Ranting

Memphasis > See And Be Seen

November 7th, 2013

IT’S ALL IN THE WAY YOU LOOK AT IT. In this town, this should play. They teach music in there, but more, they teach purpose and meaning in music. Music as more than sound, but as expression of the soul. Music as more than notes, but as evidence of who we are and what we believe, of what we’re capable of and what moves us. Sometimes a celebration, sometimes ...

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Memphasis > Boy Oh Boy

October 31st, 2013

SONS AND FATHERS. AND BOYS. His sister never went to the emergency room. Gaines went to the emergency room so much, three different shifts knew his name. Before he was four, he almost hung himself once, almost poisoned himself three times, had me in an ice bath to bring his temperature down, and had his mother give him mouth-to-mouth running to the car while I tried to ...

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Memphasis > A Few Words Before Takeoff

October 24th, 2013

PRE-FLIGHT MESSAGES To: our airport That logo on the front of garage gargantua could be a touch larger. While it can be seen from the surface of the moon, I don’t think the Mars rover is picking it up yet. To: my belt I apologize for throwing you all alone onto the conveyor. While my shoes, wallet, phone, watch, dignity and 43¢ in change went in the ...

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Memphasis > We Have To Talk

October 17th, 2013

THE CYNICAL TRUTH IS, WE JUST CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT. Cynicism about politicians isn’t new. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office,” Aesop, 2,500 years ago. “Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome,” Benjamin Whichcote, 400 years ago. “In ...

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Memphasis > Know Your ABCs

October 10th, 2013

THE ABCs OF PRE-K. If we are to pass the half-cent sales tax increase to fund Pre-Kindergarten for every child in Memphis, the newly appointed Memphis Pre-K Commission will need to learn their ABCs or get schooled by the voters again. The commission appointments have checked all the right boxes – black and white, male and female, educator and preacher, ...

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