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Memphasis > Alternative English

May 11th, 2017

HE MADE ME DO IT. “The devil made me do it,” we used to say, but we used to say lots of things, using words that seem quaint these days. Facts. History. Welcoming. Bipartisan. Diplomatic. Tasteful. Respectful. Considerate. Thoughtful. Credible. Reality. Presidential. But then, we used to use complete sentences, and care about meaning and the art of ...

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Memphasis > 5,000 Miles Of Smoke

May 4th, 2017

DANISH ISN’T JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE. The man was hauling gold up the steps from Riverside Drive as I waited at the top of the bluff. He was rising like smoke from all the cookers below, holding as he was something above the rest.  Meaty metaphor. He was bringing me a cookbook – not just a cookbook, a BBQ cookbook – not just a BBQ cookbook, ...

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Memphasis > Better Is Perfect

April 27th, 2017

I’M HERE TO TELL YOU, YOU MATTERED. The Rev. Richard Lawson baptized our grandchildren a couple of weeks ago. When three-year-old Gaines looked like he was going to climb the font, Richard scooped him up, turned him upside down, and into the font he went, headfirst with his hands over his eyes. He returned to the pew, baptized in wet, wide-eyed wonder. After the ...

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Memphasis > Our Best Point Of View

April 20th, 2017

WE DON’T JUST LOSE THE VIEW – WE LOSE THE VISION. My father had an interesting theory about Memphis expansion. Even though the most beautiful rolling land in Shelby County is north, Memphis expanded east. Dad said that was because industry was oriented to the river from the beginning, and a state line was just south, so, “they put all the crap along the ...

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Memphasis > Saving The Day

April 13th, 2017

YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE CITY THEY SEE. AND YOU DO. Last week, I took a three-year-old to see Power Rangers, teenagers turned super heroes to save a threatened world while assuring the future of digital effects. I didn’t want to go, but I cheered as loud as he did, spilling popcorn everywhere. As the credits rolled, he looked up at me and said – I swear – ...

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