- NNHS Newsletter -
“We never give more honour to Jesus than
when we honour his Mother,
Louis Marie de Montfort
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This is our third observation of this Catholic Holiday:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FJaJZql3HY - O Gloriosa Virginum, 2008
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
12 - Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX;
13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;
15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Sunday, Dec. 8, 1861
BELIEVERS BRING BIBLE BLITZ
As this Sabbath was commendably unmarred by acts of mayhem and militarism, it offers an opportunity to note the actions of an unlikely group of war supporters: The American Bible Society. This group, supported entirely by private donations from individuals and churches, released a remarkable report today. Less than a year from the time the War began, they were already to the point where they were printing, shipping and distributing more than 7,000 copies per day of the New Testament to soldiers in the field. A soldier was likely to carry two items of about the same size: his Testament and a pack of playing cards. One, however, was often found dropped on the field when fighting started. There was a common belief that going to meet one’s Maker with gambling paraphernalia on one’s person did not enhance the chances of the gates of Heaven opening.
Monday, Dec. 8, 1862
DAVIS DETECTING DEFENSIVE DEFICIENCIES
There has never been a general in any army of any nation anywhere in recorded history who thought he had sufficient men in his army. This was certainly the case of every army in the Confederate States of America, and the man in the middle who had to do the juggling act was President Jefferson Davis. Robert E. Lee had sent another letter requesting more troops, and Davis wrote back to him today that he had none to send, and if he did have surplus soldiers, they would most likely be sent to the Western Theater where the need was becoming dire. “In Tennessee and Mississippi the disparity between our armies and those of the enemy is so great as to fill me with apprehension,” he wrote today. He also mentioned that he was leaving immediately on a trip West to see what could be done about the situation.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1863
PRESIDENT PROUDLY PROCLAIMS PROGRESS
It was Abraham Lincoln’s turn to offer a State of the Union address to his Congress today, as it had been Jefferson Davis’ duty to his yesterday. Lincoln’s message, needless to say, was considerably more upbeat than his Confederate counterpart’s had been. After the usual reports on foreign relations (good) and military matters besides the War (good aside from some difficulties with Indians), he got to the heart of his message: a Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconciliation. The key provisions of this were that anyone who had participated “directly or by implication” in the Rebellion against the Union could return to lawful citizenship simply by taking an oath of allegiance. Exceptions were military officers who had renounced their oaths to serve the Confederacy, high-ranking members of the CSA government, and anyone who had treated Union prisoners of war, black or white, in an “other than lawful” manner.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 1864
SHERMAN SCORNS SUBTERRANEAN SHELLS
Being unable to muster anything near the manpower to directly give battle to Gen. William T. Sherman’s army as they marched from Atlanta to the Sea, desperation forced a resort to weapons both sides really considered illegal: buried “land torpedoes” which exploded when stepped on. What would today be called land mines were considered lawful to use around forts, but not in open roadways. After Sherman came across a young soldier who had had his foot blown off by such a mine, he confirmed an order by Maj. Gen. Frank Blair Jr. that Confederate prisoners should march in the lead to dig up these bombs. These men protested that they had not buried the bombs and had no idea where they might be. Sherman, blunt as ever, told them that if someone had to be blown up, he would rather it be them than his own men.
Don't forget - The Army Navy Football Game will be telecast on CBS on
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM ET:
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/07/11 - "Exotic locations":
I have never been in Flagrante:
During the Renaissance, Italian noblemen often took mistresses and went to great lengths to keep this fact from their wives. They would arrange to meet their lovers in the remote and beautiful seacoast village of Flagrante on the Adriatic Sea. Eventually, the wives learned of this deception and would travel to the village in order to catch their husbands in the act. As the betrayed wife burst into the room to discover her husband in the arms of his paramour, she would shout, “AHA … I have caught you in Flagrante!!!”
