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12/15/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Angelus ad Virginem

“And over all there lay a psaltery
Whereon he made an evening's melody,
Playing so sweetly that the chamber rang;
And Angelus ad virginem he sang;
And after that he warbled the King's Note:
Often in good voice was his merry throat.”

- Geoffrey Chaucer, Miller's Tale
(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Awww, c'mon, you knew if I found some way cool Medieval Christmas carol that I wouldn't be able to let it pass, didn't you?!?  This one was even mentioned by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, and you know how much I love that!

BONUS #1 - - Angelus ad Virginem

BONUS #2 - - Angelus ad Virginem, 12/21/07


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only 16 days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!


 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/05/09:




   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Mark!


     Happy Birthday today to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57);

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 15, 1941 - Holocaust: German troops executed over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.

December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

December 15, 1944 -
American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

December 15, 1961 -
Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in Jerusalem by an Israeli court. He had been tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.


Tuesday, December 15, 1964 - Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Go figure.

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/14/09 - "W&M Christmas song":

Hi CBH ...

Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas and a very Bountiful New Year! You are now up in the seriously cold NORTH! Yipes!

Thought you would enjoy the W&M Christmas song... -- the Annual Yule Log Celebration...

Warmest regards from Texas,


   Well, hey there, Hunter! Seriously cold is right! I actually ventured outside last Wednesday to run some errands (something I generally to to delegate as much as possible). It just so happened that was the very day the temperature dropped to 24 degrees and the winds were maintaining a 40 mph speed, and the snow flurries were blowing wildly.....

   OOOH! The Botetourt Chamber Singers! Thanks for this delightful link, Hunter! It's so very - well, Virginian!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/14/09 - "       Da Babe ( Hampton HS - '73 - of VA)":


Da Babe is so right
!  Something is definitely lost in the "translation!"  He mentions the nuclear world....well, in the Nuclear World that my husband Reuben works in there are many other acronyms !   I will close this case now since it does not apply one little RCH to those that have either forgotten or really don't care about hearing any more. 

By the way...Da Babe is still young enough to be called....Da Babe !   He owns it !  Happy  belated birthday ! 

Dimples aka Sepi

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Dimples!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/14/09 - "Organizing the House.":

Hi, Carol:

So many of your Newsletter subscribers offer recipes and tips for sharing with the rest of the Typhoon Nation.

However, few tips are offered by those who are now "House Husbands" performing domestic chores while the better half is still working.

Maybe some of the guys will share their "success stories" in making the household a little better organized that leads to greater efficiency in completing various task such as preparing a meal.

After moving everything around in the kitchen cabinets and on the kitchen counter to make it more efficient, Eva has made a decision not to retire just yet. She cannot find anything now, so work at USF is easier.

Get those cards and letters and emails to Carol all you "House Husbands."

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Joe! I would strongly recommend this link as a starting place:

   Okay, Sweetie-Pies - "Anyone? Anyone?"

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 12/14/09 - "Boat trip conversation":

Boat trip conversation

Hi guys
The first link shows the photos that first got my attention in the mid to late nineties.
I have from time to time gone back on line to see what’s new out there about this topic.
There is a lot more interest in the Bays now.
Just google Carolina bays for all types of links to pictures and information.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Dicky! This looks really fascinating to me - and I will very much enjoy revisiting these links the next time my brain is actually connected (which rules out today, for sure...)!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/14/09 - "The Wicker Basket":

The Wicker Basket

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?' The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'
'So you think it is useless?' The old man said, 'Look at the basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.'
Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God's word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.
Thought for Today: God's Love is like the ocean; you can see its beginnings but not its end.

I really like this story because I don't retain things too well anymore...old age may have something to do with it but I just figure my brain just gets overloaded! God isn't concerned about your brain anyway; He's more concerned about your heart.

   Thank you, Paul!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of IL - 12/14/09 - "Ukulele Boy": - Young Asian Boy Playing "I'm Yours" from Jason Mraz on His Ukulele

   This is soooo cute! Thanks, Baby Girl!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/14/09 - "Cute - The Middle Wife":

After watching daughter, Sheri, deliver two babies using a midwife, this was too cute not to send on.   Hope you enjoy it.                          

The Middle Wife
An Anonymous Second Grade Teacher

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over their shyness and, usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame.

Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'

'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)

'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest.. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/14/09:

A Letter From School

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can't think of anything I need, $o if you like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Love, Your $on.

A week later....the response from Dad arrived:

Dear Son,

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics and oceaNOgraghy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task and you can never study eNOugh.

Love, Dad.  


1. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - THAT'S TONIGHT! - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/14/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Angelus ad Virginem (The angel, coming secretly)

1.Angelus ad virginem The angel, coming secretly
Subintrans in conclave. to the Virgin's room
Virginis formidinum Calming the Virgin's fears, he said:
Demulcens inquit "Ave." "Hail"
Ave regina virginum, Hail, Queen of Virgins!
Coeli terraeque dominum You shall conceive the Lord of Heaven and Earth
Concipies Et paries and give birth,
Intacta,without being touched,
Salutem hominum. to the Salvation of mankind;
Tu porta coeli facta you, made the Gateway of Heaven,
Medela criminum. the cure for sins".

2. Quomodo conciperem, How shall I conceive,
quae virum non cognovi? seeing that I know not a man?
Qualiter infringerem, How shall make an infraction
quae firma mente vovi?, I who made a vow with my firm mind ?
'Spiritus sancti gratia The grace of the Holy ghost
Perficiet haec omnia; will do all this;
Ne timeas, don't be afraid
sed gaudeas, But be pleased
secura,and safe
quod castimonia because chastity
Manebit in te pura will remain in you, pure
Dei potentia.'power of God

3. Ad haec virgo nobilis "To these words the noble virgin"
Respondens inquit ei; "answered to him"
Ancilla sum humilis 'I am the humble handmaiden'
Omnipotentis Dei. 'Of the all powerful God'
Tibi coelesti nuntio, Tanta secreti conscio,
Consentiens "I'm OK"
Et cupiens "and I want"
Videre "to see"
factum quod audio, "what I hear done"
Parata sum parere. "I'm ready to obey"
Dei consilio. "God's will"

4. Angelus disparuit "The angel disappeared"
Et statim puellaris "and at once"
Uterus intumuit "the womb of the maiden swelled"
Vi partus salutaris. "by the force of the laying in of salvation"
Qui, circumdatus utero The one who, protected in thy womb
Novem mensium numero,
during nine months
Hinc Exiit from here got out
Et iniit and the conflict began
Conflictum, Affigens humero He fixed his shoulder
Crucem, qua dedit ictum On the cross, by which he gave a blow
Hosti mortifero. to the mortal Enemy

5. Eia Mater Domini, "Come on, mother of the Lord"
Quae pacem reddidisti "who has given back peace"
Angelis et homini, "to angels and man"
Cum Christum genuisti; "when you bore Christ".
Tuum exora filium. "Pray your Son"
Ut se nobis propitium "to be good to us"
Exhibeat, "Let Him show"
Et deleat "and wash away"
Peccata; "our sins"
Praestans auxilium giving help
Vita frui beata to enjoy a happy life
Post hoc exsilium. "after this exile"

"Angelus ad Virginem" midi courtesy of - 12/15/09

"Angelus ad Virginem" Latin and English lyrics courtesy of - 12/15/09

Image of "Angel Playing a Flageolet" by  Edward Burne-Jones (28 Aug 1833 – 17 June 1898) courtesy
of - 12/01/09

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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

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

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines
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!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of

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