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11/25/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Count Your Blessings

“Reflect on your blessings, of which every person has many,
not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.”

Charles Dickens
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

  This is our traditional Day After Thanksgiving Newsletter - lest we forget.....

BONUS #1 - - Count Your Blessings - George Beverly Shea

BONUS #2 - - Count Your Blessings - St John's Children's Choir

BONUS #3 - - Count Your Blessings - Smokey Mountain Hymns - soothing instrumental version with slide show

BONUS #4 - - Count Your Blessings - Lucy Rhodes - totally different hymn, but same theme and a clear angelic voice

   Happy 66th Wedding Anniversary today to Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA and his wife!


   Happy Birthday today to The late Donnie Satisky ('56) (deceased 11/24/15) AND   Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  The late Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) (deceased 01/28/15) AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Goldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND  Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

28 - Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA;

29 -  The late Jimmy Key ('57) (deceased 03/21/12) AND   Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

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

01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (John Marshall HS, TX - '02) of TX;

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 25, 1936 - In Berlin, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, agreeing to consult on measures "to safeguard their common interests" in the case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation. The pact was renewed on the same day five years later with additional signatories.

November 25, 1940 - First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.

November 25, 1941 - The HMS Barham was sunk by a German torpedo.

November 25, 1943 - Statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established at the State Anti-Fascist Council for the People's Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

November 25, 1998 - President Jiang Zemin arrived in Tokyo for the first visit to Japan by a Chinese head of state since World War II.


Friday, November 25, 1966 - R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw was born in Washington, D.C..

Some might say, 'What do I have to be grateful for when my world is falling apart?'

Perhaps focusing on what we are grateful for is the wrong approach. It is difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count. True, it is important to frequently “count our blessings”—and anyone who has tried this knows there are many—but I don’t believe the Lord expects us to be less thankful in times of trial than in times of abundance and ease. In fact, most of the scriptural references do not speak of gratitude for things but rather suggest an overall spirit or attitude of gratitude.

It is easy to be grateful for things when life seems to be going our way. But what then of those times when what we wish for seems to be far out of reach? Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

 From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 11/22/16 - "Visit with friends from Virginia":


Attached are a few pictures of the Crosleys and Boyles during our long weekend here in Jacksonville, FL. Dinners, brunch, golf and lots of partying. It was great to just talk about old times.


 Thank you so much, Phil!
What a great and fun blessing for all of y'all!


   From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 11/23/16 - "THE FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE?":

Jefferson’s Enduring Creation

By Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Take a trip to Monticello, the home and final resting place of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America. Really, if you haven’t already, take the trip!

The cultural, historical, architectural and agricultural lessons to be learned are equal parts inspiring and humbling. That it all sprang from the mind and heart of one man may be the most impressive aspect of the visit. A must-see is his final resting place. This man-of-enumerable talents, this true renaissance figure, lies beneath a tomb inscribed with the following epitaph:

“Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.”

No mention of his two terms as president, his governorship, time in the Virginia House of Burgesses or his experiences abroad as Secretary of State or trade minister.

It seems logical that someone of Jefferson’s intellectual stature would want to represent his most important accomplishments in granite, if for no other reason than to inform future generations of his own sense of priority.

This genius, who spent his adult life in the pursuit of knowledge, educated debate and individual liberty and freedom, was likely most proud of the establishment of the University of Virginia, visible from certain locations on the grounds of Monticello. Stories abound of his campus visits, and his interaction with both students and faculty.

One can only imagine the deep and abiding sadness, the utter sense of academic and philosophical failure he would feel were he to visit that quiet campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in central Virginia today.

He would find a university president under assault by the staff and student body for merely quoting the school’s founder in an email discussing the recent presidential election. That’s right, this isn’t The Onion.

Embracing Thomas Jefferson’s Responsibility?

UVA President Teresa Sullivan added her thoughts in a post-election email commentary to remind students of the importance of their legacy. The quote, included below, has ignited a firestorm.

“Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend that University of Virginia students ‘are not of ordinary significance only: they are exactly the persons who are to succeed to the government of our country, and to rule its future enmities, its friendships and fortunes,’”

Sullivan said in the November 9, 2016 email. “I encourage today’s U. of Va. students to embrace that responsibility.”

If this seems even remotely provocative, it could only be to the most politically-correct, safe-space advocate. Read how a professor from the UVA Psychology Department felt compelled to respond:

“We would like for our administration to understand that although some members of this community may have come to this university because of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, others of us came here in spite of it,” the letter read. “For many of us, the inclusion of Jefferson quotations in these e-mails undermines the message of unity, equality and civility that you are attempting to convey.”

To what might this idiotic statement refer when it mentions those who came to UVA in spite of Jefferson’s legacy?

Racism, of course! Because Thomas Jefferson employed slaves, and our culture has now decided that such historical references no longer justify the assignation of honor to those so inclined, UVA staff and students would rather not be reminded of the teachings, ideology and accomplishments of the University’s founder.

To quote Saturday Night Live’s Church Lady: “Well, isn’t that special!”

Four hundred sixty-nine (469) students, professors and university employees signed onto this objection. Each and every one of them should be ashamed of themselves; they have collectively lowered the bar of academic standards carefully crafted through centuries of study and contemplation.

Thomas Jefferson’s enduring national legacy will survive far beyond the insignificance and intolerance of one professor and 468 signatories to their idiotic letter. Of that, you can be sure.

Of greater concern is the dumbing-down of our national institutions of higher-learning. On one hand, we bemoan how we no longer can compete on a world stage of academic excellence.

On the other hand, our own academic institutions fritter away time censoring history, worried more about how we feel than what we learn. ◄◄◄◄◄

Richard B. Weldon Jr. writes from Frederick, Maryland.

   Thank you, Harry - and Richard!

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

- Doug Larson
(b. 10 Feb 1926

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#25 in a series of 40)":

  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!



  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#5 in a series of 30)":

  MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Suzetta Williams' Little Angel
- Suzetta Williams' Paperclip Ice Skate Ornament


Martha Stewart's Cranberry Cobbler - "Take advantage of fresh cranberries while they're plentiful. This homey creation takes just minutes to make and would be a festive treat throughout the holiday season."

Martha Stewart's
Apple-Date Betty - "As American as apple betty. Yes, this dessert dates to colonial times. The warm spiced apples topped with sweet breadcrumbs make it a great stand-in for pie."

Martha Stewart's
Coconut Cream Pie - "This rich pie is a coconut triple threat: There is shredded coconut in the macaroonlike chocolate wafer crust, in the rich and creamy custard filling, and in the nutty toasted topping. Cutting into this pie is sheer coconut joy."

From - 11/24/16:

A man walked into the barbershop and sat down in the chair.

The barber asked, "How do you want your haircut?"

The man said, "I would like the sideburns one high and one low, a few long hairs sticking out of the back, and a few chunks on the side and top."

The barber looked puzzled and said, "I'm not sure I can do that."

The customer replied, "Why not? You did it that way last time."



1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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 11/22/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


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

                          Love to all, Carol




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Count Your Blessings

Words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897
Music by Edwin O. Excell

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

"Count Your Blessings" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Count Your Blessings" Image courtesy of - 11/27/09

Pumpkin and Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 11/25/08

Animated Lovey Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/17/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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 Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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