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12/10/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
As With Gladness, Men of Old

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come
into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and
worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented
unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

- Matthew 2: 10-11 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is being revisited from 2006.

BONUS #1 - - As With Gladness, Men of Old - English cathedrals

BONUS #2 - - As With Gladness, Men of Old - pipe organ - sing along version


"As with Gladness Men of Old" is a Christmas carol, written by William Chatterton Dix on 6 January 1859, whilst ill in bed. It was first published in his own book, Hymns of Love and Joy, in 1867.

The music was written by Konrad Kocher in 1838. The same melody is used in the Christian hymn, "For the Beauty of the Earth."


  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 Tuesday in all the usual places!


     Happy Birthday today 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;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1861

The United States Navy was lacking in many areas of ships and supplies, but one thing it had was some aggressive ship commanders. One such, Lt. James W. A. Nicholson, was in command of the USS Isaac Smith, and he and his crew pulled a slick maneuver today. Nicholson proceeded carefully up the Ashepoo River in South Carolina until he got to Otter Island. Upon this land there had been built a small fort by the Confederates, but at this time it had been deserted. Nicholson landed part of his crew there and took possession of it. The Navy men managed to hang onto it until regular Army reinforcements could be brought in, and it remained in Federal hands.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1862

The Army of the Potomac was making its final preparations today for the assault across the Rappahannock River tomorrow. Rations were being cooked, weapons checked, ammunition issued. Most importantly, the pontoon rafts which would be used to build temporary bridges across the waterway were checked over and readied. The men on the bluffs of Falmouth were not the only ones contributing to this threat to the Army of Northern Virginia. As far south as North Carolina operations were being carried out against roads, railroads and supply lines which might be used to reinforce Lee, Longstreet and the other southerners. Unfortunately the problems of communication and scheduling led to many of these attacks, particularly the one against the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, being carried out days or a week after the battle of Fredericksburg was already over.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1863

In this day and age, when the President of the United States undergoes a mandatory physical once a year with the results widely reported in the public press, it is difficult to remember just how recently such candor about the Presidential person has developed. Even in the 1940’s a president could serve most of four terms and not have much of the public aware that he was confined to a wheelchair; in the 1860’s it was not difficult at all to hide an executive affliction from common knowledge. President Abraham Lincoln was becoming more active today, to the great relief of his family and staff. He had suffered for several weeks from an attack of varioloid. The symptoms and suffering were approximately those of adult measles or chickenpox, much worse than those of childhood particularly in the days before aspirin. The disease, in fact, was a mild form of smallpox.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 1864

The march from Atlanta to the Sea was so nearly over that the men with Gen. William T. Sherman could smell the salty ocean air--but they weren’t quite there yet. With a mere 18,000 men to defend Savannah, Gen. William Hardee was forced to be creative. The area around the city was a prime rice-growing area, and Hardee put even the land to work for him by flooding the already-harvested rice paddies. This creative tactic, besides causing no harm to agricultural land, had the profound effect of forcing Sherman’s men to keep to the roadways instead of being able to just march across the open countryside as they had been in the habit of doing. Although Sherman’s men were well-supplied, the horses were in need of forage which was waiting for them on Union Navy ships offshore. Between the horses and their hay, however, waited one more obstacle: Ft. McAllister, on the Ogeechee River.

From Carolyn Frizzell Hogge ('61) of VA - 12/09/11 - "Old Newport News, Buckroe Beach Park & Hampton":

old memories
Carolyn Hogge

What a great slide show - what memories!!

Check this out: - Hampton Roads memories desktop by
  Bob Sprouse ('66) of CO

   WOWZERONI! Bob did a great job with that, didn't he? Sometimes when I look at those old pictures, I forget so much has changed; I think it's all still there and we could all just jump in the car and run visit them! That would be fun, hmm?!?

   Thanks for sharing this with us, Carolyn!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 12/09/11 - "you gotta love this...":



This sign was prominently displayed in front of a business in Florida and you are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory sign.

