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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Memphasis > Phantom Screamer

October 18th, 2012

LOUD MEMORIES REMAIN. Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy emailed the other day and reminded me of the Phantom Screamer. The Screamer never caught the game-winning touchdown pass. He didn’t hit a walk-off home run or a fade-away jumper at the buzzer, or go on to do something that might, literally, save the world like his remarkably seedy classmate, Dr. Cary Fowler. He ...

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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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