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Memphasis > Marcus and Davy

May 12th, 2011

KINGS OF THIS WILD FRONTIER.Marcus Winchester was the son of one of our founders, and he was our city’s first mayor, first postmaster and the proprietor of our very first store. He was also the agent for something called the Rice Tract, two adjoining 5,000-acre parcels on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff acquired by Andy Jackson, John Overton and the Winchester family. That land would become ...

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Memphasis > Go With The Flow

May 5th, 2011

 LORD KNOWS THE CREEK DID RISE.The last time the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.On May 15, 1983, the river crested at 39.2 on the Memphis gauge, and the river and I were both way over flood stage on anybody’s gauge. Very early that morning, I opened my eyes and found myself alone. And on top of ...

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Memphasis > Can I Get An Amen

April 28th, 2011

GLORY BE.As the Duke divinity graduate rises and throws up a prayer, an entire city rises with him. All know his name, as he was chosen by them in the beginning and then banished to the wilderness. Well, to Houston anyway. Now he returns. Now he holds their hope. A moment later and ten years coming, we are delivered of our distress in high-def, screaming for joy in front of our TVs. Heaven help ...

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Memphasis > The Way We Roll

April 21st, 2011

SAME-OLD BRAND-NEW.Five decades ago, my world was self-contained. Within a couple of blocks of my house on Highland, there were, in order of importance: not one but two drug stores with soda fountains, a movie theater, a bakery, a Dairy Queen, a Toddle House, Little Pigs Barbecue, a toy store, a five-and-dime, a record store, a Y – with a pool – the hill at the Waterworks, trains ...

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Memphasis > A Shared Journey

April 14th, 2011

TRUE NORTHMy oldest big brother fell recently. He took a header off the basement steps and landed on his hip. He lives in the Adirondacks, 15 miles from any group of anything larger than four, if you don’t count critters. His wife can’t pick him up, and their two labs, well trained as they are, can’t fetch an orthopedist.We were supposed to go fishing in May with my other big ...

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