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12/09/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
When My Heart Finds Christmas

“Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember
what other people have done for you ... to remember the weakness and loneliness
of people who are growing old ... Are you willing to believe that love
is the strongest thing in the world ... stronger than hate, stronger than evil,
stronger than death... Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone.”

- Henry van Dyke, “Keeping Christmas” in The Spirit of Christmas
(10 Nov 1852 - 10 Apr 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This theme was suggested by       my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA on 12/08/10.

   Thanks again, Jean!

   I chose not to use it then because I could find no midi file for it.  I still cannot, so just watch the bonus video; perhaps it will stay in your head as it has mine - and that would be a good thing.

BONUS - - When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick, Jr., 1993


When My Heart Finds Christmas is American artist Harry Connick, Jr.'s first Christmas album. Released in 1993, it is among the most popular holiday collections of the past two decades in the United States. Connick Jr composed four songs for the album: "When My Heart Finds Christmas", "(It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus", "The Blessed Dawn Of Christmas Day" and "I Pray On Christmas". The other songs are traditional Christmas songs and carols.

The album proved to be the best-selling holiday album in the U.S. for all of 1993, selling 748,000 copies that year according to Nielsen/SoundScan.[1]

As of October 16, 2011, When My Heart Finds Christmas was the tenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. during the SoundScan era of music sales (March 1991 – present), having sold a total of 3,080,000 copies according to SoundScan.[2]

On December 6, 2005, the album was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the U.S.[3]


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/08/11 - "HELLO AND Merry Christmas":

Hi Carol,
Would love for you to post on your site about our upcoming NNHS "50th" Reunion.  It's going to happen on October 5 and 6, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton on the Water.  More information after the Holidays.  Meetings are second Tuesday of each month.
We are having a Christmas Party on December 13, 2011 at Joe and Mimma's Restaurant in Yorktown, 6:30pm.  Bring wrapped gift for gift swap.  RSVP by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.  Dutch dinner and FUN!
Thanks Carol,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Keep up the great work!!
Typhoon Forever
“Sometimes in the winds of change
we find our true direction”

     Thanks, Brenda - same to you! I LOVE hearing about reunions! This is now posted six ways from Tuesdays in all the usual places!


1. Nancy Winall ('70) of VA - 12/08/11 - "Mailing List":

I graduated from the class of 1970 and I would like to be put on the mailing list. My name has changed from Nancy Summerford to Nancy Winall and you may include my e-mail address, which is

I love the site and would like to thank you for all the memories.

Go NNHS !!!!!!!

   Thanks so much, Nancy - I have you all switched now!


     Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



Monday, Dec. 9, 1861

There are few things a general hates more that a crowd of civilians hanging around, asking questions, and acting like it has the right to demand answers. That, essentially, is what the generals of the United States got today, as Congress passed legislation creating a body called the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Originally a creation of radical senators who were outraged by the disastrous Battle of Ball’s Bluff and determined to find someone to blame for the fiasco, it would last for the length of the War. Hundreds of witnesses would be summoned to testify before this body over the course of the war. In some cases this proved to be an immense waste of time, with the praise and censure issued more on political grounds than military, but there was also generated a huge amount of testimony which explained in greater detail than the Official Reports, the planning and execution of many operations.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1862

On the heights opposite Fredericksburg, Va., the Grand Divisions of the Army of the Potomac were being prepared for the strife to come. Orders were issued to the division commanders today to supply their men with 60 rounds of ammunition apiece, and to prepare three days’ supply of cooked-in-advance rations. Aside from these preparations there was little going on. The Confederate defenders had burned the bridges over the Rappahannock River, and the waterway was far too deep, not to mention cold, to wade across this time of year. Action had to wait on the arrival of pontoon bridges, which were on the way from Washington, but moving slowly.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1863

There was no question that racism was as rampant in the North as it ever was in the slaveholding south, and that certainly included a great many members of the United States military. There were few dedicated abolitionists like Robert Gould Shaw who were proud to command units of the United States Colored Troops, but many who found it mortifying. One of these latter was in command at Ft. Jackson, Louisiana, downriver from New Orleans. His loathing for this posting was translated into cruel and abusive treatment of the black soldiers under his command. Today they decided that this was behavior up with which they would no longer put, and they rose in mutiny. Other white officers at the installation managed to halt the uprising before blood was shed. This was not the first mutiny to happen at Ft. Jackson, but the last one was committed by Confederate troops after Farragut bypassed them to take New Orleans.

