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12/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Down in Yon Forest

ôLet us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart
that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant
event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing
medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand
years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

- George Matthew Adams
(23 Aug 1878 - 29 Oct 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The theme of today's Newsletter was suggested by       my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA who (sharing my love of Medieval and Renaissance music) called me yesterday afternoon:

BONUS - - Down in Yon Forest - Joan Baez

   I really enjoyed this comment on YouTube from one year ago: "My son when he was not quite 3 made me play this song over & over & over again as he sat there & listened to it. My wound up son; just as calm as can be. This is my most favorite Christmas album EVER. Mom raised me on it." - LaRaNaThA

  Thanks, Jean!


"Down in Yon Forest" (or "Down in Yon Forrest") is a traditional English Christmas carol dating to the Renaissance era.

The carol has been arranged in modern English by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Jacob Niles and John Rutter, among others. It has been recorded by artists including Joan Baez, Martyn Bates with Max Eastley, Shirley Collins, The Albion Band, Bruce Cockburn, Kemper Crabb, Burl Ives (on Christmas Day in the Morning), John McCutcheon, Jean Ritchie, Bob Rowe, Andreas Scholl, Steeleye Span, Woven Hand, and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.


   Happy Birthday today to   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA 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!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND   Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;

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

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Sunday, Dec. 22, 1861

Theoretically speaking, Missouri should have been a state as calm and peaceful as any in the Union, Confederate and Southern-sympathizing troops having been withdrawn across the Arkansas border after the battle known as Wilson's Creek. This status was, of course, illusory and the bands of partisans, guerillas, freebooters and plain bandits continued their operations pretty much as they had been doing for the years known as "Bleeding Kansas." Today the commander of Federal forces in the state, Gen. H. W. Halleck, issued orders that anyone caught burning bridges, damaging railroad tracks or molesting telegraph wires would be summarily executed upon capture.

Monday, Dec. 22, 1862

Gen. Burnside had not really wanted command of the Union's Army of the Potomac, but had taken it when ordered. His first battle, Fredericksburg, had been a disaster, poorly coordinated on the flanks and the center consisting of repeated charges uphill in the open against Confederates in prepared defensive works. If that wasn't bad enough, today he was facing the consequences in a meeting with Lincoln and the cabinet. The President, perhaps realizing that he could not very well condemn a man for failing to do the impossible, called the defeat an "accident" and commended the army for bravery.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1863

The winter continued severe in most parts of the country, and those fortunate enough to have shelter did their best to remain in it as much as possible. Some scouting activity took place in east Tennessee, one of the few parts of the state where Union forces were actually welcomed by a populace which had been opposed to secession from the beginning. Mountain people, it is said, seldom care to take part in the disputes of the flatlanders and wish only that the folk of the lowlands would do likewise.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 1864

It may be the most famous single statement Gen. William T. Sherman made during the Civil War (what is today known in political circles as a "Sherman Statement", i.e. "If nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve" was made long afterwards when he was solicited to run for president to succeed Grant.) Today he sent a telegram to President Lincoln saying "I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton." The supplies, or at least the guns and ammunition, had been left behind by retreating Confederate forces who today headed further north into South Carolina.

     From Me ('65) of NC for   Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA, trying to help Bobby Ball ('63) of NM - 12/22/11 - "RE: 1963 Anchor":

   A 1963 Anchor was listed this morning on eBay. It's available as a "Buy It Now" item, so you can scoop it up right away!

      From Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA - 12/21/11:

We just went by to see    Dale Lucado, NNHS, Class of 1968. He is paralyzed from the neck down but his spirits are good. He lives with his mother at her home and she takes good care of him.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Love, Mickey Marcella

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Dale's one of "the good guys!"

   How wonderful that you were able to make such a nice visit! I think sometimes we allow ourselves to get so caught up in the good things that we neglect to do the more important things - especially at holiday times. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Mickey!

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/21/11 - "Merry Christmas":

  Patty did such a good job of decorating our tree that I had to shoot it and show it off.

