Ranting

Memphasis > I’ll Be Back

June 5th, 2014

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH.As you read this, I’m probably on the beach, keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you were so worried about a couple of days ago. Staring at it properly is a big job – big enough that making sure you don’t miss the next dolphin ...

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Memphasis > Get Real

May 29th, 2014

NASHVILLE THE CAPITAL OF Q. WHO KNEW? Last week – in a move I equate with Russian forces massing along our eastern border – Travel + Leisure ranked Nashville as America’s #1 city for barbecue. You’re in the right state but you’re seriously mixed up on city tastes. Like Pittsburgh cheesesteaks, Shreveport beignets and Orlando stone ...

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Memphasis > All The Colors

May 22nd, 2014

ALL IN HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. “What do you see in that?” she asked, pointing up. I said that I saw all of us in the pinks and blacks, the browns and tans, the darks and lights. I saw our earthiness in the oranges and yellows, our politics in the reds and blues, and I saw our seasons, our water and skies in there, too. I said I saw all of that, all together, in ...

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Memphasis > I Was A Teenage Werewolf

May 15th, 2014

MEMORIES OF PARKING. AND FULL MOONS. Last week, if I remember correctly, I mentioned CRS – that remarkable condition that blocks the knowledge of what one had for breakfast but allows a clear and concise image of something that happened in, say, 1966. This week, I find myself recalling one of those lost arts that there’s simply no application for any ...

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Memphasis > The One-Hour Vacation

May 8th, 2014

DON’T KILL AN HOUR, LIVE ONE. The other day, I showed up for a 10:30 meeting in South Main. As often happens when Siri helps you with your calendar, coupled with chronic CRS, the meeting was actually at 11:30. So I took a walk. I strolled by new sidewalks going down and new colorful retail going up in old spaces and places, and past the new green grass of the ...

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