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11/30/15 - NNHS Newsletter - If We Make It Through December

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight
that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.”

Thomas Carlyle
(04 Dec 1795 - 05 Feb 1881)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   How about a Merle Haggard classic to wind up November?

BONUS #1 - - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1974

BONUS #2 - - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1985


"If We Make It Through December" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music singer Merle Haggard. It was released in October 1973 as the lead single from album, of the same name. The song was included on Haggard's Christmas album released that year. In the years since its release, "If We Make It Through December" — which, in addition to its Christmas motif, also uses themes of unemployment and loneliness — has become one of the trademark songs of Haggard's career.

Written in 1973, it treats with Haggard's characteristically simple poetry the desperate optimism of a working-class man dealing with economic hardship. Having been laid off from his factory job just prior to the holidays, the man becomes depressed over his predicament during what normally should be a "happy time of year." At one point, he observes that his little girl "don't understand why Daddy can't afford no Christmas cheer."

The chorus, "If we make it through December/Everything's gonna be alright I know" expresses hope, the protagonist telling himself that hope exists if he wants to deal with "the coldest time of winter" and the cold, lonely feeling he experiences while watching the snow fall ("and I shiver when I see the falling snow").

While Christmas is a prominently theme of this song, writer Tom Roland said the song is not considered a "pure" Christmas record, as the subject of economics was also explored.[1]

"If We Make It Through December" was received positively by a review panel with Billboard magazine. In the review published October 13, 1973, they wrote, "Another change of pace by Haggard, who keeps surprising with his various styles, and does so well with all. He is a complete artist."[2]

The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in December 1973 and January 1974, and cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. "If We Make It Through December" was the No. 2 song of the year on Billboard's Hot Country Singles 1974 year-end chart. [2]


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX -  11/29/15:

Talk with heart doc. My heart only working 25 percent; getting worried.

   YOWZERONI! We will certainly keep you in our prayers, Glenn! You know what mighty prayer warriors we have in our Typhoon family!


1.   Robbie Shields Stowe ('68) of VA - 11/29/15 - "Newsletter":

Please add me to the mailing list for the NNHS Newsletter. Thank you!!

Robbie (Roberta) Shields Stowe
NNHS Class of '68

   Certainly, Robbie! Welcome aboard! I've added your junior portrait to the Alumni page for your class.

   As you didn't expressly authorize me to publish your email addy, I'll keep it private.

   Send me your birthday and I'll add it to the Birthday page so that we may all delight in annoying you - oh, ah, that is, helping you celebrate that week. 


   Happy Birthday today to       Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (John Marshall HS, TX - '02) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR;

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

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND        Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


November 30, 1939 - Winter War: Soviet forces crossed the Finnish border in several places and bombed Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.

November 30, 1942 - Guadalcanal Campaign: Battle of Tassafaronga — A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizo Tanaka defeated a US cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.

November 30, 1943 - At the Teheran Conference, an agreement was reached on Operation Overlord by U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The operation was the Anglo-American invasion across the English Channel.


Tuesday, November 30, 1965 - Footballer Aldair was born Aldair Nascimento dos Santos in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil.

Tuesday, November 30, 1965 - Poet and curator Lee Klein was born in the USA.

Tuesday, November 30, 1965 - The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws, was born in Farnham, Surrey, England.

Tuesday, November 30, 1965 - Fumihito, Prince Akishino (秋篠宮文仁親王) of Japan, was born in the Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, November 30, 1965 - Actor, director, producer and screenwriter Ben Stiller was born Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller in New York City, New York.

“Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”

- Thomas S. Monson, October 2006
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 11/23/15 - "Angel Flight":

I don’t care who you are. If you’re an American you’re honor-bound to watch this. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

One reason it is called ‘Angel’, is when the plane releases its decoy missiles, as is shown in several of the pictures, it creates an Angel shape in the smoke.

Listen to the words of the pilot and the tower, and make sure you sit quietly and listen to the very end. This is beautiful. God bless the Veterans!

    Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 11/29/15 - "Brass Band -- Hilarious!":

Brass Band -- Hilarious!

