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“Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief... Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others.
Without it there is arrogance and evil.

Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008),
October, 1964
11/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter -

“Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love...Those who live in thanksgiving daily have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time.

Joseph B. Wirthlin
(11 June 1917 - 01 Dec 2008),
The Ensign, September, 2001

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is our traditional Day Before Thanksgiving Newsletter.

BONUS - - Come Ye Thankful People, Come - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, November 22, 2009


"Come, ye thankful people, come" is a harvest hymn written in 1844 by Henry Alford.[1] It is often sung to the tune St. George's, Windsor by George Job Elvey.


   Happy Birthday today to     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

29 - Jimmy Key ('57) AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Saturday, Nov. 23, 1861

At this time of year the weather in the better-known centers of fighting tends to get downright nasty. Difficult as it may be for an army to fight when they have insufficient protection from cold, it becomes downright impossible when the artillery can’t move because the roads are half-frozen mud from fall rains and snows. At these times more action shifts to far-Southern action, as in one in Florida today. Pensacola was the scene. There were Confederate installations ashore. There was also a Union outpost, which was known as Fort Pickens. In concert with two Union gunboats, the USS Niagara and USS Richmond which were operating in the area, Fort Pickens’ guns were opened up on the Southern fortifications. Targets included Fort McRee, Fort Barrancas, and the Pensacola Navy Yard. The bombardment continued for two days, but the results were negligible on either side.

Sunday, Nov. 23, 1862

Despite the difficulty of conducting military operations in northern Virginia in the wintertime, US Gen. Ambrose Burnside was under orders to do something of a hostile nature towards the forces of Robert E. Lee. For this reason the Army of the Potomac, instead of going into winter quarters, were going on a trip to the Rappahannock River. They had been arriving over the course of the last few days on the heights of Falmouth. Facing them on the high bluff called Marye’s Heights was James Longstreet’s corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, more of whom were also arriving daily. Huddled between the two, down towards the river, were the apprehensive residents of Fredericksburg. Burnside now called on the city to surrender, threatening to cannonade the town. The city’s mayor, neither able nor inclined to comply, requested time to remove the young, old, sick, and female residents. Burnside subordinate Gen. E.V. Sumner agreed today, as long as no “hostile demonstrations” were made.

Monday, Nov. 23, 1863

The Union men of the Army of the Cumberland, bottled up for so long in Chattanooga, were finally fed, supplied and strengthened, and today went on the long-awaited offensive. Under Gen. George H. Thomas two corps left Ft. Wood for Orchard Knob. This rocky formation was about a mile in front of the main Confederate line on another, much larger outcropping known as Missionary Ridge. Principle actors in this offensive were division commanders Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and Brig. Gen. T. J. Wood, and their onslaught was such that Orchard Knob was by nightfall in Union hands, with few casualties incurred. The defending General Braxton Bragg and his Army of Tennessee fell back to the more heavily defended lines in the rear, not knowing that Gen. William T. Sherman would send a brigade over the Tennessee River near S. Chickamauga Creek overnight to establish a foothold and build a bridge.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1864

The March to the Sea of William T. Sherman was well underway, with the first leg from Atlanta to the capital of Milledgeville accomplished. This was not done totally without opposition; skirmishes occurred there, along with others at Balls Ferry, and at the bridge of the Georgia Central Railroad on the Oconee River. These were isolated and ineffectual actions, though, in the absence of an overall commander and plan of attack. This job was today handed to Gen. William J. Hardee. This poor fellow, lacking communications with what scattered forces lay in front of Sherman, would not have known what to tell them if he could, since he had no idea what route the enemy planned to take.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/21/11 - "Monday":
Bees Turn House Into A Hive
Tiger Rug made From 500,000 cigarettes
Crazy Pygmy - Hilarious Dancing (1937) [HD] --Also Weird

Famous Last Words

"Are you sure the power is off?"

"Don't be so superstitious."

"He's probably just hibernating."

"I can do that with my eyes closed."

"I wonder where the mother bear is?"

"I'll get a world record for this."

"I'll hold it and you light the fuse."

