Ranting

Memphasis > Giving Is A Gift

December 8th, 2016

ORDINARILY EXTRAORDINARY. If you ask one, what makes Memphians special is nothing special. We do hard well. We work hard, play hard. We come by what we have by the hardest – and here’s the thing – we share ours with people who have it harder. In my experience, we do that organically. We respond to need not as a concept but as somebody helping ...

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Memphasis > Not Again. Or Not.

December 1st, 2016

I WON’T DO THAT AGAIN. Words3 is a writers group that meets monthly at the Church of the Holy Communion to read and reflect. And eat doughnuts. This week’s column is courtesy of one of them, Robert Propst, who writes songs –Dylanesque, except with a sense of humor – and shares them with folks who might be getting just a bit too reflective long ...

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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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