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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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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,…
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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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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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Summer of ‘42

  An amusing and poignant story from John Ratliff’s (JW) childhood. The movie was released in 1971 and the Frank Sinatra version of Summer Wind in 1966.   Summer of ‘42  She took…
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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…