Entries by Mike Cooke

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The Window Ledge

It is a rare thing when one hears of a talented young teenager who embodies a natural brilliance in everything she attempts to achieve. Calculus, English literature, history and yes, music. It is even more remarkable when one meets that teenager only to realize that she is a normal school kid but blessed with values […]

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Summer of ‘42

  An amusing and poignant story from John Ratliff’s (JW) childhood. The movie was released in 1971 and the Frank Sinatra version of Summer Wind in 1966.   Summer of ‘42  She took me to the movie theater on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. The poster behind the glass box depicted three boys on a […]

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Magic Bus

Growing older gracefully with people who care. If you have never visited Memory Matters, then call us and stop by for a brief while and see the care and feel the passion from dedicated staff and volunteers. You will be welcome……., sincerely, Volunteer Mike My friend JW writes again. Magic Bus I could see them […]

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Jiminy Cricket

Start your day with John Ratliff………. Jiminy Cricket back porch stillness before the dawn enveloped in silence except for the cricket who occasionally chirps unexpected chill in the air goosebumps hands wrapped around a steaming cup of coffee it is so very good to be alive time to ride If you have enjoyed John Ratliff’s […]

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Making Cookies

A John Ratliff family story repeated millions of times all over the world, but each time, a memory to cherish. Making Cookies Smiling and laughing, they work together, mother and daughter, making cookies. As I watch them, my mind’s eye drifts back to a little kitchen in the French countryside. Marie is the young apprentice […]

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Ten Years After

The people entrusted to us by their caregivers all have ‘amazing brains.’ Often they have served our country with distinction, taught in our schools and universities, nursed in our hospitals, developed rocket engines, and traveled the globe as business leaders. Each and every day they are to be found enjoying quality time in our Compass […]

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Tiny Dancer

Some days are memorable. Here is a story from John Ratliff: Tiny Dancer She held her baby close, clutching the doll’s shoulder gently with one hand while she raised her fingers to her lips. “Shhhhhhh – my baby is sleeping!”, she commanded, her beautiful blue eyes beaming at me with reproach. I smiled back at her […]

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Hard Work

A lesson John Ratliff learned along the way. It sounds like his life has been a rich tapestry! Hard Work Paperboy, babysitter, apple picker, fuel pumper, warehouse worker, lifeguard, pots and pans salesman, bus driver, bouncer, computer programmer, software engineer, project manager, I.T. director, entrepreneur………… When I think back on all the jobs I’ve held, […]

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Yo-Yo

John Ratliff writes about the importance of music in our lives. Here at Memory Matters music is an everyday therapy that is employed to entertain, but also to calm and relax.  To many of our memory care participants, it is the essential ingredient that stimulates minds and improves their feeling of well being. Music improves brain wellness. Yo-Yo […]