Ranting

Memphasis > In It Together

June 25th, 2015

WE’RE RELATED. For a few years, Nora was in a handbell choir at our church. The choir was invited to perform here and there. Being an Episcopal church, those trips were more a celebration than a solemn occasion, and, like the service itself, food and drink were central to the issue at hand. I tagged along because the here and there included roux-full places like ...

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Memphasis > The Irish In Us

June 18th, 2015

BOOM. HERE’S TO IRELAND. Recently, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Ireland. Stereotypically, a country where conservative is a matter of degree not choice, where killing each other over religion isn’t current news but DNA, where progress is measured in pints. Boom. Many of my fellow boomers wonder what ...

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Memphasis > Listen for Home

June 11th, 2015

WHEN YOU’RE HOME, YOU CAN HEAR IT. I was recently reminded of a story I heard from an actor friend years ago when he was in town for a commercial I was making. His name was Robert Lansing – if you’re old enough, you’ll remember him from TV’s 12 O’clock High. While making a movie in Georgia, he and a production ...

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Memphasis > A measure of truth.

June 4th, 2015

A MEASURE OF JOURNALISM. As I wondered what to write about while on vacation, I was bailed out by New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and my friend Jay Martin who sent me her article. Ms. Sullivan upon ending her teaching stint at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism left these parting words for her students and posted them: “1. About social media.

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Memphasis > Corporate Speak

May 28th, 2015

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. Corporate speak – the art of saying very little with a great many words in order that something very little might appear to be very great, or that something very grave might be buried under so many words that there is little chance of digging it out – continues to thrive, its practitioners legion, its impact so significant that since the ...

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