Ranting

Memphasis > Anonymous Friends

November 6th, 2014

HONEST EXCHANGES. Parked at the curb, he honked his horn when I walked by, earbuds firmly in place, somewhere in the middle of Morning Edition. “Where’s your wife?” he asked through the open door of the city bus he was driving. “Stress fracture,” I answered, “I’m on my own.” “Hope she gets better soon,” he ...

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Memphasis > May We Remember

October 30th, 2014

MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer. “How many of you know who Ben Bradlee was?” There were about 150 people in front of me and five hands went up. Five people out of 150 had ...

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Memphasis > Guy’s Law

October 23rd, 2014

LET’S MAKE SURE IT FITS. A couple of guys I know have been renting tuxes around here for 50 years. The first guy, Guy Miller, was a photographer with a studio on Cleveland where Saigon Le is today. He started renting tuxes there as a sideline in 1965 and then hung up his camera and went formal full-time. The second guy, the second Guy Miller, and I went to school ...

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Memphasis > Different Windows, Same Views

October 16th, 2014

THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood.You know the challenges well. The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t ...

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Memphasis > No On One

October 9th, 2014

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83% male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee. If Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris wanted, say, a vasectomy - think he’d be ...

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