Albert & Patty

Peace in the New Year

   OOOH! What an exceptionally lovely tree! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Albert! Merry Christmas to you and Patty!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 12/21/11 - "Coca Cola building- away she goes!!!!":
  The 1898 Daily Press/Coca-Cola Building at 33rd and Huntington Avenue in Newport News, demolished on December 17. It was probably the last large remaining 19th century building downtown.

   OH, the humanity! Thanks for relaying this sad news to us, F.A.!


    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/21/11 - "Christmas Flash Mob !!":

This is AWESOME! Great ending! - Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria

   I love these happenings! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/21/11 - "When Americans Banned Christmas":

   Thanks, Domi! In my humble opinion, this points to one of the fundamental differences between Northerners and Southerners (and one of the rarely mentioned causes of the War of Yankee Aggression). The north was primarily settled and populated by Puritans; the south by Cavaliers. They didn't view life in the same manner from the very earliest days of our country - and often still do not.

   You'll notice this article didn't mildly mention how colonial Virginians observed Christmas.....

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/21/11 - "Christmas Bird": careful what bird you have for Christmas dinner!!

   OH, NOOO!!! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/21/11 - "Merry Christmas from KingsRiver":

  My daughter, Lisa Dye, is in this group picture.

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Glenn - Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 12/21/11 - "And Here are the Headlines":

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

                                               I just couldn't help but send this along. Too funny.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No crap, really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; VeterinarianTakes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
---------------- ---------------------------------
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?
Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!
     Thanks, Janice!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/21/11 - "Weeweechu":

  It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, Mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

"Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

"Please, Corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."


     Thanks again, Glenn!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/21/11 - "It's amazing to what extremes some guys will go for a thrill fix":

----- Some things for your bucket list

It's amazing to what extremes some guys will go for a thrill fix

Things to do if you get bored watching T. V. 

   WOWZERONI-YOWZERONI! Thanks again, Sweetie-Pies! Whatever these guys have in their makeup that inspires them to do such thinks is noticeably and completely absent in me.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/18/11 (but somehow misplaced ) - "BRILLIANT":

Speed Control In Israel

See these photos ...... especially the last one!

How's this for speed reduction?

  When drivers pass by, they reduce speed to avoid car damage.
  This is a strategy currently used in Israel as a high-speed control.

It is far more economical than using cameras, radar, police officers, etc.
  Very clever - especially when they move them around every day!

   WOWZERONI! HOW COOL IS THAT?!? Thanks, Shari!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#2 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!




"A Gift in the Trees"

God shows his love for us in many ways. Something that may not seem extraordinary to one person might appear as a miracle for someone else. On Christmas Eve 1997, that is exactly how I saw things, though not at first. At first I was feeling too sorry for myself to see anything but my own unhappiness.

The holiday season is a popular time for couples to get engaged. I had been in three long-term relationships by the time I was 29, but none of them had ever produced a marriage proposal. I had always considered myself a loyal, caring, unselfish girlfriend, and boyfriends often told me as much after the relationship had ended. I always seemed to be "the one that got away," and I began to feel like I was special only once the relationship was over. After a while, I started to feel like I just wasn't worth a lifetime commitment.

At the age of 29, I decided I needed to take my own happiness into consideration. It took a couple years of dating mistakes, but I finally figured out how to respect my own needs and not just worry about the needs of my partner. That's when, at the age of 31, I met Paul. He was a wonderful person who didn't expect me to take care of him. He just wanted to be with me, and he respected me for who I was. Everything felt right between us, and I figured I had finally found a man I could marry.

During our second Christmas together, I thought Paul might propose. On December 22, we ventured onto the topic of marriage. Paul said that he did see himself marrying me, but the timing was not good "right now." I couldn't help but feel sorry for myself. So many of my friends had received proposals and engagement rings, but I had never received either. I was at the point where I figured maybe marriage just wasn't in the cards for me.

On the following day, December 23, school was canceled because of a winter storm. I knew my students would be as excited as I was for the extra day off right before the holiday break. It would also be nice to have a beautiful, white Christmas. The roads were covered in snow, and the trees were buried under a sheer layer of ice. It was much too hazardous to venture out, so I just stayed inside and reflected on my situation.

