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12/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - A 'Soalin'

“Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing,
Returns to you glad.”

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sept 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was suggested by       my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA on 12/08/10.  Thanks, Jean!

BONUS #1 - - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary

BONUS #2 - - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary 

BONUS #3 - - Sole Cake - Sting


A-Soalin' was a yuletide (Christmas) tradition and dates from long before the Elizabethan era. It has NOTHING what-so-ever to do with the tradition of Hallowe'en.

The Elizabethan 'round' reported by "Jacob B" is in fact one of the earliest written examples of the song. It was a chant / round / song sung long before those times. Oral tradition (from a mate in Britain who is really big on this stuff) has it that the tradition of going 'A-Soalin' is probably almost as old as 'Shrove-ball'.

SHROVE-BALL - the tradition of playing "street football" between the two opposing elements of a single town where everybody who was fit and able played - generally teams were called the "Uppies and the Downies" or the "Uppers and Downers", "Upp'ns and Down'ns", "Northers and Southers" and so on. Games were begun at around mid-afternoon and went until sunset and there were no rules - though around the late 1700's and onwards, weapons were somewhat frowned upon. Prior to this time it was not uncommon for a contestant to be stabbed (occasionally fatally) by an opposition player to gain possession of the ball.
The idea was to get the ball to a "goal beyond the territory of the opposition (in the case of Workington in Cumbria; that meant the "Uppies" had to strike the ball against a large capstan on the town wharf while the "Downies" attempted to strike it against the wall of the city park).
Oral traditions have 'Shroveball' being played in Workington since before the arrival of the Vikings in the 10th Century. Shroveball is played - depending on the town involved, is played on either Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Easter Saturday, Monday or Tuesday - NEVER, of course on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Soalin' was another 'one-day-a-year' tradition and generally occurring around (from recollection) Boxing Day or Christmas Eve - again it depended on the town / parish / county, etc. On this day (evening) the less fortunate of the town would go from door-to-door to ask for comfits from the larders / purses etc of the more fortunate townsfolk. It was considered VERY bad form (even to the extent of being cursed by The Lord) to turn away one who was 'A-Soalin' empty-handed.

The Peter, Paul and Mary version is a more modern rendering of the traditional 'Soalin' song - sort of like the treatment Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, etc. give to traditional English Folk songs - to "contemporise" them.


    Happy Birthday today to   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Roy Tate ('57);

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 27, 1942 - The German military formed the Smolensk Committee and began enlisting Soviet POWs in the battle against Russia.


Monday, December 27, 1965 - Actor Salman Khan (عبد الرشید سلیم سلمان خان) was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Monday, December 27, 1965 - Footballer Chris Mainwaring was born in Geraldton, Western Australia. He had a seizure and died at the age of 41 after overdosing on cocaine on 01 Oct 2007.

Monday, December 27, 1965 - Painter Edgar Ende (born 23 Feb 1901 in Germany) died in Germany of a myocardial infarction at the age of 64.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!   We only have 5 more days to vote for Grace!

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!  

  All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/26/10 - "The truth as an adult . . . . .":

The truth as an adult . . . . .

These are all so true!!!!

Adult Truths

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. Was learning cursive really necessary?

6. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

7. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

8. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

9. Bad decisions make good stories.

10. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

11. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

12. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

13. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
14. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Bill!

From - 12/26/10 - "Top 10 Tips for Finding True Love This Year":

