Ranting

Memphasis > Godspeed, Helen. We were there.

February 22nd, 2018

A HAPPY DAY AT A FUNERAL Her name was Helen Larkin. She was a couple of years younger than me when she started at the University of Tennessee and pledged the same sorority my wife did a few years earlier. Two of her three older brothers were in my fraternity there and one of her two sisters was in my high school class. Spring quarter of her freshman year, Helen would ...

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Memphasis > This is not a squirrel.

February 15th, 2018

DISTRACTION. Spoon hated squirrels. Every so often, I would yell, “SQUIRREL!”, and Spoon would charge the window from wherever she was in full and frantic bark mode, whatever she was doing forgotten in the urgency of the moment. Sometimes there actually was a squirrel, but most of the time I did it for the reaction. Before I can join Spoon in the ...

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Memphasis > Serious Diversion

February 8th, 2018

ZEN FOR CYNICS Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just buzz off and leave me alone.   A friend sent me that recently and it fits my mood of late. It was part of a list of platitudes given rude treatment. For instance: Always remember you’re ...

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Memphasis > In The Snow

February 1st, 2018

SNOW IN A WARM CITY I looked out the window as the snowfall of a few weeks ago ended. The tires that brought the paper made the only marks on the street. The quiet, the way snow muffles everything, blankets the morning as surely as the snow. It’s beautiful. My freshman year, I was home for spring break and playing golf at Galloway when it started to snow. We ...

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Memphasis > Only Two

January 25th, 2018

IT JUST TAKES TWO “Dan,” Senator Howard Baker chuckled, “see that person at the end of the dais? She’s run my office for years, been with me everywhere, heard and seen everything. That’s the first time I’ve seen her blush.” He had just been introduced to a gathering of The Phoenix Club, a young men’s service organization, ...

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