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. […]

The Continuing Adventures of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin

By Ralphine Major Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, has been on the move! It was a cold and snowy day in late January when the penguin visited the library at Tates School of Discovery in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Perfect weather for a penguin!  Local author and creator of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, Wayne Major, read […]

Mountain Majesty

By Ralphine Major “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Psalm 121:1 (KJV) It is a sight that brings to mind beautiful songs and inspirational scripture. I think of the breath-taking grandeur of the mountains as a gift from God. I marvel at their beauty and think of […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Cross

By Ralphine Major It is, perhaps, the most recognized symbol of Easter.  Often displayed inside and outside of churches, the cross is a constant reminder of the most important event in history.  While Christmas celebrates our Saviour’s birth, Easter marks the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story behind one cross in Knoxville, Tennessee, […]

Back When, Part 7

By Ralphine Major “Before  school age we wore short pants, down to about the knees, and a little later on wore knickers.  The short pants and even knickers often were made by Moma.  She was an excellent seamstress.  Material was usually bought at a dry goods store or at a country store that had cloth […]

Coach Ken Sparks

Coach Ken Sparks

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) By Ralphine Major My cell phone rang.  The caller was letting me know that he would not be able to attend our reunion.  As a former teacher and coach at Gibbs High School, Ken Sparks […]

Back When (Part 5)

By Ralphine Major “In the mid-1920s, Dad and Walter McBee bought the store in Corryton from the McClellans and called it The Luttrell & McBee Co.  Our family moved from Luttrell House to the apartment above the store. Luttrell House was rented to tenants,” he wrote.  The late Woodrow Luttrell documented many of the Luttrell […]

From Memphis to Tulsa

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Memphis, Tennessee, became home for the McGinnis family from 1964 to 1977 as Perry continued his career in the field of dentistry.  After practicing general dentistry in Knoxville, Perry spent the next several years as a U.S. Public Health Fellow.  This position allowed post graduate training in Oral Pathology.  As part […]