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12/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Baloo Lammy
Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you
would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring
out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing
the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior!
The angels called it 'Good News,' and it was.

Larry Libby (The Angels Called it Good News
in Christmas Stories for the Heart)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Let the Christmas carols begin! Speaking of Golden Oldies, this one dates to the 16th century!

BONUS #1 - - Baloo Lammy - Lark and Spur -

BONUS #2 - - Baloo Lammy - Dunblane Cathedral Handbell Ringers -

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "December Themes":

   Speaking of music, I can either start rerunning old themes for the rest of the month (such as this one from 2007), or y'all can request some personal favorites.  We are particularly lacking in Hanukkah music (I think I only have two!); any help you can render there would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


   Happy Birthday today to
  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88) !

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Monday, Dec. 2, 1861

The right of habeas corpus (Latin for “produce the body," more or less) is one of those little Constitutional tidbits that people seldom think about until they find themselves rotting in jail, and the jailers under no obligation to ever let a judge decide whether one belong there or not. It is one of the cornerstones of the American legal system. In the earliest days of the War Abraham Lincoln had suspended the right in the corridor between Washington and New York, primarily to deal with secessionist elements in Baltimore. Today he authorized Gen. Henry Halleck to do the same in his jurisdiction in the Department of Missouri. This was of very dubious legality, as the Constitution requires that the Legislature, not the Executive, have this right of suspension. Congress did, later, give retroactive approval, setting what many in later years consider a deplorable precedent.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1862

Action in the Texas-Louisiana coastal regions was still in a rather tentative stage. Both sides were gathering information they knew they were going to need in the future. One such project was the trip of the Confederate steamship Queen of the Bay which was chugging slowly today around Corpus Christi Pass taking depth soundings. Captain H. Wilkes was going about this chore methodically when he was unexpectedly set upon by two smaller boats sent from the USS Sachem. Unprepared for attack and unable to escape, Wilkes took the drastic step of running his ship up on the beach. While the crew escaped, Wilkes fired the ship's guns at the attackers, driving one away and the damaging the other. The damaged Union boat also wound up coming ashore and the crew, carrying an officer who had been wounded, had to march 30 miles overland to get back to another Union position where they were picked up.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1863

One of the primary duties for U.S. Navy ships operating along the Florida coast, along with watching for smugglers and blockade-runners, was keeping an eye out for salt works. Although some salt, in both South and North, was dug in mines where it had been deposited as ancient ocean beds evaporated, much more came from coastal operations. Sea water would be scooped into kettles and the water boiled off, or placed in shallow pans to evaporate. The USS Restless came upon such an operation today on Lake Ocala, Fla., that was producing an incredible 130 bushels of salt per day. Acting Master William R. Browne ordered the boilers destroyed, along with two flatboats and six ox carts, and had all the salt returned to the sea from whence it came. He also took 17 prisoners.

Friday, Dec. 2, 1864

If there was any command in the United States Army that chewed up and spit out commanders faster than the Army of the Potomac, it had to be the administrative duties in the Department of Missouri. General after general had been assigned to this post, and a few months later would be recalled, relieved, fired, or simply driven mad and beg for reassignment to a combat command. The problem was the intense and unremitting factionalism of local Missouri interests. They had been battling since long before the War, and would continue long afterwards. The latest victim was Gen. William Starke Rosecrans, an inept administrator anyway. He was replaced today by the unfortunate Gen. Grenville Dodge.

  From Delano Wray ('62) of MD - 12/01/11 - "RE: Mrs. Range":

Carol, thanks for sending this email!!
Cowboy Range pulled my brother (Downie Wray - '61) and me off a sandlot field and made ball players out of us. He was a great inspiration in my life. His wife had to be a great woman! Only time and eternity will tell.                                                                                            

Pastor Del Wray

   Thank you so much, Del; my deepest sympathies to you.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/01/11 - "Something pretty cool":

Noticed your theme "Stand by Me" and thought of this, and it is pretty cool, not to mention one of my favorites.

Something pretty cool

Hi Guys, please check out the link below; it's something that is pretty cool :0000)

   OOOH! Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie! This IS pretty cool! Have a great birthday!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 12/01/11 - "First McDonald's Demolished":


When I rode by the building that was the first McDonald's on the Peninsula today, located next to Poquoson Motors (POMOCO Jeep now), I saw it was demolished. I can distinctly remember driving there all the way from East Hampton on a narrow Mercury Boulevard (or was it still Military Highway then?) just to get a 15 cent hamburger and 5 cent order of fries. Those were the days!!

