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Memphasis > Haunted History

August 1st, 2013

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes. At the time of this story, it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation that included farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee ...

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Memphasis > See The Light

July 25th, 2013

ROAD TRIP TO MEMPHIS Recently, I visited my brother in Washington. His home is in the shadow of the National Cathedral, and I strolled up the hill for another pilgrimage – a bit of reflection among the 231 stained glass windows, a quiet moment shared with the 288 angels, and a chuckle or two under the gaze of the 112 gargoyles and the power of the force from the ...

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Memphasis > SILLY Exercise

July 18th, 2013

DISCOVERING MEMPHIS TOGETHER.Last week, I had lunch with tomorrow. Some of the staff and young people involved with the New Memphis Institute’s programs to attract and retain the kinds of minds and hearts that will keep us thinking and keep our beat going wanted to talk to me about things unique to Memphis – things funky and things obscure. Our conversation ...

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Memphasis > 15 Minutes In Memphis

July 11th, 2013

MEG RYAN, AND 15 MINUTES IN MEMPHIS. The other day, I dropped in to see my jeweler. My jeweler. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Mine makes 75 bucks off me every single year. I mean, watch batteries aren’t cheap, and I’m going to sweat through at least one watchband every summer. My jeweler’s name is Bill, and he’s also a musician, a ...

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Memphasis > Notes On Freedom

July 4th, 2013

“AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” There were no fireworks or moving speeches but there were a few original works and classical movements. There were no marching bands or patriotic songs, but there was a chamber orchestra and a soaring aria or two. There was no Thomas Jefferson or a hot Philadelphia afternoon in 1776, but there was ...

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