Memphasis > Chock-Full
March 12th, 2015
STORIES 90 YEARS IN THE MAKING. The other day, Willy Bearden and I visited with Norman Blackley in his kitchen. Willy and I are suckers for stories and that kitchen was chock-full. Matter of fact, Norman built the kitchen. “Everything in here cost about 200 bucks,” he told us, “put it in myself. This was the garage. Needed a kitchen more than a ...
Memphasis > Mildred’s Waffles
March 5th, 2015
MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best shared around tables, best accompanied by good food, and best expressed in good stories. Mildred’s story, for instance. I told it last year, but here it is again because Mildred spent 70 years earning the telling. On a Downtown basement wall in the oldest public building in Memphis, Calvary Episcopal Church, ...
Memphasis > Let’s See
February 26th, 2015
EYE OPENERS. I learned recently that Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to start something called Expanding Horizons College & Career Tours, taking 400 promising students from their SUCCESS High School program in eight Memphis schools on college tours in June. These are students who couldn’t make a trip like this on their own, many who’ve never been ...
Memphasis > A Word About Reality
February 19th, 2015
“REALITY JUST IS” I stood in the bathroom in boxer shorts and shaving cream and cheered words coming from my radio – words good enough to overcome that image I just put in your head – words like these: “For crying out loud, there is no controversy. There is no debate. Cynical politicians like Rand Paul and Chris Christie may pander all ...
Memphasis > Done Unto
February 12th, 2015
BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. Since last week’s debacle in the state legislature – the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans by their elected representatives – the ether and printed pages here and elsewhere have been full of various explanations and finger pointing.