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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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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…
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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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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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Yo-Yo

John Ratliff writes about the importance of music in our lives. Here at Memory Matters music is an everyday therapy that is employed to entertain, but also to calm and relax.  To many of our memory care participants, it…
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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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A Billion Reasons

Barbara and I had been away on vacation visiting our European relatives and having fun. To catch up with the family you love is always good, and to enjoy discovering new places at the same time is a distinct bonus. Then going home was good…
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Christmas Morning

Hi, this is Volunteer Mike introducing another John Ratliff short essay on life in general, with a special focus on his family and friends. I love reading these essays which always seem to arrive early in the morning! I tend to wake up early…
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DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.

I love the way the participants in our Compass Program and Connections Class contribute to everyone having their best brain day. Their one-liners are so meaningful, like the one I used for the title of this blog. A Connections class gentleman…
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MUSIC FROM THE YOUNG, FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART!

  Sometime in May 2016 a friend asked me to write a blog about Memory Matters "through the eyes of a volunteer" working in the social day program we call Compass, and later in the Connections class we teach those with mild memory…
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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Love is in the air! One of my Grandkids celebrated his 3rd birthday last Saturday and his family and friends were there to demonstrate their love and celebrate with him. We are fortunate that all our family lives locally, so my eldest…