If I had had my camera with me I would have taken a snapshot. I am sure many, if not all of your readers, remember this historic site.

POMOCO is undergoing major renovations at this location and decided it was time to go. It was a McDonald's for many, many years. Now there is one diagonally across Mercury from the first location in front of what used to be GEX, remember that store??? Another landmark gone.

F.A. Saunders HHS '64

   WHAT?!? Murder most foul! Thank you for reporting this latest dreadful round of carnage, F.A.!

   Wait a minute! You're saying GEX is gone as well?!? Sigh. I have fond memories of that store. It's bad enough when the OLD buildings we knew as children have been decimated and eliminated, but when we can remember when they were first built and now they're considered too old to remain, well... Will someone please hand me my cane?? 

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/01/11 - "CoastZone - Secret Space Research":

From - 12/01/11:
Secret Space Research:

C2C Science Advisor and head of the Enterprise Mission, Richard C. Hoagland, discussed the latest American and Russian unmanned efforts to reach Mars and what may be the true nature of those missions. He suggested that the agenda behind the Russian Phobos-Grunt craft is not to travel to the Martian inner moon, but to actually journey to the YU55 asteroid that recently passed by Earth. He theorized that the Russians are interested in this object because it is not merely an asteroid, but is actually a craft. The origins of this craft, Hoagland said, could be from an ancient civilization that once populated the galaxy but was destroyed in a massive war.

While the dueling Martian missions of the US and Russia may appear to be a new space race, Hoagland put forward the idea that it is really "a covert cooperation with the illusion of a competition." In this scenario, he said, the Russians are hoping to land their craft on the YU55 and take samples of it. Meanwhile, the Americans may have used their secret spy plane, known as the X-37B, to "rendezvous with YU55 as it comes through the system" and take detailed images of the object. Hoagland pointed to news that the X-37B was ending its latest mission early as a potential sign that "it's bringing something home." He cited a BBC report which quoted a Russian astronomer who described "strange structures" on YU55 as well as the repeated comparisons of the 'asteroid' to an aircraft carrier as potentially leaked clues to what the object really is.

Regarding NASA's Curiosity Rover, Hoagland surmised that, if his theories are correct, it will ultimately lead to the disclosure that there was once an ancient race of people on the Red Planet. He explained that the planned landing site for Curiosity is inside the Gale Crater on Mars, where a mysterious mountain sits in the center. The origin of this mountain, Hoagland noted, baffles astronomers. Based on his study of photos of this land mass, he contended that it is "an ancient structure." Noting that Curiosity is nuclear powered, rather than solar powered like previous Mars rovers, Hoagland speculated that perhaps NASA plans on using the vehicle to explore inside this ancient structure.  Beyond that, he revealed that Curiosity's nuclear design will also allow for it to potentially be used to journey to Cydonia and examine the infamous anomalies found there.     
Iran on the Brink:

In the first hour, author Jerome Corsi provided an update on escalating tensions with Iran. He observed that the withdrawal of British officials from Iran represents "a complete deterioration of relations" between the two countries. Coupled with potentially crippling US sanctions, Corsi said that Iran likely sees these developments as "a prelude to war." The situation has become so dire, he lamented, that negotiations are likely to be futile at this point and that "a war is imminent." Additionally, Corsi warned that, should Iran fully develop nuclear weapons, then "immediately, there will be a half dozen countries" which will claim that they should have those weapons as well. Given the historically tumultuous nature of the Middle East, he opined that the region would quickly become a "powder keg."

Highlighted Site:

The latest edition of EdgeScience Magazine is currently available as a free PDF download via their website. This installment includes a lengthy cover story, penned by author David Talbott, which details the groundbreaking plasma research of Nobel prize winner Hannes Alfven.  Additional stories include an in-depth look at the nature of coincidences as well as a thoughtful remembrance of the late anomalist William Corliss by editor Patrick Huyghe.

Today in Strangeness:

We've reached the last month of 2011; named after the tenth month of the Roman calendar, December also refers to the middle goddess of the Three Fates, Decima, who personifies the present. On this date in 1971, Muhammed Ali saw a UFO while jogging in Central Park, and the first color photo of Earth was taken from the nose of a Thor missile launched from Cape Canaveral 52 years ago.

Tonight's Show, Thursday, December 1st:

Brooklyn based filmmaker, Jonas Elrod, and film producer, Steve Hutensky, will discuss the true story of how Jonas one day suddenly began seeing and hearing angels, demons, auras and ghosts all around him, and how his journey for answers led him to encounters with physicians, religious teachers, scientists, mystics, spiritual healers and more.

