Ranting

Memphasis > Sweet

October 26th, 2017

A SLICE OF TIME In the spring, young men’s fancy turns to … well … whatever it turns to looks a lot more like an Ole Miss coed than Coach Collins, a lot more like a beach at Sardis Lake than the lunch counter at White Station High School, and the lemon meringue pie was a lot sweeter than fifth period. Coach Collins was in charge of fourth period ...

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Memphasis > The Ride From Can't To Can

October 12th, 2017

“THREE BUCKS A DAY, ALL IN.” My friend Jay Martin, founder and chairman of Juice Plus+, is impatient with systems for systems sake, with bureaucracies based on bureaucracies, with the tried and true default of  “we’ve always done it that way.” If he sees a problem and sees no solution or a solution as problematic as the problem, he has a ...

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Memphasis > Hey, Hope, How Are You?

October 5th, 2017

“HEY, DAN” I was attempting to visit a friend in extended care at Regional One. That’s in the Turner Tower. “The what?” the parking lot attendant replied, and then added, “Got to be one of those.” “The those” were all the backs of all the buildings we were staring at, an architectural metaphor both for the disparate ...

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Memphasis > A General Invitation, Come Home

September 28th, 2017

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013, and again in 2015. As it has been for some time – it’s past time. Come back, General, and bring the missus. Elmwood is where you said you wanted to be. Others put you in a public park and made you a symbol of what you are not. You are not a victor in a virtuous cause. You are not ...

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Memphasis > Raised From The Dead

September 21st, 2017

GHOST AND SPIRIT I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people. I spoke to the guy that owns the coffee shop, Jimmy Lewis, as he walked between customers over cups and conversation. He and I went to the same high school, and I see they’re building a new high school right here in town – going to be trying ...

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