Ranting

Memphasis > A Matter Worth Raising

August 24th, 2017

SYMBOLS AND FLAGS MATTER Nora approached the concierge desk at the General Walker Hotel in Obersalzberg, Germany, just below Hitler’s infamous retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, and just above the town of Berchtesgaden. We’d heard that there was a museum in the hotel’s basement. The man behind the desk was behind a newspaper when Nora asked, “Excuse ...

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Memphasis > 2017, The Musical

August 17th, 2017

“GRANT US WISDOM, GRANT US COURAGE” Episcopalians sing every week, as I’m sure many of you do, but most of us aren’t listening to the words. Their familiarity has bred if not contempt at least complacence. Maybe that helps explain why so many so-called Christians can so ignore – so endorse – what’s happening at the top of our ...

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Memphasis > Watches Tell Time, And Stories

August 10th, 2017

IT’S ABOUT TIME It’s an old 700 series Rolex watch – stainless steel with a small military-style black face, hands and numbers that once glowed in the dark, a simple stainless steel band and a small brass rivet for a fastener – nothing special by Rolex standards. It’s the most special watch in the world to me. On one side of the band, ...

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Memphasis > No Place For Those Words

August 3rd, 2017

“WHAT TRUMP COULD HAVE SAID” After Trump’s narcissistic impolitic/political rant/speech at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, I didn’t know what to say. But when my daughter sent me an opinion piece from LNP, her paper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I realized it had already been said. “In a time when our politics divides us, the Scout Law ...

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Memphasis > Love In The Bones

July 27th, 2017

DNA IN THE TIMBERS, SOUL IN THE PLACE We drive by them at the edge of fields, just there in the woods, or just here abandoned at the edge of progress, beneath the tumble of vines and what remains of a roof or a wall, the dark eyes of broken windows and missing doors, the lost welcome of sagging porches, of warmth gone cold from crumbling chimneys, reminders of a life and ...

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