Ranting

Memphasis > Ginkos and Band-Aids. And Thanks.

November 27th, 2014

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again. Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, ...

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Memphasis > Holden's Hat

November 20th, 2014

FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week, the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words3, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less. We were writers and poets and historians, young, old, black, white, experienced and not – an assortment ...

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Memphasis > Meh

November 13th, 2014

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98. The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

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Memphasis > Anonymous Friends

November 6th, 2014

HONEST EXCHANGES. Parked at the curb, he honked his horn when I walked by, earbuds firmly in place, somewhere in the middle of Morning Edition. “Where’s your wife?” he asked through the open door of the city bus he was driving. “Stress fracture,” I answered, “I’m on my own.” “Hope she gets better soon,” he ...

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Memphasis > May We Remember

October 30th, 2014

MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer. “How many of you know who Ben Bradlee was?” There were about 150 people in front of me and five hands went up. Five people out of 150 had ...

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