It's deep in a November night in Memphis, and I'm awakened by rain. It's coming down hard, sounding like a million pebbles hitting the roof. The gutter I've been meaning to clean is overflowing outside the bedroom window. A flash of lightning illuminates the room, and I do what I've done since I was a boy: count the seconds 'til the thunder rolls. I get almost to 10 before I hear a distant rumble. Two miles or so. Someone else's lightning ...
(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes) — e. e. cummings
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Well, we Tennesseans dodged a bullet, didn't we? Or maybe several. The state House of Representatives finally showed some common sense and blocked passage of the proposed "open carry" law that passed the Senate two weeks ago. That bill would have allowed anyone who could legally purchase a gun to carry it on their person at any time, as long as it was visible. Current required safety measures such as a permit, a criminal background check, or gun safety training would have been made a thing of the past ...