Back When…

By Ralphine Major It started with a simple question. But, Woodrow Luttrell went way beyond the answer, describing a way of life most of us have never known. He communicated with family by computer well into his nineties, providing a treasure-trove of memories about his early years. Woodrow passed away in 2014 at the age […]

Reflections of Memphis

By Ralphine Major “After two years (1962-1963) of practicing general dentistry in the Knoxville area, I knew that, rather than general practice, there was more in the profession that I wanted.” Those words were expressed by Perry McGinnis, though they could describe the feelings of many people who strive to find their place in life […]

Be Still…

By Ralphine Major Be still and know that I am God . . .” (Psalms 46:10, KJV). It is among my favorite Bible verses. I see it printed on pens, cups, and cards. This comforting verse always comes to mind when I see single snowflakes falling to the ground and blanketing the earth. Their collective […]

Winter is moving on!

By Ralphine Major They seem to blend in with the winter landscape of barren trees and fields that were once full of green grass. I first spotted them around Thanksgiving walking awkwardly on the grounds as they searched for something to eat. Nine wild turkeys can be seen almost daily as they make their rounds. […]

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

By Ralphine Major She was a schoolteacher; he was a scoutmaster. “Their contributions to our families, our churches, and in our community have been selfless on their part and rewarding to our community,” Becky Calfee said. She is referring to Betty and Clayton Sharp, an outstanding couple of the Gibbs Community. Betty taught at Gibbs […]

Welcome 2017!

By Ralphine Major “ . . . but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 (New American Standard). Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians always come to mind at this time of year. The window of time between Christmas Day and New Year’s […]

A Valued Christmas Gift

By Rahpine Major It was two or three days before Christmas when he got the gift.  Wayne, my brother, tells me it was his favorite Christmas present that year—a German shepherd pup.  His coat was a beautiful gray with black tips.  He was playful.  When Wayne and his friends were sledding, he would often run […]

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

By Ralphine Major “I was totally surprised when I got my orders and found out I was going to Salzburg, Austria. I had to look on a map to see where it was located!” he said. “That was the beginning of a beautiful journey of a lifetime,” he added. Charlie Lovell was drafted into the […]

Where’s Rudolph?

By Ralphine Major The look on her face was one of pain and distress. Her hands clutched her stomach. We thought she was ill. Many years ago, mother and I had nursery duty during worship service. The group of three-year-old children looked adorable in their Christmas outfits and eyes full of wonderment. The class had […]

Historic WIldfires

By Ralphine Major It is a place loved by people all over the world. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, a resort where millions go to hike, shop, or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains. For several days, the Sevier County area has been in the headline news of the national media […]