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11/27/14 - NNHS Newsletter -

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that
the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-  John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(22 May 1923 - 22 Nov 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today is a really precious holiday. Here's something I borrowed from my personal page which I wrote over a dozen years ago while in a bit of a silly mood (who - ME?):

Contrary to the propaganda constantly put out by Yankees (who seem to share grabbing top honors to themselves with Texans
and the Russians!), the first Thanksgiving was held at Berkeley Plantation along the James River in Virginia on December 4, 1619.
Those Johnny-Come-Lately, "Let's Claim Every Honor for Ourselves", Blithering Yankees didn't even ARRIVE
on America's shores until November 9, 1620!

For the TRUE version, see:

   If you'd prefer the Yankee Version, see:

   Either way, Happy Thanksgiving!

BONUS #1 - - Thanksgiving Medley

BONUS #2 - - We Gather Together

BONUS #3 - - We Gather Together, Celtic Woman


"We Gather Together" is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt heden nu treden" to celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout. It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day.
We gather together to ask our Lord's blessing...

At the time the hymn was written, the Dutch were engaged in a war of national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. "Wilt heden nu treden," "We gather together" resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first appeared in print in a 1626 collection of Dutch patriotic songs, "Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck."

The hymn is customarily performed to a tune known as "Kremser", from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden into Latin and German. The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.

According to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, "We Gather Together's" first appearance in an American hymnal was in 1903.[citation needed] It had retained popularity among the Dutch, and when the Dutch Reformed Church in North America decided in 1937 to abandon the policy that they had brought with them to the New World in the 17th century of singing only psalms and add hymns to the church service, "We Gather Together" was chosen as the first hymn in the first hymnal.[1]

The hymn steadily gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving on such occasions as town and college centennial celebrations. According to Carl Daw, executive director of the Hymn Society, the "big break" came in 1935 when it was included in the national hymnal of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.[1]

According to Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, "by World War I, we started to see ourselves in this hymn," and the popularity increased during World War II, when "the wicked oppressing" were understood to include Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan...[1]

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/27/14, 1:05 PM - "Surgery":

Dear NNHS friends,
I usually tough things out, but I am going in for a knee replacement on Dec. 1 and would like to ask for your prayers.  I am just getting over what was to be a simple 40 minute neck surgery where all the doctor was going to do was scrap some spears off.  Turned into 1.5 hours and replacing 3 disks and screws, rod, etc.  So I am a little worried.  Will be in the hospital 4 or 5 days and then go to rehab until Dec. 17.  Don't know when I will be back on the internet.  So Love and Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas to all.
   OHHH, Ruthie!   I was just thinking about you! Everything I keep hearing from all the people who keep trying to talk me into having both my knees replaced is that you'll feel so much better you'll wonder why on earth you ever kept postponing it!

   Our love and prayers will definitely be with you during this time!


   Happy Thanksgiving Birthday today to Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Goldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

    Happy Birthday this week to:  

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 - 2002) of TX;

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

03 -  Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND    Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 27, 1940 - In Romania, the ruling party Iron Guard arrested and executed over 60 of exiled King Carol II of Romania's aides, including former minister Nicolae Iorga.

November 27, 1940 - At the Battle of Cape Spartivento, the Royal Navy engaged the Regia Marina in the Mediterranean Sea.

November 27, 1942 - At Toulon, the French navy scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands.

November 27, 1944 - An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump at Fauld, Staffordshire killed seventy people.

November 27, 1944 - The Battle of Peleliu ended. The battle had begun on September 15. The Battle of Peleliu, when considering the number of men involved, had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific.

November 27, 1944 - United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull retired from office due to poor health. He was replaced by Edward R. Stettinius. The next year Hull won the Nobel Peace Prize.


Friday, November 27, 1964 - Priest and journalist Giles Fraser was born Giles Anthony Fraser in England.

Friday, November 27, 1964 - Actress Robin Givens was born Robin Simone Givens in New York City, New York.

Friday, November 27, 1964 - Footballer and manager Roberto Mancini was born in Iesi, Italy.

Friday, November 27, 1964 - Author and actor David Rakoff was born David Benjamin Rakoff in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He died on 09 Aug 2012 in Manhattan, New York City, New York at the age of 47.

Friday, November 27, 1964 - Golfer Hisayuki Sasaki was born in Tokyo, Japan. He died on 03 Jan 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand at the age of 48.

"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."

- Thomas S. Monson

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/24/14 - "50-Year Reunion":

“Attention NNHS Class of 1965 Graduates”

Your reunion committee is beginning the process of organizing our 50th reunion celebration. While in the very preliminary stages, what is needed to move forward with a more definitive plan is an expression of interest from each and every classmate. H.P. Lucas has graciously offered to be the point person for this effort. You may contact him by e-mail at to convey your thoughts. As the level of participation becomes more defined, the committee will then be in a position to supply a thorough synopsis of what our reunion festivities will look like.

