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11/30/16 - 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 - - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1974


"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 Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 11/29/16, 9:28 PM - " Richard Dean Johnson obituary, NNHS 1964": 


I just learned about Richard's passing this evening. I've known him from Calvary Baptist Church since I was a teenager. He was always a very good person.

Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67

Richard Dean Johnson
Richard was born on December 8, 1944 and passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
Richard was a resident of Eagle Springs, North Carolina at the time of his passing.
He graduated from Newport News High School in 1964.
He was married to Carol Brewer Johnson.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time. [They were held in North Carolina.]
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Moore County Meals on Wheels, C/O Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, PO Box 487, Carthage, NC 28327.

   Oh, Adrian, I'm so sorry to hear this! Thank you for letting me know. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend. Richard and I shared some classes in high school; I remember him as a very fine young man.


   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, 1916 - Costa Rica signed the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty.


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.


Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Barbados became independent from the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Businessman and politician Nigel Adams was born in Goole, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Swimmer David Berkoff was born David Charles Berkoff in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Comedian and actor John Bishop was born John Joseph Bishop in Liverpool, England.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Runner Kipkemboi Kimeli was born in Kenya, and died on 06 Feb 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico from complications from pneumonia and tuberculosis.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Author and screenwriter David Nicholls was born in Eastleigh, Hampshire, England.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Race car driver Mika Salo was born Mika Juhani Salo in Helsinki, Finland.

Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Lawyer and politician Salah Suheimat (b. Salah al-Din Attallah Suheimat صلاح الدين عطالله السحيمات]‎‎] in 1914 in Jordan) died in Amman, Jordan.

“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 John Patterson ('59) of TN - 11/29/16 - "Tennessee fires":

Here's a link to 56 photos depicting the wildfire damages our fellow Tennesseans have suffered so close to where we live.

So sad to see - - we pray they get lots of rain tonight, that these fires will be finally totally extinguished, and that the arsonists who set these fires pay the heaviest price the courts can give them!

   OH, NO! Thank you so much for sharing these, John! There's much more detail in these images than I had seen before, and it's beyond horrible! We blessedly received word that Eddie ('65) and Pauline Wright ('67) Perry are still safe in Knoxville, and we pray that you and  Aretie Gallins ('59) Patterson will stay that way as well!

    From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 11/29/16:

  I lured him on the deck with a peanut!

   GOOD JOB! Thank you, Cheryl!


“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 - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#30 in a series of 40)":
  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#10 in a series of 30)":

  MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!


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 - 11/29/16:

Alfie had been listening to his sister practicing her singing. "Sis," he said, "I wish you'd sing Christmas Carols."

"That’s nice of you, Alfie," she said. "Why?"

"Then I'd only have to hear you once a year!"

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 11/29/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

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in the bucket."


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If We Make It Through December
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 Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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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