However, we are a society which holds 
Freedom of Speech as perhaps one of our greatest liberties.

And after all, it is only a sign, right?


You may ask:
"What kind of business would dare post such a sign?"
Answer: A Funeral Home!
You gotta love it!!!
God Bless AMERICA;

Keep our Troops Safe and Well


   HA! Thanks, F.A.!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/11 - "A beautiful early Christmas card":

A little card sent early for you to enjoy before the hustle and bustle of Christmas sets in.  Enjoy!!

   OOOH! Thank you, Shari - Merry Christmas to you, too!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/09/11 - "David Phelps sings O Holy Night":

David Phelps sings O Holy Night

   WOW! Thanks so much, Glenn!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/11 - "Christmas Card...":

Christmas Card...

   MORE OOH! Thanks again, Shari - this is beautiful!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/09/11 - "Thoughts for the day":

An oldie but goodie that is always a nice reminder of what is really important…

If God brings you to it he'll bring you through it................  

Read this...I mean REALLY read this.

This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck forwards I have received... Hope it works for you -- and me!

...There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious.....

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully..

. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.

. When you say, 'I love you ,' mean it.

When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.  

Don't judge people by their relatives.  

Talk slowly but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.  

When you lose, don't lose the lesson !

Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship..

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone.. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Spend some time alone.

Now, here's the FUN part! 
Send this to at least 5 people and your life will improve. 
1-4 people: Your life will improve slightly. 
5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking. 
9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.
15 and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart .....

This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck forwards I have received... Hope it works for you -- and me!

   Thank you so much, Norris Sweetie! I just sent  this to over 650 people, so I hope it works for us, too!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/11 - "A GIGGLE with the GOATS Jingle Bells":

A GIGGLE with the GOATS Jingle Bells -

   AWWW! They're so cute! Thanks again, Shari!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/09/11 - "Walking 16 dogs - Amazing!":

I can’t even make one behave!

I’m VERY impressed!!!!

This man takes his 16 dogs out for a bike ride and a swim in a river every day. Look how well trained they are and how much they love him. If only we could teach our pets so well, he has quite a gift.

   WOWZERS! This truly is amazing! Thanks again, Glenn!

From - 12/09/11 - "Peace Gained from Christmas Routines":

Dear Team Flylady:

Happy Anniversary! I joined almost 9 years ago under dire circumstances - my husband needed a heart transplant and we needed to move to another center for it. My Born Organized in-laws would be rotating through the house caring for our teenagers.

Your babysteps helped me get the house, finances ready and I learned that little things do add up and things don't have to be perfect to work. Then a generous family who were able to give a life giving gift changed our lives forever! We hang a hand-blown heart on our Christmas tree every year to remember their donation of a healthy heart and their generosity!

Fast forward: Five weeks ago I got a cold. After 4 days things suddenly changed and I was really ill. At the doctor the next morning I found out I had suddenly developed double pneumonia. It's been a long haul...and a second round of antibiotics were needed to hopefully clear things up completely.

Thanks to you I am flying through Christmas this year like always. I no longer have to have the perfect Christmas so I can let go of the stress of what will not get done. Once the worst was over I got out my control journal and checked things out...I already had some gifts purchased. The others I had in mind.

While I lay on the couch my husband shopped on line for the rest. He also ordered our Christmas card/picture on line we needed to do this year for professional reasons. A few weeks later I addressed a few each day, no handwritten notes but done.

As I lay on the couch week after week I wondered how I could pamper my self; I thought of my labeled and sorted, easily accessible Christmas bins in the storage room downstairs. Once a day, I got so out of breath, I went down. Got a bin out. Heaped my arms full and came up and put them on the dining room table. I was supposed to get up and walk around once an hour. So through out the day I put things in their place. The decorations lifted my spirits. No one came to visit, they have just been for my husband and I. They didn't all get put out this year! But they don't have to be.

