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12/19/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Carol of the Bells

When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces
of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(05 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   How could we celebrate the season without hearing this popular Christmas song?

BONUS #1 - - Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, Nov. 18, 2007

BONUS #2 - - Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2008


"The Ukraine region of the former Soviet Union has been frequently misunderstood. Although for centuries it was more than large enough to be an independent medium-sized nation, which it now is, and had a language, alphabet, and culture distinct from the dominant Russians, the Ukrainians were often mistakenly labeled 'Russians.' This miscomprehension affected all sectors of their civilization, including the one famous contribution to the literature of carols to emanate from the Ukraine.

"The music for the very popular holiday song, 'Carol of the Bells,' was created by the Ukraine's most popular composer, Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych (1877-1921). Despite being born in Ukraine, living in Ukraine, and largely working with Ukrainian music, Leontovych and his works are more than occasionally called 'Russian.' The composition from which 'Carol of the Bells' was derived, the choral work Shchedryk, which was first performed by students at Kiev University in December 1916, has not been exempted from the mislabeling. But the Ukrainians, from one perspective, have had the last laugh in this cultural comedy of errors, for by far the best-known carol music to originate in any portion of the former Soviet Union was Leontovych's brilliant musical portrayal of the sounds of Christmas bells.

"Only 20 years after its composition, the music from Shchedryk was converted into a carol halfway around the world. Peter J. Wilhousky (1902-1978), a composer, lyricist, and conductor who worked with Arturo Toscanini on NBC radio, adapted Leontovych's music and added some lyrics....

"Since the synthesis of 'Carol of the Bells' in 1936, the song, also known as 'Ukrainian Carol,' has increasingly become a part of the celebration of Christmas in the United States....."

- William Studwell, The Christmas Carol Reader


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/19/15:

   I saw my physician Thursday morning (12/17) to renew my arthritis and thyroid medications. I mentioned that I thought that even though I was and had been taking 75 mcg. of Synthroid for some time, it might not be high enough. Ever more increasingly I would find myself having extreme symptoms of hypothyroidism, especially of fatigue (I would awake from a two-hour morning nap just in time to have a light lunch and a four-hour afternoon nap, and still have no difficulty sleeping 8 hours at night) and puffiness of the face (not to mention dry skin plus hideously cracking and splitting fingernails).

   He said, "Well, yes. You need some energy! Your levels should be between 2.0 and 3.0, and yours are at 6.3. Until they drop below 4.0 or 5.0, you will never lose any weight, no matter what you do. Let's raise your dosages to 75 mcgs. at 7:00 AM, and another 50 mcg. at 2:00 PM."

   I was as excited by the renewed hope and by the validation that it wasn't "all in my head" as I was to get the new meds!

   This has the potential to relieve at least half of my medical problems - maybe more. What is truly surprising is that I am already seeing results of the treatment.

   In what may or may not be related to any of this, at 11:00 AM this morning, I actually stood up straight and walked unassisted - no cane, no two canes, no walker - for the first time in weeks! I don't know how long it will last, but the fact that it happened at all was a major miracle to me! In view of the fact that just this past Sunday (12/13) I had to leave church early only to come home, lie down, and seriously wonder if I would ever arise in this world again, I am totally flabbergasted!

   I feel so very blessed for great medical attention, for Christmas miracles, and for the tender mercies of the Lord!


   Happy Birthday today to Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late    Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND     Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND    Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 19, 1941 - Adolf Hitler became Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.

December 19, 1941 - Limpet mines placed by Italian divers sank the HMS Valiant (1914) and HMS Queen Elizabeth (1913) in Alexandria harbour.


Sunday, December 19, 1965 - Baseball player Chito Martínez was born Reyenaldo Ignacio Martínez, in Belize City, Belize.

Sunday, December 19, 1965 - Actress Jessica Steen was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/18/14:

“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/18/15 - "The Gift of Time":

Billy Graham, the great evangelist has said, "The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life". If you think about'll agree.

Below is an interesting story about Alexander the Great. At the end, you will find another fact regarding life.

First time I’ve seen this story. It’s worth sharing!