"And that one over there, the red flashing one, what does that mean?"

"I'm making a citizen's arrest."

"It's fireproof."

"It's strong enough for both of us."

"I've done this before."

"I've seen this done on TV."

"Let it down slowly."

"Nice doggie."

"Now watch this..."

"Pull the pin and count to what?"

"Rat poison only kills rats."

"So, you're a cannibal..."

"Listen, I'm taking a course in chemistry, I know what I'm doing."

"That's odd..."

"These are the good kind of mushrooms."

"This doesn't taste right."

"What does this button do?"

"Which wire was I supposed to cut?"



God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, "thank you?"

~ William Arthur Ward


Advice to a Younger Me

All of us at some point in our lives have wished that we could write a letter to our younger selves. We have wished we could pass on the wisdom we have learned and help them to avoid some of the pain and struggles that we have gone through. I think that my own advice to the younger me would be quite simple. This is what I would say.

Wake up earlier more often and take the time to watch the sun rising over the hills. Bend down to smell the flowers in the Spring. Swim more in the Summer. Play in the Fall leaves. Make snow angels every Winter. Turn the TV off in the afternoon and go play with your dogs instead. Don’t rush through those Sunday family dinners. Savor every bite of food and joy in them. Tell your Mom and Grandma you love them everyday and hug them every chance you can. Don’t complain about chopping wood with your Dad. Enjoy every moment you have with him. And don’t argue so much with your brothers. Life is too short to spend being miserable.

Stop being so shy. Other people are just like you inside. Smile more. Laugh a lot. Sing often. They are joy creators. Share a kind word every chance you get. Give your inner goodness to everyone. Don’t worry about the future. Instead enjoy this day God has given you. Make the time to play with your young children. One day you will blink and they will be as big as you are. Quit wishing you were rich in money. Yet. rejoice at being rich in heart. Realize that happiness is simple. It is we who are complicated. Know in your heart that God loves you just as you are. Know in your heart that you can love too. Then go out and share your love with the world. When you do you will have the joy you have always longed for.

How I wish I could give this advice to the younger me, but I can’t. He probably wouldn’t have listened anyway. Still, it isn’t too late to follow this advice today and that is all that matters.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~



There was a little boy,
On the week's first day,
Coming home from Sunday School
And wandering on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass
And found a caterpillar.
He found a fluffy milkweed pod
And blew out all the filler.

A bird's nest in a tree above,
So wisely placed on high,
Was just another wonder
That caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his crooked course
And hailed him from the lawn.
He asked him where he'd been that day
And what was going on.

"I've been to Sunday School," he said
As he turned a piece of sod,
And picking up a worm, he smiled,
"I've learned a lot from God!"

"That's a fine way," the neighbor said,
"For a boy to spend his time.
"Now if you can tell me where God is,
I'll give you a brand new dime."

Quick as a flash the answer came,
The boy said without complaint,
"I'll give you a dollar, Mister,
If you can tell me where God ain't!"

~Author Unknown~

  Thank you, Shari!

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 11/21/11 - "56 Years Ago (1955)":

Comments made in the year 1955!

I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.'

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.'

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?'

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon? Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.'

'Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.'

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL of DAMN in it.'

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.'

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.'

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.'

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.'

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.'

'Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.'

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.'

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress.'

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.'

'There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.'

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'

  Sad but true! Thanks, Stacy!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/23/11:

     Lest you forget until two days after the fact what you were planning to serve...



From - 11/22/11 - "Recipe for Angeled Eggs!":

Dear Friends,

This morning I'm thinking about making my angeled eggs. They are just deviled eggs. I don't know who named them that but I am renaming them. LOL

Many of us cook our eggs to death. I don't like to be rushed either. So I boil my eggs a couple of days ahead of time. The eggs are easier to work with when they are cold instead of hot.

How to Boil Eggs

Place eggs in a saucepan one layer and cover with water about an inch. I like my eggs room temperature before I start. I also like to use eggs that are about a week old. They come out of the shells easier. I have had really great results with Egg-land's best eggs.

