Ranting

And Another Damn Thing > The Memphis Zoo

October 2nd, 2009

THE MEMPHIS ZOOIn beautifully woodsy Overton Park, right where I-40 would have gone if we hadn’t enough sense — thank God — to stop it.DO THIS.  If this isn’t one of the first things a visitor to the Bluff City hears about from proud Memphians, it ought to be.  The Memphis Zoo is probably ... aw, hell ... IS the best zoo of medium to moderate size anywhere.  ...

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And Another Damn Thing > Hunt-Phelan

October 1st, 2009

THE HUNT-PHELAN HOMEBeale Street at Lauderdale, just east of Danny Thomas Boulevard.The same architect that designed the Washington Monument designed it.  The artist that worked on the elaborate border design we still see on our currency worked on the decorative scrollwork. It dates from the 1830’s and cleverly combines both Georgian and Federal styles.  And Ghosts live ...

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Damn Good Causes > Elmwood Cemetery

September 30th, 2009

Dear Friends of Elmwood,Another year has almost gone, and four more seasons have graced Elmwood with their particular favor.  Winter brings its stark outlines to frame the cold.  Spring brings its palette of renewal , summer its bright growth, and fall itscrisp change.And each brings its own challenge.While still recovering from the storm of last year and its toll, this year has ...

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Damn Good Causes > Boys & Girls Club

September 30th, 2009

(fundraising appeal letter)Dear Friend of the Boys & Girls Club,Another red hot summer is before us.  A hundred degrees.  A hundred per centhumidity.  A hundred days of sweating through your shirt a hundred differentways.  But no matter how hot we get, it's always hotter for some.In  the streets, summers are hotter...and futures burn up.Summer air in the inner ...

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Damn Good Causes > Elmwood Cemetery (again)

September 29th, 2009

(special appeal letter)Dear (name):We’ve trimmed and pruned, but we’ll need your help for new growth.While our charge is to care for those at rest, we must still survive the living reality of the economy.  Even after deep budget cuts and yeoman’s effort from every member of our staff, our reality has been a declining endowment, stagnant or declining income, and increasing ...

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