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Memphasis > Wrap This

December 15th, 2011

AW, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE. REALLY. Last week, I suggested we all look around for very merry Memphis things to give family and friends this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize a few of those folks who’ve been giving it to us, good and proper, all year long. A couple of reindeer from Collierville thought we were so special that they pushed and ...

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Memphasis > This Year, Give A City

December 8th, 2011

GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself, don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish. Give a Memphis Zoo membership, truly one of the world’s great zoos and a great deal. But a little advice – take a ...

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Memphasis > St. Louis Blues

December 1st, 2011

HEY, ST. LOUIS, YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? If you don’t think we’re in a fight, you probably don’t realize you’re bleeding. The first blow came more than 20 years ago – a big, upriver uppercut after a series of negative articles in The Commercial Appeal on St. Jude. The hospital hollered, another big river town heard them, and we were one feint ...

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Memphasis > Thanks, Guys

November 24th, 2011

SHARED IDIOCY. SHARED LIVES. I look around the table, many tables over many years, and I’m thankful for those I still see. Thankful that the same old guys can still bring each other to tears, laughing so hard at the same old stories from a lifetime ago that they still brighten the lifetime lived since. Thankful for the women I see, seen even then, ...

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Memphasis > Grow Some Claws

November 17th, 2011

IF THIS IS YOUR JUNGLE, ACT LIKE A TIGER. Statistics show that the people who could help the University of Memphis compete, even win, aren’t even in the game. And I’m not talking football. One major university with around 25,000 students and a Memphis campus has more than 17,000 local alumni association members. It isn’t the University of Memphis. Another ...

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