Ranting

Memphasis > Seeing Better

September 29th, 2016

TAKE A LOOK OVER THERE. Over the edge of the deep porch, from rocking chairs beneath huge fans inset in the ceiling, through the dogtrot or glass walls, down the manicured lawn to the boardwalk and the boat dock’s double-wide wooden chaises, to the lake, to the treeline, to two distant office buildings, somehow disparate symbols rising as they do from a primeval ...

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Memphasis > Bridging Imagination and Reality

September 22nd, 2016

GETTING A BIG IDEA ACROSS A few years ago, I heard about a big idea and wrote about it. Next month, that idea becomes Big River Crossing, an inspirational bridge between imagination and reality. Bridges are hard. I came to that realization a lifetime ago in engineering science lab. In front of me was a pile of balsa wood, popsicle sticks, string, rubber bands and a ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List 2016

September 15th, 2016

MEMPHIS BY THE BITE. Presenting the sixth serving of the Tasteful List, updated for 2016 – alphabetical local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion – the only things easy to swallow in an election year.  A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Café Society, Molly’s; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue Pizza, ...

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Memphasis > Laws Of Our Nature

September 8th, 2016

IT’S NOT YOU. IT’S THE LAW. You know that feeling when you’re in line … any line, including any lane for anything  … that the line was moving faster until you got in it, and you wonder if it’s just you, subject of a cosmic conspiracy, or a karmic joke, or, like Job, a bet between God and Satan. No, it’s not all about ...

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Memphasis > Starve The Egos. Feed The Love.

September 1st, 2016

GOODWILL IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. Remember how much we used to love the Memphis Zoo? I do. “The Memphis Zoo is probably…aw, hell...IS the best zoo of medium size anywhere. From the alabaster white animal statue sentinels out front to the last siamang scream in Primate Canyon. From the impressive entrance greeting of Egyptian columns, reflecting pools ...

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