Ranting

Memphasis > Memphis Is Changing

January 4th, 2018

SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was invited back to Memphis in 1964 when black folks were getting all uppity during the civil rights movement. He has finally left the podium. Slave trader and Ku Klux Klan founder, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, was dug up, stuck on a horse and given a park in 1904 to put black folks ...

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Memphasis > Outrageous 2017

December 28th, 2017

EVERY DAY, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF CHOICES This year is, thankfully, coming to a close. Early in the year, a group of us from here and there set about documenting the actions of an administration already out of control. We thought we would produce a calendar with an example for each day of something outrageous reported in mainstream media. Our research didn’t produce ...

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Memphasis > My Christmas Story

December 21st, 2017

CHRISTMAS TIME Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho. It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British ...

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Memphasis > What To Give Them For Christmas

December 14th, 2017

GIVE THEM TOMORROW. See the children. See them run. See the children. See them play. See the children. See them see. See the children. See them learn. See the children. See all that’s possible. As I prepared to write the 2011 annual report for the Memphis City Schools pre-kindergarten program, just a quick review of numbers and stats told me that this ...

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Memphasis > Reminded Again

December 7th, 2017

WE NEED ADVICE, FROM OURSELVES. When I closed up my parents’ home some 30 years ago, I found myself in my old room, going through my desk drawers one more time. In the back of one, I found something I’d missed – a magnifying glass with a loose handle. Curious, I pulled the handle off and saw a piece of a paper inside. Unrolling it, I recognized the note ...

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