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He Said, She Said: Why You Need to Watch Veronica Mars

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In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer explain why you need to watch the complete three seasons of Veronica Mars for both your pop cultural edification and in preparation for the movie this spring. Joseph: Do you like fun and simple mysteries? What about complex and intricate murder mysteries? Do you like love stories? Do you like good-looking people? What about awkward-looking and awkward-acting people? Do you stories of socioeconomic tension between the upper, middle, and lower classes? …

He Said, She Said TV Review: True Detective

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In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer discuss their thoughts and review of the first episode of HBO’s latest drama series, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Joseph: When my friend first sent me the teaser to a new HBO anthology series premiering in January 2014, it felt like True Blood meeting Mud. And then it got to the end, revealing that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the stars. And it instantly became my most anticipated new …

Roundtable: Vanderbilt Fan Reactions to James Franklin Leaving

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As James Franklin settles in as the new head coach at Penn State and Vanderbilt’s recruiting class continues to evaporate into thin air, I asked members of Commodore Nation to share their reflections, retrospectives, and/or rants about Franklin’s exit along with the past, present, and future of Vanderbilt football. First, I share my thoughts and then let other members of Commodore Nation speak for themselves. Enjoy!

A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

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“When you look at physics, it’s all about laws and how the world works. But if you don’t tie those laws into a much bigger purpose, the purpose in your heart, then they are going to sit there and ask the question ‘Who cares?’” “Kids are very spiritual — they want a bigger purpose. I think that’s where this story gives them something to think about.” What is this story? It’s the simple story of a a high school physics …

Remembering My Grandma

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On Christmas night, 2013, my grandmother, Roselyn Joyce Ball, passed away at the age of 85. We received the call after dinner in Memphis, as we were preparing to open presents with my family in Memphis. I had the honor to have a great 30 minute phone conversation with her the week before she passed. We were planning on going to visit her in Springfield, Missouri on December 26th. We still made the journey to my mother’s hometown in the …

What Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

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There are several things we’ve always made clear here at The Wise Guise during our nearly two years of blogging. (1) We love the Memphis Grizzlies. This has been clear from the beginning, when one of our early series was Tuesdays with Tony. (2) We have a special place in our hearts for the special ones amongst us. I’ve written at length about these exceptional ones in our lives, including my sister, Mary. Well, Clayton sent me the following video …

Anxiety, the Arts, and Spontaneous Combustion

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The Wise Guise is approaching its 500th post. We never dreamed what this site would become when we first launched it in early 2012 and we have no idea what it will be like when we publish the 1,000th post. But we’re thankful for all of our friends and family who have supported and shared our work. We’re also thankful for our brilliant friends who take time from doing big things and write for our site. One of our closest …