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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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Memphasis > Building Walls

October 14th, 2010

GERMANTOWN AWARDS CONTRACT FOR CITY WALL.The Mayor and Alder People of Germantown have just awarded a new contract to build a 50-foot wall around the suburban city. The contract is for $1.27 bazillion, "Give or take," a high-class source confirmed, "our tax rate is going up 3,350%, but it'll be our wall. We take care of ourselves in Germantown, by God."A separate $1 ...

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Memphasis > Tribute

October 7th, 2010

TRIBUTES SHOULD STAND.He didn’t have to go. He was 33, an engineer with a government contract job and two kids, and he could have stayed home. But my father volunteered for the Navy and served in the Seabees during World War II. Like most of the fathers from that generation, he didn’t talk about it much. Oh, he’d talk about Dodo birds crashing into Midway beaches, no-see-ums on ...

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Memphasis > Cancer and Cheeseburgers

September 30th, 2010

COMFORT FOOD FOR THOUGHT.A friend of mine has cancer.Saying that for the first time marks a life-changing moment. Saying it more and more marks where we are in our lives.This friend and I are not particularly close but he’s almost as much a part of the landscape of my life as the city I grew up in. Always there. Always good for a story. Always shared and talked about. If he isn’t ...

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