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12/05/14 - NNHS Newsletter
While by My Sheep
(How Great Our Joy)
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said
unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him
the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

- Luke 1: 28-33

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The carol featured in today's Newsletter is not exactly one of my top favorites, but hearing it always makes me happy.  As it is known by four names, I was astonished that I didn't find forty-eleven exciting versions in both languages on YouTube.  Of those I did find, I preferred these three:

BONUS #1 - - While by My Sheep or How Great Our Joy - Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

BONUS #2 - - How Great Our Joy - The Hymn Project 

BONUS #3 - - How Great Our Joy - The Cambridge Singers



   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 (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);

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

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and 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 05, 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.

Saturday, December 05, 1964 - Composer Cliff Eidelman was born Clifford Glen Eidelman in Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, December 05, 1964 - Educator and politician V. Veerasingam (b. Visuvalingam Veerasingam in 1892 in Ceylon) died.



       From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/04/14:

Ah! Yes! The "Chocolate Slop" story - a must for the book! And the Candle story, the 4th Avenue kitchen spigot. Of course, there could be a couple of stories based around me!? LOL

   GIGGLES! I'm quite certain there could! Two that come readily to mind are the "Stop the train!" story and the "EVERYBODY blames EVERYTHING on MEEEE" story! Once again we shall save those for a later telling. But the Old Rusty Faucet story? Why, that's been available online for a dozen years!

  Thanks, Cheryl!


"Overdoing it is especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension. Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out, wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of commemorating the birth of our Savior.

"Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season."

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)


      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Sixty plus and Going Strong":
Sixty plus and Going Strong
(Translated from the original in Chinese)

There are 1000-year old trees in the mountain, but not many 100 year-old people…..
At the most, you live until 100 years old (only 1 in 100,000).
If you live until 90, you only have 10 years left….. If you live until 80, you only have 20 years.

Because you don’t have many years to live, and you can’t take along things when you go, you don’t have to be too thrifty…..
Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites.
Don’t worry about what will happen after you are gone, because when you return to dust, you will feel nothing about praises or criticisms.
Don’t worry too much about your children for children will have their own destiny and find their own way. Don’t be your children’s slave.

Don’t expect too much from your children. Caring children, though caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render any help. Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your properties. Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your wealth; but you have no claims to their money.

60-year olds like you, don’t trade in your health for wealth anymore;
Because your money may not be able to buy your health…
When to stop making money, and how much is enough (hundred thousand, million, ten million)?

Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can only consume three quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand of mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night.

So as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough. So you should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just do not compare with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better, etc. but challenge others for happiness, health and longevity….. Don’t worry about things that you can’t change because it doesn’t help and it may spoil your health.

You have to create your own well-being and find your own happiness;
As long as you are in good mood, think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, then you will pass your time happily every day. One day passes, you will lose one day; One day passes with happiness, and then you gain one day.

In good spirit, sickness will cure; in happy spirit, sickness will cure fast; in good and happy spirit; sickness will never come.

With good mood, suitable amount of exercise, always in the sun, variety of foods, reasonable amount of vitamin and mineral intake, hopefully you will live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life.

Above all learn to cherish the goodness around….. and FRIENDS….. they all make you feel young and "wanted"….. without them you are surely to feel lost!!!

Wishing you all the best.

(Please share this with all your friends who are 60 plus and those who will be 60 plus sometime soon).
   WOWZERS! Thank you so much for sharing these insights, Buster!


"As you forgive, you will feel the joy of being forgiven. At this Christmastime you can give and receive the gift of forgiveness. The feeling of happiness that will come will be a glimpse of what we can feel at home together in the eternal home for which we yearn."

- Henry B. Eyring
(b. 31 May 1933)


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/04/14 - "14 Neighbor Gifts that Won't Stress You Out":

14 Neighbor Gifts that Won't Stress You Out

One of the most magical parts of Christmas is the opportunity to give. We’ve helped make gift-giving simple and affordable this season by sharing our top Christmas neighbor gift ideas. Gather your family, vote on your favorites, and make some magical Christmas memories together.

