Ranting

Memphasis > Tribute

January 29th, 2015

DRAWING A CROWD. The line started at one end of the big room and wound its way out into the hall. The widow and the son and the family received the soft words about the hard loss, the sympathy, the hugs and the tears, the emotional exchanges of finality, the shared experience of a life lived and now over. A visitation, yes, but it seemed more than that quiet, somber label ...

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Memphasis > Frogs and Toads

January 22nd, 2015

OF FROGS AND TOADS. Years and years ago, I was served a couple of striking culinary metaphors that have not only proven to be unforgettable but seem to get better and better with age. The first was on the wall of my dentist in the 100 North Main building, one of those focal points you stare at while somebody probes your molars with this and that. It was a photograph of ...

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Memphasis > Who?

January 15th, 2015

KNOWN BUT NAMELESS. Who the hell are you? I’m not mad at you, I’m mad because I don’t know who you are and I should. No clue. Known you since the earth was cooling and I couldn’t come up with your name under Dick Cheney’s enhanced interrogation, not if I had to listen to Barry Manilow sing or Rush Limbaugh talk until I came up with it. You ...

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Memphasis > Sick Irony

January 8th, 2015

A SPECK OF CEREAL. Insure Tennessee reminds me of Lorne Greene, David Letterman and a can of Alpo. You remember Lorne, don’t you? Dad on Bonanza? In an old commercial for Alpo, he made his ancient dog fetch a stick to get fed. As she struggled back with the stick in her gray jaws, Lorne suggested that her longevity was due to Alpo - dog food, he said, ...

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Memphasis > Cool City

January 1st, 2015

A COOL ENDING. As is so often the story, 2014 ended with others seeing more in us than we see in ourselves. A story of tween and teen sisters from Switzerland via Germany, of Scandinavian design and meatballs from Sweden, of a 12-year-old made a superstar chef by a national television audience. A story you can’t make up. At the request of my friend, their ...

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