Ranting

Memphasis > Once and Again

October 2nd, 2014

I REMEMBER THIS SONG. Last week, I wrote about passing institutions – a couple of examples of places and people that won’t come our way again. I said the past can inform the future, but we can’t go back to some other time. Then, last Sunday morning, Otis Redding came to my church. Had Joe Cocker with him. Al Green and Howling Wolf stopped by and ...

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Memphasis > Raise A Glass

September 25th, 2014

RAISE A GLASS. INSTITUTIONS ARE PASSING. What’s your pleasure? Maybe a chocolate malt or a single malt. Maybe a vanilla soda or a scotch and soda. Maybe a root beer or a draft beer. But these guys wouldn’t ask that question because they already knew your drink. What’s your name? Across generations. The very old and the very new. Maiden and ...

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Memphasis > 100% Sure

September 18th, 2014

IF A PROGRAM IS 100% SUCCESSFUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I wrote something three years ago when President Obama’s visited Booker T. Washington High School. In light of recent events, I’d like to visit those words again. “We’ve seen the letters to the editor, heard the guy two stools down, the geniuses spitting into talk show microphones, ...

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Memphasis > At The Counter

September 11th, 2014

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control. That seminal moment was at the College Inn, a little ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List 2014

September 4th, 2014

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion. If home-owned cooking is the menu – fresh from our kitchens – this is what I’m ...

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