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Four Generations

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com When winter’s wrath paralyzed our nation last February with weeks of snow and ice, ninety-degree days and summer holidays seemed so distant.  By the time this…

A Lot of Familiar Faces in the Class of ‘54

By Ralphine Major It was one of last summer’s highlights! Carol and Perry McGinnis graciously invited me to be their guest at Perry’s 60th Class Reunion for the Gibbs High…

Father’s Day Thoughts

By Ralphine Major It is the holiday that arrives just about the time summer itself does.  Merged between Memorial Day and the festive Fourth of July, it is the day…

A Special Family’s Love, IV

By Ralphine Major It is often said that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  That certainly seems the case in the Julian household.  Not only is Hannah…

A Special Family’s Love, III

By Ralphine Major I first began writing this story three years ago, just before Laura Simpson broke the devastating news at church one Sunday.  Hannah Renee Vrandenburgh Julian’s father had…

Corryton’s 8-Mile Race

By Ralphine Major It is home to the world-renowned Oakes Daylilies.  It has a post office, library, community center and fire station.  Several churches can be found within its boundaries,…

Standing Tall in Every Phase of Life

By Ralphine Major I thought by not opening my e-mail, it would in some way discard the news I did not want to hear.  But, I opened the message and…

A Special Family’s Love (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The heartbeat of their home was now gone.  It was July 2005 when a young mother’s life was snuffed out by cancer, and Rhonda Julian was called…

A Special Family’s Love

By Ralphine Major It was around lunchtime one Saturday at a Chick-fil-A Restaurant when we first saw them.  They had attended an Upward Basketball program at nearby Wallace Memorial Baptist…

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