Friday, Dec. 9, 1864

U.S. General George H. Thomas did not get his nickname of “Old Slow Trot” for nothing. It was not his decision making or command in battle that was slow, as reflected in his other nickname “The Rock of Chickamauga” commemorating his solid defense during that battle which allowed the rest of the Union force to retreat to Chattanooga and safety. But he was not going to attack before he was ready, in this case Hood’s forces outside of Nashville. U.S. Grant had actually written out the orders relieving Thomas of command today and his replacement by Schofield. However, protocol required that Grant send this order through Gen. Halleck, while Halleck said it had to come straight from Grant. While this was being settled a heavy ice and sleet storm struck Nashville, making fighting impossible. Thomas’ career remained in the balance.


   The Army Navy Football Game was telecast on CBS on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM ET: : Final Score: Navy - 27; Army - 21!


     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/06/11 - "Season's Greetings from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

A Holiday Howdy from Houston!
Wonderful Christmas & Season's Greetings!

Wishing you...

every happiness this Holiday Season
and a Very Bountiful New Year!

The Main Entry Deadline for the 45th
Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl
Film/Video Festival is just days away!
Don't miss your Date with Destiny!
The Mail-By Deadline is Thursday,
Dec. 15th, 2011!

All the very best to you and yours...
- from All of us at Team WorldFest
Team WorldFest - The Oldest Independent Film Festival in the World!
- WorldFest is very proudly sponsored by AMC Theaters, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Boxer Property, Amtrak, Panasonic 3D/HD, Eastman Kodak, The City of Houston, The Houston Film Commission, The HQ Hotel Marriott Westchase,Space Center Houston, Texas Longhorns, Wagner Media, NASA, The Houston Yacht Club, InkTip, The Houston Film Society, OnlyInHouston,, the USAFilmFestival, Dallas; the Seoul Drama Awards, Korea; the Concorto Short Film Festival, Italy and The Wellness Center .
   Thank you so much, Hunter! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/08/11 - "Christmas Greetings":


   Well, um, Glenn, I was unable to open your attachment, so I have no idea what you really sent me, but I didn't want to ignore your Christmas Greetings, so I found this on YouTube: - Christmas Songs 2011 - Christmas Greetings - Happy and Merry Christmas  

   I figured there was even a 1 in 10,000 chance it was the same as what you sent!

   Thanks - and Merry Christmas to you, too!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Class of 1962 Christmas Party - Joe and Mimma's Restaurant in Yorktown, 6:30 PM. Bring wrapped gift for gift swap.  RSVP to Brenda Amos Williams at by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Dutch dinner and FUN!

CHRISTMAS PATTERNS: - Mitten Ornaments to Knit OR Crochet - Crocheted Snow Swirls - Candy Cane Decor


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/11 - "Southern Spicy Ginger Bread and Warm Lemon Sauce"

   This is one of my favorite recipe combinations which I've been making for over forty years; I baked it last Christmas, and I've been craving it again for a couple of weeks now!

Southern Spicy Ginger Bread

  2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  2 teaspoons soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
1 cup boiling water
   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter. Then add dry ingredients which have been mixed and sifted. Add gradually, the boiling water to the mixture and bake at 350 degrees in individual or shallow pans. Serve with warm lemon sauce. May top with whipped cream.

