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Clair de Lune 

I realize I no longer have to introduce John Ratliff, a/k/a JW, but I must admit, in introducing this short essay I am a little concerned with his use of the word "precocious!" It can mean forward or smart which are perfectly good synonyms,…
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Butterfly Wings

I am pleased to publish a super short essay from Volunteer John, aka JW! For those of us who have lived on or nearby Hilton Head Island for a number of years the airport has garnered mixed opinions and reviews, but it is part of the infrastructure.…
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Lucky 13

A story from JW’s school days. Another enjoyable look back at the positive lessons in life. Lucky 13 Mr. Peter Hildebrand’s sixth grade class was transformative. He was 27 years old, hawk nose, strong cheekbones, locks of wavy brown hair…
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Autograph 

  Amélie with the Autograph Hunters! Were you ever asked for an autograph when you were 14 years old? JW writes about his daughter: Autograph Her performance was very well received. As the audience filed out they showered her…
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Friday Night Lights

    Is Amélie apprehensive? Well, not really........Is JW apprehensive..........I will leave you to make up your own mind! Friday Night Lights Principal B noticed the look in her eyes and…
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Registration Day

Fall is here, hear the yell Back to school, ring the bell Brand new shoes, walking blues Climb the fence, books and pens I can tell that we are going to be friends Yes, I can tell that we are going to be friends Walk with me, Suzy Lee Through…
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Summer Camp

Sometimes it is easy for me to introduce John's stories. This is about his daughter Amélie. I've got so much honey the bees envy me I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees Well I guess you'd say What can make me feel this…
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Leverage

I love the way John Ratliff writes and combines his real-life stories and reminiscences with a thoughtful reflection on where he has come from and what he still has left to do. I have combined two subjects here. "Leverage" is reflection…
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I Want My MTV

With a new home there is a need for new appliances, and so John and Marie set out to choose a specific type of fridge/freezer. Seems like they were having some problems in this regard. If you read John Ratliff’s latest story you can…
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A New Home

A New Home: Tony and Daisy “Hello, neighbor!” The olive-skinned man brightly exclaimed as he closed the sliding glass door behind him and stepped out onto the backyard patio. She emerged shortly after, a kitchen apron wrapped around…