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Memphasis > Double Stories On The Side

September 24th, 2015

A STORY IN EVERY BITE. Last week’s column reminded me of a couple of stories about food. My main editor – my wife – reminded me that I’ve told them before. That happens a lot. It’s about to happen again. Just think of them as second helpings. The first came from friend Hal – world traveler, retired pilot, former Tiger lineman and current ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List 2015

September 17th, 2015

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fifth helping of the Tasteful List, updated for 2015 – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion. Could I get another napkin over here? A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Café Society, Molly’s; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue Pizza, ...

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Memphasis > A Steeple In Hell

September 10th, 2015

THE CHURCH OF GROUND ZERO. Headed to my desk, I passed a photograph on the wall. I pass it several times every day, but when I typed 9/11 at the top of the page, the date this column would run in The Daily News, I realized what the column would be about: That photograph of a famous church on an infamous day. In 2002, I did some consulting work for the Episcopal ...

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Memphasis > Always Coming Home

September 3rd, 2015

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you ...

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Memphasis > Memphis Representative

August 27th, 2015

4,880 MILES MORE SOUTHERN. There he was again. Nora and I were watching a show about historic homes in Memphis on WKNO and when they paused to pitch for support, he was one of the volunteers manning the phone bank behind those pitching. Of course he was, we chuckled, because it seems he’s everywhere. The first time I heard about him – in fact, three ...

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