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12/05/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
 Come, Listen to My Story

"I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit,
we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world."

 - Norman Vincent Peale
(31 May 1898 - 24 Dec 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Did I ever mention that I once planned to major in All Things Medieval?  No??  Well, it's true.  Hence my fascination with this Medieval Christmas carol.  Actually, as nearly as I can tell, the words are much newer, written by a gentleman who shared my interest in preserving the relics of the past.  The tune actually dates from the Renaissance, but it's close enough to retain some of the flavor of the older melodies.  I was not really surprised when I was unable to locate a video file of it - especially after yesterday - but it would have been nice.....



    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - from His Friend, Kay Self - 12/04/09 - "My Great-Niece Lauren":


Lauren is 12 years old and the daughter of my niece, Cherri Scott.  Some of you may have known Cherri’s dad (and my brother), Perry Self, who was a Midlothian paramedic for many years.  Yesterday evening they did exploratory surgery on what they thought was a cyst, but discovered she had cancer throughout her little body.  She was diagnosed with adrenal carcinoma, and the prognosis is poor with an average survival of about 18 months.

As you can imagine, her immediate and extended family is devastated by the news, and what makes it harder is being so far away from them during this time (they live in Brentwood, CA).  They are moving her to a cancer hospital in about a week to begin treatment, and we are asking for your prayers for her and her family.  They are in God’s hands now, but I know He hears and answers prayers.  They have a hard road ahead of them, so please take a few minutes tonight and say a prayer for them.

Lauren Scott with her
big brother Tyler

   OH NO, how tragic! Thank you for sharing this, Glenn! Please tell your friend Kay that we'll keep Lauren and her family in our prayers!




   Happy Birthday today to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



December 05, 1941 - In the Battle of Moscow Georgy Zhukov launched a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.

December 05, 1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

December 05, 1943 - U.S. Army Air Force began attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

December 05, 1944 - Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.

December 05, 2006 - The USS Intrepid was moved from its anchorage in the Hudson River to a shipyard in Bayonne, NJ, for renovations. Two attempts were made to move the ship in November 2006 but were unsuccessful. The ship had survived five Japanese kamikaze attacks in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Vietnam and Korea and was a recovery ship for NASA astronauts. After being decommissioned in the late 1970's it was transformed into a military and space museum in 1982.



Saturday, December 5, 1964 - Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon was awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.


   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 12/04/09 - "  Timothy Wilson":

Please tell your cousin           Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) that Tim is in our prayers. I remember him as a little one. He and our daughter Chera are the same age. When Chera was in high school, one of her pieces of art was displayed in the Virginia Art Museum and we were invited to go and view it. To our pleasure, Cheryl and   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) were also there for their son Timothy, who also had a piece of art on display...They will always be special to our hearts!

Peace & Blessing,

   Thank you, Cheryl, I passed your note along to Cheryl! Tim is quite a gifted artist indeed!


     From Joan Dinwiddie Smith ('63) of VA - 12/04/09 - "The Liberty Bell - Must watch Video":

The Liberty Bell

A real privilege and honor to forward this.......

This is the first I've seen or heard of this bell, what an honorable thing for someone to do.


   Oh, WOW - thank you so much, Joan!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/04/09 - "Mary, Did You Know?": - Clay Aiken

   Thank you, Shari! I love this modern Christmas carol, and this video from 2004 certainly does it justice!  


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/04/09 - "Merry Christmas":

I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ.

So I am asking my email buddies, if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
your email buddies, and so on...
maybe we can prevent one more American tradition from being lost
in the sea of  "Political Correctness".

To One and All...

Jesus is the reason for the season!

   Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah! And of course we here will be wishing one another Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule, and even Happy Festivus at the appropriate times as well, because we like to celebrate everything together as one big happy Typhoon Family!  



  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 11/15/09 - "Great Advice- wow!!":

I REALLY like # 14! I sometimes have a problem with this! :-)
  An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety .
If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.


12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry your scriptures with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you, Jesus.”
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

It worked for me… :O)

   Thank you so much, Jude!



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/04/09:

Paying the Bill

After doctors set my broken arm and put a cast on it, I paid the bill and went on my way. Shortly thereafter, I received a bill from the hospital, this time for the $1.57 they claimed I still owed.

Apparently to prove that this was a hospital with heart, they included a payment book. It had me paying 3 cents a month for four years.



1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at -

2. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage the Laugh-A Lot Breakfast Bunch to meet at 9:00 AM at the Candle Light Kitchen in Norge (Williamsburg). Directions: Take I-64 to Exit 231A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through light, look for shopping center on left, Candle Light Kitchen on Right.  CLASS OF 1960 - RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009.

3. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/05/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Come, Listen to My Story

Words by George Ratcliffe Woodward, the Cowley Carol Book, 1902
(27 Dec 1848 – 03 Mar 1934)

Tune: The Noble Shirbe, an English Melody of the 16th Century

Come, listen to my story,
Christus natus hodie:
Born is the King of glory;
Rex de Virgine.
Nowell, Nowell, good news I tell,
God comes on earth a stranger
Eya! Emanuel
Lies cradled in a manger.

Came angels down, a number,
On the midnight of His brith:
"Ye shepherds, wake from slumber:
Peace, good-will on earth,
And bliss on high," the Angels cry,
"To you is born and given,
Eya! of maid Marie,
Th'Almighty Lord of heaven.

Then rode three kings together,
Over desert, hill, and date;
Nought caring from the weather,
Sleet, and snow, and hail.
They came from far, led by a star,
With beams that never vary:
Eya! full fain they are
To see the Babe of Mary.

Away then banish sorrow;
Nato Regi psallite:
Sith Christ is born this morrow,
With Angels eke and shepherds meek,
And with yon Eastern Sages,
Eya! let us go seek
The newborn King of ages.


"Come, Listen to My Story" midi courtesy of - 12/05/09

"Come, Listen to My Story" lyrics (and available sheet music) courtesy
of - 12/05/09

Baby Jesus with Lambs clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

Tiny Baby Jesus clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy
of - 12/23/05

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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