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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   John Hills  12/18
•   Linda Miller (Rose)  12/18
•   Pam Hogenmiller (Roberts)  12/20
•   Steve Faber  12/21
•   Steve Large  12/21
•   Russell Martin  12/21
•   Donna Taylor (Corbett)  12/21
•   Terry Gentry  12/23
•   Harold Ray Johnston  12/23
•   Debbie Thedford (Deason)  12/27
•   Allan Walker  12/27
•   Jacquelyn Barthelemy (Yates)  12/29
•   Ronnie Shiflet  1/1
•   James Campbell  1/5
•   Doug Stanley  1/10
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PROFILE UPDATES


•   David Wallace  12/15
•   Dwaine Thedford  12/12
•   Jimmie Brookshire  12/12
•   Robbie Hills (Ott)  12/12
•   Gayle Owens (Streckert)  12/11
•   Paula Key (Simpson)  12/11
•   Mike Danielson  12/11
•   Mary Beth Deere (Kemper)  12/11
•   Sallie Bell (Reeves)  12/11
•   Harold Ray Johnston  12/2
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Arizona
4 live in Arkansas
2 live in California
4 live in Georgia
1 lives in Indiana
3 live in Kansas
4 live in Louisiana
1 lives in Maine
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Mississippi
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in New Mexico
1 lives in New York
2 live in Oklahoma
3 live in South Carolina
2 live in Tennessee
258 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
3 live in Virginia
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Japan
22 location unknown
51 are deceased

See bottom of Home Page for Clarence Awards!!!

 

We now have a date for our 50th year  reunion. It will be held on October 6, 2018.  JT 1968 grads are asked to please "save the date".  

             

     

 

 

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December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

 

December's flower is the narcissus or holly 

 

 December's birthstone choices are:

 turquoise,

 lapis lazuli 

 blue zircon 

 blue topaz

   tanzanite

 

In Latin, decem means "ten." December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological winter is 1 December.

In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological summer is 1 December.

December starts on the same day of the week as September every year. December ends on the same day of the week as April every year.

 

December Events 

                                              

 1st – World Aids Awareness Day is today. This day is noted around the world, by fundraisers and educational programs, and events. HIV/AIDS is one of the worlds biggest medical crises. It is estimated that approximately 40 million people in the world currently have aids. One million of them, are in the United States. Each year, over 40,000 new cases are reported in the U.S.


4th – National Cookie Day! Guinness Book of World Records says a 1,435-pound cookie was baked in 2009 at Oslo, Norway, in the traditional gingerbread-man shape. It beat the previous gingerbread cookie record of 1,307 pounds set in 2006 in Smithville, Texas.

Smithville, TX

 

 Also, it's time to shake, rattle, and roll as you celebrate National Dice Day.
 

 

5th –    Walt Disney's birthday


Also, on this date in 1933, Prohibition ended with the passage of the 21st Amendment.


White Christmas Martini

2 ounces vanilla vodka
2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce white creme de cacao
1 ounce half-and-half
Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish

Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.

 

 6th - St. Nicholas Day & National Pawnbrokers Day

Santa's had a hard year,

So the old boy hocked his sled;

Christmas Day is coming

Via city bus, instead. 
Ron Wolfe


 

 



 7th – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

  

 

 8th – National Brownie Day; James Thurber's birthday (1894)

"Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?" - James Thurber


12th -  

12th – Poinsettia Day  In Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the ends of the leaves turned into bright, brilliant red flowers.
You guessed it... Poinsettias.


 
Also, it's National Ding-a-Ling Day, a very special day to "Ring your Bell".
You should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior, from all of the people you encounter today.
Even normally reserved people have been known to go a little crazy on this day.

Some people say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others who are off their rocker.
We say, it is simply a day to cut loose, act a little weird.

Let your inner lion roar!!
 


15h – Phonograph patented by Thomas Edison in 1877.

What would he think about a device that you can hold in your hand that holds thousands of songs!?! 
He would be electrified!!

 

16th Chocaholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. It's a great day to indulge, binge, "pig out" and otherwise consume to excess, your favorite food....chocolate.
We believe the timing of this day, during the holiday season, couldn't be better.
Today, we get to enjoy our beloved chocolate by covering something in a generous amount of chocolate. Pour, spread, or drizzle chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate-covered ants!)
We will let you decide what is too extreme, and how much is too much, if any.

