No Reply Anxiety

A little 20-minute meditation per day can cool the brain and allow you to smell the roses along the way. This new post from John Ratliff also features two more beautiful images from nature captured by my wife Barbara's God-daughter, Nick…

Forest Daydreams

Forest Daydreams Alone in the woods you never know what you may discover. Each step an adventure. Each twist, each turn reveals something completely unexpected. All you have to do is take your time and really see.....from John Ratliff A wooden…

LIFE

LIFE It was my first day back in the Compass Plus program after the New Year Holiday and as ever Maureen was leading the participants in a creative and thought-provoking manner. My 11- year old Grandson, Brody, himself a seasoned volunteer,…

Breathe Deep

Image Courtesy of Nick Follett  John Ratliff continues to write about the power of meditation. Breathe Deep Deep Breathing is a very powerful tool we all can use to improve our focus, reduce stress and help calm our minds. It only takes…

Bizzy Beez

John Ratliff's poem about the "Bizzy Beez" brought a number of images and thoughts to my mind. The first being an artistic  photograph created by Barbara's God-daughter, Nicky Follett, who lives in England. She has a gift for capturing…

Make me an Angel

From John Ratliff......... Make me an Angel Amélie accompanied me yesterday at Summit Place. During our set, one of the residents asked if Amélie might play a solo for her. Although she hadn’t prepared anything specific for the…

Book Boxes

Purposeful reminiscing is good for your brain! From John Ratliff....... “Finally!” my wife exclaimed as I shared with her my intention to go through the three boxes of books in the garage that have been patiently waiting…
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'Tis The Season to Reminisce

Phyllis and Arthur Cooke: June 29, 1947 The Holiday Season is a time to enjoy your family, friends and all those you love. Especially, its a time for the children and grand children, embracing  their excitement in Santa and his…

Glistening Crystal Morning

  Glistening Crystal Morning I’m not sure that we can keep up with John’s fitness regime, but in his short story we can read of the natural pleasure it brings.............. My lungs were working overtime and…

Debut

Amélie The house was sold out. We waited in our excellent seats for the show to begin. A rush of adrenaline shot through my veins. It was brought on by a nervous anticipation as if I was the single violinist in the orchestra pit…