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Memphasis > Christmas, Then And Now

December 22nd, 2016

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 ...

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Memphasis > Lists Of Things Learned

December 15th, 2016

A FEW OF LIFE’S LISTS. The four stages of life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You are Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus. So began a series of lists that friend Besty sent me. Because this is the time of year for lists and deep reflection, I thought I’d share some of them with you and add a few items of ...

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Memphasis > Giving Is A Gift

December 8th, 2016

ORDINARILY EXTRAORDINARY. If you ask one, what makes Memphians special is nothing special. We do hard well. We work hard, play hard. We come by what we have by the hardest – and here’s the thing – we share ours with people who have it harder. In my experience, we do that organically. We respond to need not as a concept but as somebody helping ...

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Memphasis > Not Again. Or Not.

December 1st, 2016

I WON’T DO THAT AGAIN. Words3 is a writers group that meets monthly at the Church of the Holy Communion to read and reflect. And eat doughnuts. This week’s column is courtesy of one of them, Robert Propst, who writes songs –Dylanesque, except with a sense of humor – and shares them with folks who might be getting just a bit too reflective long ...

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Memphasis > Thanksgiving. For Real.

November 24th, 2016

NORMAN’S NORMAL. You’ve probably seen “Freedom From Want, ” Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving painting. You know, Grandmother with the turkey so lovingly prepared. Grandfather preparing to lovingly carve it and serve it to the loving bunch assembled. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, kids and siblings, all smiling, all whiter than the white meat ...

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