Now here is the easy part. Just bring the water to a boil and then turn off the heat and put the lid on for 20 minutes. They are not over cooked!

Run cold water in the pan and to help cool them off so you can peel them.

Now for my recipe for the angeled part of the eggs.

Kelly learned this from Tom's Hungarian Grandmother. She passed it on to me.

               One whole Vidalia onion that you have pulverized in food processor or grated
               1 stick of butter
               1/4 cup of sugar

Melt butter in pan. Add onion and cook, then add sugar.

I make this the day before and refrigerate it.

Mash the yolks with a fork. If you use a food processor don't over do them.

Add this to the yolks along with mayonnaise and a little bit of mustard.

I put the mixture in a Ziplock bag.

If I am taking my angeled eggs to someone else's house, I don't stuff the egg whites till I get there. It is just easier to transport. Then I just snip off the corner of the bag and use it like a pastry bag to fill the egg whites. Be sure and take your serving dish.

Be sure and sprinkle Hungarian Paprika over them and think of Tom's Grandmother when you do!

Have fun making your angeled Eggs. And best of all enjoy eating them and keep them away from Jack. He loves our angeled eggs. He can be an egg thief if you don't keep an eye on him.


CROCHET PATTERNS: - Doni's Candy Cane - Doni's Wreath Ring Ornament - Suzetta Williams' Holly Embellishment

From - 11/22/11 - "Decorating on the FLY - Thanksgiving Day Preparation":

Dear Friends,

Since it's nearing Thanksgiving Day....I thought I would share how I plan out my holiday dinner table.

The trick for me is to keep things simple. Food and family are my priority here.

I start by selecting a table cloth and place my decorative chargers out. If you are not familiar with these... they are basically an "oversized" plate that goes underneath your dinner plate and is not intended to be eaten off of. I use chargers for two reasons. It's an easy way to look formal and also "catches" those missed mouth occurrences eliminating stains on my table cloth.

Then I set out the plates, silverware and "play" with the napkins. Sometimes I fold and place them on the dinner plate and then add the salad plate on top. Or you can tie a pretty ribbon around or use twine and "tuck" in a sprig of fresh herbs. And of course, like a restaurant, fold accordion style, divide in half and place in the water glass.

As far as a table arrangement goes, I sometimes place individual tea candles in a glass votive around each place setting. I like doing this because it does not take up extra room. If I use a cornucopia type arrangement or fresh flowers, it usually has to be moved. This year I am using a honeycomb turkey folding paper centerpiece which will be replaced with the real bird!!! LOL

And I also place my serving dishes around with a post it note of what goes inside. This way I have the dish I want and need to use and if someone wants to help out in the kitchen. I do not have to "direct" where food goes.

After the table is set, you may want to place a sheet over the table or lay tea towels on top of each setting to keep "little" fingers or those "sweet critters" away.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...I have much to be thankful for this year... enjoy the day!!!


From - 11/23/11 - "7 Great Thanksgiving Tips":

7 Tips for an Exceptional Thanksgiving Day with Your Family

By Ivana Pejakovic

Without a doubt Thanksgiving is a day that ought to be filled with hope, gratitude, and happiness. It is a time of togetherness and for appreciation of our family and friends. It is a day to be celebrated in joy and liveliness.

Although this day is great on its own, it is possible to enhance the day for your family. There are many things that can make your Thanksgiving holiday exceptional. Your kids watch and notice much of what you do. How you talk about your family, the attitude you have about this special day and life in general is all being recorded by your kids.

As such this article is intended for parents to examine how they are currently celebrating the day and to find tips that can enhance this experience with their family.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Begin with a thankful mindset
Start the day off with a happy and thankful attitude. You can ask all family members to write down one positive thing about each of the other family members they are grateful for. Decide to read these notes out loud when you are together at the dinner.

2. Cook together & eat together
Cooking and eating are important for human bonding. Sharing a meal with others is what makes the food even more enjoyable. This is an opportunity to share your daily experiences (the good and the bad) with those you love and those who love you the most. Thanksgiving Day, however, is a good time to share your gratitude with each other. When we share positive ideas with people we grow closer to them. Remember that food is more than just nutrition for the body and brain. It is nutrition for the mind and soul.

