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Memphasis > Gorillas In The Living Room

March 8th, 2018

IMPROVING THE VIEW There are very large gorillas in our living room. It seems these things are never seen when such a sight would spoil the vision at hand – except, of course, by those who see the reality of unpleasant things. Never mentioned in polite conversation – except, of course, by those who discuss unpleasant things. Avoided at all costs by those charged ...

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Memphasis > Lent Is Complicated

March 1st, 2018

REPENTANCE. FORGIVENESS. AND WAFFLES. Lent is complicated. People: Have mercy on us, Lord. Celebrant: We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives. For those of us who observe it, we’re supposed to use these 40 days as a reflective time of penitence … to wander in the wilderness if you will ...

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Memphasis > Godspeed, Helen. We were there.

February 22nd, 2018

A HAPPY DAY AT A FUNERAL Her name was Helen Larkin. She was a couple of years younger than me when she started at the University of Tennessee and pledged the same sorority my wife did a few years earlier. Two of her three older brothers were in my fraternity there and one of her two sisters was in my high school class. Spring quarter of her freshman year, Helen would ...

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Memphasis > This is not a squirrel.

February 15th, 2018

DISTRACTION. Spoon hated squirrels. Every so often, I would yell, “SQUIRREL!”, and Spoon would charge the window from wherever she was in full and frantic bark mode, whatever she was doing forgotten in the urgency of the moment. Sometimes there actually was a squirrel, but most of the time I did it for the reaction. Before I can join Spoon in the ...

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Memphasis > Serious Diversion

February 8th, 2018

ZEN FOR CYNICS Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just buzz off and leave me alone.   A friend sent me that recently and it fits my mood of late. It was part of a list of platitudes given rude treatment. For instance: Always remember you’re ...

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