April is Autism Awareness Month

By Ralphine Major On our recent trip to Greeneville, I bought an Autism Awareness bracelet from a lady who was selling it for her grandson.  It was a reminder that I needed to contact Nick Peters.  Nick, who is the son of Carolyn Boruff Peters and Kent Peters, grew up in Corryton.  When Nick was […]

‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

By Ralphine Major Get your tickets!  Show time is almost here! Lots of hard work and hours of practice will all come together under the leadership of Natalee Elkins, Director/Musical Director; Daniel Lineberger, Director/Choreographer; Taylor Branson, Production Coordinator; and Emily Carr, Production Assistant, as the talented cast of Holston Middle School’s Kids in America Show […]

Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, Gallops into Spring!

  By Ralphine Major It is hard to believe winter is over! We were invited to speak at the Ossoli Circle Clubhouse; we introduced “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns”—our latest book in the series—in an interview with Alan Williams on CW 20 television (see our Facebook page and www.majorbooksofjoy.com); we had […]

God’s Gift on a Wednesday Morning

By Ralphine Major The sight was breathtaking!  Just when we were beginning to enjoy temperatures in the sixties and even the seventies, Mother Nature unveiled a surprise!  An early spring snow marked the first day of spring! Evidently, some areas got more than others.  My brother observed that closer to downtown, there was hardly any […]

The Promise of Easter

By Ralphine Major “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  John 10:27-28 ( KJV) It is the most important day on the calendar.  For Christians, Easter surpasses […]

Stars Shine on Spokane

  By Ralphine Major The signs were all pointing toward spring—daffodils, warm weather, Easter—when the world seems to take on a new look of growth and vibrancy.  But, Mother Nature unleashed another blast of winter sending much of the country into a frenzy of power outages and slick streets.  Images of the devastating havoc the […]

The Flu Season

  By Ralphine Major Wash your hands!  Despite today’s many advancements, the instructions that mothers have given children for years is still the best advice modern medicine offers to guard against flu. This year’s flu season has been brutal, snuffing out the lives of so many precious children.  Even adults have succumbed to the deadly […]

Happy Presidents’ Day!

By Ralphine Major The writing on the name tags does not show, but the silhouettes on the tags bear resemblance to the former presidents whose birthdays we celebrate in February.  Years ago, our mother usually baked a cherry pie on February 22 for Washington’s birthday and rolled up a Lincoln Log Cake on February 12 […]

Cardiac Friends

By Ralphine Major It started with “The Real McCoy.”  My first column was about Dr. Kyle McCoy, our mother’s cardiologist.  The time we spent in cardiac rehab after her heart attack in 2007 gave us valuable insight on heart disease, but a side benefit was even greater—treasured friendships. Rolland and Marjorie Trask, best known as […]

Miss Brunetta

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com She may have been best known as a fourth grade teacher at Gibbs Elementary School. I knew who she was because our father had her as a teacher. Brunetta Sharp graduated from Gibbs High School and The University of Tennessee and enjoyed a long career at Gibbs Elementary. Teaching was her […]

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