Ranting

Memphasis > We Are They

July 21st, 2016

THERE IS NO OTHER, OTHER THAN US. They came for them. They came for us. You may not have heard of Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor in 1930s Germany, but you’ve probably heard him quoted, beginning, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.” You may have heard or seen some variation of ...

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Memphasis > To Zoo. Zooed. Zooing.

July 14th, 2016

YOU’VE BEEN ZOOED. That headline is indicative of the last few months. In fact, it’s the indicative present perfect usage of the new verb this city has created. Verb: zoo Infinitive: to zoo. Participle: zooed. Gerund: zooing. It’s always been easier for me to understand English meaning and grammar when I see the word in use. For instance, when the ...

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Memphasis > Eulogy For A Copywriter

July 7th, 2016

A LOSS FOR WORDS. We lost a good one two weeks ago. Good man. Good son and husband, father and grandfather, brother and friend. Good citizen and arts supporter. Good mentor to students and advisor to college presidents, Episcopal priests, and copywriters. Loyd Templeton was a copywriter first.  He was in charge of the communications program at Rhodes – ...

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Memphasis > Different But Not Less

June 30th, 2016

THIS IS MINISTRY, BABY. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we can make right where we are. Brian McLaren – pastor and celebrated theologian, activist and prolific author – was here a couple of weeks ago and he shared some thoughts about his visit in The Huffington Post: “If I were home, I’d probably be watching cable TV. I’d ...

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Memphasis > Same Name, No Relation

June 23rd, 2016

THE NAME OF WHAT WE ONCE HOPED TO BE AND WHAT WE’VE ACTUALLY BECOME. Andy Holt. The late Andy Holt from Milan, a school teacher, a coach, and once the principal of what is now Campus School in Memphis, the national president of the National Education Association, and president of the University of Tennessee. His Columbia doctoral dissertation was about the ...

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