Ranting

Memphasis > The Big Picture

June 29th, 2017

THE CITY IS A GALLERY, THE NEIGHBORHOODS ITS ROOMS. Artistic talent runs in the family like spilled India ink on paper, although it ran away from me. Briefly majoring in art, I learned that my talent lay in appreciation not execution, and there is much to appreciate in our city. And wouldn’t you know it, our city doesn’t appreciate it. Whether you are ...

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Memphasis > My American Story

June 22nd, 2017

DON’T CALL ME CHEROKEE, JUST CALL ME LEIF. As a kid, I was told I was part Native American on my mother’s side – probably Cherokee, they said, maybe Chickasaw. My mother, my aunt and my uncles weren’t sure which and how much and my grandmother wasn’t talking, but one look at any of them or at me or my children with our profiles of various ...

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Memphasis > Sharing Yards

June 15th, 2017

ROOTS AND MONKEY GRASS So I’m waiting in line at Booksellers to get my high school classmate, Cary Fowler, to sign my copy of his new book when a moment of quintessential Memphis broke out. In front in me are two women about my age, identical twins. One interrupted my musing about attractive twins by turning to me and asking, “Are you Dan Conaway?” ...

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Memphasis > Cracking A Smile

June 8th, 2017

ORIGINAL, UNIMPORTANT, THOUGHTS I’m on vacation, trying desperately not to think about anything important. I’ll be home next week – God willing and the Creek don’t rise. This week, I thought I’d share a bit of interesting trivia friends have passed along about origins of some of our common expressions. Think of it as a welcome vacation ...

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Memphasis > Tiresome Behavior

June 1st, 2017

ENOUGH ALREADY. Even after months of mediation, after an agreed-upon compromise, after the appointment of a committee and the committee’s selection of a master planner, after the Overton Park Conservancy put up $250,000 toward the plan, after the council voted to take the Conservancy’s money … even after all of that … the Memphis Zoo stiffed the ...

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