- Mrs. M. H. Marshall, Appomattox County, Virginia

Lemon Sauce (DeLuxe)

  Butter size of large egg
1 cup sugar
1 egg
  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 lemon (juice and most of rind, grated)
1/3 cup boiling water
Cream butter and sugar well. Add well beaten egg, nutmeg, juice and rind of lemon. Beat several minutes, then add slowly the boiling water. Bring just to boil (do not boil).

- Mrs. Ruth Robertson, Lancaster County, Virginia


Gingerbread Men

1/2 cup PLUS 3 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 sticks softened butter
3-1/4 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tsp. molasses
1 egg

   Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, and allspice in a medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until well blended. Shape dough into three equal sized discs. Tightly wrap each disc in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

   Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray large cookie sheets with no stick cooking spray.

   Working with 1 portion at a time, roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with 3 inch gingerbread man or bear cookie cutter. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Shape dough scraps into small balls and combine and roll out to make use of dough.

   Bake 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely before adding frosting.

   Pipe or spread frosting cooled cookies; decorate as desired using frosting, assorted nonpareils, colored sugars and assorted candies. Store tightly covered at room temperature.                

From - 12/08/11 - "Paying it Forward with a Christmas Card!":

Dear Friends,

I have been asked many times for my address so that FlyBabies can send me a Christmas Card. That is so sweet. I would love to get a card from you and I have a Pay it Forward request, too.

My address is
132 Commerce Street, Brevard, NC 28712

While you are sending a card to me could you please send a card to this young man. I got an email from one of our members asking me to send this to you. I asked her if she knew him and she said; My son went to grade school with Justen - I can personally vouch for them. I have known Justen for 5-6 years. If you need more info, I'll get it for you. Thank you so much for even considering doing this.

Wondering if you could do me a favor. I shared this post on my FB wall, but I'm hoping you could get Justen's info out to all the Flybabies. He's a wonderful guy, and I would love to see him completely covered with cards for Christmas.

I copied the original post below...

I need some Christmas help please...some angel and elf work! There is a 15/16 year old who is in Children's Hospital. I visited him yesterday and he needs some encouragement. He has been fighting Leukemia for 2 years and is tired. I would like to inundate him with cards this Christmas season to cheer him up and let him know others are there praying and encouraging him.

Cards can be sent to: Justen Barrow, St. Louis Children's Hospital Room 921, One Children's Place, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Thanks so much,

Paying it Forward is the best gift you can do for me! I am also asking all my friends and family to give me a clutter free gift by making donations to:

My Salvation Army Kettle

or to my favorite Animal Rescue Organization
UPDATE OF 12/16/12: Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue has a new web address:

You can donate online or mail a check to: CAAR P.O. Box 824 Brevard, NC 28712

Thank you so much for Paying it Forward!


From - 12/08/11 - "Morning Musing: Make It Easy On Yourself":

Dear Friends,

I started getting organized in 1999 with two ideas in my head. The first one was to establish one habit at a time. The second was the most important and it was to be nice to me. These two ideas have formed the foundation for F(inally)L(oving)Y(ourself)ing!

That New Years Day I began my journey. I was so tired of living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and beating myself up because I didn't know how to keep our home clean. As I tried to figure out why I had so much trouble with housework; I realized that I was being mean to myself. Those negative words kept coming into my head and I was feeling sick to my stomach. I made the decision right then to stop the negative self talk and make it easier on myself by building me up instead of pulling me down.

Recognizing when I would be mean to myself was the first step to stopping the negative self-talk. Then I turned that thought to a positive affirmation. I realized that I would never say those ugly words to my son so why was I saying them to me?

Our negativity manifest itself in more than words; we do things to set us up to fail and make excuses. Those excuses don't make us feel better; they just make us feel worse. As part of being nice to me I decided to come up with ways to make it easier on myself to do my routines.

