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The 5th Annual Gibbs Christmas Parade

By Ralphine Major It was a perfect day for a parade!  The December air was brisk, but the sun made an appearance—quite a contrast to last year’s downpour.  Watching the…

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‘Christmas time’s a coming’

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was the perfect start to a December day—the sighting of a baby deer in the field outside our barn.  Beauty abounds in nature this time…

Honoring our veterans and giving thanks

Honoring our veterans and giving thanks

It was a beautiful sight—the entrance lined with American flags blowing in a crisp November breeze.  We followed the flags to the event:  the University General Dentists’ (UGD) 5th Annual…

A Special Little Boy

By Ralphine Major “He has a contagious smile and laugh,” she said.  “He is always happy.”  Sounds like a typical three-year-old, but the life of this special needs child has…

Lesa K. Smith pens ‘Love Letters to America’

Lesa K. Smith pens  ‘Love Letters to America’

By Ralphine Major “Heart to heart with God, surrounded by His capable hands, is a place of peace, rest and comfort for the weary.”  This is one of many inspirational…

Peyton

It is a very important act of honor and respect.  I have seen it shown countless times in the news.  Usually, it is the United States President placing a wreath…

Happy 90th Birthday, Maxine!

By Ralphine Major “I was a coal miner’s daughter,” she told me, “like Loretta Lynn.”  But this coal miner’s daughter is from Tennessee.  Maxine Washington celebrated her 90th birthday on…

Super Subs: Steve Wilson, Part III

By Ralphine Major “He definitely left a legacy of kindness in this world,” she told me. She is Carly—the daughter of the late Steve Wilson who played for Bob Dagley’s 1964-65…

Super Subs: Steve Wilson (Part II)

By Ralphine Major He is the only player on Bob Dagley’s 1964-65 basketball team at Gibbs I did not get to meet.  Steve Wilson’s untimely death at age 36 in…

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