Ranting

Memphasis > No Place For Those Words

August 3rd, 2017

“WHAT TRUMP COULD HAVE SAID” After Trump’s narcissistic impolitic/political rant/speech at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, I didn’t know what to say. But when my daughter sent me an opinion piece from LNP, her paper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I realized it had already been said. “In a time when our politics divides us, the Scout Law ...

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Memphasis > Love In The Bones

July 27th, 2017

DNA IN THE TIMBERS, SOUL IN THE PLACE We drive by them at the edge of fields, just there in the woods, or just here abandoned at the edge of progress, beneath the tumble of vines and what remains of a roof or a wall, the dark eyes of broken windows and missing doors, the lost welcome of sagging porches, of warmth gone cold from crumbling chimneys, reminders of a life and ...

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Memphasis > Our Whiskey

July 20th, 2017

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment. Whiskey is ...

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Memphasis > Life Is Local

July 13th, 2017

IN OUR USA TODAY, WE WOKE UP HERE.  We’ve all heard former Speaker Tip O’Neill’s grammatically flawed truism, “All politics is local.” So is life, Mr. Speaker, and it deserves to be covered locally. When my father was a kid, The Commercial Appeal was published from a building at the corner of Second and Court. He told me families ...

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Memphasis > Not Ours, Not Theirs

July 6th, 2017

NOT THE APPLE OF THE APPLE’S EYE. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about eight feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was ...

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