Ranting

Memphasis > R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood

April 14th, 2016

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf hall of famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week. Janice was a high school girlfriend, and she liked her horse a lot more than me. Susan was a junior-high girlfriend, or whatever you are when you’re 12, and our relationship was ...

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Memphasis > A Great Big Little Golf Course

April 7th, 2016

OVERTON EAGLES SOAR. When the city last talked about closing the Overton Park golf course, I told my story in a column. Rumor has it, the course is in jeopardy again – a possible Greensward replacement – as if repurposing existing green spaces will justify destroying others, as if all the stories that have made the park so personal to so many are worth no ...

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Memphasis > Open To Progress

March 31st, 2016

WE CANNOT REMAIN STILL. When the news of the assassination broke on April 4, 1968, I ran to the dorm phone to call home to find out what in my world was going on, if my city was on fire, my family safe. All the lines to Memphis were busy, the answers would have to wait. The world still has questions for Memphis because Memphis is now one of the few places in the world ...

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Memphasis > Time On The Porch

March 24th, 2016

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time. And the best time for porches is at the beginning of things or at the end, before things really ...

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Memphasis > Careful What You’re Being Sold

March 17th, 2016

ZOO DOO IS BACK.  In the early 90’s, an enterprise started in Memphis to market recycled zoo dung – talk about organic – called the Zoo Doo Compost Company. A pungent and powerful fertilizer, raw product supplied seven days a week, a clever name, a great promotional headline, “Gardeners Love This Crap.” The New York Times did a story about ...

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