Memphasis > Mind Over Matter
February 16th, 2012
THAT’S ENOUGH. Growing up, whenever I was doing something, saying something, or up to something for a period of time deemed sufficient by my father, he would say, “That’s enough.” Depending on how he said it, whether or not he was smiling, or, God forbid, he’d said it twice, I could determine if it was enough that ...
Memphasis > New County Of Them
February 9th, 2012
NEW BILL CREATES EIGHT NEW COUNTIES. Continually annoyed about existing law that gets in his way, Tennessee Representative Curry Todd of Collierville has introduced a bill in the state house eliminating Memphis and Shelby County and creating eight new counties. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris immediately agreed to sponsor the bill in the senate and gave everybody 30 ...
Memphasis > Paraprosdokian
February 2nd, 2012
THE VOICES IN MY HEAD MAY NOT BE REAL, BUT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD IDEAS. That line, aside from being an apt description of my entire career, is a paraprosdokian – a figure of speech in which the latter part of a phrase causes the reader to re-frame the first part. The comedian Steven Wright makes a living off these things, and you probably have some living in your ...
Memphasis > Fight Fair
January 26th, 2012
OKAY, PEOPLE, BREAK IT UP. Are you ready to rumble? If Terry Roland and the whole County Commission really do get into it, is it even possible they could get hit hard enough to knock some sense into the whole body? In this corner, self-service. In that one, public service. Over here, public civility. Over there, public spectacle. Progress against same-old, same-old.
Memphasis > Bend and Lift
January 19th, 2012
BUILDING NEW BOXES. “Listen here, college boy. Bend your knees when you pick that up, or you won’t make a week.”” That sound advice came from Charles, across a huge stack of corrugated boards that would soon hold refrigerators, on my first day at Mead Container. Way over on Manassas, north of Chelsea, way far away from my ...