Ranting

Memphasis > Everything To Lose

April 6th, 2017

LET THEM EAT CAKE. AND DIE. I’m paraphrasing Marie Antoinette. She didn’t say “and die” – but then she probably didn’t say “let them eat cake” either when told that the poor had no bread. History suggests that some other arrogant French aristocrat did. The reason the quote lives – and the point – is that the rich ...

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Memphasis > Claiming Our Responsibility

March 30th, 2017

4,000, 801, 70, 24 AND COUNTING It’s well past time to be honest about our numbers and their toll. About 4,000 people were lynched in the South between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, about 800 more than previously thought due to the research of the Equal Justice Initiative. The about part is significant since those kinds of statistics are more ...

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Memphasis > True Fakes

March 23rd, 2017

TRUISH.These days, fake news can seem so real, and real news gets more and more unbelievable. I offer recent local, state and national examples.  ZOO PREPARING BOAT PARKING FOR RAINBOW LAKE Memphis You may have noticed the activity on the other side of the fence behind Rainbow Lake, removing bothersome trees and habitat and other impediments to progress that have ...

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Memphasis > Love Me Some Lent

March 16th, 2017

LENTEN LESSON The Episcopal Church, with ancient roots in early Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church, has many arcane names and traditions in its liturgy derived from the many languages and practices of its long history. For instance, we call where the people sit in the church the nave, derived from the Latin navis or boat, symbolic of life ...

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Memphasis > How cool is that?

March 9th, 2017

COOL ON CAMERA In an earlier column, I recalled that Meg Ryan once walked by my house when I was on the porch and waved. After all, she and Dennis Quaid lived right down the street.  Come on, how cool is that? They were here making Great Balls of Fire, and in addition to renting a house a few doors down, they were shooting the movie right below my office window, ...

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