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Memphasis > A Present For The Kids

December 18th, 2014

GIVE THANKS. This Christmas, our country has given our kids a chance. As a county, we had a chance to do it for ourselves but local government wouldn’t fund it and local citizens wouldn’t pay for it. As a state, our governor had to be talked into asking for it and our legislature would rather not talk about asking for help at all. But, because our ...

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Memphasis > Back To Normal

December 11th, 2014

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014. Then, we would have been in the middle of the indoor pool at the Y on Walker – earning first the Minnow designation and, finally, the coveted Shark, running the block home, hair dripping in freezing cold, to show the little medal to Mom. Now, we’re in the middle ...

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Memphasis > Just For Pun

December 4th, 2014

SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started. As I write this, Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and my cold, a gift from my grandchildren, is just getting warmed up. Nora’s gone to church, the dogs have fled to another room, I’m out of Kleenex, and the last ...

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Memphasis > Ginkos and Band-Aids. And Thanks.

November 27th, 2014

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again. Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, ...

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Memphasis > Holden's Hat

November 20th, 2014

FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week, the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words3, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less. We were writers and poets and historians, young, old, black, white, experienced and not – an assortment ...

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