Ranting

Memphasis > Crime is down. Who knew?

September 29th, 2011

IGNORANCE ISN’T BLISS. IT’S FRIGHTENING. Tonight, within the first 30 seconds after going on the air, someone wearing an expression of deep concern – and plenty of hair product and makeup – is going to stare into the camera and dramatically read the following shocking revelation off the teleprompter. Today, crimes were committed in Memphis.

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Memphasis > Everyday Heroes

September 22nd, 2011

Be prepared. We need heroes every day. The assistant scoutmaster beside me was asking about procedure if something appeared to be broken. “Don’t do nothing,” answered the earnest, doubly negative instructor, “Transport.” “What if it’s a compound fracture?” “Don’t do nothing,” came the reply, ...

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Memphasis > Good Old Brand-New

September 15th, 2011

NEW URBANISM MAKES GOOD, OLD COMMON SENSE. As Chooch Pickard, executive director of the Memphis Regional Design Center, rolled through his PowerPoint, I was struck by a powerful, hopeful, sense of déjà vu. Before everybody had a car, or several of them, neighborhoods and their support systems were designed to be walked, biked, shared. Before cars dictated ...

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Memphasis > Coming Home

September 8th, 2011

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. As you read this, I’m probably on the beach, keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you were so worried about a couple of days ago. Staring at it properly is a big job – big enough that making sure you don’t miss the next dolphin ...

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Memphasis > A Lot To Learn

September 1st, 2011

TEACHER AND JUDGE. There were cliques. Kids with more money and better clothes vs. kids with more need and better street cred. Kids with chips on their shoulders and bullies who like to fight. Smarter kids and smart-ass kids. Kids who always raise their hands and kids who always raise hell. Cool kids and those in their shade. Phonies and their toadies.Without a strong ...

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