Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview


Spring has sprung, The Masters has come and gone, so now The Wise Guise and the sports world are focused on one thing: The NHL Playoffs -- er (clears throat), excuse me... THE NBA PLAYOFFS, BABY! The Grizzly Bears have nestled into the 7 seed and will face a familiar foe in Read more

He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars


Joseph and Palmer were supporters of the Veronica Mars movie from its KickStarter's early beginnings. Now that the movie has come out, Joseph and Palmer give their reviews of the feature length reunion of one of the first shows they watched together as a married couple. Joseph: In its first weekend Read more

Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster


We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare's Othello. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd Read more

My Weekend at The Masters: Bubba, History, and How It's Supposed to Be


It was clear on Saturday night how things were going to go, if you looked at Twitter, watched the Golf Channel, and listened to the pundits. On Sunday, here's how it was supposed to be… - Bubba Watson had only won 1 out of 14 tournaments that he had led Read more

Feeny Friday: First Girl Meets World Teaser Trailer


Happy Feeny Friday, you Feeny Fanatics! Today's post is as simple as it is wonderful - the first Girl Meets World teaser trailer is here. We are also getting more GMW cast photos, as well as confirmations that Feeny will be back for the pilot (premiering sometime this summer), Minkus will be back Read more

The Wise Guise Discuss Colbert Replacing Letterman


The news broke earlier today that Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman on CBS's The Late Show.  The Wise Guise discussed it via our normal means - e-mail, text message, and Gchat. While some websites share celebrities' thoughts, we thought you'd be craving our thoughts, so fear not. Here Read more

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Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster

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We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare’s Othello.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock. The meat it feeds on.

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As I am not a geneticist or a psychologist, I won’t go so far as to say that the human race is genetically predisposed to ‘keep up with the Joneses;’ however, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone that was immune to jealousy. Most times, being envious of a friend, family member, or co-worker is nothing to fret. We all do it…my wife gets jealous when her friends post pictures of recent vacations on Facebook, my brother is envious of his friends that don’t have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for college, and you were probably jealous of the guy driving the new Cadillac ELR that pulled up next to you at the red light this morning on your way to work. Read more

Happy Birthday, Aphiwe Harston!

Posted on by Palmer Williams in Assorted Wisdom, Bright Spots, Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts | 2 Comments

A3 4 Happy Birthday, Aphiwe Harston!In August of 2008, I embarked on a journey that irrevocably changed the heartbeat of my family. It was then that I boarded an airplane in Nashville bound for a rural village in Africa. I would be living and working at a village for children orphaned by AIDS. I was leaving a few months after graduating from Vanderbilt to live at Lily of the Valley for a year. Fully realizing the idealism with which I traveled, I hoped that somehow my naivete would be transformed into what James talked about in Chapter 1, Verse 27 of his epistle – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

While at Lily, I met a small malnourished boy named Aphiwe. Aphiwe was a sweet five year old little boy who was very sick. He had come to Lily only several months earlier and was a virtual loner. Every morning he would sit outside the window of my room, tending the dirt in my flower bed.

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Introducing “From Dixie with Love”

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At The Wise Guise, our goal has been to serve as a constant source of opinionated entertainment. That entertainment has come in many different forms: from film reviews and sports analysis to electoral maps and social media critiques.

The desire has always been there to create and share content that isn’t so cynical. By nature, writers feel most compelled to write about a subject that triggers criticism. Well, forget “writers”; social media shows EVERYONE relishes in displaying their skeptical side.

In 2013, Clayton started a series called “Bright Spots,” a showcase of more positive stories within the South. This year, I’m pleased to announce we’re extending that concept into its own site, called “From Dixie with Love.”

The mission of “From Dixie with Love” is simple: we want to present journalism from the South that inspires. Locally, nationally, and globally, one can find it hard to locate encouraging words on the region and the people who call it home.  This blog will shine light on the news from the South that shows the enormous amount of goodwill so little seen by the mainstream.

The new blog will also push positive political action. There’s been an on-going discussion behind-the-scenes at The Wise Guise about what type of political and social content is suitable for the concept of this site. While The Wise Guise will continue to serve as the definitive home of up-to-the-minute topical discussion, From Dixie with Love will act more as an outlet for personal political advocacy, featuring issues that carry special importance to our individual writers.

