Ranting

Memphasis > Meh

November 13th, 2014

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98. The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

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Memphasis > Anonymous Friends

November 6th, 2014

HONEST EXCHANGES. Parked at the curb, he honked his horn when I walked by, earbuds firmly in place, somewhere in the middle of Morning Edition. “Where’s your wife?” he asked through the open door of the city bus he was driving. “Stress fracture,” I answered, “I’m on my own.” “Hope she gets better soon,” he ...

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Memphasis > May We Remember

October 30th, 2014

MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer. “How many of you know who Ben Bradlee was?” There were about 150 people in front of me and five hands went up. Five people out of 150 had ...

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Memphasis > Guy’s Law

October 23rd, 2014

LET’S MAKE SURE IT FITS. A couple of guys I know have been renting tuxes around here for 50 years. The first guy, Guy Miller, was a photographer with a studio on Cleveland where Saigon Le is today. He started renting tuxes there as a sideline in 1965 and then hung up his camera and went formal full-time. The second guy, the second Guy Miller, and I went to school ...

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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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