Ranting

Memphasis > Ginkgos and Band-Aids

November 22nd, 2012

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. Right outside my window is a female ginkgo tree, her boyfriend is on the other side of the house, and every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, it’s explosive. And then it’s gone, leaving only a ...

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Memphasis > Visions of Grace

November 15th, 2012

CHICKEN WIRE AND TIFFANY. This Saturday, seven windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany are open at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and his brilliant lamps shine through January 13 at Brooks Museum of Art. What you see is up to you. You might see rare and wonderful art, or learn a thing or two about creative genius, or, who knows, you might see the face of God.

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Memphasis > Be Prepared

November 8th, 2012

PROTECT THE SCOUTS, NOT THE INSTITUTION. Scouts are at risk, not just from the sick, twisted creatures who would prey on them – documented in print, on air and online – but from adults who have twisted the truth and continue to excuse the inexcusable if not in fact, in effect. Allowing even one of these monsters a pass, not turning them over to the police, is ...

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Memphasis > Real World

November 1st, 2012

RICHIE. FOR REAL. Calvin called and told me Richie was coming to town. Calvin was calling a meeting. Richie. There are a number of reasons for getting out of town for college, out of the warm blanket you’re wrapped in to something less restrictive or out of cold circumstances to something warmer, out of the suffocating sameness of safe and familiar, out of ...

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Memphasis > A Half-Penny For Their Thoughts

October 25th, 2012

FULL OF HOPE. See the children. See them run.See the children. See them play. See the children. See them see. See the children. See them learn. See the children. See all that’s possible. About a year ago, I was preparing to write the annual report for the Memphis City Schools pre-kindergarten program. Just a quick review of numbers and comparative stats ...

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