Ranting

Memphasis > Open To Progress

March 31st, 2016

WE CANNOT REMAIN STILL. When the news of the assassination broke on April 4, 1968, I ran to the dorm phone to call home to find out what in my world was going on, if my city was on fire, my family safe. All the lines to Memphis were busy, the answers would have to wait. The world still has questions for Memphis because Memphis is now one of the few places in the world ...

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Memphasis > Time On The Porch

March 24th, 2016

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time. And the best time for porches is at the beginning of things or at the end, before things really ...

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Memphasis > Careful What You’re Being Sold

March 17th, 2016

ZOO DOO IS BACK.  In the early 90’s, an enterprise started in Memphis to market recycled zoo dung – talk about organic – called the Zoo Doo Compost Company. A pungent and powerful fertilizer, raw product supplied seven days a week, a clever name, a great promotional headline, “Gardeners Love This Crap.” The New York Times did a story about ...

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Memphasis > Dull Pencils For Sharp Problems

March 10th, 2016

WE NEED THE SHARPEST PENCILS IN THE DRAWER. I don’t do my own taxes. In fact, my taxes send TurboTax into default mode, crash laptops and fry transformers. H&R Block blocks my phone number. My accountant does my taxes, only because he’s known me for decades, he speaks Dan, and he uses the Gordian Knots in my finances to train his people. You see, in ...

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Memphasis > Shameful Performance

March 3rd, 2016

SHAME ON US.  This week, the Memphis City Council ran over a whole room of citizens and a whole city and parked right on top of something they care about. Every council member should be ashamed. Perhaps they wanted to end a lawsuit and it’s attendant costs in both money and divisiveness, but it’s much more likely they bowed to the pressure of big ...

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