Ranting

Memphasis > Mildred’s Waffles

March 5th, 2015

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best shared around tables, best accompanied by good food, and best expressed in good stories. Mildred’s story, for instance. I told it last year, but here it is again because Mildred spent 70 years earning the telling. On a Downtown basement wall in the oldest public building in Memphis, Calvary Episcopal Church, ...

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Memphasis > Let’s See

February 26th, 2015

EYE OPENERS. I learned recently that Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to start something called Expanding Horizons College & Career Tours, taking 400 promising students from their SUCCESS High School program in eight Memphis schools on college tours in June. These are students who couldn’t make a trip like this on their own, many who’ve never been ...

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Memphasis > A Word About Reality

February 19th, 2015

“REALITY JUST IS” I stood in the bathroom in boxer shorts and shaving cream and cheered words coming from my radio – words good enough to overcome that image I just put in your head – words like these: “For crying out loud, there is no controversy. There is no debate. Cynical politicians like Rand Paul and Chris Christie may pander all ...

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Memphasis > Done Unto

February 12th, 2015

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. Since last week’s debacle in the state legislature – the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans by their elected representatives – the ether and printed pages here and elsewhere have been full of various explanations and finger pointing.

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Memphasis > Lifelong Fan

February 5th, 2015

YOU GOTTA LOVE ‘EM. When some fall in love, falling headlong and defenseless, even despite subsequent events and the weight of time and change, never mind the disappointment and the heartbreak – never mind life – the love remains because that fall and the feel of it last a lifetime. Being a Cubs fan is like that. “Son,” the Knoxville ...

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