Ranting

Memphasis > Rain Dance

October 11th, 2012

IT’S RAINING. SO WHAT? She’s four. She has big hair, a whole big bunch of auburn curls. She’s my daughter’s friend. They’re laughing in another room, about to break something. It’s raining today, and I’m outside, and I’m thinking about her. I’m watching my manic two-year-old dog running splashy circles around my ...

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Memphasis > Right to Rights

October 4th, 2012

BENDING EVERYBODY STRAIGHT. I know a guy who’s into shoes. And into colors, theatre, and rearranging furniture. He majored in art, and can spend hours hanging one piece in the only two square feet of wall space he has left  – robin’s egg blue and Chinese red walls I might add. He wrote and directed musical satire in college. Johnny Mathis is ...

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Memphasis > Boys Will Be Boys

September 27th, 2012

BOYS WILL BE BOYS. AND THAT CAN BE VERY BAD. If you don’t think teenage boys are thinking about sex virtually every waking moment and dreaming about it virtually every second asleep then you never were one, never the parent of one, or never knew one. If you think wagging a finger at them will stop them, or fairy tales about sexuality instead of honest truth will ...

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Memphasis > Story On The Side

September 20th, 2012

A STORY IN EVERY BITE. As I listened, I remembered comedian David Brenner discussing directions in the South. He noted that directions come with a story, and they may include turn left at the three-legged dog, and that everything comes with grits. The teller this time was friend Hal – world traveler, retired pilot, former Tiger lineman and current gourmand. The ...

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Memphasis > The Heart Beats

September 13th, 2012

THE HEART BEATS. AGAIN. A lifetime ago, screwdrivers with lifetime guarantees came from an art moderne castle, and screwdrivers with orange juice came from the only other Friday’s outside of Manhattan. Ben-Hur, Spartacus and Lawrence of Arabia came from Crosstown, and big splashes came from the Fairgrounds. Before Home Depot, Best Buy and big boxes, the biggest ...

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