   EXCELLENT! Thanks, Susan!


    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake":

... If you've never had a "Coke Cake", you really do need to try it!! I'm not sure if this is a local thing or not... I just remember Mom makin' it when I was a kid. I'm not a big cake fan, but this one is so moist and the icing is just irresistible. I hope you get a chance to try it.
  Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

1 cup Coca Cola (real thing, not diet)
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 stick butter
3 Tablespoon cocoa
6 Tablespoon of cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioner's sugar


In a saucepan, mix Coca Cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to a boil. In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Pour the boiling Cola mixture over the flour mixture and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees or 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan. Cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

Frosting: In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients and spread on the cake while it's still warm. Enjoy.

 OOOH! Thank you, Susie! As it happens, I myself am a HUGE cake fan - and I mean that in both senses of the word.....


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/04/14 - "MICROWAVE CARAMEL":


1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Light Karo Syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk

In a large microwave safe bowl melt the butter for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Place back into the microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Take the bowl from the microwave and stir well. Continue cooking on high for an additional 3 minutes, remove and stir. Cook for 3 more minutes (for a total of 9 minutes). Remove from the microwave, stir and pour into a lightly buttered 9 x 13 cookie sheet. Once caramel has set, wrap in wax paper and store in an air tight container.

**NOTE** If you want a caramel sauce, shorten the cooking time a couple of minutes...experiment with it. ENJOY!!!

   YUMMY! Thanks again, Susan! Just what I need! Super easy, delicious, and addictive candy! I'm pretty sure I even have ALL those ingredients in the kitchen right NOW! You are my hero! Or, I'll have to get you for this - whatever!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/05/14 - "And Speaking of Luscious Desserts...":

   This is THE best pecan pie recipe; I've been making it since 1967!

Colonial Innkeepers Pecan Pie

3 beaten eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup melted butter (NO margarine!)
1 cup whole pecans

   Beat eggs, add sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat lightly.  Add syrup and butter.  Place pecans in bottom of unbaked crust; add filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.

                                                                 - Mrs. P. L. Guynn, Norfolk County, Virginia

   If you'd like to make your own pie crust, this one is superb (or you could "cheat" and buy a pre-made one)!

Margo's Foolproof Pie Crust

4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups shortening
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 egg
1/2 cup water

   With a fork, mix together first four ingredients. In a separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.  Combine the two mixtures, stirring with a fork until all ingredients are moistened.  Then with hands mold dough in a ball.  Chill at least 15 minutes before rolling it into desired shape.  Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to three days, and it can be frozen until ready to use.  Makes two 9" double crust pies and one 9" shell.  Dough will remain soft in the refrigerator, and can be taken out and rolled at once.  No matter how much you handle this dough (and you may beat it with your rolling pin if you like), it will always be flaky, tender, and delicious.

                                                                 - Margo E. Brown, Woman's Day, January, 1968


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

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!



From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/05/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#5 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 5, Thoughts on Mary by Jeffrey R. Holland

I’ve thought of Mary, too, this most favored mortal woman in the history of the world, who as a mere child received an angel who uttered to her those words that would change the course not only of her own life but also that of all human history: “Hail, thou virgin, who art highly favoured of the Lord. The Lord is with thee; for thou art chosen and blessed among women.” (JST, Luke 1:28.) The nature of her spirit and the depth of her preparation were revealed in a response that shows both innocence and maturity: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38.)

It is here I stumble, here that I grasp for the feelings a mother has when she knows she has conceived a living soul, feels life quicken and grow within her womb, and carries a child to delivery. At such times fathers stand aside and watch, but mothers feel and never forget. Again, I’ve thought of Luke’s careful phrasing about that holy night in Bethlehem:

“The days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and [she] wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and [she] laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:6–7; italics added.) Those brief pronouns trumpet in our ears that, second only to the child himself, Mary is the chiefest figure, the regal queen, mother of mothers—holding center stage in this grandest of all dramatic moments. And those same pronouns also trumpet that, save for her beloved husband, she was very much alone.