By the end of that snowy day, I had come to the conclusion that it wasn't the proposal I needed. It was simply that I wanted to feel loved and appreciated enough that someone would want to be with me forever. I prayed to God and asked that someday a man would think I was important enough to give me a diamond, the symbol of the commitment that my heart needed the most.

Christmas Eve finally arrived. Paul came to my house so we could ride together to my sister's holiday party. I was happy to be with him but a little sad knowing he wouldn't be proposing that night.

By this time, almost all the snow and ice had quietly melted away. I realized that we wouldn't have a white Christmas after all. It would, however, make the drive to the party much safer.

The gathering was a happy one. My nieces and nephew were a joy to watch as they opened their gifts. Paul and I had a wonderful time with my family. Eventually, after all the gifts had been opened and all goodbyes repeatedly exchanged, we left.

It was a long, quiet ride home, as Paul fell asleep 25 minutes into the trip. The roads were dry and the trees were barren. Yet the stars shone brightly against the black, cloudless sky, adding a touch of beauty to the night.

As I neared my home, a small group of trees caught my attention. They stood out from the rest of the dull, dry landscape. Of all the tress I had passed on my way home, these were the only ones that had any sign of the recent winter storm upon their branches. As I drove, I wondered how this could be. The temperature was much too warm. Yet somehow the branches were covered in an incredible layer of ice. I had seen ice-covered trees many times before, but something about these was extraordinary. This was a dazzling light like I had never seen before.

As I gazed at the beautiful trees, warmth spread through my heart. This was a truly magical moment. No longer was I seeing these winter-decorated branches with the eyes on my face; I now looked upon them with the eyes in my heart and soul. That night -- Christmas Eve 1997--the air was clean and crisp, the sky was entirely filled with stars, and the trees...the trees sparkled with diamonds. Thousands and thousands of diamonds.

In my heart I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. I had needed him to show me that there was a man who thought I was worth a commitment, the commitment that is symbolized by a diamond ring. That Christmas Eve, God covered the trees in diamonds for my eyes and heart to behold. It was his way of showing me that he thought I was special and worthwhile enough for an eternal commitment.

As Paul slept quietly in the seat next to me, completely unaware of the miracle that had taken place, joyous tears of peace and self-worth streamed down my face. I knew that I had found someone who would love me forever, and realizing this was more profound and meaningful than any marriage proposal I could ever receive.

-- By Cynthia J. Teixeira

From - 12/21/11 - "Giving is the Best Gift!":

Dear Friends,

Every year I set up an online Kettle to raise money for the Salvation Army. This started a few years ago when the Charlotte office was robbed at gunpoint. We set up a kettle all of you help to replace that stolen money to help families out this Christmas.

When you make your donation you can choose for the funds to stay in your area. Please pay it forward by making your donation to help people this Christmas Season.

Thank you very much for sharing with others.



From - 12/21/11 - "Testimonial: Cruising through Any Holiday Celebration":

Dear Flylady,

I realize the following letter to you is not typical, but I hope you will be able to read it with an open heart, and see the gratitude it contains.

One of my favorite things to do after my babies are in bed (and my sink is shined!) is to read any testimonials you send my way. I have been FLYing only for a few months, but every day I try to do a little bit more, and find the chaos is a little bit less!!

Well, after reading all the wonderful testimonials tonite (and weeping, as usual), I felt compelled to be honest with you, and tell you how it is from a non-Christian perspective to be a member of your wonderful community. I want to let my sister in on all your wisdom, because she is a Payroll SHE with 4 kids, and could use it all badly-- however, she is a very observant Jew, and I worry she would be offended by many of your references to Christmas, God Breezes, etc.

After some soul-searching, and looking at why I LOVE you and everything about your site, I would like to tell you the following.

