Ranting

Memphasis > History Lesson

January 28th, 2016

A HISTORY LESSON TAUGHT, NOT LEARNED. When I first wrote about attempts to steamroll Overton Park, a friend told me a great story. He was in his parents’ living room one afternoon in the late ‘60s listening to his father go on and on about the battle to keep I-40 out of Overton Park ... too late to stop it, who are these silly protestors anyway, yadda yadda ...

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Memphasis > Who’s In Charge?

January 21st, 2016

IT MIGHT BE RIGHT, BUT IT’S FLAT WRONG. A week or so ago, 27 trees disappeared from Overton Park’s greensward – a fancy word for yours and my yard since Overton Park belongs to us.  But somebody gets to use some of it exclusively. And some more of it whenever they want. And they get big trucks to drive, and maintenance and other cool ...

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Memphasis > Blowing The Whistle

January 14th, 2016

WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere. She spends a lot of time napping in front of the TV, snoring while she’s at it, talking to herself and dreaming about what used to be, having nightmares about ...

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Memphasis > Let’s Not Forget

January 7th, 2016

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. As the Tennessee General Assembly gets going in 2016, let’s remember how they started 2015 – with the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans. The story of what they did bears repeating as a cautionary tale. If we let them do it again, we all bear ...

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Memphasis > Diverse Learning

December 31st, 2015

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR UNIVERSITY, OPEN OR CLOSED? The black kid across the hall came from Pearl in Nashville and had a full-ride scholarship. All I knew about Pearl was that they’d bounced Memphis Treadwell out of the gym the year before to go 31 and 0 and win the state basketball championship. So the kid must be a baller, right? The Taiwanese kid across the aisle ...

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