Memphasis > Our Kind Of Street

November 21st, 2013

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ADDRESS. The sticker on the door of Elwood’s Shack – sort of on Summer and sort of in Lowe’s parking lot – said “Summer Ave. is my Poplar.” When I was about three, the very first one in the world opened. And changed the way the world traveled. The very first one had a phone and a TV in every room when others had ...

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Memphasis > We’ll Get There

November 14th, 2013

IT’S NOT THE RIDE. IT’S THE DESTINATION. The guy driving this thing is from Chicago. And the way they get places in Chicago isn’t pretty. Calling the Obamacare website wreck “a bump in the road” is like calling, well, like calling the ride I’m about to describe as bumpy. We were in Chicago and running late. Nora was seven-plus ...

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Memphasis > See And Be Seen

November 7th, 2013

IT’S ALL IN THE WAY YOU LOOK AT IT. In this town, this should play. They teach music in there, but more, they teach purpose and meaning in music. Music as more than sound, but as expression of the soul. Music as more than notes, but as evidence of who we are and what we believe, of what we’re capable of and what moves us. Sometimes a celebration, sometimes ...

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Memphasis > Boy Oh Boy

October 31st, 2013

SONS AND FATHERS. AND BOYS. His sister never went to the emergency room. Gaines went to the emergency room so much, three different shifts knew his name. Before he was four, he almost hung himself once, almost poisoned himself three times, had me in an ice bath to bring his temperature down, and had his mother give him mouth-to-mouth running to the car while I tried to ...

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Memphasis > A Few Words Before Takeoff

October 24th, 2013

PRE-FLIGHT MESSAGES To: our airport That logo on the front of garage gargantua could be a touch larger. While it can be seen from the surface of the moon, I don’t think the Mars rover is picking it up yet. To: my belt I apologize for throwing you all alone onto the conveyor. While my shoes, wallet, phone, watch, dignity and 43¢ in change went in the ...

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