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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Memphasis > Meh

November 13th, 2014

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98. The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

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