Best of all, it won’t just be us rambling. We expect to have submissions from those in and outside of the South who want to share reassuring thoughts on the area. Anyone can submit, too; details on how to send and recommend content will be coming soon.

In the meantime, throughout this week, you’ll be seeing different members of The Wise Guise team posting at “From Dixie with Love” with resolutions Southerners can make to change their lives for the better in the new year.

I hope you’re looking forward to this new place for bright spots about the South as much as we are. Thanks for joining us on this new endeavor that is an exciting new digital addition to the Wise Guise family.

A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

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wrightslaw A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

“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 teacher, a husband, a father, and a man of faith. It’s the story many of us have lived, are living, and will live. We try our best to love, but we come up short. We have doubts. We have obstacles. Expectations aren’t met. Life doesn’t go the way we had planned it or dreamed it. We fall down. Those we love fall down.

And then we face choices. We face them every moment of every day. Do we give up? Do we throw our hands up in the air? Or do we look to a higher purpose? Do we reach out to supernaturally love one another and sacrifice our own plans, schedules, and dreams to love others who really need it?

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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 heartland of America, but instead of celebrating with her, we celebrated her life instead. After Jeremy shared his reflections on his grandmother’s life earlier this year, I thought the best way to commemorate my Grandma’s life would be to share the eulogy I gave at her funeral. Goodbye, Grandma. I’ll miss you, but I’ll see you later.

It only feels appropriate that we gather here today, a few days after Christmas, to mourn, remember, lay to rest, and celebrate the life of Grandma. Many of us knew her by different names.

Rosalyn. Joyce. Mom. Grandma. Wild Crazy Grandma… the nickname Derek gave her because we always joked with her that she dressed up nicer than everyone else for her Oasis Ministry (the seniors ministry at their church) adventures, which I always said were just her and Grandpa’s excuse to party like rockstars. Grandma took that as a badge of honor.

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But it’s only appropriate that we are here after Christmas because it was this time of the year in which her family would always gather around Grandma and Grandpa and spend quality time together. I have many memories of opening presents on Christmas morning and then hopping in the car within 24 hours to go to Springfield. Or sometimes Grandma and Grandpa would come to Memphis at Christmas time.

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Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax Dollars

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krawetz Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax DollarsWhen I pay state sales tax and file my federal tax return at the end of the year, I know that my hard-earned dollars are going to educate the future, to upkeep and create roads and highways, to protect American borders, and–heaven forbid it happen–put out a fire if my house was ablaze. That being said, I do not expect my tax dollars to sic a dog on me, force me to have invasive medical procedures, or open fire on any children I may have in my vehicle.

I know what you are thinking: Police officers are our friends; their sole purpose is to protect us. In fact, for generations the public has told their children that they can ALWAYS trust a police officer.

Allow me to share with you the following stories of police brutality, and then you tell me: Will you continue to tell your children to always trust police officers and law enforcement officials?

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March from Selma to Montgomery (1965)

I’m not looking to put together a complete, historical list of police brutality; however, that is certainly something that could be accomplished. Police brutality has been a growing problem dating back decades.

The National Civil Rights Movement was successful in part because of the national attention brought to the movement by police brutality widespread in states such as Alabama. While nonviolent protesters planned a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, police officers gassed marchers with tear gas and beat them.

The name Rodney King has now become synonymous with police violence and brutality. Upon receiving his beatdown from him tax dollars, several “copwatch” organizations came into fruition. With these organizations, the nation has done a much better job of tracking and publicizing the rampant police brutality.

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In Defense of Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

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Shopping Crowd In Defense of Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

From the moment major retailers started announcing they’d open their doors at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, I knew there would be a backlash coming. Sure enough, just hours later I began to see these supposedly compassionate posts on all social media urging us to stay at home with our families and avoid this “evil corporate scheme.”

Well, I’m here to say you can all have fun sitting at home and doing nothing. I’m heading to the stores at 5 p.m. to get some deals. Yes, I have a family. Yes, it’s nice to see them each year on Thanksgiving. Some of them, at least. Read more