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Leigh M. Johnson
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Memphian, technophile, public philosopher, raconteur,
Memphian, technophile, public philosopher, raconteur,

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Civil War Letters, Redux
A few days ago, right-wing blowhard and professional alarmist,  Alex Jones (of InfoWars ), posted a tweet announcing that "Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War on July 4." If you lean to the Left and somehow missed the memo about our impending revolution, nev...
Civil War Letters, Redux
Civil War Letters, Redux
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Why They Run
There's an old dad-joke that goes something like this: A bear jumps out of the woods, in a rage, and starts chasing two hikers. They both start running for their lives, but then one of them stops to put on his running shoes. "What are you doing?!," the othe...
Why They Run
Why They Run
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 30: A Song That Reminds You Of Yourself
This is the last day of the #30DaySong Challenge, and I'm very glad I decided to revive it again. I had forgotten how therapeutic regular blogging could be, especially when writing about music. I want to thank all of you, readers, who came to the blog for t...
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 29: A Song You Want Played At Your Funeral
In previous iterations of the #30DaySongChallenge, I've answered this prompt about "a song you want played at your funeral" before-- see here  for my 2015 answer, and here for my 2011 answer-- but, to be honest, that was before I really started thinking ser...
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 28: A Song From Your Childhood/Teenage Years
I had intended to write a really uplifting post today about the power of hope. Something about not giving in to the siren call of despondency or, worse, quietism. Something about the curious capacity of the human spirit to not only endure the darkness befor...
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 27: A Song By A Band You Wish Was Still Together
It's a little bit hard to complain about the break-up of Outkast , since André 3000 (André Benjamin) and Big Boi (Antwan Patton) have both gone on to be stellar solo artists, but still... they were soooooo gooooood together. Back in 1996, a friend gave me O...
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 26: A Song That Is An Earworm
Today's #30DaySongChallenge pick is a two-fer! And I can't think of any artist who deserves this kind of double-dipping more than The King of Soul, Otis Redding , an absolutely inimitable performer who always  makes you want to go back for seconds. Last yea...
#30DaySongChallenge, Day 26: A Song That Is An Earworm
#30DaySongChallenge, Day 26: A Song That Is An Earworm
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 25: A Song With Utterly Mysterious Lyrice
The lyrics to my #30DaySongChallenge pick today are not "utterly mysterious" in a strict sense. As a whole, I know what the song is about. It's stated right there in the title. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson don't want you, mamas, to let your babies grow...
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#30DaySongChallenge, Day 24: A Song That Motivates You
Self-motivation is definitely NOT one my virtues. I don't have a hard time being productive and getting excited about the things I already want to do, but (alas!) those are cases where motivation isn't really necessary. It's all the other droll, boring, and...
#30DaySongChallenge, Day 24: A Song That Motivates You
#30DaySongChallenge, Day 24: A Song That Motivates You
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