Memphasis > Guy’s Law

October 23rd, 2014

LET’S MAKE SURE IT FITS. A couple of guys I know have been renting tuxes around here for 50 years. The first guy, Guy Miller, was a photographer with a studio on Cleveland where Saigon Le is today. He started renting tuxes there as a sideline in 1965 and then hung up his camera and went formal full-time. The second guy, the second Guy Miller, and I went to school ...

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Memphasis > Different Windows, Same Views

October 16th, 2014

THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood.You know the challenges well. The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t ...

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Memphasis > No On One

October 9th, 2014

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83% male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee. If Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris wanted, say, a vasectomy - think he’d be ...

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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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