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“Food Matters in Brain Health” by David Lauderdale

Island Packet Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Kim Baretta handed me a fork and asked me to feed my brain. She had prepared samplings of four different grains, each of them sort of a Mediterranean version of the grits I scarf down like a bird dog,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Memory Screens: We Owe It To Our Children!

George Arthur relaxing after a visit to Memory Matters You don’t need me to tell you that children are a gift from on high. Your own kids, and later your Grandkids. I often refer to the inter-generational magic that lights up the atmosphere…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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!”,…
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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…