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12/05/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Saw Three Ships

Blessed is the season which engages
the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

- Hamilton Wright Mabie
(1846 - 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Though the lyrics to this old carol are somewhat ridiculous, it is nevertheless a happy and traditional favorite.

   I tried to bring you a variety of interpretations in your bonuses, but be aware that they are not all at the same volume.  A couple of them are too soft, so when you hike the volume to hear them, the next one could very well then knock your socks off, so be careful.

BONUS #1 - - I Saw Three Ships - Nat King Cole

BONUS #2 - - I Saw Three Ships - Maryanne Faithfull and The Chieftains, 1991

BONUS #3 - - I Saw Three Ships - King`s College Choir, Cambridge

BONUS #4 - - I Saw Three Ships - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984

BONUS #5 - - I Saw Three Ships - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune "Greensleeves", the earliest printed version of "I Saw Three Ships" is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William B. Sandys in 1833.[1][2] The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.[2] Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms 'Azure three galleys argent'*.

An arrangement by Martin Shaw appears in The Oxford Book of Carols.[3] The Carols for Choirs series of carol books features an arrangement of the carol by Sir David Willcocks. Organist Simon Preston and former conductor of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir Philip Ledger, have also written arrangements that the choir have performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in recent years. This carol is also featured in the musical Caroline, or Change, but as a counterpoint. Adapted by Jon Schmidt on Jon Schmidt Christmas album. John Renbourn has arranged it (in a rather free adaptation) for guitar. The song appears on Nat King Cole's 1960 LP "The Magic Of Christmas" (l/k/a "The Christmas Song"), arranged by Ralph Carmichael...


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX -  12/03/15:

On Friday morning at 8:00 AM I'll be having cath surgery to see what all is going on.

   YIKES! We're keeping you in our prayers, Glenn!



   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)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 05, 1815 - The foundation of Maceió, Brazil.


December 05, 1865 - Chincha Islands War: Peru allied with Chile against Spain.


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.


Sunday, December 05, 1965 - Fashion designer Manish Malhotra was born in Bombay, India.

Sunday, December 05, 1965 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Goo Goo Dolls) John Rzeznik was born John Joseph Theodore Rzeznik in Buffalo, New York.

Sunday, December 05, 1965 - Rapper Wayne Smith was born in Kingston, Jamaica. On 17 February 2014, at the age 48, he died of a heart attack in Kingston, Jamaica

Sunday, December 05, 1965 - Race walker Valeriy Spitsyn was born Valeriy Anatolyevich Spitsyn (Валерий Анатольевич Спицын) in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.

Sunday, December 05, 1965 - Physiologist, neuroscientist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Erlanger (b. 05 Jan 1874 in San Francisco, California) died of heart disease in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 91.

“Be as friendly to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(b. 1940)

          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 12/03/15 - "My Change of Command Ceremony":

  Here are some good images from my Change of Command ceremony with CPT Paterson.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Ft Bliss, TX

Thanks to all who helped me get to this point, especially my parents and my wife, and my God who makes all things possible.


   WOWZERS! Congratulations, Brent! We so wish we could have been there with the three of you for this very special day, but we were most definitely there in spirit!

“At every party, there are two kinds of people -- those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”

- Ann Landers
(04 July 1918 - 22 June 2002)

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


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 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 - 12/04/15:

A middle aged man bought himself an open top sports car and having just picked it up from the showroom, decided to take it for a drive. Enjoying the wind in his hair as he took another bend, just kissing the apex he spied in the rear view mirror a policeman on a motorbike. Immediately he put his foot on the gas and was soon approaching 100 miles an hour. Then he came to his senses and pulled over.

As the policeman approached, the man started to apologize when the officer said, “Look, it's 5:15PM on a sunny Friday afternoon and my shift ends in a few minutes. If you can give me an excuse I haven't heard before. I'll let you go.”

The man replied, “Officer, my wife left me for a policeman six years ago, and when I saw you in my mirror I thought you were trying to bring her back to me.”

With this the officer closed his ticket book and waved the man on.

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.

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                          Love to all, Carol





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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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I Saw Three Ships

I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning!

"I Saw Three Ships" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"I Saw Three Ships" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Image of Three Ships courtesy of - 12/05/06

Animated Ship Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/03/03

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 Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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!

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

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