Ranting

Memphasis > Give A Reboot

December 13th, 2012

REBOOTS FOR EVERYBODY. As I sat there on hold – again – listening to synthesizer Gap crap, or a good beat slowly beat to death, or Barry Manilow at the Copa, the Copacabana – I was reminded of a Lily Tomlin line from years ago, “I had a terrible dream last night. I dreamed that the man who invented Muzak invented something else.” Then a ...

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Memphasis > Start Over

December 6th, 2012

START. STOP. START SOMETHING NEW. There we were in our shirtsleeves, playing golf on a 70º Saturday in December, when my old friend, cart mate and Republican said, “I could get used to this global warming stuff.” Unable to resist the smart-ass opening I had just been provided, I replied, “Must be tough on you guys these days – not only do you ...

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Memphasis > Olds Flames

November 29th, 2012

TEACHERS, NOT SCHOOLS, TEACH. If you’re wondering how many pieces of notebook paper it takes to produce a truly impressive spitball, it’s ten, give or take. Terry was occupying most of the rear corner, busily inserting one piece of notebook paper after another into his mouth. Known for both gross weight and behavior, Terry was larger and older than us; the ...

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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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