Memphis pride, kids in France, Jesus in Malta

Recognizing Memphis as one of the nation’s Top 10 Budget Friendly Metros, Apartment Guide praises the bluff city for its affordability.  Having lived on the west coast [where rent for my crappy apartment in a rapidly declining part of town costs the same as a riverside loft here] I can definitely appreciate this.  Affordable living also attracts young adults, a necessary demographic for progress and innovation in the community.

Most visitors seek iconic landmarks such as Graceland or Beale Street.  Tourists from every corner of the globe flock to Elvis Presley’s home.  Nine times out of ten Graceland is the first thing that comes out of somebody’s mouth when I tell them where I live.  Yet I was largely unaware of Beale Street’s prominence outside the region until USA Today named it America’s Most Iconic Street— eclipsing prominent locales such as the Vegas Strip.

And of course…..our barbeque.  Did you really think I’d talk about the things for which Memphis is most famous and not mention this?!


I love my city.

I understand the concept of the paradoxical effect [i.e. the practice of prescribing stimulants to a hyperactive person] of certain medicines.  With that being said; however, doling out controlled substances to young children concerns me greatly, especially when it’s considered the solution to an attention deficit diagnosis.  What kid doesn’t struggle with many of these symptoms?  France’s clinical treatment of childhood ADHD differs drastically from the prevailing view in America– and we could stand to learn from the French.

“Does the prison industry equal big business or is it a new form of slavery?”  Statistics offer validity to such a bold assertion.  The author explores incentives for a large prison population, mainly in the form of cheap and readily available labor, while touching on race and wealth.  A deeper analysis of these factors– especially the crippling inequality of poverty– would have been beneficial.  When a substantial portion of society remains economically disenfranchised it is a form of modern slavery….the correlation between poverty and crime cannot be ignored.

If you can’t afford to leave 15-20% gratuity on your check then you have no business eating in a restaurant.  Matt Walsh writes an open letter to bad tippers.  Servers get paid far less than minimum wage, meaning they subsist on tips.  Save your money if you can’t adequately compensate your waiter.

Underwater statue of Jesus in Malta

Underwater statue of Jesus in Malta

Lately I’ve been fixated by photos of abandoned places in various states of decay.  Of these 30+ images I found the underwater Jesus, tunnel of love, theater, and City Hall station shots particularly interesting.  Exploring some of these locations would be a dream come true for me.

Upworthy features pictures from Lewis Hine, a revolutionary photographer from the beginning of the twentieth century.  These haunting portraits humanized the faces of child laborers— forced to perform in dangerous environments with substandard wages and oftentimes deplorable conditions.  As a result of his work the campaign to eradicate child labor in the United States gained serious momentum.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,




About Cocktails With Hemingway

I'm blunt and opinionated. Virtually everything I say or do is a contradiction but I'm not a hypocrite. I never hesitate to speak my mind and never fail to leave an impression wherever I go. You love me, you hate me, but you'll never forget me.
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1 Response to Memphis pride, kids in France, Jesus in Malta

  1. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and
    gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

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