Lovely Lois

By Ralphine Major She is a lady of many talents.  Focus readers first met her in “What’s in the Bag?” on 12-23-13.  The little blue and white teddy bear my brother gave me for Christmas in 1964 is one gift I have kept all these years.  It was only when I was writing the story […]

Celebrating 60 Years with the Wheelers

By Ralphine Major The two young people in the picture did not look familiar.  Their smiles spoke volumes, foretelling a lifetime together filled with hopes and dreams.  Sixty years later, that young couple is still smiling and celebrating all those years.  Now, I know the couple in the picture. On Sunday, June 22, 2014, Blanche […]

A Salute To Our Patriots

By Ralphine Major It is an annual tradition for the Fourth of July, and it is a much anticipated event.  The Color Guard presents the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is a somber moment that embraces a wide range of emotions.  While it makes us proud to be an American and honor […]

Rising Above the Storm

By Ralphine Major It played out like a carefully orchestrated event with each participant making their entrance on cue. A look to the sky saw rain clouds announcing that a storm was approaching. Before long, it came. The wind and rain marched in sounding much like the ocean rushing to shore. I looked out to […]

Reflections of Summer

By Ralphine Major It is a time of hayfields and honeysuckles, birds singing, warm breezes blowing, and sunrays beaming down.  It is a time for gathering summer crops like home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, cantalopes, and watermelons.  It is a time of Vacation Bible School, summer camps, and cookouts.  After a long winter and with spring […]

Remembering our Veterans this Memorial Day

By Ralphine Major The holiday marks a time to honor those who have died serving their country.  A brief look back reminds us of veterans we have lost, though none of them died in service.  Still, we recognize their service on Memorial Day.  Unlike their fallen comrades, they came home, held jobs, and raised families. […]

Sheree’s Mother

By Ralphine Major She does not live in our community anymore, but I see her more often than some who do.  Labor Day Weekend, I saw her at the neighborhood IGA grocery store.  I know she recycles, because I saw her last summer at the solid waste center.  Just last month, I saw her at […]

May: A Time for Celebrating our Mothers

Like the beautiful Iris, they stand tall and proud.  They are our mothers. They care for their children and families, offer encouragement and praise, and often read stories to a child sitting on their lap.  They prepare a child’s favorite dish, bake a birthday cake, or make an award-winning banana pudding. They pick up their […]

The Sixth Starter (Part III)

By Ralphine Major Butler has been a prominent name in the Gibbs Community for many years.  Their name was associated with a landmark of the community. The sixth starter’s father, Bill Butler, owned a neighborhood grocery store at the corner of Tazewell Pike and Barker Road.  Beside it was Leroy Hutchison’s barber shop.  It was […]

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