Ranting

Memphasis > A Place To Grow

June 16th, 2016

SEEDING TOMORROW IN WEST TENNESSEE. Things grow in Hardeman County. Crops, livestock, husbandry in all its forms – and relationship grows there, too, between the wild and the tame, between an abundance of resources and their conservation, between awe and understanding. The University of Tennessee is planting something new there in fertile ground. In a place ...

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Memphasis > It'll Leave A Mark

June 9th, 2016

THE MARKS WE’RE LEAVING. People were hooking up, shooting up and throwing up in the woods, on benches and in cars and right in front of children on the Greensward. Like the weeds, pretty much everywhere. Like the privet, pretty much out of control. Like the shell and the rose garden and the lake and the forest and the picnic grounds and the pride of a city, pretty ...

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Memphasis > Real Memphis

June 2nd, 2016

THE REAL DEAL. When our daughter was five we took her to Disney World and totally encased ourselves in Disney plastic. To this day, I’m still haunted by strains of “It’s A Small World” that won’t leave my head, still having nightmares that I’m still in line for Space Mountain. The third day there, we took a boat to a lake island for a ...

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Memphasis > Insulting In Style

May 26th, 2016

INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style. I’m thinking you’ll be ...

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Memphasis > There should be a law against laws like these.

May 19th, 2016

OUR ELEPHANTS. The old joke goes this way: Every morning on the commuter train to work a man watches another man read his paper, meticulously folding every page to a single column width, then unfolding and refolding as he reads each column top to bottom. Finally, unable to stand it anymore, the first approaches the second and asks, “Why do you do that?” ...

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