Ranting

Memphasis > Better Is Perfect

April 27th, 2017

I’M HERE TO TELL YOU, YOU MATTERED. The Rev. Richard Lawson baptized our grandchildren a couple of weeks ago. When three-year-old Gaines looked like he was going to climb the font, Richard scooped him up, turned him upside down, and into the font he went, headfirst with his hands over his eyes. He returned to the pew, baptized in wet, wide-eyed wonder. After the ...

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Memphasis > Our Best Point Of View

April 20th, 2017

WE DON’T JUST LOSE THE VIEW – WE LOSE THE VISION. My father had an interesting theory about Memphis expansion. Even though the most beautiful rolling land in Shelby County is north, Memphis expanded east. Dad said that was because industry was oriented to the river from the beginning, and a state line was just south, so, “they put all the crap along the ...

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Memphasis > Saving The Day

April 13th, 2017

YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE CITY THEY SEE. AND YOU DO. Last week, I took a three-year-old to see Power Rangers, teenagers turned super heroes to save a threatened world while assuring the future of digital effects. I didn’t want to go, but I cheered as loud as he did, spilling popcorn everywhere. As the credits rolled, he looked up at me and said – I swear – ...

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Memphasis > Everything To Lose

April 6th, 2017

LET THEM EAT CAKE. AND DIE. I’m paraphrasing Marie Antoinette. She didn’t say “and die” – but then she probably didn’t say “let them eat cake” either when told that the poor had no bread. History suggests that some other arrogant French aristocrat did. The reason the quote lives – and the point – is that the rich ...

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Memphasis > Claiming Our Responsibility

March 30th, 2017

4,000, 801, 70, 24 AND COUNTING It’s well past time to be honest about our numbers and their toll. About 4,000 people were lynched in the South between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, about 800 more than previously thought due to the research of the Equal Justice Initiative. The about part is significant since those kinds of statistics are more ...

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