Ranting

Memphasis > For What’s Bugging You

February 2nd, 2017

LOCKED AND SEASONED. I have armed myself. A while back, I was at a friend and colleague’s house in Rossville, a popular place for the Second Amendment. We were brainstorming a project we’re both involved in when he spotted a fly, several in fact. He picked up a pump gun and both of his dogs jumped up – they are, after all, hunting dogs – and ...

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Memphasis > New Year, New Game

January 26th, 2017

INSPIRING WORDS FOR OUR NEW TEAM. “Sometimes they write what I say, not what I mean.” – former Cardinal, Dodger and major league MVP Pedro Guerrero, who obviously could have been president. About this time last year, I offered a few fresh sports quotes to prepare us for the onslaught of stale sports metaphors in an election year. Well, the Super Bowl ...

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Memphasis > Remind And Remember

January 19th, 2017

REMEMBERING MOMENTS I recently called my oldest older brother. I told him that there was snow on the ground outside my window, it was 19 degrees, my gardenia looked like a lime Popsicle, and I didn’t appreciate it. This time of year there’s generally a couple of feet of snow outside his Adirondacks window, 19 is downright balmy, and he’s often threatened ...

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Memphasis > The Bard’s Barbs

January 12th, 2017

THE ENGLISH MAJOR RETORT. So here we are between the election ­– you remember the election – and the inauguration – you know, the upcoming event that even some of the Rockettes can’t raise a leg over – and we’re already exhausted. “Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade.” (Measure for Measure) On my right, the ...

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Memphasis > Naked Truth

January 5th, 2017

NAKED, AND UP TO SOMETHING. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny-dipping, only one had any class to it. I reprise that story as a reminder that this city truly values reality over pretense, and that is the measure of our worth. My 1982 Leadership Memphis class held their closing retreat at Pickwick. After I shared a friend’s story about a previous retreat ...

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