Parade of Tractors

By Ralphine Major How long could it take to look at a tractor or two?  Longer than I had gauged!  There were tractors dating back to 1935, an orchard tractor with large fenders over the tractor tires, and a museum-like collection of antiques.  Our mother was most impressed with the miner’s lunchbox, probably because her […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

Gibbs Ruritan Club Provides Community Support

By Ralphine Major It is the annual Gibbs Christmas Parade that many associate with the club’s activities.  But there is a long list of worthwhile projects that benefit from the Gibbs Ruritan Club’s hard work and generosity.  My family and I were honored to be guests at the Gibbs Ruritan Club’s 23rd Annual Community Dinner […]

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 column is printed, we will have celebrated our nation’s independence.  “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Star Spangled Banner” can send a chill […]

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 School Class of 1954.  The couple has appeared in several columns in the ongoing series about his outstanding and successful career as the very first […]

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 we celebrate and honor fathers.  I often say that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  Fathers are the ones who guide and […]

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 Renee a sister to her siblings, she became the mother figure to them also when they came to live in her home after their father’s […]

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 been tragically killed on Friday afternoon coming home from work.  We followed the local media’s extensive coverage of the head-on collision by a drunken driver.  […]

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, as well as Corryton Elementary School.  The rural place is tucked away in Knox County’s northeast section.  On Saturday, June 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m., […]

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