School Bells Ringing in the Distance!

By Ralphine Major The days of summer vacation are dwindling, and the start of school is almost here!  It is fun to think back to our school days when a day was set aside to go to town.  That would be downtown Knoxville.  There were no malls in the sixties.  When we did not drive […]

Summer’s Moving On!

By Ralphine Major Hot sweltering days, stormy afternoons and fireflies lighting up the summer evenings. We are in the middle of July and what is often called the dog days of summer. Those familiar summer scenes we wait all year long to enjoy will soon be giving way to others. Neatly planted rows of corn, […]

The Loy Cousins

By Ralphine Major They were first cousins, all linked together by the “Loy” name.  I knew some of them by their married names.  This black and white photo captured a special moment in the young lives of these Loy cousins.  What a great memory it gives their family and friends to have a snapshot of […]

Pat

  By Ralphine Major I always thought she belonged to Knoxville and Tennessee. Sometimes, I almost forgot that along the way, this local celebrity became a national icon. Pat Head Summitt was the Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols for 38 years. Pat’s life story sounds like something in a movie: a farm girl […]

Secret Life of the Bees

By Rosie Moore No, I am not plagiarizing the entertaining and informative book by Sue Monk Kidd. I do want to know about the secret life of the bees. I have started to add honey to my food regimen in place of sugar and found out seven surprising facts about it. All of these facts […]

May God Bless America

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was a simple gesture.  As the words of “America the Beautiful” rang throughout the church, a lady in the balcony started waving her flag.  Then another waved—and another.  I watched as everyone in the church began waving their flags.  It was a moving and humbling sight as hundreds of American […]

Is it Summer Yet?

By Ralphine Major Almost! The sights and sounds indicate as much, and the calendar is catching up. The official start of summer happens this week, June 20. Jesus even mentioned the season in Matthew 24:32: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know […]

I Think of Fathers

By Ralphine Major While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture our families, I think of fathers as the backbones of our families.  The summer holiday almost midway between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is the day set aside as Father’s Day to honor our fathers.  They have traditionally been the  breadwinners […]

A hidden gem in Gibbs

A hidden gem in Gibbs

By Ralphine Major It was a backyard gathering at a place I had never been before.  I could hear the children’s laughter as they ran and played.  Folks were sitting in lawn chairs under a big shade tree.  I imagined that it was a scene much like in the day of the Nicholas Gibbs family. […]

A Day of Remembering

By Ralphine Major Growing up, I remember hearing the adults talk about how fast time flies! Back then, I thought it passed rather slowly. Now, I appreciate their remarks. As I look at where we are in the calendar year, it is hard to believe Memorial Day is already here! Some call it Decoration Day. […]

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