I have wondered if this young woman, something of a child herself, here bearing her first baby, might have wished her mother, or an aunt, or her sister, or a friend, to be near her through the labor. Surely the birth of such a son as this should command the aid and attention of every midwife in Judea! We all might wish that someone could have held her hand, cooled her brow, and when the ordeal was over, given her rest in crisp, cool linen.

But it was not to be so. With only Joseph’s inexperienced assistance, she herself brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in the little clothes she had knowingly brought on her journey, and perhaps laid him on a pillow of hay.

At this focal point of all human history, a point illuminated by a new star in the heavens revealed for just such a purpose, probably no other mortal watched—none but a poor young carpenter, a beautiful virgin mother, and silent stabled animals who had not the power to utter the sacredness they had seen.

Shepherds would soon arrive and later, wise men from the East. Later yet the memory of that night would bring Santa Claus and Frosty and Rudolph—and all would be welcome. But first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees or tinsel. With a baby—that’s how Christmas began.

It is for this baby that we shout in chorus: “Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn king! … Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die: Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.”

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Nancy Anderson's Little Penguin Ornament -
Katherine Eng's Snowflake Ornament -
Christmas Love Hearts -
Linda Cyr's Tree Hearts -
Sweet Heart Sachets


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Meaty Stuffed Peppers - "A delicious and nutritious meal is only a half hour away with Meaty Stuffed Peppers. They'll be ready in no time." - Classic Goulash - "Classic dishes never go out of style, and this easy recipe for Hungarian goulash will be one of your favorites. With savory seasonings and hearty stick-to-your-ribs appeal, it's a perfect meal to satisfy a hungry gang!" - Hamburger Soup - "No, this isn't a mistake - it really is hamburger soup! This is hamburger that we eat with a spoon...and serve with a bun for dunking! But we do recommend serving it with a ladle instead of a spatula." 



From - 12/04/14:

Q. How does Bill Gates enter his house?

A. He uses "windows".



1. 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.


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The Echo Carol (Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht)

German Lyrics by Nach Friedrich von Spee, veröffentlicht, 1625

Music: Traditional German melody, arranged by Hugo Jüngst

1. Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht
Ein Engel mir die Botschaft bracht.

Des bin ich froh, bin ich froh,
Froh, froh, froh, o, o, o!
|: Benedicamus Domino. :|

2. Er sagt', es soll geboren sein
Zu Bethlehem ein Kindelein

3. Er sagt, das Kind läg da im Stall
Und soll die Welt erlösen all.

4. Als ich das Kind im Stall gesehn
Nicht wohl konnt ich von dannen gehn.

5. Das Kind zu mir sein' Äuglein wandt,
Mein Herz gab ich in seine Hand.

6. Demütig küßt' ich seine Fuß',
Davon mein Mund ward zuckersüß.

7. Als ich heimging, das Kind wollt' mit
Und wollt' von mir abweichen nit.

8. Das Kind legt' sich an meine Brust
Und macht' mir da all' Herzenslust

9. Den Schatz muß ich bewahren wohl,
So bleibt mein Herz der Freuden voll.

Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht',
Ein Engel mir die Botschaft bracht'.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Er sprach: „Der Heiland Jesu Christ
Zu Bethlehem geboren ist !"
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

„Das Kindlein liegt in einem Stall
Und will die Welt erlösen all !"
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Als ich zum Stalle trat hinein,
In Windeln lag das Kindelein.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

Das Kind zu mir die Äuglein wandt',
Mein Herz gab ich in seine Hand.
Des bin ich froh ! Benedicamus Domino.

While by my sheep I watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great my joy! Great my joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
|: Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! :|

There shall be born, so he did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today.

There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.

This gift of God I'll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.


"Echo Carol" midi (sequenced by Marc Weimer) courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht" German and English lyrics courtesy of and - 12/04/08

Image of James Jacques-Joseph Tissot's (1836 - 1902) Painting, "The Annunciation", courtesy
of - 12/04/08

Shepherd clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/04/08

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!

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI 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!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

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

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