Angela the music professor

By Ralphine Major The couple who met in Kentucky and married in Tennessee eventually made their way back to the Volunteer State. For a brief time, the history professor continued teaching at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  During the transition, however, their church work did not suffer.  Dr. Tim Holder, who commuted on weekends, helped […]


By Ralphine Major I sat behind her in choir practice one Wednesday night.  Our brief exchange was about her upcoming wedding.  Angela was home for the summer from her position at Georgetown College where she taught voice.  It was a few years before when I first heard Dr. Angela Easterday sing.  She was in […]

Rose of Sharon

By Ralphine Major It is a fascinating plant to watch.  The beautiful white petals with deep-red markings open up wide in the morning as if to greet a new day.  A bush with only a single Rose of Sharon flower may be covered with blooms by day’s end.  But after they make their appearance, the […]

Treasured Moments & Memories on Father’s Day

By Ralphine Major 25 Years! August 31, 2019, will mark a special date in the life of our family.  It will be 25 years ago on that day that our father was called to his heavenly home.  The year was 1994.  I seldom “go back” in my mind to that day when he left us, […]

Ecclesiastes 3:11

‘He hath made every thing beautiful in his time . . .’ By Ralphine Major The image reminds me of one that could have been in a children’s Sunday School class during the sixties.  Colorful, poster-size pictures were often shown to us to illustrate a memory verse from the Bible.  The above scripture from the […]

A Day of Remembrance

  By Ralphine Major The news was reported just days before the start of Memorial Day Weekend.  Remains of another American hero had come home.  The images were touching as the scene at the airport unfolded.  A flag-draped casket rolled past a gathering of family and friends.  The World War II soldier who had paid […]

Gibbs Ruritan Club Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners!

By Ralphine Major It is already that special time of year as graduating seniors prepare to leave high school and begin a new chapter in their lives.  To help in their educational pursuits, the Gibbs Ruritan Club has once again awarded scholarships to four deserving young people.  The Ruritan scholarships are for $1,000 each and […]

Neighborhood Pharmacy in Norwood Closed

By Ralphine Major It is official.  Norwood Pharmacy at 815 Merchant Drive closed its doors for the last time on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Located just around the corner from the intersection at Clinton Highway and Merchant Drive, the business has been a landmark fixture in the Norwood area for 32 years! Pharmacist Bob Boyd […]

Blessings on this Mother’s Day!

By Ralphine Major I do not remember the picture, but I can clearly see who is in it.  Our mother is standing outside her father’s house.  I am standing beside her in my matching dress, a brown and yellow floral print.  Our dresses were made by my Aunt Katherine Ward, our father’s sister.  Only my […]

Remembering a Special Lady and her Kindness

The Hen House at Calfee Farms By Ralphine Major In high school, I knew her as Becky Turner—captain of the color guard in the Gibbs High School Marching Band and daughter of a Baptist minister.  By the time I caught up with her at “The Hen House at Calfee Farms”—44 years later—she was Becky Turner […]