Ranting

Memphasis > Can we still be friends?

May 7th, 2015

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding. He grew up in an old neighborhood under the shade of old oaks – a big city boy with more ambition than brains, a dreamer always looking past the weeds in his own yard to greener grass. He was fun alright – into good times and great restaurants, live music and funky joints, nights that start with ...

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Memphasis > I believe in grit and grind. Amen.

April 30th, 2015

GLORY BE. As an early convert, I was there for their first win ever – the first outward and visible sign for a city so in need of faith. While we knew grit and grind all too well, who knew we would come to embrace that identity and its disciples with religious fervor? We had not yet met brother Tony Allen or sister Bongo Lady. Four years ago, I wrote about ...

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Memphasis > Footprints

April 23rd, 2015

BIG STEPS. Part of our vacation ritual involves underwear, kitchen gadgets, camp shirts, socks and shoes – all items available in branded abundance on the cheap at Tanger Outlets. Our late spring odyssey to visit children and friends on the east coast takes us to the one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and our late summer beach party includes the ...

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Memphasis > Dead Reckoning 2015

April 16th, 2015

GHOST OF A RIVER. Jimmy Ogle is a Memphis history savant. He knows things about our people that even they didn’t know. Going somewhere with Jimmy is a trip, and I wrote about one we took a while back. He navigated and I handled my car’s tiller across a miles-wide lake – on dry land. I plowed upstream in the main channel of the Mississippi – ...

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Memphasis > Let’s Face It

April 9th, 2015

THE FACE OF UNINSURED TENNESSEE. I washed down my eggs with a big swig of cold reality, decidedly unsweet. The woman serving me was familiar in the way regular customers and servers are familiar, not close but not strangers, not really friends but really friendly. “Haven’t seen you in a while,” I said, an opening that invites but doesn’t require ...

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