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12/13/13 - NNHS Newsletter - In the Bleak Midwinter

Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here,
upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature
of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows;
and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!

- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, 1843/4
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Christmas carol has an almost spooky, ethereal quality; I like it.

BONUS - - In the Bleak Midwinter - Gloucester Cathedral Choir - sing-along version


"In the Bleak Midwinter" is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem.[1] It was published posthumously in Rossetti's Poetic Works in 1904 and became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Holst.

Harold Darke's anthem setting of 1909 is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world's leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.[2]

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. In verse two, Rossetti contrasts Christ's first and second coming. The third verse dwells on Christ's birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden. Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ's birth with Mary's ability to render Jesus physical affection. This verse is omitted in the Harold Darke setting. The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. Darke repeats the last line in his setting.

Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem's theology: "Is it right to say that heaven cannot hold God, nor the earth sustain, and what about heaven and earth fleeing away when he comes to reign?"[3].....


     Happy Birthday today to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 13, 1937 - The Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of NankingNanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, fell to the Japanese.

December 13, 1937 - The Nanjing Massacre: Japanese troops began carrying out several weeks worth of raping and murdering hundreds of thousands civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.

December 13, 1938 - The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.

December 13, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.

December 13, 1941 - Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States.

December 13, 1943 - The Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.

December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.


Friday, December 13, 1963 - It was obviously a very boring day worldwide...

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/12/13 - "Merry Christmas":  

Once again Patty did a fantastic job of decorating our tree. Hope everyone has a joyous and
Merry Christmas!

   She certainly did! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Albert! Merry Christmas to you, as well!


   From J. Harrison ('58) of GA - 12/12/13:

Merry Christmas, thank you.

   Thank you so much, J! A very Merry Christmas to you, too!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 12/10/13 - "Famous Soldier":

I just finished watching the first season of Silver Spoons (what can I say, I like cheese), and I found another person for your Famous Soldiers sections. Joel Higgins, who played the dad, also served in the Army.

   Thanks so much, Nathaniel! I held this up for a while trying to find an image of him in uniform, but I was unsuccessful in that. I've added him to our collection of Famous Soldiers.

  From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL - 12/12/13 - "Trip to Birmingham":

     OOH! Thanks so much, Laura! We're all getting really excited about seeing y'all for the holidays!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Brent, Laura, Hunter, and Alexandria

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/12/13 - "Christmas Goats":

This is sooo cute! Enjoy!!!

Christmas Goats

ALL you KIDs, big and small, will love this one. Merry Christmas!!!

     Thanks, Dearest Judy!


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not especially theme-related):

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/12/12:

Quick Chicken A La King

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1/2 cup butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cups instant rice
2 soup cans water
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    To Use Immediately: Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken breasts in 9” X 13” baking dish. Spread dry rice evenly over chicken. In separate bowl mix together soup, melted butter and water; pour over rice & chicken. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake (or Freeze) 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and done. Remove chicken and mix together rice and juices – let stand for 5 minutes. Serve rice, with chicken on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
   To Freeze: Prepare entire dish as directed above and freeze prior to baking. Place cheese in separate ziplock on top. When ready to use, thaw in fridge over-night and bake as directed (350° for 60 min) or bake straight from freezer for 2 ½ hours at 350°.


35 square saltine crackers
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (NOT margarine!)
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans
   Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and place the saltines on top.  Melt the brown sugar with the butter in a pan, stir, and boil hard for two minutes.  Pour over the crackers and bake at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes.  Immediately cover the crackers with the chocolate chips.  As the chocolate melts, spread it over the crackers.  Sprinkle the chopped nuts on the top and chill.  Peel off the foil and break the candy into pieces.  Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#13 in a series of 14)":

  Thanks, Shari!

From - 12/12/12:
“What did your mother do yesterday morning. Vicky?”

“She done her shopping, ma’am.”

“Done her shopping, Vicky? Where’s your grammar?”

“She done her shopping as well, ma’am.” 


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/19/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





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


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Words by Christina Rossetti (05 Dec 1830 – 29 Dec 1894), before1872

Music by Gustav Holst (21 Sept 1874 – 25 May 1934), 1906

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

 "In the Bleak Midwinter" midi (sequenced by David Cooke) courtesy of - 01/02/06

"In the Bleak Midwinter" lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/06

"In the Bleak Midwinter" calligraphy courtesy of  - 01/02/06

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/01/04

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

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!!

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!

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

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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