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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 this year. John Ratliff wrote an essay about him entitled “4…
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Field Trip

Hi from Volunteer Mike: I can't wait for Christmas when there is magic in the air and when my own Grandchildren visit Memory Matters with me and bring their own high level of magic to the room. As I have oft times said, there is nothing better…
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I.D.-Ten-Tee

A while back, JW shared a story about finding the right fridge and the debate between him and his wife as to the model and functionality.  Here's more about the fridge on the day it was delivered. I.D.-Ten-Tee “Hello sir, I have a…
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The Secret of Gratitude, Love and Happiness

Hi from Volunteer Mike: John Ratliff’s new short commentary on life, titled “Atonement” prompted me to write an introduction and offer my own thoughts on “the secret of gratitude, love and happiness” as seen through the eyes of…
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X-Country Practice

From John Ratliff: X-Country Practice  The quiet thumping of rubber souls crunching on the trail as the team runs by together Steam rising as they exhale like early morning dragons moving so fast I almost expect them to spread…
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Eet Mor ChiK€n: A Volunteer's Story

JW writes about a beautiful day at Memory Matters and the birthday celebration for Olympia Bafundo, mother of one of our volunteers.  John played some great guitar and I was privileged to hear and see him perform one of my favorite Beatles…
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November - Alzheimer's Awareness Month: A Video for Caregivers

Alzheimer's is a family disease. National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor the 16 million family members and friends who provide an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to those living with Alzheimer's disease…
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Dress Rehearsal: Music with a Mission

Hi, This is Volunteer Mike reaching out to my Memory Matters friends. Our beautiful and talented 14-year-old volunteer - Amélie Ratliff - is performing on November 4th with the Savannah Youth Orchestra at the First Presbyterian Church…
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Magic Panda

Halloween at Memory Matters is a blast! The Staff and Volunteers dress up and dress up our participants too. I sometimes think Cathee lives for this day, but I would be wrong, she is still counting down the days to Christmas! On days like…
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Turkey Crossing

Turkey Crossing After a wild, fun-filled, full-moon performance at Memory Matters' Compass Day Program, I was saying my goodbyes, shaking hands and kissing cheeks, when Pat, one of our participants, suddenly spoke to me. Normally she…