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Likes and Follows

John Ratliff is already missing his daughter who is away in a special NY State camp for talented musicians. His new blog tells it all........... Likes and Follows For many years I have avoided social media like the plague, but recently my…
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Britt’s  Doughnuts

I think JW (John Ratliff) likes doughnuts................. Britt’s  Doughnuts The little seaside pavilion was worn down from decades of use. Flashing arcade lights, an old bumper car ride, souvenir shops with towels, t-shirts and…
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Wild Turkeys

JW on the nature trail in his new backyard............. Wild Turkeys  “That is definitely what crossed in front of me on the path this morning!”, she said, sliding her phone over the kitchen counter to me. Marie’s cheeks were flushed…
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Sweet Melissa

Sweet Melissa From John Ratliff: Just before the dawn, I stepped outside. That’s when I heard the distant horn. Walking around the side of our new house to the recycle bin I felt the vibration of the freight cars rumbling through…
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Mr. Glina

"Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend"  -- Longfellow A poignant story from my friend and fellow volunteer John Ratliff. Here he delves deep into his childhood and remembers old friends. Mr. Glina It was the summer…
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Hattrick

Hattrick  Danielle had them all ready and waiting in a perfect circle of relatives, residents, and caregivers. It was late in the afternoon, so we unpacked our instruments and jumped right into our set. We dedicated the first number…
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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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Magic Bus

Growing older gracefully with people who care. If you have never visited Memory Matters, then call us and stop by for a brief while and see the care and feel the passion from dedicated staff and volunteers. You will be welcome......., sincerely,…
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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…