Ranting

Memphasis > Thanksgiving. For Real.

November 24th, 2016

NORMAN’S NORMAL. You’ve probably seen “Freedom From Want, ” Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving painting. You know, Grandmother with the turkey so lovingly prepared. Grandfather preparing to lovingly carve it and serve it to the loving bunch assembled. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, kids and siblings, all smiling, all whiter than the white meat ...

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Memphasis > One Of Us

November 17th, 2016

IMPLICITLY AND EXPLICITLY, ONE OF US.  I’ve been reading about implicit bias lately. It’s complicated but I like the way the National Center for State Courts describes it. In part: “Unlike explicit bias (which reflects the attitudes or beliefs that one endorses at a conscious level), implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that ...

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Memphasis > No Pain, No Gain

November 10th, 2016

HMMM, WE GOT ISSUES. Javier repeated, “I said, bend over as far as you can.” I replied, “I already have – this is it.” “Hmmm,” he murmured. He would do that a lot in our first session together. Javier is a physical therapist and his task is to give me my left hip back. And stop the pain in my left leg. And left foot. And right ...

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Memphasis > We Need Hits

November 3rd, 2016

GOT TO KEEP SWINGING. In the last week, somebody took my iPad and my sunglasses out of my car, the hot water heater crapped out and rained through the ceiling light fixtures, something crawled up inside our dryer vent and died, and somebody lifted my wife’s phone and wallet from her purse. Job called and offered his condolences. But the Cubs won the pennant, so ...

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Memphasis > Fixin’ To Lose

October 27th, 2016

RED STATES. RED HERRINGS. Earlier this year, I wrote about laws our state legislature passed in their last session to solve problems that didn’t exist. Statistically, you and I are much more likely to be struck by lightning while in the next door bathroom stall to a transgender person who just committed voter fraud, or sitting between an outraged counselor or ...

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