You’re gonna love it!!

I get sent some strange stuff on the Internet but this comes real close to being the strangest.

Prepare to be amazed! 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Dearest Judy!

“The best way to keep children home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere . . . and let the air out of the tires.”

- Dorothy Parker
(22 Aug 1893 - 07 June 1967)

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/16/15 - "Signs of the Times (#10 in a series of 21)":
     Thanks, Billy!


Peppermint Chevron Afghan - "The Peppermint Chevron Afghan is an example of "delicious" looking crochet! Vintage crochet doesn't get sweeter than this. Free Christmas crochet patterns in a ripple design are always a favorite. This blanket can be kept out all year because red and white patterns are a classic color combination. You can even make this blanket in the spirit of Valentine's day too. The chevron crochet pattern is so versatile that this crochet blanket will be your favorite during the whole year."

Colors of Christmas Afghan - "Get into the holiday mood when you crochet the Colors of Christmas Afghan. With all the stores starting Christmas shopping earlier and earlier, we find it difficult to embrace the holiday when it seems so long away. With this Christmas crochet blanket, you can start way before Christmas and still feel a bit jolly because you know you'll definitely be finished with it by the time December 25 rolls around. Keep it for your own cozy fireplace afghan or give it to someone you care about after you're done."

Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket - "Get into the holiday spirit with the Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket. It's got red and green stripes with blocks of white in between. It would look super festive for any holiday gatherings and celebrations when it's draped over a couch, chair, or someone's lap. You want to be cozy warm when you're home for the holidays, so why not work up a crochet blanket that you and your family will curl up in? You definitely won't be a Scrooge when crocheting this lovely afghan."

Christmas Wreath Throw - ''When it comes to crocheting for Christmas, you're going to fall in love with the Christmas Wreath Throw. After crocheting a few crochet granny squares, you'll piece them together to create this festive holiday throw. This is definitely one of the easy crochet blanket patterns you don't want to miss out on this year. It'll add a festive touch to any room you put it in. Plus, it'd make a great Christmas present for any friends or family."

BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS: - Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels - Ball Ornament Wreath

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Amish Do It Best Beef Bake - "Though not an official Amish dish, this beef casserole recipe uses simple ingredients, many of which could be pulled from your own garden or farmer's market. A lifestyle that the Amish thrive on. Live simply and make up this Amish Do It Best Beef Bake." - Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie - "Everyone at the table will love you for throwing together a quick, Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for dinner! This hamburger stuffer is a whole lot of messy pie fun that you can enhance with ketchup, BBQ sauce or salsa!" - Simple Shepherd's Pie - "It doesn't get simpler than this easy ground beef casserole, otherwise known as a Shepherd's pie. This classic favorite never gets old with my family. Make up some Simple Shepherd's Pie for a wonderful weeknight meal."


From - 11/29/15:

Young Susie was having trouble with her computer so she called Wes, the computer guy, over to her desk. Wes clicked a couple buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, Susie called after him, "So, what was wrong?"

Wes replied, "It was an 'ID ten T' error."

A puzzled expression ran riot over Susie's face. " 'An ID ten T' error? What's that, in case I need to fix it again?"

He gave her a grin. "Haven't you ever seen an 'ID ten T' error before?"

Susie answered, "No."

"Write it down," he said, "and I think you'll figure it out."

. . . . . . . . . . I D 1 0 T .

1. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 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 11/30/15

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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Written and Recorded by Merle Haggard (b. 06 Apr 1937), 1973

If we make it through December
Everything's gonna be all right I know
It's the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we'll be fine

Got laid off down at the factory
And there time is not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin' hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy's girl
Now I don't mean to hate December
It's meant to be the happy time of year
And my little girl don't understand
Why daddy can't afford no Christmas gift

If we make it through December
Everything's gonna be alright I know
It's the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we'll be fine 

"If We Make It Through December" midi (Sequenced by Ron Tilden) courtesy of - 11/29/11

"If We Make It Through December" lyrics courtesy of - 11/29/11

"Man on Steps Frustrated" Image courtesy of - 11/29/11

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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 BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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