Ranting

Memphasis > It Begins

August 28th, 2014

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups. One particular middle-aged fan, holding one of those cups and already completely basted in its contents, leaned forward in his ...

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Memphasis > The Skinny

August 21st, 2014

THE NAKED TRUTH. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny dipping, two stand out. The first ended in an FBI interrogation and the other in front of a generation of city leaders. The summer before my senior year in high school, a group of us made frequent trespasses to a secluded wet spot on a farm off Winchester. Elam’s Pond has long since been lost to progress ...

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Memphasis > The Q Party

August 14th, 2014

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective. At the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a friend’s father was in Corinth, Mississippi, on business. He was outside the courthouse having a cigarette and waiting for an appointment when he overheard a conversation between two old men on a bench. “You know, those missiles down there in Cuba ...

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Memphasis > Paying Attention

August 7th, 2014

ON MY WATCH. AND YOURS. Mrs. Parker tends her corner of the garden at Trezevant with loving dedication, looking up from her planting and fussing with a gloved wave to Nora and me as we walk by of a morning. A couple of years ago, she presented us with a bag of ginger lily roots. Hers was taking up too much room, and she didn’t want it to spread any more.  The ...

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Memphasis > Ask A Lawyer

July 31st, 2014

JUDGED BY LAWYERS. Q: What do you when you have a lawyer buried up to the neck in sand?A: Not enough sand. Lawyers can’t catch a break. Q: What the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?A: One is a bottom-feeding, crap-eating scavenger. The other is a fish. Both of those jokes were told to me by lawyers, but then the funniest line I’ve ever heard ...

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