Ranting

Memphasis > Paying Attention

August 7th, 2014

ON MY WATCH. AND YOURS. Mrs. Parker tends her corner of the garden at Trezevant with loving dedication, looking up from her planting and fussing with a gloved wave to Nora and me as we walk by of a morning. A couple of years ago, she presented us with a bag of ginger lily roots. Hers was taking up too much room, and she didn’t want it to spread any more.  The ...

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Memphasis > Ask A Lawyer

July 31st, 2014

JUDGED BY LAWYERS. Q: What do you when you have a lawyer buried up to the neck in sand?A: Not enough sand. Lawyers can’t catch a break. Q: What the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?A: One is a bottom-feeding, crap-eating scavenger. The other is a fish. Both of those jokes were told to me by lawyers, but then the funniest line I’ve ever heard ...

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Memphasis > Discriminate

July 24th, 2014

DISCRIMINATING TASTE. By all means, discriminate. Refuse to accept some prepackaged deal as the best you can do, some label to be the quality test. In the known, look for proven performance from each individual offering, standing alone, not just part of some group menu. In the unknown, demand fresh and bold, the promise of new and interesting interpretations from old ...

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Memphasis > More Than Delta

July 17th, 2014

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or fifty about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day. I was impressed. Oh, Delta is still dead to me, but there’s new life in the people ...

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Memphasis > We’re All Invited

July 10th, 2014

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader: “We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”  My church recently threw a ...

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