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SAFE AT HOME

JUPITER, FLORIDA:  I am home.  Safe at home.  I am over 800 miles from the house in Memphis I call home, but I am also home today, in a baseball park on a glorious sunny afternoon.

THANK YOU, HARPER LEE

She was a law school dropout who inspired thousands of us to attend law school.

She told us the story of a lawyer who lost the biggest case of his career, and in the process, she gave millions of Americans a hero and lawyers a role model.

HOPING FOR A HAPPY ENDING FOR PEYTON

Some 22 years ago, on a September day in 1994, I drove to Starkville, Mississippi.  There I met my friend Robert Moore, and we sat together in Scott Stadium and watched his Mississippi State Bulldogs play my Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC college football match-up.

NO DAY LIKE A SNOW DAY!

Last Friday my office was closed for a snow day.  And it hardly even snowed. 

The closing of my office on a non-snow snow day was in keeping with a long Memphis winter tradition of shutting the city down upon the mere forecast of snow and, more often than not, a forecast that is flat wrong. I know this sounds flakey, but it’s true.

REMEMBERING THE NEW KID IN TOWN

In the 1950s, a young man from Memphis combined Gospel music, blues,and bluegrass to create a new sound -- Rock and Roll.  His name was Elvis Presley, and as Leonard Bernstein later observed, "He not only changed music; he changed everything."

In the 1970s, a young man from Detroit built on Elvis' legacy, combining the genres of rock and roll and country music. His name was Glenn Frey.