   VERY INTERESTING! Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/01/11 - "Warren Buffett's brilliant answer to our troubles with Congress":

Can we elect Warren Buffet for President?

Warren Buffett, in a (July 2011) interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

   Thanks, Ivan! Sounds like a plan to me! TRUE

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/01/11 - "I Thought of You":

  When I saw this picture I knew I had to send it on. Whether you forward this or not is not the point; I wanted to pass on the beautiful picture and what it represents.  Especially during the Christmas Season, it reminds us that we are in His hands.  Everything will be as it should be.

Live Each Day as if it were your last, We know not what tomorrow brings!!!!

   Thank you so much, Norris Sweetie! I really appreciate the thought!

   Your note arrived with no picture, so I chose this one. Any resemblance it bears to whatever you sent would be quite extraordinary indeed!


From - 12/01/11 - "Morning Musing: Actions Speak Louder!":

Dear Friends,

Love is a word that is very deceptive maybe even illusive if we look at it as a noun. It is not something that we can buy and hold in our hands, it is a word that is filled with action. Love is a verb. This word is not just a feeling it is a doing. For years all I ever wanted was to feel loved. That did not happen because I was looking for love in all the wrong places; as the song says. I was not going to find this love coming at me and surrounding me as a fog. I was not going to feel this love from other people. I was searching so hard for this love that I never dreamed that it was hiding right inside of me. The reason we have a hard time finding this love is that the clutter we have in our heads is standing in the way. When we can address this most personal of our Body Clutter we will begin finding what we are looking for.

Men and women equate love much differently. For a man to show love he often reveals it in actions; checking our tires, changing the oil, he is doing something. He may not be good at sentimental cards and flowers which is how we women equate love. This is why we need to look at the various ways that love is done. How do you love your children? You feed them, dress them, bathe them, and do things for them. We do the same thing for the critters in our lives. We scratch their ears and rub their bellies. Robert explained this to me this morning. A few years ago our hound dog Lucy died and we got another sweet hound dog. He said that he could sit in his chair and think about how much he loves this new dog or he could get up and go over and pet her. Then he would be loving on her and she would feel his love for her. It would not be a passive experience just for him but a shared event for both of them.

Then he turned this around. He said when we are loving ourselves we are the giver and the recipient at the same time. That is when he headed out the door to play in the woods. This is one thing that he loves to do. When you are doing things that you love; you are loving yourself. With our FLYing way of life we only surround ourselves with things we love. We turn chores into blessings and release the stress from our lives by using routines to put us on autopilot. These are all forms of love but in our female definition of love this is just stuff we have to do.

We have to find ways to show ourselves love the way we understand it and will recognize it as love. But since we are doing it for ourselves we just don't accept it in the same way we would if it came from someone else. This is why we have a new Pampering habit for December. These are little things that we can do each day to pamper ourselves. They can be anything that you can think of to do something nice for you. You can snuggle with a cup of warmth or curl up with a favorite book or magazine. Settle into a tub of bubbles or put on some of your favorite music. Pick up a flower at the grocery store so that every time you look at it you will smile. Light candles in your home or put crystals in the window so that rainbows dance across your room. These always make me smile.

I was taught many years ago by Rita Davenport to fake it till you make it. I didn't really know what that meant till recently; I just did like she said. Fake it till you make it, is nothing but practicing till a habit becomes automatic. Imagine that, practicing loving ourselves with little habits that tell us we are loved by the person who does those little things that make us feel the love we so deserve. The martyr goes away and you are surrounded by the loving feeling that you have been searching for.

So practice loving yourself first by simple actions and eventually you will not do things that you don't love and you will not have items in your home that do not put a smile on your face. This act of love is as contagious as your shining sink. You are just shining your heart.

Are you ready to Finally Love Yourself? One little habit at a time.


From - 12/01/11 - "Gift Bags Made with Love":

Dear FlyLady and Crew:

Happy Holidays!

I was reading your comment about having a marathon present-wrapping session, and wanted to share how I solved that problem for my Mom. My Mom has eight children and 30 grandchildren, and REALLY does Christmas up right, especially for the younger kids.

This means marathon wrapping sessions no matter WHEN she starts. One year I saw some of those cute cloth wine bottle gift bags, and I had an inspiration: cloth gift bags made from holiday prints with fancy ribbon drawstrings.

