Ranting

Memphasis > Naked Truth

January 5th, 2017

NAKED, AND UP TO SOMETHING. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny-dipping, only one had any class to it. I reprise that story as a reminder that this city truly values reality over pretense, and that is the measure of our worth. My 1982 Leadership Memphis class held their closing retreat at Pickwick. After I shared a friend’s story about a previous retreat ...

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Memphasis > Looking Forward

December 29th, 2016

SEEDS OF SURVIVAL. I know Cary Fowler, a quiet, unassuming high school classmate and Rhodes graduate whose forward thinking worldview might very well save the planet. At the very least, what he’s doing gives the world something to look forward to in the New Year and beyond. When you consider Trump’s national security advisor traded his general’s cap ...

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Memphasis > Christmas, Then And Now

December 22nd, 2016

CHRISTMAS TIME Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho. It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a ...

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Memphasis > Lists Of Things Learned

December 15th, 2016

A FEW OF LIFE’S LISTS. The four stages of life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You are Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus. So began a series of lists that friend Besty sent me. Because this is the time of year for lists and deep reflection, I thought I’d share some of them with you and add a few items of ...

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Memphasis > Giving Is A Gift

December 8th, 2016

ORDINARILY EXTRAORDINARY. If you ask one, what makes Memphians special is nothing special. We do hard well. We work hard, play hard. We come by what we have by the hardest – and here’s the thing – we share ours with people who have it harder. In my experience, we do that organically. We respond to need not as a concept but as somebody helping ...

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