Peace, Love, and Joy

By Ralphine Major “She understands the true meaning,” I said as I heard her say without hesitation that her family would still have Christmas even if they had no presents. It was Christmas Eve, and the lady in the news had lost her home—a victim of the many deadly tornadoes that hit our nation during […]

Corryton’s Christmas Parade

By Ralphine Major It was a warm, sunny December day—perfect weather for a parade in East Tennessee!  On Saturday, December 12, 2015, the Second Annual Corryton Christmas Parade full of floats including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), all sizes of vehicles, and lots of beautiful horses lined up behind the ballfield.  The parade route […]

Home For Christmas

By Ralphine Major “It was a goal,” he said of the three words:  “Home for Christmas.”  The very thought of getting home in time for Christmas kept hope alive.  Hope was important for someone thousands of miles from home.  It was especially important for someone trying to survive in a foreign land fighting a war.  […]

A Christmas Parade, Gibbs Style

By Ralphine Major It was a beautiful day for a parade!  On Sunday, December 6, the Gibbs Christmas Parade was nearly 120 entries strong, a far cry from the first parade six years ago. My vantage point was different this year.  Instead of watching from the sidelines, I was in it.  Dressed as Piddle Diddle, […]

The Best Gift

By Ralphine Major Signs of the season are everywhere, not only in decorations but in the kindness of strangers in everyday life.  Each courteous act brings to life the songs of Elvis and Alan Jackson urging that we carry the Christmas spirit with us every day.  The blend of pine cones and poinsettias with pumpkins […]

Gibbs High School Class of ‘61

By Ralphine Major I looked at the list of names and realized I had met many of them through the years as our paths crossed.  1961 was the year my class began first grade, and I had no idea who the graduating seniors were.  On a gorgeous July evening, the Gibbs High School Class […]


By Ralphine Major “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV) Dressed in my cowgirl outfit, I was Annie Oakley—hat and all!  Growing up on our dairy farm, life was simple and time moved slowly.  Some evenings, this cowgirl would walk up […]

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble December 5

By Ralphine Major It is the season of Santa hats!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5.  Local authors Wayne and Ralphine Major will be at Barnes & Noble, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, for a book signing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their first children’s book recently published by Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.  […]

Max and Maci Meet Piddle Diddle

By Ralphine Major “This is a big bookstore,” Max told his grandparents.  Max is right.  But, he and Maci knew just where to find “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” in the big bookstore! It was nearly ten years ago when East Tennessee siblings Wayne and Ralphine Major sat through several seminars at the big bookstore […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part II)

By Ralphine Majors Woodrow Luttrell grew up in the Luttrell House on a farm on Washington Pike in Corryton. It seemed fitting that the Gibbs High School graduate study agriculture at The University of Tennessee’s College of Agriculture from 1934-1938. The name was later changed to Institute of Agriculture. After college, Woodrow worked several years […]

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