3. Celebrate the gift of life
Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate life, not only by saying "Thank You" but also by stepping out of the home to experience something fun (e.g., family sport game, hike, photography, picking wild flowers, appreciation of nature). Joy and happiness are the best vehicles to gratitude and a zest for life.

4. Build family connections
As adults, people recall many memories from their childhood years formed during family events. Many adults have great memories of "crazy Uncle George" or "eccentric Aunt Martha" which they speak about with their siblings and cousins. This is a good time to put aside any family disputes. Model good family relations to your children so they can grow up and value the relationships they have with their siblings and extended family.

5. Be thankful for your family
Much information exists on "How to survive the holidays with your family." Nobody's family is perfect and most of us have a family member that is difficult to get along with. Use Thanksgiving Day to remember all the positives about everyone and to recall all the positives they have done for you. Find a subtle way to tell everyone what you appreciate about this family member and watch his or her attitude change that night. This is a great opportunity to show your kids how family can connect.

6. Volunteer
Give some of your family's time to a shelter or food bank. This is good for the kids and it is good for you. You will come home with a feeling of contribution, a greater gratitude for what you have, and with feelings of humility. This helps keep us all grounded, but it helps kids form a positive attitude about the life they were given, and it can show kids how their actions can make a difference in their community.

7. New and old tradition
Sometimes it's just easier not to cook the traditional favorites or put up the decorations. But believe it or not, these little, seemingly unimportant traditions are what we crave and what we remember from our youth. Celebrate your yearly traditions and think about developing a new tradition that incorporates the uniqueness of your family! As a family unit, what is your strength and what are your interests (e.g., using arts and crafts, visually represent what each of you is thankful for)? Use your family's uniqueness to establish a new yearly ritual.

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to your family!

About the Author:

Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA, is a motivational life coach. Ivana motivates teens and adults in their early 20s to approach life with desire, confidence, and passion. Her areas of work include identifying negative thinking patterns, body image issues, mother-daughter relationships, low self-esteem and self-confidence, bullying, and goal setting.
For more information visit

From - 11/22/11 - "Testimonial: Blended Family Thanksgiving":

Dear FlyLady,

Given we are facing the holidays and working on menu planning I wanted to send a note that may be helpful to other Flybabies.

Our family, like many others, is a blended family. Both my husband and I are widowed and we combined our family of 4 children, 2 teen boys and 2 - 6 year old girls. We had many emotions running at all times but especially at the holidays. Knowing food and the smell of the food really bring the holidays to life, I asked everybody what one food really made Thanksgiving feel like Thanksgiving to them. It was funny but I had one dessert, one main dish, 3 side dishes and an appetizer. Perfect! There was my menu!

Then Thanksgiving day I spent the day in the kitchen as I always did but when it was time to start the dessert I pulled the child that selected the dessert in to help prepare the cheese cake. The next child in to help prepare the green bean casserole, etc.

Everyone was satisfied with the holiday dinner. Instead of having a dinner that felt like the holidays to me, we had a dinner that filled the memories and honor of both families with the tastes and smells of a true Thanksgiving.

Washington state

Kelly here: I love this!! What a loving way to include everyone in the meal.


From - 11/23/11:

Rabbit resuscitation...

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry. A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

"I feel terrible," he explained. "I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it."

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to he car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 meters away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 meters, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 meters. The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can!

He ran over to the woman and demanded, "What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?"

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: " 'Hare Spray' Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave."


1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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.

2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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Lyrics by Henry Alford (07 Oct 1810 - 12 Jan 1871), 1844;
Music by Sir George Job Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893), organist at St. George's Chapel,
Windsor Castle for nearly fifty years, about 1844

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit as praise to God we yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From the field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In thy presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" midi courtesy of - 11/21/04

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" lyrics courtesy of - 11/23/04

"Come Ye Thankful People Come" Title and Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/20/07

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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!!

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

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