The Robins are Here!

Spring’s Around the Corner! By Ralphine Major It was in early February when we first noticed them.  On a cold Sunday morning, there was lots of chirping coming from the field that was once our orchard.  It was covered with the little birds most often identified by their orange breast.  They are one of the […]

Knoxville’s Blount Mansion

By Ralphine Major It is among Knoxville’s historic treasures linking the past with the present. I first learned about Blount Mansion as a fifth grader.  Our teacher was a social studies major, and she made sure to schedule a field trip for our class to visit Blount Mansion.  The trip to downtown Knoxville was a […]

Greeneville’s President Andrew Johnson

By Ralphine Major The scenic drive was filled with farm land—beautiful green pastures dotted with homes and cattle. Greene County in Upper East Tennessee is known for its agriculture.  When we visited the area many years ago, that was of particular interest to our father who was a dairy farmer. Greene County holds a special […]

Losing a Friend Ends an Era

By Ralphine Major It was one of this area’s biggest developments following the 1982 World’s Fair. In 1984, East Towne Mall brought to the east end of Knoxville what West Town gave the west end years earlier.  When the two-story structure opened, gravel parking lots were used for the overflow of vehicles.  Area residents and […]

Whoo! January’s Over!

By Ralphine Major Winter’s longest month has already ended!   It is the block of time that puts us on track to face the upcoming year after the long-awaited holiday season celebrating Christmas and New Year’s. January marks the birthday of Elvis Presley, though it is hard to even imagine that the popular singer would have […]

Nature’s Residence

By Ralphine Major Koalas and kangaroos, the two animals I think of at the mention of Australia. In recent weeks, images in the news have been heart-wrenching. Baby kangaroos that have been left motherless, and koalas with burned paws searching for shelter and water. Millions of wildlife animals have perished in the land down under. […]

Time is Marching On

By Ralphine Major During the sixties, seventies, eighties, and even the nineties, 2020 seemed so far on the horizon.  Two thousand twenty and the start of a new decade.  Unbelievable! Changing to a new calendar gave pause to take another look back at 2019.  It was a year marked by the loss of so many […]

The Everlasting Gift

By Ralphine Major The day has come and gone. Finally! The long-awaited holiday prompting months of preparation is finally over. Gifts have been unwrapped. Decorated trees have been taken down. Nativity scenes with a baby in a manger have been packed away for another year. Christmas is over. Really? This year, the Sunday School classes, […]

The One and Only Reagan

By Ralphine Major We went to see a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with ornaments representing 68 countries at the home of Carolyn Jensen.  While there, we fell in love with a little dog named after America’s 40th President!  I was fascinated with the furry little bundle that checked us out upon our arrival and then […]

Christmas Around the World!

By Ralphine Major A rose from Spain.  A koala bear from Australia. Venetian glass from Venice. From Puerto Rico, a butterfly—the symbol of new life. Ornaments from Japan, Prague, China, and the list goes on. The magnificent ten-foot Christmas tree is the focal point upon entering the home of Carolyn Jensen. It is adorned with […]