Knoxville now home to the Greene family

By Ralphine Major When I met them last summer, I was impressed that he even knew the name “Johnny Majors” much less notice that the last name is the same as mine—except for the “s.” After all, he is a native of Alabama and still a fan of the Tide! Outstanding efforts of the pastor […]

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

‘Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns’

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I knew that it would only be a matter of time before Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, would be riding a horse in a western adventure as Wayne has always liked the cowboy way of life. “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns”—our newest book just released—is both entertaining […]

A prayer for Thanksgiving

By Ralphine Major Our Heavenly Father, we come into your presence with grateful hearts for the many blessings of this year. We thank you for gifts both great and small. For homes and jobs, for health and healing, and for your protection and guidance, we give you thanks. For the sight of a beautiful sunrise […]

Change

By Ralphine Major It is a part of our daily lives.  Our looks change; our circumstances change; our lifestyles may change; and our routines often change. A look at nature reminds us that the seasons change as beautiful autumn days full of multicolored leaves take on the look of a winter-like landscape. I have seen […]

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Signs are all around us.  The fall season is gradually disappearing.  Football games and fall festivals are winding down.  Colder temperatures are showing up.  The leaves are reaching their peak, finally turning from summer green to red, orange, and yellow.  By the time this column is printed, daylight savings time will […]

Change at the Crossroads

By Ralphine Major At times, it is hard to remember what the landscape was like before the much needed red lights. For years, it seemed nothing changed at the four-way stop at Harbison’s Crossroads. Our school bus ride always passed by the late Neva Cardwell’s home on the right before reaching the crossroads. Mrs. Cardwell […]

Congressman Duncan, Public Servant

By Ralphine Major “May I help you?” I asked. “Hello.  I’m Jim Duncan, Mr. Duncan’s son,” he said while extending his hand. I was working that summer as an intern in the late Congressman John J. Duncan’s Knoxville office.  After classes ended for this college freshman, I walked from the University of Tennessee (UT) campus […]

Merle The ‘Okie from Muskogee’

By Ralphine Major I got as close to the stage as I could and snapped a photo with my instamatic camera.  In those days, I do not think I had even heard of a camera with a telephoto lens or zoom feature.  Satisfied that I had captured the image on film, I returned to my […]

The Front Porch

By Ralphine Major A mere mention of the place can bring to mind childhood memories and special times, though there was a time when its popularity seemed to fade.  The architecture of ranch-style homes and others nearly eliminated the front porch as many of us remember it.  Today, the front porch seems to be making […]

Don Williams

By Ralphine Major There were no flashing lights, little fanfare, and barely any movement on stage.  The simple setting seemed to match the artist and his music. It was during the seventies and eighties.  Usually, I preferred another record album over concert tickets.  But, I had a change of heart when Don Williams came to […]

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