Dave Bratcher, Author at STAR Center

Senior Independence Matters

From a very young age, we say things like, “I can do it myself.” As we age we begin to lose some of our independence. Your independence matters and senior independence matters, too. If you are anything like me, the idea of losing your independence is scary. I remember the feeling I had on my […]

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Complexity kills execution – Game Stop lessons

The more complex things are, the harder it is for people to understand; thus, complexity kills execution. Have you seen all the news stories about Game Stop and Robinhood? For the casual observer, it sounds as if those in the financial industry are speaking another language. Most people know there is something going on, they […]

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STAR Announces New Manager of Home Care Services

The STAR Center is happy to announce the addition of Donald Young (Don) as our Manager of Home Care Services. Don has over twenty-five years of experience in serving those with disabilities and seniors across much of West Tennessee. “I’m excited about being a part of The STAR Center, and the legacy they have in […]

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Dave Bratcher

Are your dreams too big?

Have you ever been told your dreams are too big? You’re going to need to change your dreams? Last week I had a chance to listen to Richard Pimental speak. If you don’t know Richard, there is a movie that his story was featured in called, Music Within. I would highly encouraged to go find […]

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Dave Bratcher

Sensory Friendly Trunk or Treat

Well, this is Halloween week can you believe it? It’s finally here it feels like that between Halloween and the first year must have been at least 10 years. This Halloween is going to be different but many Halloweens have been different for many children across our community every year. And so, what we have […]

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Dave Bratcher

To Work Hard or To Compete?

Happy Monday! You know, just this past week I saw a video from Kara Lawson. And for those of you that don’t know, she was a UT Vol great, played under Pat Summit, but she is now the head (women’s) basketball coach at Duke University. This is her first year. She was talking to the […]

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Dave Bratcher

Magic happens… [VLOG]

Well, happy Monday! I don’t know how many of you have heard of Sir Ken Robinson, but he was a great author and thinker and he passed away last week. And somebody in a memorial post on social media referenced his book, “The Element,” and it reminded me that I had that book on my […]

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Dave Bratcher

What do you miss when wearing a mask? [VLOG]

Am I smiling or not? You didn’t know. Although, mom trained me well… When a camera points at me, I’m supposed to smile even when nobody can see it. So much of our expression is told from the bottom two-thirds of our face. You know those with disabilities often are relying on seeing facial expressions […]

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What is it that you’re clinging to? [VLOG]

Full transcript available at https://youtu.be/Jx9lCZecwfM. Happy Monday! I don’t know how many of you knew this, but there was a special day last week. Wednesday was National Mail Order Catalog Day. Good night! Everybody has a day, don’t they? I, it’s just exhausting but when I thought about the National Mail Order Catalog Day, I […]

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