Ranting

Memphasis > I’ll Never Be President

October 20th, 2016

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR.  Let’s face it; I’ll never be president. Another birthday just showed up and I didn’t blow out any candles. Maybe I don’t have the breath for it anymore. Maybe I don’t have the enthusiasm. While I’m grateful for another year, the count thereof gives me pause. One of the first messages I ...

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Memphasis > Words From Church

October 13th, 2016

FAITH IN THE FUNNY. As you could tell from last week’s column, this campaign is wearing on me and, I suspect, on you. Words don’t appear to matter. Truth is ignored and lies are embraced. When feeling low, many of us turn to the church. It shouldn’t be surprising that this church bulletin item showed up in my email: “Ladies, don’t ...

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Memphasis > Truth Is Hard

October 6th, 2016

AIN’T NO SUCH. We have a charming expression in our family. Back in the 1920’s, my wife’s grandfather, Memphis architect George Mahan, took a fishing trip to Reelfoot Lake and brought along a crystal radio. Radio was brand-new and he wanted to see if he could get a signal up there with that rudimentary receiver. As he sat on the steps of a general ...

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Memphasis > Seeing Better

September 29th, 2016

TAKE A LOOK OVER THERE. Over the edge of the deep porch, from rocking chairs beneath huge fans inset in the ceiling, through the dogtrot or glass walls, down the manicured lawn to the boardwalk and the boat dock’s double-wide wooden chaises, to the lake, to the treeline, to two distant office buildings, somehow disparate symbols rising as they do from a primeval ...

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Memphasis > Bridging Imagination and Reality

September 22nd, 2016

GETTING A BIG IDEA ACROSS A few years ago, I heard about a big idea and wrote about it. Next month, that idea becomes Big River Crossing, an inspirational bridge between imagination and reality. Bridges are hard. I came to that realization a lifetime ago in engineering science lab. In front of me was a pile of balsa wood, popsicle sticks, string, rubber bands and a ...

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