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Memphasis > Chisca's View

November 18th, 2010

STAND HERE. SEE HUNDREDS OF YEARS.He stood here centuries ago. Atop his ceremonial mound, his fortress center, he surveyed his world. The centuries have altered that view, but the majestic, sweeping turn of the great river before him must have commanded his eye as it commands ours today. Life and death for his people would come from that river, and he could literally see it coming from here.He ...

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Memphasis > Keedoozle of a story

November 11th, 2010

CLARENCE SAUNDERS WAS ALL THAT AND A BAG OF GROCERIES.The difference between Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and our own Clarence Saunders is that Gatsby is fiction. Both were fabulously wealthy, self-made, flamboyant masters of the 1920s. One is a famous literary work. The other is a famous piece of work who changed the way everyone lives.Clarence Saunders invented – and patented – ...

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Memphasis > Ying-cha-ching

November 4th, 2010

FINALLY, BEER WORTHY OF THE WATERWhatever you may be feeling in the aftermath of the election, whether you were throwing the mud or covered in it, for the charter or against it, lied to or preached to, there is one thing every voter can do today … black or white, left or right … that will help the whole community.Have a beer.When you can find something we can all agree on, something ...

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Memphasis > Housing History

October 28th, 2010

We have the key to history. Open the doors.Together, they are home to more than 300 years of Memphis.In one, a pioneering school teacher lived and raised a family, holding the new city's first Catholic mass in the tiny drawing room. In the other, several of the city's first and foremost families held court in 25 rooms, standing on parquet floors beneath soaring, elaborately decorated ...

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Memphasis > Who signed off on this?

October 21st, 2010

What do we think of our veterans? The University of Memphis has shown us a sign.Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about my father and lots of fathers, about war and lots of sacrifice, about lasting tributes that don't, and about public art that privately disappears. All of that is embodied in the tribute turned flower pot in front of the new law school Downtown. All that remains is the ...

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