Ranting

Memphasis > We Must Talk

November 2nd, 2017

A NECESSARY CONVERSATION. Tom (R) and I (D) had an email conversation recently. Remember when conversation between those who differ was possible? We met through friends – his, not mine – mostly college classmates sharing links to conservative columnists who support their views. Most of those columns aren’t real and their false attribution is for ...

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Memphasis > Sweet

October 26th, 2017

A SLICE OF TIME In the spring, young men’s fancy turns to … well … whatever it turns to looks a lot more like an Ole Miss coed than Coach Collins, a lot more like a beach at Sardis Lake than the lunch counter at White Station High School, and the lemon meringue pie was a lot sweeter than fifth period. Coach Collins was in charge of fourth period ...

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Memphasis > The Ride From Can't To Can

October 12th, 2017

“THREE BUCKS A DAY, ALL IN.” My friend Jay Martin, founder and chairman of Juice Plus+, is impatient with systems for systems sake, with bureaucracies based on bureaucracies, with the tried and true default of  “we’ve always done it that way.” If he sees a problem and sees no solution or a solution as problematic as the problem, he has a ...

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Memphasis > Hey, Hope, How Are You?

October 5th, 2017

“HEY, DAN” I was attempting to visit a friend in extended care at Regional One. That’s in the Turner Tower. “The what?” the parking lot attendant replied, and then added, “Got to be one of those.” “The those” were all the backs of all the buildings we were staring at, an architectural metaphor both for the disparate ...

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Memphasis > A General Invitation, Come Home

September 28th, 2017

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013, and again in 2015. As it has been for some time – it’s past time. Come back, General, and bring the missus. Elmwood is where you said you wanted to be. Others put you in a public park and made you a symbol of what you are not. You are not a victor in a virtuous cause. You are not ...

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