25 Years Ago: The Blizzard of ‘93

By Ralphine Major I am not sure if anyone saw it coming.  As I recall, there was nothing unusual about the forecast for snow during the winter of ‘93.  It will be 25 years ago this coming March since the Blizzard of ‘93 struck our nation, causing death and destruction and paralyzing everyone in its […]

Remembering the East Tennessee Chest Disease Hospital

By Ralphine Major Shaped like a crescent moon, the big tan building set atop a hill at the end of a long driveway on Tazewell Pike in northeast Knox County. Originally known as the Beverly Hills TB Sanitorium and later the East Tennessee Tuberculosis Hospital, the facility’s main purpose was to treat tuberculosis patients. The […]

Brrrrrr!!!

By Ralphine Major It is definitely winter!  Much of the nation—including the South—has seen frigid temperatures the last few days.  Even some parts of the Southeast which seldom see snow, such as Georgia and Florida, are experiencing record snowfalls.  Many schools are closed, as children can be seen sledding, throwing snowballs, and building snowmen.  Some […]

Hello, 2018!

By Ralphine Major The gifts are unwrapped, Christmas trees are coming down, and decorations are being put away for another year.  Family celebrations of Christ’s birthday have ended as the new year begins.  2018 brings a new year full of promise, New Year’s resolutions, opportunity, challenge, and adventure.  Hopefully, 2018 will not be filled with […]

A Favorite Christmas Memory

By Ralphine Major Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? Perhaps, it is your loved ones sitting around the dining room table on Christmas Day or family members gathered around the Christmas tree opening gifts. By the time Focus readers see this column, Christmas Day will have come to a close. But, our favorite memories […]

Merry Christmas!

By Ralphine Major It is a favorite among the Christmas songs—”The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  It’s true.  The words that Andy Williams made so popular at Christmas time carry so much meaning.  Folks seem friendlier, days seem brighter, and moods seem lighter.  Joy abounds all around us. 2017 brought to us an eventful […]

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 […]