Top 10 Tips for Finding True Love This Year

  • 1. Open your heart and be surprised - You're reading this, so you must be open to love, right? But truly being open means that even though you're looking for that special One, you're receptive to love from wherever it comes. Your Mr. Right might show up in a way you never expected and might look different from what you've imagined. The only way to find out is to accept dates from lots of different men.
  • 2. Don't become exclusive until you're committed - You've been seeing a great guy, and you're spending a lot of time together. You should stop accepting dates from other men, right? Not at all. Unless he has asked you for a commitment, keep your options open. It's not about playing games - it's about maintaining your sense of self instead of making any one man the center of your universe. You also prevent yourself from having that "needy" vibe, and you make him feel like commitment is his idea.
  • 3. Soften your body language - Next time you're out on a date, take a moment and notice what your body is doing. Chances are, your nerves are showing up in the form of tense shoulders and clasped hands. We women become so overly conscious of ourselves that we fail to display the femininity that men find so alluring. Instead, relax your hands, drop your shoulders, and actually lean back in his presence. Then watch as he fills the space by melting forward - and inching ever so closer to your heart.
  • 4. Don't think too far ahead - What were you thinking on your last date? If you're like most women, at least some of the time you were watching these thoughts run through your head: Does he like me? Will he make a good husband? Is he going to ask me out again? Focusing on the future and "what ifs" not only keeps you from enjoying the present moment and discovering who this man is, but staying stuck in your head keeps you from connecting with him where it truly counts - his heart.
  • 5. Share your feelings without making him responsible - He's late (again), he brings up his ex, he forgets to call. These are scenarios you're bound to run into at one time or another - even after you're married. Most women think bringing these up will only push a man away, but the key is to draw him closer by expressing your feelings in a clear, non-blaming way that invites him to be part of the solution: "I really feel uncomfortable hearing about other women, and I don't want to create any weirdness between the two of us. What do you think?"
  • 6. Stop pretending you're something you're not - How often have you hidden the real you when you're with a guy? You might feel that if you reveal the quirky things about you, you'll scare him away...or that if you disagree with him, you'll rock the boat. But nothing can be further from the truth. This isn't about spilling your guts on a first date, it's about letting go of the need to be perfect and letting love in. So stop censoring yourself...and start allowing the man who will love you for who you are make his way into your life - for good.
  • 7. Switch the channel to "receive" - You might think that in order to show a man you're a great catch, you need to make him dinner, do things for him, or push the relationship along. But the truth is that men fall in love by how much they give to you - not the other way around. A good man will want to please you, make you happy, and do nice things for you. Let him!
  • 8. Always put yourself first - It's natural for women to put others first; but if you want to inspire romance in a man, putting his needs before yours is entirely counterproductive. While it's true that every relationship is give and take, you still need to take care of yourself first. When a man sees that you treat yourself with kindness and respect, he'll see a woman who has a high sense of worth and a healthy self-esteem - both of which are very attractive and motivate him to keep you happy.
  • 9. Don't write him off...yet - Is he too short, too heavy, too young, too serious, not serious enough? There are scores of women who couldn't stand their husbands at first and now can't imagine their lives without them. Whenever a man shows up in your life - regardless of how long - treat it as an opportunity. Unless you are really turned off by him, give him at least three dates. He might not be your Mr. Right, but he will get you closer to him by helping you discover more about you.
  • 10. Remember, you can't say the wrong thing to the right man - As long as you speak from your heart, the man who is going to love you will not be scared away - he will work with you through conflict, and this will bring you closer together. Of course, you need to make him feel safe enough to express his own feelings, and the way you do this comes right back to where we started: by expressing your own. As you build a solid foundation of safety and mutual acceptance, love doesn't just thrive - it flourishes.



      From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

       Contact Dr. Chambers at

       Thanks, Jane!



    "New Year's Resolutions by Fido"

    * I will not bark each time I see or hear a dog on TV.
    * I will not steal underwear belonging to my mistress and then dance all over the back yard with it.
    * I will not chew red crayons or pens, because my master will think that I am hemorrhaging.
    * I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.
    * I must shake the rainwater out of my coat BEFORE I enter the house.

    1. Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

    2. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.

    3. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - 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.
    Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

    . Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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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


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    A 'Soalin'

    Rewritten by Noel Paul Stookey, Tracy Batteast, and Elena Mezetti (but with much older origins)

    Made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary, 1963

    Hey ho, nobody home,
    Meat nor drink nor money have I none,
    Yet shall we be merry,
    Hey ho, nobody home.

    Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
    Please, good missus, a soul cake.
    An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
    Any good thing to make us all merry,
    One for Peter, two for Paul,
    Three for Him who made us all.

    God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
    And all the little children that round your table grow,
    The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door,
    And all that dwell within your gates, we wish you ten times more.

    Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
    Please, good missus, a soul cake.
    An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
    Any good thing to make us all merry,
    One for Peter, two for Paul,
    Three for Him who made us all.

    Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
    If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
    We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’
    For we'll come no more a-soulin' till this time next year.

    Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
    Please good missus a soul cake.
    An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
    Any good thing to make us all merry,
    One for Peter, two for Paul,
    Three for Him who made us all.

    The streets are very dirty, my shoes are very thin.
    I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
    If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
    If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you.

    Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
    Please, good missus, a soul cake.
    An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
    Any good thing to make us all merry,
    One for Peter, two for Paul,
    Three for Him who made us all

    "A 'Soalin' " midi courtesy of - 12/28/10 (sic)

    "A 'Soalin' " lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/10

    Image of Soul Cakes courtesy of - 12/08/10

     Pie Line clip art courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 12/03/03

    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 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!

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

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