Entries by Mike Cooke

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Harmon

I loved this JW story. Real life is not always what we first imagine it to be. – Volunteer Mike Cooke Harmon The little furniture store sat on the far corner of a run-down strip mall. The other tenants consisted of a tattoo parlor, adult novelty shop (‘for the adult in all of us’), and […]

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X-Country Practice

From John Ratliff: X-Country Practice  The quiet thumping of rubber souls crunching on the trail as the team runs by together Steam rising as they exhale like early morning dragons moving so fast I almost expect them to spread their wings and take flight I remember the magic feeling of the endorphins kicking in, the […]

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I.D.-Ten-Tee

A while back, JW shared a story about finding the right fridge and the debate between him and his wife as to the model and functionality.  Here’s more about the fridge on the day it was delivered. I.D.-Ten-Tee “Hello sir, I have a refrigerator for you!” the handsome delivery man said with a slight island […]

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The Secret of Gratitude, Love, and Happiness

Hi from Volunteer Mike: John Ratliff’s new short commentary on life, titled “Atonement” prompted me to write an introduction and offer my own thoughts on “the secret of gratitude, love, and happiness” as seen through the eyes of one of our Compass Plus classes. Compass Plus classes are held in the Memory Care Center on […]

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Wild Turkeys

JW on the nature trail in his new backyard…………. Wild Turkeys  “That is definitely what crossed in front of me on the path this morning!”, she said, sliding her phone over the kitchen counter to me. Marie’s cheeks were flushed from her early morning bike ride as she gulped down cold water and wiped her […]

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Sweet Melissa

Sweet Melissa From John Ratliff: Just before the dawn, I stepped outside. That’s when I heard the distant horn. Walking around the side of our new house to the recycle bin I felt the vibration of the freight cars rumbling through the ground. Cold air tingled my nose as I watched the crystal clear morningstar […]

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Mr. Glina

“Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend”  — Longfellow A poignant story from my friend and fellow volunteer John Ratliff. Here he delves deep into his childhood and remembers old friends. Mr. Glina It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years in high school. My father had left my […]

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Hattrick

Hattrick  Danielle had them all ready and waiting in a perfect circle of relatives, residents, and caregivers. It was late in the afternoon, so we unpacked our instruments and jumped right into our set. We dedicated the first number to an old friend, “This one was Melissa’s favorite.” I looked over at Danielle before continuing, […]

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74

74 For all intents and purpose, the game was over before the end of the first quarter. The home team scored three unanswered touchdowns before ten minutes had ticked off the clock. By halftime, the score was 50-0. The King and Queen were crowned and the marching band began to play. With disciplined precision, they […]