Ranting

Memphasis > Thundering Across America

July 26th, 2012

ON THIS CROSSING, EVERY STEP RESONATES. In the big bubble-shaped cars of the 1940’s, the space – the shelf, if you will – between the back seat and the rear window was roughly the size of Overton Park, a place for picnic baskets, hatboxes, shopping bags, and babies. For me. No baby seats. No seat belts. The only things that would keep me from flying ...

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Memphasis > John or Bill

July 19th, 2012

A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE AROUND HERE. If William Faulkner looked out the window on this cloudy day he would see the still and always green magnolia leaves still and always sad still and always there still and always reminding remanding back still and always back in the sunless indolent superheated moment between a dark brooding now the even darker starker ...

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Memphasis > It’s All Ours

July 12th, 2012

TURNS OUT, WE HAVE A PLAN. READ IT. If you sat down at the proverbial kitchen table – in fact, if every one of us sat down at your kitchen table – and made a top-ten list of what should be the guiding principles of our public schools, you might wonder just what we’d come up with. Here you go: “1. The academic success and well-being of our ...

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Memphasis > Hit Dogs

July 5th, 2012

IT’S NOT RACIAL. IF I’M LYING, I’M DYING. We are lying. And if we don’t realize it, we will die from it. Annie Laurie Peeler put it best. She was, after all, the best sixth grade teacher in the history of the universe. Really. With all due respect to the sixth grade teacher you love, Mrs. Peeler will spot her or him two eyes in the back of her ...

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Memphasis > Democracy and Goats

June 28th, 2012

EVERYBODY SWIMS IN THIS POOL. A lot has been said about our jury system. Thomas Jefferson offered, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Meantime, another great writer I miss, Dave Berry, opined, “We have to admit we know of no better system, ...

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