With my first habit of shining my sink, I realized that if my dishwasher was not emptied as soon as it was finished that I would pile dishes on the counter till I got around to doing it. That got in the way of my feeling good. Not emptying the dishwasher was not being nice to me.

To make it easy on yourself; empty your dishwasher as soon as it finishes.

Another way to be nice to myself and eliminate excuses was to pick out my clothes before I went to bed. This set me up for success by making "getting dressed to shoes" easier the next morning. I didn't have to drag my feet about getting dressed. My clothes were picked out and was being nice to me!

To make it easy on yourself; pick out your clothes before you go to bed.

Another way I was nice to me was keeping my favorite cleaning product under every sink in my house. For only a couple of bucks I could have Windex bottle within my reach for my morning swish and swipe and my evening shiny sink ritual. There are no excuses when you look for ways to make it easy on yourself. This saved me steps and eliminated those words, "I don't have time" from popping in my head.....

To make it easy on yourself; keep Windex under every sink in your home.

When it comes right down to it; establishing one habit at a time is just another way I was nice to me. Isn't this what Finally Loving Yourself is all about? Being nice to yourself in everything you do!

Are you ready to try my strategy for getting your home in order? It really does work when you are nice to yourself.


You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?

From - 12/08/11 - "Pampering #7":

Hello FLYbabies,

A friend of mine commented that she mixes coconut oil with her moisturizer and applies it before bed at night. I have a body moisturizer with lavender and combined with the coconut oil, I slather it on everywhere before bed, when I get up, whenever I want to pamper myself.

As we have had a lot happening, my dog had 6 pups, one of whom died, hubby lost his job and got another one, our daughter got married and we moved house all in 2 months, I'm very aware of how desperately I need pampering so I'm almost swimming in my lotion, but how how good it feels when the eczema flares up, due to a slight chemical burn yesterday, and then I whacked myself near the eye with the clothes line today.

I'm so glad God is in control, Flylady keeps me sane, my family keeps me grounded and my moisturizer keeps me nurtured. Now if I can just get off this crazy roller coaster for a bit I'll be totally fine...until then. Keep FLYing.


Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

Please take a little time each day to be good to yourself.

I am so proud of you.


From - 12/08/11:
A man mentioned to his landlord about the tenants in the apartment over his.

“Many a night they stamp on the floor and shout till midnight.”

When the landlord asked if it bothered him, he replied, “Not really, for I usually stay up and practice my trumpet till about that time most every night anyway.”


1. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Class of 1962 Christmas Party - Joe and Mimma's Restaurant in Yorktown, 6:30 PM. Bring wrapped gift for gift swap. RSVP to Brenda Amos Williams at by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Dutch dinner and FUN!

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.

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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Thank you so much!

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


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When My Heart Finds Christmas

Written and recorded by Harry Connick, Jr. (b. 11 Sept 1967), 1993

In my eyes are Valentines
And Easter eggs and New Year's wine
But when my heart finds Christmas
My eyes will shine like new

Though the days are kind to me
But fall too far behind to see
That when my heart finds Christmas
I hope it finds you too

Let the angels sing around us
Christmas time is here
Let our children's love surround us
Laughing and filled with cheer

My heart told me once before
To find my dreams and search no more
But when my heart finds Christmas
I hope it finds you too

In my eyes are Valentines
And Easter eggs and New Year's wine
But when my heart finds Christmas
My eyes will shine like new

Though the days are kind to me
But fall too far behind to see
That when my heart finds Christmas
I hope it finds you too

Let the angels sing around us
Christmas time is here
Let our children's love surround us
Laughing and filled with cheer

My heart told me once before
To find my dreams and search no more
But when my heart finds Christmas
(When my heart finds Christmas)
But when my heart finds Christmas
I hope it finds you too

"When My Heart Finds Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/07/09

"Merry Christmas" Title Image courtesy of Patricia Matthews Sheene of NC - 12/17/10
Thanks, Tricia!

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!

Gingerbread Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/01/02

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

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

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

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

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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