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12/20/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Behold a Simple Tender Babe

“Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering;
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.

- Grace Noll Crowell
(31 Oct 1877 - 31 Mar 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is a rather obscure Christmas carol, so I'm hoping you've not had the opportunity to have grown weary of hearing it this season!

BONUS - - Behold a Simple Tender Babe - Prima Luce


    From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of CA - 12/19/16 - " Diana (Lyons Harty - Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05)":

Please keep Diana in your prayers as she continues to heal from emergency surgery with complications Saturday night.

   YOWZERONI! We certainly will, Dale!


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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

27 -    Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND  Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 20, 1916
- World War I: The Battle of Verdun resulted in a French victory after more than 9 months of intense fighting.


December 20, 1924 - Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison.

December 20, 1941 - First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.

December 20, 1942 - Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.


Tuesday, December 20, 1966 - Race car driver Matt Neal was born in Stourbridge, England.

Tuesday, December 20, 1966 - Figure skater and coach Veronica Pershina (Вероника Першина) was born in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Tuesday, December 20, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Robinson was born Christopher Mark Robinson in Marietta, Georgia.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/19/14:

“I greet you at this Christmas Season, in love and fellowship, and with a prayer that our Eternal Father will look down upon you in mercy and pour out His bounteous blessings upon you.

“In these times when iniquity abounds, when there are great tribulations on the earth, when there are wars and rumors of wars, we are all in need, as never before, of the guiding and preserving care of the Lord. . . .

“. . . I now pray that at this Christmas Season, and at all times, we may center our faith in the Son of God and gain for ourselves that peace which passeth understanding.”

-  Joseph Fielding Smith
(19 July 1876 - 02 July 1972)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

   From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/19/16 - "Merry Christmas":

  Peace and Love

   Thank you, Albert! Merry Christmas to you, too!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/19/15:

     Thanks, Jean! Merry Christmas!

From Jean's Daughter, Samantha, of VA - 12/18/15:

     Thanks, Samantha! Merry Christmas!

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” 

- Katharine Hepburn
(12 May 1907 - 29 June 2003)

  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#30 in a series of 30)":

  MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George! These images have been very moving!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#10 in a series of 19)":

  Thanks, Shari!


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#20 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 20, Bobby's New Shoes by Nancy B. Gibbs

Bobby's New Shoes

After receiving a gift from a kind stranger when he was a young boy, my father created his own holiday tradition.

On a cold winter morning in the late 1930s Bobby awoke early.
It wasn't a day that would be remembered by many, nor would it go down in history as especially important. But it was a day that Bobby would never forget.
Bobby, his mother, and his three younger brothers were once again abandoned by Bobby's father. When times got hard, the man who was supposed to be the head of the house left home. He couldn't handle the responsibility of a hungry family. It wasn't the first time he left, so Bobby wasn't surprised.
Bobby searched the bare cupboards and realized there was no food in the kitchen. His tummy was growling. So he put on the warmest clothes he had.
Faith is connected to hope and hope means believing in spite of the evidence and then watching the evidence change.  

He pulled on an old pair of socks and placed cardboard in his worn-out shoes. With holes in the soles, he hoped the cardboard would help keep his feet dry, at least for a little while.
Bobby hit the roads looking for work. He was a strong child and had worked many times before. His goal was to earn enough money to purchase food for the day along with a few cans of vegetables for Christmas dinner.
A few blocks from home, Bobby came across some men working on the side of the road.
"Can I help?" Bobby inquired.
"Sure," one of the men answered and tossed him a shovel. Bobby worked hard for hours. Suddenly, the rain and sleet pounded down.
"Here's your money," one of the men shouted, as he tossed him a few coins. "Go home and get out of this weather."
Bobby clutched the change in the palm of his hand. He then ran to the nearest grocery store. He used the money to buy as much food as he could afford. His socks were soaking wet. His feet were numb. While holding a small bag of groceries, Bobby stopped to adjust the cardboard in his shoes.
A man in uniform, a representative from The Salvation Army, witnessed Bobby's distress.
"Hey son," the kind gentleman said. "Are those the only shoes you have?"
"Yes Sir," Bobby confessed.
The uniformed man took Bobby and bought him a brand new pair of shoes. Bobby danced and skipped all the way home.
I wasn't there on that cold December day. But I've heard the story many times and could always picture my father, as a child, dancing and skipping, wearing a shiny pair of dress shoes home. Daddy often spoke about how he could see his reflection in those special shoes.
Several years later, Daddy joined the Navy. He continued to send money home to support his family. But Daddy always saved enough money for the Salvation Army, hoping that another little boy somewhere may receive a new pair of shoes for Christmas.
The tradition lasted until my father became too ill to shop. Daddy passed away six years ago.
It is my hope that many people will remember this story when they hear the Salvation Army bells ring at store fronts and malls all over this country. And in Daddy's memory, I pray that little children everywhere will have the opportunity to dance and skip.
While the new shoes kept Bobby's feet warm in the 1930s, his act of giving back for several decades warmed his heart in a much greater way.
Each time I drop money in a Salvation Army bucket, I remember my father, his story, and his first new pair of shoes. Then I count it as a blessing to be able to give.
In my mind's eye, I can see a child somewhere—dancing, skipping and wearing a new pair of dress shoes—and my heart is warmed, as well.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Crochet Snowflake Garland Crochet Pattern

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE: - Easy Cherries in the Snow Cookies


From - 12/19/16:

Two snakes were slithering down the street. "Oh man, I have to ask you something!" the little one said.

"What is it?" asked the other snake.

"Are we poisonous?"

The other one replied, "Of course we are, why?"

"Because I just bit my lip.

1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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.

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   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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Behold a Simple Tender Babe

BL. Saint Sir Robert Southwell, S.J. (c. 1561 – 21 Feb 1595) / Francis E. Monaghan, C.S.B.

Behold a simple, tender Babe,
In freezing winter night,
In homely manger trembling lies:
Alas! a piteous sight.

The inns are full; no man will yield
This little Pilgrim bed;
But forced He is with simple beasts
In crib to shroud His head.

Despise Him not for lying there;
First what He is inquire:
An orient pearl is often found
In depth of dirty mire.

Weigh not His crib, His wooden dish,
Nor beasts that by Him feed;
Weigh not His mother's poor attire,
Nor Joseph's simple weed.

This stable is a Prince's court,
This crib His chair of state,
The beasts are parcel of His pomp,
The wooden dish His plate.

The persons in that poor attire
His royal liv'ries wear;
The Prince Himself is come from heav'n.
This pomp is prized there.

With joy approach, O Christian soul,
Do homage to thy King;
And highly praise this humble pomp,
Which He from heav'n doth bring.

"Behold a Simple Tender Babe" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/06/09

Animated Nativity Scene courtesy of Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 12/12/09
Thanks, Mike!

 Gold Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I cannot seem to access that information at the moment...

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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!

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 "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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