Ranting

Memphasis > More Than Delta

July 17th, 2014

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or fifty about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day. I was impressed. Oh, Delta is still dead to me, but there’s new life in the people ...

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Memphasis > We’re All Invited

July 10th, 2014

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader: “We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”  My church recently threw a ...

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Memphasis > Light and Dark

July 3rd, 2014

WHEN STORIES ARE TOLD IN THE DARK, LEAVE A LIGHT ON. As I watch what leads the local TV news – basically a visual evening recap of whatever that day’s monitoring of police scanners and chasing sirens can produce – and what passes for TV reporting ­– basically an evening twist to whatever might be salacious or sensational in that morning’s ...

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Memphasis > The View From Nashville

June 26th, 2014

IF WE DON’T CARE, NO ONE ELSE WILL. Longtime friend and Nashville marketing maven, David Bohan, answered my column about oxymoronic Nashville barbecue with his own column “Marketing Matters” in The Tennessean last week. In doing so, I think my friend made my point. The point wasn’t tongue-in-cheek comparisons to things that don’t exist ...

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Memphasis > Fat Chance

June 19th, 2014

12-STOP. “My name is Dan, and I’ve lost control.” “Hi, Dan,” answers America, desperately addicted to too much, too often, in need of a 12-stop consumption program. As in 12 ounces of any soft drink is plenty and 12 ounces of gin starts fights with strangers. As in 12 ounces of any animal in any form is too much and 12 things on your ...

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