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,…

Wendy Mitchell's Extraordinary Alzheimer's Memoir (diagnosed at age 58)

The Observer Autobiography and memoir Interview Wendy Mitchell on her extraordinary Alzheimer’s memoir Nicci Gerrard Diagnosed at 58, Mitchell was determined not to be beaten: ‘Why feel ashamed of having a complex…

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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…

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!”,…

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…

A Wonderful Life

Michael Mugrage was, by all measures, an exceptional loving kid. He attended May River High School and after a tough fight, he succumbed to a rare form of cancer in September last year. John Ratliff wrote an essay about him entitled “4…

Morning Ritual

  Morning Ritual Quietly rise, try not to wake her. Close the door softly till I hear the click and reset the thermostat on my way down, lightly step on the stairs without a sound. Rinse the apple, Start the coffee, take…
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Practice

Please enjoy another heartfelt short essay from Volunteer John Ratliff a/k/a JW. Although he does not name the violinist one can imagine he is writing about his beautiful and talented daughter Amélie! Practice She stood alone in front…
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Paper Hands

A new blog from our friend and volunteer JW aka John Ratliff. A true family man whose essays often include mentions of his wife Marie and daughter Amélie, seen in the self-portrait.  "Paper Hands" It was one of those special…
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Afterglow

Go through the park, on into the town; The sun still shines on, it never goes down. The light of the world has risen again; The people of darkness are needing a friend.......John Paculabo I really enjoyed this brief story from…