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A Special Team

By Ralphine Major It will soon be coming to a close. My long-running series on the 1965 Gibbs Eagles’ basketball team has gone on much longer than I had planned.…

The Amazing Hen House

The Amazing Hen House

By Ralphine Major It felt like I was stepping back in time as I walked inside.  In a way, I was.  I had only seen Becky once since our high…

Every Day Can Be Christmas in our hearts

By Ralphine Major The signs are slowly disappearing, and festivities for the most celebrated holiday of the year have ended. The long-awaited time when families get together for sharing meals…

The Ornament

By Ralphine Major She handed me a tiny box with my name on it.  When I lifted the lid to see the gift inside, it was a beautiful ornament.  I…

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…

‘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…

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