We do not celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Chanukah, and I make Shabbat dinner every Friday night. One of the most important concepts for a Jewish wife/mother is her part in creating "shalom bayit", peace in the house. As I read all the beautiful testimonials tonight, I realized that I too am flying my way towards peace and joy. It used to be a mad rush for me every Friday to have the table set, the meal made, the house neat, etc., before the Sabbath--but now every week, through babysteps, I am increasingly ready (my dear husband, unasked and impressed, the other night polished all our silver cups we use to say the blessings over the grape juice!!)

There is a traditional Jewish story that Sabbath angels peer into windows at the start of Shabbat, to see which houses are ready to be blessed--those with clean, well-set tables, good food, sparkling glasses, and happy children are favored over others. I feel like you and your mentors are like these angels, and thanks to you all, this year our Chanukah, and all our Shabbats, will be filled with even more light, joy, and peace.

So thank you for all you do, from the bottom of my purple-puddling heart--and know that for those of us who do not make Christmas, you still illuminate our holidays.

BabyFlying in NYC

FlyLady here: I am so proud of her for adapting to fit her family and traditions. I have always tried to accept all faiths and love everyone. I am Christian; which I was taught meant, to be Christ like and love everyone. This is one of the reason that we have been doing Holiday Cruising missions. The last time I check; we all have homes that need cleaning to be ready for guests and there is a feast to prepare; sounds like FLYing to me!


From - 12/21/11 - "Holiday Countdown: 4 Days and Counting":

Dear Friends,

Everyone is saying 4 days and counting but many people need to be ready by Saturday, Christmas Eve.

What do you have left to do? Get a cup of something warm and wonderful and sit down for a few minutes with a note pad to see what is left to do. You may surprise yourself!

1. Any more gifts to buy or packages to wrap?

2. Are your groceries purchased?

3. Are you baking any cookies?

4. Any packages to deliver to neighbors, newspaper delivery person, your UPS driver, your mail person or anyone else you can think of?

5. What are you doing to Pamper yourself today?

6. Anything else?

These few minutes will help you to get this together on paper and in your head so you will not be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

You can do this. Set your timer for 15 minutes and pull this together.

Then get up and start!

Love you!


You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?


From - 12/21/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #20":

Dear FlyLady,

This is a little embarrassing but my pampering habit for December is going to the bathroom right when I first have to go instead of waiting until it becomes a crisis! Sounds like a no brainer, I know, but it has been the best gift of all this month. Usually I am so into whatever I am doing that I don't want to stop or be interrupted. Taking a few extra minutes before that long car drive and before sitting down to dinner, has helped maintain calm. This pampering is better than Pampering . . .

Thanks for December's habit.

A FlyBaby

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

You deserve to take time for yourself!!

I am so proud of you.



From - 12/21/11:

One day an employee came in to work with both of his ears bandaged.

When his boss asked him what happened, he explained, "Yesterday I was ironing a shirt when the phone rang and I accidentally answered the iron instead of the phone!"

"Well," the boss said, "that explains one ear, but what about the other?"

"They called back!"


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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.

4. 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 


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Please find a few minutes of your busy schedule to support

Thank you so much!

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Down in Yon Forest

Arranged by John Rutter (b. 24 Sept 1945)

Recorded by Joan Baez (b. 09 Jan 1941), 1966

Down in yon forest there's stands a hall
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
It's covered all over with purple and pall
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

In that hall there stands a bed
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
It's covered all over with scarlet so red
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

At the bed side there lies a stone
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
Which the sweet virgin Mary knelt upon
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

Under that bed there runs a flood
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
The one half runs water
And other runs blood
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

At the bed's foot there grows a thorn
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
Whichever blows blossoms
Since He was born
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

Over that bed the moon shines bright
The bells of paradise I heard them ring
Denoting our Saviour was born this night
And I love my Lord Jesus above everything

John Rutter's arrangement of "Down in Yon Forest" (sequenced by John Fletcher) courtesy
of - 12/21/11

"Down in Yon Forest" lyrics courtesy of - 12/21/11

Image of "The Virgin and Child with a Saint" by Bartolomeo Montagna, c.1483-99 courtesy
of - 12/21/11

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!

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

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

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!

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

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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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