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Memphasis > Grizz Buzz

May 9th, 2013

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. “You need to do next week’s column on the Grizz,” the email from a regular reader opened. “There is no better or more appropriate time than now when the whole city is watching. You can contest the Simers article in the LA paper about Memphis being a ‘rathole’ where they should be ‘handing out bullet-proof ...

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Memphasis > One End To The Other

May 2nd, 2013

GET IT TOGETHER. Cooper is on fire. From the cougars in the zoo to the cougars in Alchemy, the viewing is best at feeding time. From the lions at the zoo to the lyonnaise salad at 1912, this is a stretch to strut in. Whether it’s locally brewed Flaming Stone at Bosco’s or an Irish and English Black and Tan at Celtic Crossing, there’s a whole lot of ...

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Memphasis > I Know A Place

April 25th, 2013

I’LL TAKE YOU THERE. “Oh, mmm, I know a place… When Mavis Staples sang those words, everybody in the audience was moved to move. The kind of primal itch you got to scratch, the kind of muscle over mind that makes toes tap, fingers snap, and hands clap. “Ain’t nobody cryin’, ain’t nobody worried… The kind of beat that ...

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Memphasis > Getaway

April 18th, 2013

THE TIME TO GET AWAY IS CLOSE. One morning last week. Anderson’s dogs were running, impossibly fast, circling a field of new wheat, impossibly green, and then through the woods and past the ponds, Snuffy bounding just ahead of us and Bow Wow off to our right in the trees. Their eyes were bright and their joy obvious, impossibly happy. We were out in the country, ...

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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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