Rachael and Drew’s Special Gift

By Ralphine Major Over the phone, her voice was calm and she sounded well-spoken.  As we talked, I could tell she was wise beyond her years.  In person, Rachael was all of that and more.  So was Drew.  It was a bitter cold February day when I met the couple, but being in their presence […]

A Special Team

By Ralphine Major It will soon be coming to a close. My long-running series on the 1965 Gibbs Eagles’ basketball team has gone on much longer than I had planned. Only a handful of feature stories remain to be written about the team and former Eagles’ Coach, Bob Dagley. I once looked at the team […]

The Amazing Hen House

By Ralphine Major It felt like I was stepping back in time as I walked inside.  In a way, I was.  I had only seen Becky once since our high school days in band.  Two and a half years ago, I saw her at the Wrights’ 70th Anniversary (Focus 9-4-12).  She had made cupcakes decorated […]

Every Day Can Be Christmas in our hearts

By Ralphine Major The signs are slowly disappearing, and festivities for the most celebrated holiday of the year have ended. The long-awaited time when families get together for sharing meals and opening gifts has come and gone. Many traveled long distances to their destinations and have returned home. Scenes of special family reunions tugged at […]

The Ornament

By Ralphine Major She handed me a tiny box with my name on it.  When I lifted the lid to see the gift inside, it was a beautiful ornament.  I held it up by the red velvet ribbon hanger; its sparkles reminded me of a glistening,  new-fallen snow.  At a glance, I could see that […]

The 5th Annual Gibbs Christmas Parade

By Ralphine Major It was a perfect day for a parade!  The December air was brisk, but the sun made an appearance—quite a contrast to last year’s downpour.  Watching the flurry of activity before the parade was almost as much fun as the parade itself:  children laughing and playing with their dogs in a grassy […]

‘Christmas time’s a coming’

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It was the perfect start to a December day—the sighting of a baby deer in the field outside our barn.  Beauty abounds in nature this time of year, and it falls in place with the spirit of the season.  Christmas is everywhere!  You can feel it in the air.  You can […]

Honoring our veterans and giving thanks

It was a beautiful sight—the entrance lined with American flags blowing in a crisp November breeze.  We followed the flags to the event:  the University General Dentists’ (UGD) 5th Annual Veterans Pancake Breakfast on November 8, 2014.  The breakfast was as tasty as it was colorful.  Those attending received dental products as well as a […]

A Special Little Boy

By Ralphine Major “He has a contagious smile and laugh,” she said.  “He is always happy.”  Sounds like a typical three-year-old, but the life of this special needs child has been anything but typical.  His mother says that little Hyrum Howes suffers from hydrocephalus, a big word that means extra fluid on his head.  Hyrum […]

Lesa K. Smith pens ‘Love Letters to America’

By Ralphine Major “Heart to heart with God, surrounded by His capable hands, is a place of peace, rest and comfort for the weary.”  This is one of many inspirational thoughts found in Knoxville native Lesa K. Smith’s “Love Letters to America.” The book is somewhat of a road map for life, covering a wide […]

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