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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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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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A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace A story from John Ratliff: As has often been the case, we read the book together.  This time, however, she was away at camp and unavailable for our normal daily discussions of the chapters we had recently devoured.…
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The Space In Between

In our busy world, we just don't pause for long enough to "recharge the batteries."  Meditation is one of the five interventions for positive brain wellness taught by Memory Matters. Full details of our educational programs can be…
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Jackson

Goodnight you moonlight ladies Rockabye sweet baby Jackson Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose Won't you let me go down in my dreams And rockabye sweet baby Jackson (with apologies to James Taylor) From John Ratliff Jackson Amélie…
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Nancy's Smile

John Ratliff's essays published here reminded me of  F. Scott Fitzgerald's profound depth of understanding of the best of human relationships. Thursday was family night at Canterfield and they celebrated their first anniversary. John…
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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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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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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…