After Christmas I shopped for beautiful seasonal holiday fabrics that were 75% off, and made very simple drawstring bags in various sizes: a few small ones, lots of medium ones, a few large ones, and a few giant ones. Each year since I have made a few more to add to her collection. Now all my Mom has to do to have beautifully wrapped gifts is to drop them in the bag, tie the ribbons, and add a tag. After the mad unwrapping each year (you have not seen Christmas chaos until you have seen my family all gathered in one room unwrapping presents) my Mom just gathers up the bags to use again next year. No paper waste, but we still have beautifully wrapped presents, that take just seconds to wrap (after the initial investment of making the bags, of course).

I have taken to wrapping almost all of my gifts to others this way, using various fun cloths for birthdays, etc. I have gotten so quick at making the bags that it takes scarcely longer that wrapping a present, and the bag can be used again and again.

Tawny Y.

FlyLady here: Our focus this month is on pampering.

We are individuals and we all enjoy different things that mean pampering to us!

Many FlyBabies love to do craft projects, sew, etc. Setting aside time for yourself to do this is a form of pampering.

Tawny loves to make things and she has created a wonderful way to wrap gifts.

What can you do today to pamper yourself?

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "RE: Gift Bags Made with Love":

   As much as I cherish the memory of my uncle     Walter White (03 Jan 1916 - 18 Feb 2009) circling    the dining room table and collecting all the debris from our Christmas Eve gift exchanges at my grandparents'    (Millard Raymond Buckley) (11 Nov 1879 - 04 Oct 1951) and    (Ursula Janie Tuck Buckley) (19 Sept 1885 - 31 Dec 1975)    home in Richmond, the thought of all that wasted paper (and the very real possibility of tiny parts of presents being thrown away in the confusion!) always troubled me.


   In a rare burst of organization back in 1996, I made super large gift bags, one for each of the nine members of our immediate family and our first two daughters-in-law.  Some were more elaborate than other (one was even lined!), but they were all spacious and roomy.

   Okay, I only got the name on one of those bags shown here under our trees, and the intended drawstrings never did materialize, but the gift bags have proved to be an enormous time, money, paper, and clutter saver through the years.  I still have and use them!

Tuesday, December 24, 1996 Saturday, December 22, 2007
Taylor Springs, IL Fayetteville, NC

CROCHET PATTERNS: - Aurora Suominen's My Simple Star Coaster - K J Hay's Elf Slippers - Cylinda Mathews' Star Earrings


From - 12/01/11:
A man and an ostrich walk into a restaurant. The waitress asks, "What will it be?"

The man replied, "A burger and a coke."

"And you?"

"I'll have the same," the ostrich replies. They finish their meal and pay.

"That will be $4.50."

The man reached into his pocket and pulled out the exact amount. They do this every day till Friday.

"The usual?" she asked.

"No, today is Friday. I'll have steak and a coke."

"Me, too," says the ostrich.

They finish and pay.

"That will be $10.95"

The man reached in and pulls out the exact amount again just like all week. The waitress was dumb-founded.

"How is it that you always have the exact amount?"

"Well," says the man. "I was cleaning my attic and I found a dusty lamp. I rubbed it and a genie appeared."

"Wow!" said the waitress. "What did you wish for?"

"I asked that when I needed to pay for something, the exact amount would appear in my pocket."

"Amazing! Most people would ask for a million dollars. But what's with the ostrich?"

"Well," said the man. "I also asked for a chick with long legs."


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. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.

4. 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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Baloo Lammy

(16th Century Scottish Carol)

This day to you is born a child
of Mary meek, the Virgin mild.
That blessed bairn, so loving and kind
shall now rejoice both heart and mind.
Baloo Lammy.
A star appeared this blessed morn,
and unto us a child is born.
To heaven He'll lead us from near and far,
So follow, follow that wondrous star.
Baloo Lammy.

Collected in the Shetland Islands

*Bairn is Scots for Child
bairn "child". This is one of the most obviously Scandinavian words in Scots,
with a cognate - barn - used in practically all Nordic languages. 

"Baloo, Lammy" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"Baloo, Lammy" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/01/06

Image and available history of "The Nativity" from the picture by Sandro Botticelli, in the National Gallery, London, courtesy
of - 12/01/06

Image of "Nativity with Saints" (1520s) by Giovanni Battista Benvenuti, Ortolano Ferrarese courtesy
of - 12/01/06

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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!

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!!

"Old Woman with a Sore Back Using a Cane" clip art by DJArt courtesy of - 12/02/12

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

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