Ranting

Memphasis > I know Bea.

April 11th, 2013

REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. After last week’s column, Bea dropped me a thoughtful email note as she often does about whatever I’m writing about. My story about Linda Courtney and her son Bill struck a common chord, and Bea wanted to share. Bea is a bit stooped these days and needs a walker to get around, but, if you know her, you know that no one stands taller on ...

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Memphasis > Single-handed

April 4th, 2013

SINGULAR PERFORMANCE. The White Station Class of 1966, the year ahead of mine, had two Academy Award winners – one you’ve heard of and one you haven’t. That was some class. Physicist, gray matter repository and best-selling author, Alan Lightman, was in it. Federal judge and arbiter of public education’s future in Shelby County, Hardy Mays, was in ...

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Memphasis > The Means To Be Mean

March 28th, 2013

PIECE OF CAKE. Lately, and this is disturbing, I’ve been thinking about Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) as Marie Antoinette, complete with a powdered wig and a cute little stick-on beauty mark, running up and down the halls inviting the poor to eat cake when they run out of bread. But these are not the halls of her Petit Trianon in Versailles at the time of the ...

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Memphasis > The Duck, the Dog, and the Farm

March 21st, 2013

GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY. My column last week prompted a number of you to share your memories of the creatures that came home with you from the cages at Katz Drug Store. My friend Bill Haltom, attorney and storyteller, sent me this: “For Easter one year, Mom and Dad took me to Katz and bought me two ducks and a chicken. The chicken didn’t last a week. In ...

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Memphasis > Shared Bites

March 14th, 2013

OF KATZ AND RATS, DADS AND DONUTS. Howard and I were having breakfast. It was supposed to be about business. Turns out it was about monkeys and parakeets and donuts and dawns and day-olds, about his Memphis and mine, about ours. Something one of us said reminded us of Katz Drug Store and we were off, transported to that exotic world beneath the huge turning cat head, a ...

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