My sincere hope is that each of you are well. May the upcoming holiday season bring you peace and joy.

I look forward to a tremendous turnout for our 50th and I look forward to seeing you all again. Remember, age is only a state of mind.

Best wishes,

Joe Wingo

   Thanks, Joe Sweetie!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/26/14 - "Happy Thanksgiving":

Hope you are feeling better! Happy Thanksgiving to all my Typhoon friends!

   Thank you, Jean! Happy Thanksgiving!

   I thought I was feeling better, I really did, but when we went to the kitchen to begin preparing dinner, we made it only as far a a blueberry cobbler and the dressing. That's when we realized we were too sick to proceed - and wouldn't even feel like eating it anyway, so we crawled back into bed. Thanksgiving Dinner has been postponed for a day...maybe two.....

    From Jerry ('65) and   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Three Things":


   Thank you, Sweetie Pies! Happy Thanksgiving to y'all, too!

    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 11/27/14 - "Happy Thanksgiving":

Happy Thanksgiving, especially to all of the men and women in our armed forces celebrating away from home.

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Mayim!

    From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 11/26/14 - "This Is Why Dogs Never Die":

This Is Why Dogs Never Die

     Thank you, Bobby!

"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

   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Cute, isn't it?":

  PRECIOUS! Thank you, Malcolm!

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of CA - 11/25/14 - "Shoulda Seen That Coming...":

Caught   Claire (age 4) about to cut her bangs.

Asked if she wanted her bangs cut.

Said, "OK."

Cut Claire's bangs.

Watched Claire run away screaming that I'd cut her bangs and now had to put them back.

     AWW! Thanks, Diana! Poor sweet baby! She has the sympathy of every woman who ever put her faith in a hairdresser who somehow did not catch her exact vision. I'm sure it's beautiful!

From My Friend, David, of NC - 11/26/14 - "He is the Gift":

This Gift never grows old. - He is the Gift – Christmas Video

   Thank you, Sir!

From My Friend, Dan, of NC - 11/25/14:

During this Thanksgiving, it is my hope that we each take a moment and give thanks for the greatest blessing and gift of all. He truly is our Prince of Peace and our King of kings.

   Thanks so much, Dan!

       From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 11/26/14 - "How to Soften Butter Quickly":

  I have a tip that is going to make your Thanksgiving baking about a 100 times easier!

If you need softened butter for a recipe DO NOT put the stick of butter in the microwave! It will wreck the recipe.

This trick will save you tons of time!

All you need to do is put your butter in a Ziploc bag and place it in a cup or bowl of warm (NOT hot!) water.

In a few minutes you will have perfect softened butter and it is great for spreading on rolls too!

   JUST IN TIME! Thanks, Catherine!


  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 11/26/14 - "Cranberry Fluff":

  MMM! Thank you, Margaret!

From My Friend, Terri, of NC - 11/26/14 - "Set Your Scales Back":

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Terri!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/01/14 - "All you animal lovers (#25 in a series of 26)":

Some of these pictures might come in handy for the newsletter. If you have used them before, it's OK not to use them. When things like this come to me I always think about you and your wonderful newsletter. Blessings.


   Thanks, Joan!



        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#3 in a series of 18)":

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROSS STITCH PATTERNS: - Connie G. Barwick's Christmas Hearts
- Connie G. Barwick's Merry Christmas Blocks
- Connie G. Barwick's Noel
- Connie G. Barwick's Peace
- Connie G. Barwick's Silent Night

BONUS LEFTOVERS RECIPES: - Turkey Pot Pie - "The ultimate comfort food has to be a bubblin' hot Turkey Pot Pie. One forkful and you'll know we're right. Plus, a turkey pot pie is a great way to put all of those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use!": - Ham and Bean One Pot - "A vegetable trinity of chopped onion, celery, and peppers is the crunchy, tasty start to this hearty Ham and Bean One Pot. If you've got a hungry bunch, this one is sure to stick to their ribs." - Turkey Buffet  - "Leftover turkey? Turkey Buffet is the easiest way to turn leftovers into something special. Everyone will love it. Try it -- you'll see! This is exactly the kind of recipe you've been looking for to make good use out of those Thanksgiving leftovers."


From - 11/26/14:

What do you call a polar bear with ear muffs?

A. Anything you want, he can’t hear you!


1. Thursday, December 4, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1962 Dinner Get Together - 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. CONTACT: Fran Heath Scott at 757-813-0446 or email:

2. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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 11/27/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker 
Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) 
Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr.

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of - 11/21/04

"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of - 11/21/04

Victorian Turkey clip art courtesy of - 11/19/04

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!!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

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