Memphasis > It’s All Ours

July 12th, 2012

TURNS OUT, WE HAVE A PLAN. READ IT. If you sat down at the proverbial kitchen table – in fact, if every one of us sat down at your kitchen table – and made a top-ten list of what should be the guiding principles of our public schools, you might wonder just what we’d come up with. Here you go: “1. The academic success and well-being of our ...

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Memphasis > Hit Dogs

July 5th, 2012

IT’S NOT RACIAL. IF I’M LYING, I’M DYING. We are lying. And if we don’t realize it, we will die from it. Annie Laurie Peeler put it best. She was, after all, the best sixth grade teacher in the history of the universe. Really. With all due respect to the sixth grade teacher you love, Mrs. Peeler will spot her or him two eyes in the back of her ...

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Memphasis > Democracy and Goats

June 28th, 2012

EVERYBODY SWIMS IN THIS POOL. A lot has been said about our jury system. Thomas Jefferson offered, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Meantime, another great writer I miss, Dave Berry, opined, “We have to admit we know of no better system, ...

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Memphasis > Eggs and Elmo

June 21st, 2012

PERFECT REMINDERS. I’m reminded. He stared at the target, and on this particular night it seemed larger than ever. He got his signal – same as before – bring the heat. As soon as he let it go, he knew that’s the best I got. Nobody’s touching it. That could have been about our own Matt Cain, the San Francisco ace out of Houston High, who ...

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Memphasis > Jud Strunk Made Me Cry

June 14th, 2012

A DAISY A DAY. “He remembers the first time he met her, He remembers the first thing she said, He remembers the first time he held her, And the night that she came to his bed.” Jud Strunk made me cry. Although that’s a great name for a bully, Jud and I never faced off behind the gym, never stepped across a line drawn in playground dust. But lines ...

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