My husband put the tree up and our children came to decorate it one evening. My Christmas CDs are all in a basket that I pulled out on Dec.1 My Christmas recipes are all in one section of recipe box. When I feel ready they are waiting. Friends offer to help. They did pick up my husbands gift for me! But if I hadn't started thinking about Christmas the last weekend of October I wouldn't be enjoying the peace I am now.

Peace gained from Christmas routines that I developed over 8 or so years...Thank you SO much!

Canadian FlyBaby

FlyLady here: I learned a long time ago that the earlier you begin your holiday preparations, the less stress you feel and the more you accomplish.

Adapt your holidays to your situation. Scale back on what you try to do if you or a family member are ill. Let others help.

You can FLY through the holidays with your routines.

From - 12/09/11 - "Taking Time to Smell the Tree":

Dear FlyLady,

Well, I'm so flying high through these holidays. I have 2 things to share with you.

First of all, I am getting so many comments and thank yous from people who have received my Christmas cards. Some are commenting on how "on top" of things I am getting them out so early. One lady called me today to say she was going to make a donation to the same place I made a donation in order to get Christmas cards personally made by the residents of my mom's independent living facility. On the card it states that a donation has been made. So, she thought it was such an awesome idea, she was going to do the same.

My second testimony is about my tree. I put it in a new place this year, which isn't in front of a window, but is in an open room and between my front door and kitchen. I have enjoyed it so much more than in my formal dining room where I only see it when we use that room for the holidays. My grandchildren came over Sunday and just walked around it looking at and touching the ornaments. I had purchased 4 years ago these ornaments where I recorded each grandchild singing a Christmas carol and placed a photo of them in the front. It took me 3 years to get the recording and another year to get the photo in place, so this is the first year they have been on my tree. My 6 year old granddaughter went around and played each one of them.

The looks of amazement in their eyes just brought tears to my eyes while watching them enjoy my Christmas tree. Making memories.

It's amazing.

Thank you so much for helping me get things in order so I can smell the roses or should I say, "smell the Christmas tree".

Flying high in Gardendale

FlyLady here: I am so glad this FlyBaby is Cruising Through The Holidays.

Are you able to smell the Christmas tree?

From - 12/09/11 - "Pampering #8":

Dear FlyLady,

I am pampering myself this month by flossing and brushing EVERY night before bed. I'm already really good at taking off my makeup and putting nice skin care products on my face every night. It's time that my teeth get the same pampering. I know I won't miss the lecture from my dental hygienist in February! In fact, maybe I'll get a sticker.

Joan in Denver


I pamper by mixing in Fun with Housework. This past weekend I had found some cloth napkins. I used 1 to make a cute tote out of a piece of fabric with Puppies on it. Just sewed it on the back & added 2 birdseed bag handles I have used on other totes.
I got the string to make the tote from other pet products. I save it in plastic jars.

I Love good plastic jars for storage of may things because I have cats & a young female black lab. They knock stuff down every day. Plastic jars just roll across the floor with the added bonus that I can See what is in them.



Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

This is a busy time of year. You need to make sure you do something for yourself every day!!

I am so proud of you.


From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 12/04/11:
"The Rules Of Chocolate"

*  If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

*  Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

*  The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

*  Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.

*  A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?

*  If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer.

*  But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?

*  If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

*  If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?

*  Money talks. Chocolate sings.

*  Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

*  Q.  Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?
A.  Because no one wants to quit.

*  If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.

*  Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing  done.


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 

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As with Gladness Men of Old

Words by William C. Dix (14 June 1837 - 09 Sept 1898), 1860

Music by Konrad Kocher (16 Dec 1786 - 12 Mar 1872), Stimmen aus dem Reiche Gottes, 1838

As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin's alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

"As With Gladness, Men of Old" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"As With Gladness, Men of Old" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Image of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's (29 Sept 1571 – 18 July 1610) 1609 Painting, "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence" courtesy of - 12/23/10

Animated Christmas Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

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

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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