Ranting

Memphasis > Different Windows, Same Views

October 16th, 2014

THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood.You know the challenges well. The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t ...

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Memphasis > No On One

October 9th, 2014

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83% male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee. If Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris wanted, say, a vasectomy - think he’d be ...

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Memphasis > Once and Again

October 2nd, 2014

I REMEMBER THIS SONG. Last week, I wrote about passing institutions – a couple of examples of places and people that won’t come our way again. I said the past can inform the future, but we can’t go back to some other time. Then, last Sunday morning, Otis Redding came to my church. Had Joe Cocker with him. Al Green and Howling Wolf stopped by and ...

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Memphasis > Raise A Glass

September 25th, 2014

RAISE A GLASS. INSTITUTIONS ARE PASSING. What’s your pleasure? Maybe a chocolate malt or a single malt. Maybe a vanilla soda or a scotch and soda. Maybe a root beer or a draft beer. But these guys wouldn’t ask that question because they already knew your drink. What’s your name? Across generations. The very old and the very new. Maiden and ...

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Memphasis > 100% Sure

September 18th, 2014

IF A PROGRAM IS 100% SUCCESSFUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I wrote something three years ago when President Obama’s visited Booker T. Washington High School. In light of recent events, I’d like to visit those words again. “We’ve seen the letters to the editor, heard the guy two stools down, the geniuses spitting into talk show microphones, ...

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