Ranting

Memphasis > We Need Hits

November 3rd, 2016

GOT TO KEEP SWINGING. In the last week, somebody took my iPad and my sunglasses out of my car, the hot water heater crapped out and rained through the ceiling light fixtures, something crawled up inside our dryer vent and died, and somebody lifted my wife’s phone and wallet from her purse. Job called and offered his condolences. But the Cubs won the pennant, so ...

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Memphasis > Fixin’ To Lose

October 27th, 2016

RED STATES. RED HERRINGS. Earlier this year, I wrote about laws our state legislature passed in their last session to solve problems that didn’t exist. Statistically, you and I are much more likely to be struck by lightning while in the next door bathroom stall to a transgender person who just committed voter fraud, or sitting between an outraged counselor or ...

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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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