Well, I am delighted to learn that, Captain! Thanks so much!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/07/11 - "Cover Shot":
Here is a cover photo of a little book that is freely given to all area businesses and doctor's offices that has ads and coupons relating to young children. My youngest granddaughter -- April Stokes -- is on this year's cover for December with a photo of her from last year's Christmas shoot. She was about 15 months when this photo was taken.
Be careful, we're everywhere!!
WOWZERONI! How cool is that?!? She is SOOO adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Wayne Honey!
From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/07/11 - "Chanukah Music":
Happy Holidays to one and all no matter what the religions are. You were asking for more Chanukah music for those of us that are Jewish. My suggestion is to Google "Chanukah music". Surely they have a mini library of them to help you.
My recovery from bypass surgery is going great. This is the best I've felt in years and my weight keeps falling. Both are things to be thankful for this year.
Thanks, Ivan! This is a wonderful time of year when we all have something to celebrate - and that's as it should be!
Googling is how I originally located the songs I have in my files - and it seems I really do have four - Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, S'vivon Sov Sov Sov (Dreidel Spin), Mi Yemalel? (Who Can Retell?) and I Have A Little Dreidle. I just didn't want anyone wondering, "Why doesn't she ever play my favorite song?!?"
If I had a specific title, I might do better finding a particular treasured song...
I'm so delighted to hear about your health, Ivan - that is just SUPER! Enjoy your holidays - you have much to celebrate!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/06/11 - "One pound deer":
|One pound deer---5
days old---he is beautiful.
This tiny deer was delivered by Caesarean section at a Wildlife hospital after an auto killed his mother.
Little Rupert, who is so small he can fit in an adult's hand, was born after vets failed in their battle to save his mother.
At just 6" tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire. He has only recently opened his eyes.
Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, said, "Rupert's mother had very severe injuries. We brought him out and got him breathing, and then he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed by a tube."
Staff members are optimistic that Rupert, now 5 days old, will make a full recovery.
"Deer are very, very tricky, but this one has spirit. He's an extremely ballsy ole' boy, and quite pushy he is," Mr. Stocker said.
|AWWW - so cute! What a great story of life and hope and determination! Thanks, Glenn!|
From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 12/07/11 - "IT'S ON ! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!":
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Stacy!|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/06/11 - "a helping hand needed":
|I mailed a Christmas
greeting card to this girl....thought maybe you had an extra card you
could send too???
Alright - here goes - I need a
favor from all my friends and their friends and so on and so on. As most
of you know, our daughter, Anna is 17 years old. She is a great young
lady who is stuck between wanting to be like other 17 year olds and
watching Dora and enjoying coloring and dolls. She is diagnosed with
Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, a very difficult to control form of epilepsy,
that has no known cause and no known cure, and is accompanied by
intellectual disabilities. She loves loves loves greeting cards. She
loves receiving them and opening those that others receive. She keeps
cards with her and still has some from last Spring. So - if you can send
her a greeting card in the mail, it will make her day. She would love to
collect cards from all over the world - so please repost this .....
Cards can be mailed to:
Thank you so much, Shari - what a nice gesture!
FlyCrew: This is about the easiest Crock Pot recipe ever. I used to have a much more complicated one – and one day was out of some of the ingredients and just did this:
One 2 lb. Beef Roast
One regular size bottle Italian Dressing
Put the Roast in your crock pot – set crock pot to low; pour bottle of Italian Dressing over roast, and cook up to 10 hours. That’s it. It is delicious.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/07/11 - "Young at Heart: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah":
Young@Heart by Pam Young
I live my life around this song of the south!
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Everything is satisfactual
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!
But what happens when you feel that way and events come around the corner and pull you from your bliss? Well my dears, it's a perfect time to test your truth! The truth that there is a power for good in this Universe and we can know that it works for the good of all concerned.
This weekend Terry and I were submerged in news and information that seemed to try to pull us into the swirl you see when you let the bathtub water out. It pulled us and messed with our internal optimism and our joy to see life as good.
