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10/04/13 - NNHS Newsletter - The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

“He judged the cause of the poor and needy for his own good:
was it not therefore because he knew me, saith the Lord?”

- Jeremiah 22:16 (Douay-Rheims Version)

“Those who sing pray twice.”

 - Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 03 Oct 1226)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today we are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, because we are a very varied lot, and we celebrate everything together like the big happy Typhoon family we have become. 

BONUS #1 - - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

BONUS #2 - - Neumann University Celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

BONUS #3 - - A Reflection for the Feast of St. Francis


All Things Bright and Beautiful is an Anglican hymn, also popular with other Christian denominations.

The piece can be sung to several melodies, in particular the 17th-century English melody "Royal Oak", adapted by Martin Shaw, and "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by William Henry Monk (1823–1889). There have also been other adaptations, such as a full choral piece by John Rutter.

Composition of the hymn's text has been attributed to three locations: at Llanwenarth House in Govilon, Monmouthshire, in the valley of the River Usk; at Markree Castle near Sligo; and in Minehead and the nearby village of Dunster in 1848 by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander (from Dublin, Ireland). The hymn may have been inspired by a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: "He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all."

Alternatively, inspiration may have come from William Paley's Natural Theology, published in 1802, that argues for God as the designer of the natural world. For example, the hymn's second verse alludes to "wings" and verse 7 refers to "eyes". Paley cited wings and eyes as examples of complexity of design, analogous to that of a watch, with God as the "Divine Watchmaker".

The hymn was first published in Alexander's Hymns for Little Children. It consists of a series of stanzas that elaborate upon verses of the Apostles' Creed.




Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water.

Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964.

SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at;

CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

   Y'all have fun!


   Happy Birthday today to       My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 - Ellen Anas Smith ('57) ANDDale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA AND    Marsha Leak Garrett ('63);

11 -  Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA AND    Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 04, 1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at the Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.

October 04, 1943 - The U.S. captured the Solomon Islands.

October 04, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributed to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that revealed the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat ("shell shock").

October 04, 1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.


Friday, October 04, 1963 - Hurricane Flora killed 6,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.

Friday, October 04, 1963 - Basketball player A. C. Green was born in Portland, Oregon.

Friday, October 04, 1963 - Author and illustrator Koji Ishikawa  (いしかわこうじ) was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Friday, October 04, 1963 - Architect Alar Kotli (b. 27 Aug 1904 in Väike-Maarja, Estonia) died in Tallinn, Estonia at the age of 63.

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 10/01/13 - "Friday, Oct. 4th, St. Francis of Assisi - Blessing of Animals":

From the bulletin of a Catholic Church:

Blessing of Animals

One of my favorite events is taking place this Friday afternoon — it’s the Blessing of Animals, in conjunction with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi! The Blessing of Animals is always such a fun occasion, and it’s so amusing to see people with their pets and to meet those special members of the family!

As announced elsewhere, the blessing will take place this Friday, October 4, at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Convent building (in the school Auditorium if it’s raining).

Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, hamster, snake, ferret, iguana, horse, pig, or whatever you have. Treats will be provided!

But remember: this is a blessing, not an exorcism — I can’t make your pet behave!

     Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie! How perfectly this fits today's theme!


   1. On the 09/23/13 Newsletter, I'm a Fool to Want You (completed at long last on 10/03/13), the entire point of the issue was to hear Frank's beautiful voice singing the title song.  That would have proved problematical, as I had inadvertently posted a link to Billie Holiday's version - certainly NOT my favorite!   I switched it as soon as I found it, but by then a couple of hours had passed..... - I'm a Fool to Want You - THE REAL Frank Sinatra!

   2.          From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/03/13 - "RE: I'm a Fool to Want You":

  I don't have many Anchors … BUT I DO have a 1948 Anchor.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, David!

  WAIT A MINUTE! That picture looks familiar! Now, how could that BE? Unless... unless... I already had it in my files... Yes, there it is, courtesy of      Fred Field (June '45) of CA - right where it's been since 07/16/11:


   But I was unaware of her very impressive activities! Thank you so much, Gentlemen!

From My Friend, Anica, of NC - 10/03/13 - LDS General Conference":

This weekend is General Conference! The messages shared are uplifting and encouraging. I always feel spiritually renewed after listening, and have greater desires to be a better person. I invite you to listen! You can tune into BYUtv or listen online at

   Thank you, Anica! As is our family tradition, we will be watching General Conference on Saturday and Sunday with my sister,      Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959) at her home. This one should be really exciting - as are they all!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/25/13 - "Your Laugh for Today (#5 in a series of 15)":

  Enjoy, Carol!

      Oh, I am! Thanks, Joan!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/13 - "Life Advice (#5 in a series of 28)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/25/13 - "Some Funnies - Enjoy (#5 in a series of 20)":

  Thanks, Jimmy!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/25/13 - "Popular American Cities 100 Years Ago (#5 in a series of 28)":

  Great and interesting, Carol, to look at that time verses the cities of today......


These are really professional photographers who took these pictures... Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are and these are over a 100 years old. There aren't many old photos as good.

American Cities more than a Century ago

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

1910 - Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL


BONUS ST. FRANCIS RECIPE IDEAS: - St. Francis of Assisi Cupcake Ideas

From - 10/03/13:
A man and a woman were eating in a restaurant. Suddenly, the woman got something stuck in her throat, causing her to choke. The man rushed outside, cut a limb off a tree, and whacked the woman across the back with it, dislodging the object in her throat.

The headline in the paper read "Man Gives Woman the Hemlock Maneuver."

1. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

2. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 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.

3.Thursday, November 7, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them. 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/02/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Words by Cecil F. Alexander (April 1818 - 12 Oct 1895), 1848

17th-century English melody "Royal Oak", adapted by Martin Shaw (09 Mar 1875 - 24 Oct 1958), 1915


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.


He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.


 "All Things Bright and Beautiful" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/12

Image of Giotto's (1266/7 – 08 Jan 1337) Painting, "St. Francis Before the Sultan (Trial by Fire)", 1297/1300, courtesy
of - 10/03/12

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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

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!!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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 Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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