Back When, Part 8

By Ralphine Major His words have been like a walk through history back when life was simpler.  The late Woodrow Luttrell took time to document such a lifestyle.  “For school clothes, some of us children looked forward to the beginning of the fall school term as we boys would usually get two new pairs of […]

Happy 4th of July!

By Ralphine Major The day is celebrated with parades and fireworks, picnics and cookouts, barbeque and watermelon!It is America’s birthday and one of the most important days in our nation’s history.  The patriotic holiday is known as Independence Day or the Fourth of July.  The year was 1776 when America gained her independence—241 years ago! […]

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

By Ralphine Major Their names are familiar.  I saw Doctor and Macel mentioned in the late Woodrow Luttrell’s memories of the “Back When” series recently published in the Focus.  Macel was Woodrow’s sister.  I cannot recall a time when I did not know the names “Doctor and Macel.”  But, the story of their wedding and […]

From Chattanooga to Knoxville

By Ralphine Major He walked along the railroad tracks from Chattanooga to Knoxville to find work, stopping at homes along the way to eat and rest.  It was around the 1920s.  As a young man, he had worked in the mines.  The long walk up the tracks led him to a night watchman job at […]

A Major Story

By Ralphine Major He liked Pepsi, John Cazana’s wrestling program, and John Wayne westerns. He once worked for the Knox County Highway Department and operated a piece of earth moving equipment often referred to as a road grader. One project he worked on was building Cedar Lane that runs off of Broadway. His name was […]

A Spring Scene

By Ralphine Major It is picture perfect!  But, this rare wildlife photo is not mine.  The credit belongs to someone else.  In woodlands and open fields, what a thrill it is when wildlife appear! Only a few weeks ago, we were counting the days until spring.  Finally, the season of new life arrived, bringing beautiful […]

Pausing to remember

By Ralphine Major As I write about the upcoming American holiday, I try to think of a unique introduction.  It dawns on me that it does not matter so much about a new approach for Memorial Day.  It is much more important that we remember the day and what it represents.  Though it is still […]

Congratulations, Graduates!

By Ralphine Major The letter urged parents to spend time with their children during the summer.  It was filled with ideas from our team of kindergarten teachers at church.  Parents could use simple suggestions in helping their child learn about our Creator’s goodness in their everyday life.  Rain showers, sunshine, and beautiful flowers in bloom […]

A Mother’s Love

By Ralphine Major The ordeal started with an early morning noise.  It sounded like a faint cry.  I listened closely and decided it was coming from the garage.  Glancing around, I saw nothing out of the ordinary tools and buckets.  I heard it again.  Someone else heard it, too.  A black cat approached, her eyes […]

Secretariat—One of the Greatest!

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com The packet of information I requested arrived in the mail. Maps and brochures included in it were our link to the Bluegrass State. There was no internet in the seventies. My brother, Wayne, had just graduated from high school, and I was in college. We did not go on family vacations. […]