When we put our heavy hearts and heads together to come to a conclusion that reflected our collective joy for life and the knowing that there is a divine plan functioning in each and everyone's life, we got strength. That's what a good marriage does! Yea for those happy couples who have the blend of love as well as law, beauty as well as reason, and feeling as well as intellect. What a divine gift.
Because we were both hit at the same time with devastating news we had to first nurture each other. We had to pull together and acknowledge the hurt we were both feeling and together move forward as one, to do what we could do to soothe and support those who needed our love and good thoughts.
How do you extend your love to a fear-filled mother and father who have to take their five-year-old daughter to the Mayo Clinic for an appointment on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 am Minnesota time? This young family lives next door to us and we have grown to love them in the ten years we've been close neighbors. All we could do was convey to the mother and my very good friend, our love for her and her daughter and to tell her it's so easy to see her daughter strong, healthy and happy and to know she is in God's hands. We laughed together when we agreed that we moms don't get to say our children are ours. We both agreed our children are God's children and we are just taking care of them for God.
In addition to our little next door neighbor, Terry got a call from an employee and lifetime friend that he is terminal with stage five lung cancer. We had no idea he was in ill health. This friend has worked for Terry for 15 years and has been a vital link in the success of his business.
A five year-old and a 55 year-old, both in the arms of God and yet to our mortal eyes we can get filled with sadness, grief, worry and fear and forget to know that. Our work then is to know that all is well and that there is a higher power at work and to maintain our joy and knowing that life is good. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/05/11 - "Commitment Checklist":
Commitment: The Essential Ingredient In Your Relationship
By Richard Nicastro, Ph.D.
Anyone who has run a
marathon knows about commitment. To compete, the athlete relies on
extensive training and physical fitness. But when the initial enthusiasm
wanes and the painful, long-distance realities grip the runner's body,
it is sheer dedication--commitment to completing what she started--that
sustains the runner's motivation as she reaches for the finish line.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/07/11 - "Pampering #6":
Just an idea to share with you. I saw your note that you have been flossing as part of your nightly pampering. In a book called Real Age, I learned that flossing regularly adds 6-9 years to your lifespan. This is because the plaque that builds up around our teeth, if not removed, eventually scoots its way up into our brain...Yuck!! (I have enough garbage I'm trying to declutter from my brain LOL) I have not always been the best about flossing so I've added two ideas to help it feel more easy/fun. 1. I buy the easy floss picks. I like to buy cinnamon because it tastes good and feels like a treat. Also, 2. I learned from my dental hygienist that Water Picks and the like are equal to or better than flossing by hand. I do this at least a couple of times per week and usually add Listerine or some other mouthwash to warm water and squirt away. Since I started doing this, my dental checkups have been EXCELLENT! In fact, while I typically had pockets of 3-4 and sometimes even a 5, I now have all 2s. Hope you and others might find this useful!!
A Music City Flybaby
To pamper myself, I use my favorite scent from Bath & Body Works. Shower gel, lotion after shower then body spray. Makes me smell good & feel wonderful
Alisa in WV
Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.
Please make time for yourself. You deserve to finally love yourself.
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.?
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/07/11:
|One friend to another, “My new horse is very well-mannered.”
“Yes, isn’t it? Every time we come to a jump he stops and lets me go first!”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.|
2. 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.
3. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
O Gloriosa Virginum
Ascribed toSaint Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers
O gloriósa vírginum,
O Queen of
all the Virgin choir,|
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
"O Gloriosa Virginum" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://romaaeterna.jp/liber1/lu1314.html - 10/06/09
"O Gloriosa Virginum" English lyrics courtesy of http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/O_Gloriosa_virginum_(Francisco_Valls) - 12/07/09
(31 Dec 1617 - 03 Apr 1682) 1660 Painting, "The Immaculate Conception", courtesy
of http://www.turnbacktogod.com/december-08-solemnity-of-the-immaculate-conception/ - 12/07/09
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by
my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
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