 

 

Jane Austen's birthday, 1775   "Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."  - Jane Austen




17th – "The Lord of Misrule" This is the first day of the Roman festival Saturnalia. It was a period of great feasting and festivity, with a lot of drinking and eating. Slaves would become masters for the festival, and everything was turned upside down. This part of the Roman festival survived into the 17th Century.
As the Latins used to say:  Sero venientes male sedentes.  (Those who are late are poorly seated.)

The only thing more ancient and decrepit than Saturnalia is fruitcake.



18th -  Speaking of ancient and decrepit.  How to celebrate Rolling Stone Keith Richards' birthday:  with a shopper's dilemma -- what to get for the man who can't always get what he wants, but he gets what he needs, but he can't get no satisfaction.


 


19th –
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol published in 1843.

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"- Charles Dickens

 

22nd –
and shortest day of the year. 

Will you be surrounded by flakes??


 

22nd – The first known electrically illuminated Christmas tree was the creation of Edward Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison. Johnson had Christmas tree light bulbs especially made for him. He proudly displayed his Christmas tree, which was hand-wired with 80 red, white and blue electric light bulbs the size of walnuts, on December 22, 1882, at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York city. By 1900, businesses started stringing up Christmas lights behind their windows. Christmas lights were too expensive for the average person; as such, electric Christmas lights did not become the majority replacement for candles until 1930.


Also, National Tie Month  

Dad discovers a long, thin box with his name on it.
What could this be?  
He pretends to be stumped. 
He piles it on top of all the other long, thin boxes.

 

24th -

National Business Plan Month and Santa shows how.  He's makin' a list and checkin' it twice.

 

25th - 

 

26th -  

First day of Kwanzaa

 

26th –   National Whiners Day!! While you have a designated day to whine, make sure you whine about everything that is annoying you. Whine about the weather if you don't like it. Whine about the world situation, your personal finances, or your appearance. Get all of your whining finished before midnight. By taking advantage of a day to whine, you can begin practicing living in a positive state of mind on December 27.  By the time the new year arrives the concept of positive thinking will be your new good habit for the upcoming year.

   

28th – Card Playing Day When the new has worn off all those electronic gadgets, time to bring out a form of entertainment that has been around for centuries – card games. Old and young can play with and against each other. And, you can bet Granny will have an ace up her sleeve when it really counts!!

 


29th –
Texas
became the 28th U.S. State in 1845.

"That's right, you're not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway!"  Lyle Lovett


National

31st –

Day

All during the year, you've put on hold many issues and decisions. Eventually, they need to be resolved and decided upon. Well, today is the day. It's not a day to procrastinate; it's not a day to put off making a decision. If you are going to make up your mind this year, you'd better do it real soon. And, when you think about it, isn't it a great idea to clean the slate in advance of the new year!?

 

31st - 

 

Help Wanted:  Brave Sitter for Baby New Year

 

 

Other December Events:

Bingo Month

Hi Neighbor Month 

Read a New Book Month 

Universal Human Rights Month,

Write to a Friend Month    

THE CLARENCE AWARD FOR 201733 

 

Each year at this festive time, we bestow our Clarence Awards.  In the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Clarence was the angel trying to earn his wings  The premise of that movie was how lives would be affected if one person were missing. 

Clarence has some memorable quotes.

“Strange, isn’t it?  Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

“You’ve been given a great gift, George.  A chance to see what the world would be without you.”

“Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”

 

This year our Clarence Awards are bestowed on classmates who over the past year have demonstrated to us the love of family, the caring and compassion of one individual in the lives of so many, and lastly but not in the least, for bestowing the gift of friendship on us all.

Our Clarence Award recipients for 2017 are:

The 1968 Class of John Tyler High School

All of our guest members

 

And, special recognition for these members who over this past year have faithfully contributed comments and special efforts to the Message Forum and our website

Sondra Blalock Adair

Susan Norris Graham

Betty Hicks Hasler

Judy Driggers Mabry

Bill Whitt

 

And for interpid reporting:

Nancy Taylor Cooper (Hurricane Harvey & Houston area updates)

Linda Fout Nelson (Ceremony honoring JT68 Baseball Team)

 

 Classmates  (author unknown)

We've joined together as classmates
as the new year begins...
A year full of learning
while we become friends.
We'll share and be kind
as we work and play.
And our friendship will grow
with each passing day.

I had a box of crayons,
All shiny, straight and new.
I lent a friend one crayon,
And--oops--it broke in two!

My friend said she was sorry,
But I said "I don't care,
'cause now we both can color
with one crayon--we can share!"

 

 

                                            
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