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Archive: 2014

REMEMBERING NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH GUY AND BEN

Posted on December 31st, 2014

Late tonight, over a million people will be packed like sardines in New York City’s Time Square. Millions more will gather in other venues across the country including nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and homes.

MIDNIGHT MASS MADNESS

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

On Christmas Eve, my family and I always attend services at our church, Calvary Episcopal in Downtown Memphis. I am a Baptist in residence at Calvary. I love the Episcopal liturgy, but sometimes I do wish the choir would sing "Just As I Am" as we walk down the aisle to take Communion. You can take the boy out of the Baptist Church, but you can’t take the Baptist Church out of the boy.

KEEP THEM CARDS AND LETTERS COMING IN!

Posted on December 16th, 2014

I have no idea who started the tradition of sending out cards and letters during the Christmas season.  I suspect it was part of an elaborate conspiracy by the Hallmark Greeting Card Company.  While I don’t want to come across as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas Cards, this is one holiday tradition that I really believe should come to an end.

REMEMBERING ED MURPHEY

Posted on November 11th, 2014

They were two of the greatest distance runners in Memphis history.  And on May 6, 2004, they met at the Rhodes College track to run one last mile.

BUONGIORNO! ... OR THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION (I MEAN BUSINESS TRIP)

Posted on October 10th, 2014

ROME - On the final day of our summer vacation ... Well, there I go again.  let me start over ... On the final day of our summer business trip (Note to IRS: Really), Judge Claudia and I hired a driver to escort us to all the wonderful attractions of Rome. 

BUONGIORNO! ... OR HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION (PART 2)

Posted on October 2nd, 2014

THE CHIANTI REGION OF TUSCANY NEAR MONTESPERTOLI, ITALY - I am spending my vacation with 11 doctors, two nurses, three lawyers, and a retired judge.  So long as the lawyers don't sue the doctors (highly unlikely considering the fact that none of us are Italian Consigliere), it will be a great trip.

BOUNGIORNO! ... OR HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

Posted on September 25th, 2014

FLORENCE, ITALY - During my lifetime, I have visited Paris, Rome, Athens, Dresden, Milan, Florence, and Oxford without leaving the southern United States.  In fact, on a clear day, I've been able to see all of these cities from Lookout Mountain at Rock City.

#LAWYER

Posted on September 18th, 2014

I don't tweet.  I also don't quack, bark, meow, oink or moo.

THE LONG ROAD BACK TO AN EMPTY HOUSE

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Last Saturday I made the longest journey of my life – an 11 hour drive from Charlottesville, Virginia to my home in Memphis.

THE WRITE STUFF ... FROM PORCH SWINGS ... TO BOOKS

Posted on August 21st, 2014

I'm neither a scholar nor a journalist.  And I'm definitely not a professional writer.  I am a father, husband and lawyer who likes to tell stories ... stories that make us smile or laugh or sometimes cry.  Above all, stories that inspire us to live our lives fully and gracefully.

A SEERSUCKER CELEBRATION!

Posted on August 15th, 2014

On Friday, August 29th at noon, the 4th Annual Seersucker Flashmob will be held in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.

The Case of the Sleeping Yankees Fan v. ESPN

Posted on August 1st, 2014

There are two things I truly enjoy during the summertime:  Taking naps and watching baseball games.

Call Me Aluminum Foil Man

Posted on July 24th, 2014

Last Saturday, I did a triathlon.  No, not the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, nor the Music City Triathlon, or the Memphis in May Triathlon.  The triathlon I competed in was the Mighty Mite Triathlon in beautiful Forrest City, Arkansas.

The Smartest Thing I Ever Said

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Thirty-three years ago today, I played a very small role in a wedding at the Holly Avenue Methodist Church in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

Answering the Call

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

The following is a speech I gave last Friday to the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association at their annual Law Week luncheon.

In Praise of Administrative Professionals

Posted on April 24th, 2014

(This past Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day.  This column is dedicated to my favorite administrative professional, Jane Berry, and to all the administrative professionals who make their "boss" look good.) 

Memories of Easter Sunday

Posted on April 17th, 2014

 One of my prize possessions is a family photograph that was taken back in the 1950s when I was just a preschooler.

The Legislature, Sex Week and Free Speech at UT

Posted on April 4th, 2014

This is my column from the April, 2014 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, and it is reprinted with permission of the Tennessee Bar Association.

March Madness This Weekend, But Baseball Forever!

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Tonight I’ll be in beautiful AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis to watch my beloved St. Louis Cardinals  play my beloved Memphis Redbirds.  (They are really the same team.)