Äuglein wandt',
Mein Herz gab ich in seine Hand.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

While by my sheep I watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great my joy! Great my joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
|: Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! :|

There shall be born, so he did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today.

There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.

This gift of God I'll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.


"Echo Carol" midi (sequenced by Marc Weimer) courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht" German and English lyrics courtesy of and - 12/04/08

Image of James Jacques-Joseph Tissot's (1836 - 1902) Painting, "The Annunciation",  courtesy
of - 12/04/08

Shepherd clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/04/08

Animated Tiny 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
Thanks, Al!

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

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!!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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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