Memphasis > Ceiling Reflections

February 27th, 2014

FAMILY TIME. “You’re no happier than your most unhappy child,” a wise friend said. I remembered those words as I stared at the breadbox on the ceiling. I’ll explain. Back when we were living in the Georgian Woods with about 27¢, we didn’t buy anything we didn’t need and couldn’t justify. Nora needed a breadbox, so she used ...

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Memphasis > Preaching To Meddling

February 20th, 2014

OUR NEW PHARISEES. Pharisee |ˈfarəsē|noun • a member of an ancient religious sect, distinguished by strict observance of traditional and written law, commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. From the church of Nashville: If you believe that religion should dictate law, then stand and repeat after me. It is only necessary for me to believe in ...

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Memphasis > Give Memphis A Lift

February 13th, 2014

CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. Rather than walking a mile in other people’s shoes, try riding a mile on their bus. From where I’m sitting, basically Poplar Plaza, to, say, those new jobs at Electrolux is anywhere from an hour and 35 minutes to two hours and 20 minutes with 75 to 116 stops on three buses – with a nice little half-mile stroll built-in.

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Memphasis > Fascination

February 6th, 2014

URPED MY OATS. “I urped my oats,” the two-year-old announced from the backseat. “Urped her oats? Did she throw up back there?” her grandfather questioned. “Yes, baby,” her grandmother said to her, “you do have purple boots.” Last week, her grandparents took two-year-old Campbell to see her first movie on a big screen.

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Memphasis > Mae Be, Mae Be Not

January 30th, 2014

MAE BE ONTO SOMETHING. State senator Mae Beavers – really, that’s her name – has offered legislation that makes it against the law in Tennessee to obey the law in the United States – really, I couldn’t possibly make that up. Ah, the sweet memories so many of us want to hold onto down here in the grits belt – states’ rights, ...

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