Ranting

Memphasis > Ginkgos And Thanks. And Thanks Again.

November 26th, 2015

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. And it’s happened again. Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, it’s explosive.

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Memphasis > Angels Of Our Better Nature

November 19th, 2015

SPIRITS OF A CITY. Emily Sutton and Annie Cook were prostitutes. And angels. “The providence of her Judge, her God,” states the Elmwood monument of Emily Sutton – also infamously known as Fannie Walker – who died selflessly nursing the sick during the yellow fever epidemic of 1873. Annie Cook was so well known that the city directory officially ...

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Memphasis > Billions And Billions Of Grins

November 12th, 2015

GOOD NEWS IS GROWING. Really. I only have 500 words here and what my friend Andy Cates had to say last week is worth far more, several billion dollars worth actually, and what St. Jude had to say at the end of the week adds billions more. Andy – managing member of Value Acquisition Fund and general partner and CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations – made ...

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Memphasis > Funny Way With Words

November 5th, 2015

HIGH IQ OR NOT, STILL FUNNY. Friend Gene sent me something – as he often does – that was very funny. It was also something – as it often is – we’d both seen before but forgot. It was called “The Washington Post Mensa Invitational, ” a purported annual contest inviting readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by ...

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Memphasis > Can We Talk?

October 29th, 2015

WE’RE SIMPLY NOT COMMUNICATING. I’ve been saying for years that our city, as a city, does not understand or value the role of marketing and branding in the city’s game plan. Doesn’t look like we’re dressing out for this administration either. Using the playbook analogy they’ve employed, I was encouraged by last week’s ...

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