Ranting

Memphasis > What We’re Left With

September 7th, 2017

LEGACIES OF IRONY The guy who invented dynamite and various ways to blow people up also gave us the Nobel Peace Prize. According to Alfred Nobel’s will in 1896, the award is to go to someone who has, “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace ...

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Memphasis > I Recommend A New Novel

August 31st, 2017

THEY READ US LIKE A BOOK When I was growing up, The Book Shelf was about where the northwest corner of the Kroger in Poplar Plaza is now. It smelled like books – not the library smell of tomes and the weight of knowledge, but the smell of brand-new information, shiny new possibilities, a world of discovery on a personal scale. It was owned by Earl Howry, a quiet man ...

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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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