From Memphis to Tulsa

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Memphis, Tennessee, became home for the McGinnis family from 1964 to 1977 as Perry continued his career in the field of dentistry.  After practicing general dentistry in Knoxville, Perry spent the next several years as a U.S. Public Health Fellow.  This position allowed post graduate training in Oral Pathology.  As part […]

Back When (Part 5)

Back When (Part 5)

The timeline of events as told by the late Woodrow Luttrell is packed full of history.  Words that were  meant to communicate with his family’s younger generations are being shared with Focus readers, giving a rare glimpse of life during the early 1900s. Woodrow Luttrell was born in 1916 in a small, two-story house about […]

East Tennessee’s Changing Weather

By Ralphine Major With only one snow and record-breaking warm temperatures, January and February are behind us.  March has arrived with her usual windy conditions.  As I pen this column, several schools have already dismissed in anticipation of the thunderstorms moving across the Volunteer state.  A mix of wind, rain, and possible power outages are […]

Back When (Part 4)

By Ralphine Major Perhaps in the early 1900s it was a common sight.  Today, it is historical.  I marvel not only at the scene, but more so that anyone even had a camera and would have the presence of mind to capture on film the threshing machine event.  The late Woodrow Luttrell kept detailed files […]

Back When (Part 3)

By Ralphine Major The question was asked by his grandson in an e-mail. “Do you remember what kind/model of car you had to travel back and forth to your grandparents’ house?” Navigating through keystrokes and clicks on his computer, the grandfather answered: “My Luttrell grandparents (Amos C. and Margaret) lived four miles from Luttrell House, […]

Back When (Part 2)

By Ralphine Major With a computer and a sharp mind, the lengthy e-mails to his grandson and nephew’s inquiries answered their questions about family.  At the same time, he was describing life in the early 1900s with much clarity and detail.  Informally titled “back when” by Woodrow Luttrell himself, the story continues. In 1920, the […]

Back When…

By Ralphine Major It started with a simple question. But, Woodrow Luttrell went way beyond the answer, describing a way of life most of us have never known. He communicated with family by computer well into his nineties, providing a treasure-trove of memories about his early years. Woodrow passed away in 2014 at the age […]

Reflections of Memphis

By Ralphine Major “After two years (1962-1963) of practicing general dentistry in the Knoxville area, I knew that, rather than general practice, there was more in the profession that I wanted.” Those words were expressed by Perry McGinnis, though they could describe the feelings of many people who strive to find their place in life […]

Be Still…

By Ralphine Major Be still and know that I am God . . .” (Psalms 46:10, KJV). It is among my favorite Bible verses. I see it printed on pens, cups, and cards. This comforting verse always comes to mind when I see single snowflakes falling to the ground and blanketing the earth. Their collective […]

Winter is moving on!

By Ralphine Major They seem to blend in with the winter landscape of barren trees and fields that were once full of green grass. I first spotted them around Thanksgiving walking awkwardly on the grounds as they searched for something to eat. Nine wild turkeys can be seen almost daily as they make their rounds. […]

1 2 3 19