The Gift of Time

The last wishes of Alexander the Great........

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin ...

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery ....

3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see !!

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

1. "I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal."

2. "I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth."

3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is : TIME.

We do not take to our grave any material wealth.
TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.
We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time.

When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life!

The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your TIME.

May God grant you plenty of TIME, to share with all.

   Thank you so much, Wayne! Merry Christmas!

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/18/15 - "They Dance To A Song From 2015":

I love music and old movies, and this puts them both together.


They Dance To A Song From 2015.

Michael Binder is what you would call a “movie aficionado” through and through. He’s probably watched just about every single movie you’ve ever heard of, twice. In fact, Binder loves movies so much that he’s managed to make a career writing about them and talking about them for his hundreds of followers.

But when he saw the mega viral hit that featured a bunch of dance scenes from popular movies matched up to the incredibly popular song, “Uptown Funk,” he was instantly inspired to do a similar mashup, only he wanted to use dance scenes from movies that only came out of the Golden Age of cinema.

It took him a long while to find the perfect clips which properly conveyed the energy and passion, but after he scanned through hundreds and hundreds of movies from 1953 and earlier, he finally edited together an absolutely stunning video featuring some of our favorite dancers and singers.

It’s pretty amazing to watch legends like Gene Kelly, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire dance to one of the catchiest songs ever!

The amount of time it must have taken to edit this whole piece together is truly astounding. Not only did Binder have to be aware of the dance sequence in his head, but he had to time it properly with the music without speeding up or slowing down the original footage.

In the end he created a video that is really fun to watch. He really put a lot of thought into this whole project, and just about everyone loves the final result!

Please SHARE this fantastic video if you love the old classics and wish they made movies like they used to!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, John! This is amazingly cool! The clips and the music are brilliantly matched! Merry Christmas!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/18/15 - "Coke Commercial":

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and New Year.

OK, let's see here....Coca Cola is the # 1 brand in the world, they have billions (no, BILLIONS) of dollars, they are smart marketers, and they know its the cute and sentimental season. Yup, got it covered. Now let's see those Budweiser horses top this. - A Bridge for Santa Claus

     Ya got me! Thank you, Haul Party! Merry Christmas!

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA AND       Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/17/15:

  Telling Santa what a good girl I've been all year and hoping I get everything on my wish list.

   OHHH! I LOVE THIS!! Thank you so much, Sandi - and Santa Jim!   Merry Christmas!


      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/18/15:

  It's a different red suit. 

Because spelling is important.

   Thanks, Jean! Merry Christmas!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/15:

     Thanks, Joan! Merry Christmas!

    From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/18/15:

   Thanks, Joyce! Merry Christmas!

“I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?”

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(b. 30 July 1947)

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Katherine Eng's Christmas Granny Afghan - "Unique pattern, very attractive."

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES: - "Hole y" Christmas Tree - "Out of creative ideas this holiday season? How about a Christmas tree...made of doughnuts? It's a crazy idea, but we think it works!" - Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake - "Wake up your taste buds with this no-bake cheesecake that explodes with big peppermint flavor. For a classic pairing, serve slices in generous puddles of rich chocolate sauce, and sit back and enjoy the raves!" - Coconut Cream Pie - "A favorite diner dessert is luscious Coconut Cream Pie. Why go out for it when you can make this scrumptious version so easily at home?"


From - 12/18/15:

Mother: Did you behave well in church today, Margie?

Margie: I certainly did. A nice man offered me a plate full of money, and I said, "No, thank you."

1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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 12/19/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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Carol of the Bells

Lyrics and Music: Adapted by Peter J. Wilhousky, copyright 1936,
from original by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, 1916


Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
"Throw cares away."
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev'rywhere
Filling the air

Oh, how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale,
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas

On, on they send
On without end
Their joyful tone
To ev'ry home

Ding, dong, ding, dong.

"Carol of the Bells" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"Carol of the Bells" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

Christmas Bells title clip art courtesy of - 12/25/09 (sic)

 Gold Bells and Branch and Bells Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

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

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

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

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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!

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

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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