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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…
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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…
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4 Michael

A wonderful young man bravely succumbed to a rare form of cancer and the community, led by his school friends, paid tribute to him. Read the background to the story here. http://www.wtoc.com/story/39034262/memorial-held-at-may-river-high-for-student-who-lost-life-to-rare-cancer Our…
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Hurricane Party

As I introduce this wonderful short story by John Ratliff, I simply hope and pray that everyone in our extended Memory Matters family is safe and taking the necessary steps to remain so with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas. All…
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The Trio

  The Trio The students walked together to center stage and took their places. The handsome adolescent man adjusted the stool, opened his music and gently placed his hands on the black and white keys of the baby grand while the…
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Twins

I recently wrote about our Compass program and the desire for the participants to find their North Star. In other words, direction in their lives. "Dick" has really blossomed of late and is quietly enjoying moments like the one John Ratliff…
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Kids and the Elderly

Each weekend my friend and volunteer Bob Engle and I search for a new subject matter to employ in the Tuesday Compass program. The first hour is intended to include topical news items, local history, stories from the past that triggers memories,…