Ranting

Memphasis > Sick Irony

January 8th, 2015

A SPECK OF CEREAL. Insure Tennessee reminds me of Lorne Greene, David Letterman and a can of Alpo. You remember Lorne, don’t you? Dad on Bonanza? In an old commercial for Alpo, he made his ancient dog fetch a stick to get fed. As she struggled back with the stick in her gray jaws, Lorne suggested that her longevity was due to Alpo - dog food, he said, ...

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Memphasis > Cool City

January 1st, 2015

A COOL ENDING. As is so often the story, 2014 ended with others seeing more in us than we see in ourselves. A story of tween and teen sisters from Switzerland via Germany, of Scandinavian design and meatballs from Sweden, of a 12-year-old made a superstar chef by a national television audience. A story you can’t make up. At the request of my friend, their ...

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Memphasis > Christmas Coming Home

December 25th, 2014

CHRISTMAS TIME It was my first time to England, first time overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion. It was time to discover pubs, and Scotch eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz.

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Memphasis > A Present For The Kids

December 18th, 2014

GIVE THANKS. This Christmas, our country has given our kids a chance. As a county, we had a chance to do it for ourselves but local government wouldn’t fund it and local citizens wouldn’t pay for it. As a state, our governor had to be talked into asking for it and our legislature would rather not talk about asking for help at all. But, because our ...

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Memphasis > Back To Normal

December 11th, 2014

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014. Then, we would have been in the middle of the indoor pool at the Y on Walker – earning first the Minnow designation and, finally, the coveted Shark, running the block home, hair dripping in freezing cold, to show the little medal to Mom. Now, we’re in the middle ...

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