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... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Walking in Memphis…

Over the past two years I’ve travelled extensively or as I steal from Anthony Bourdain to parts unknown. I have always had an adventurous spirit and I believe you truly do gotta go to know.

My boyfriend lives in the South, therefore, over the past few years I’ve been able to explore and see areas outside of my West Coast geopraphic. Memphis has always been a curiosity for me, so this past weekend as a Valentine’s getaway, we loaded the car and took the three hour trek from Nashville to the home of Elvis, the Blues and the Civil Rights Museum. Admittedly I had trepidation venturing into a city labeled with the highest crime rate in the U.S. “According to the most recent crime data from the FBI, which covers the 2014 calendar year, the Memphis, TN-MS-AR metro area had the highest violent crime rate in both the south and the entire United States for the second year in a row.”

Even with the grim disclaimer, my expectations were to see gentrification and growth resurgence, however, I saw a plight that still gave me cause to pause. After touring Graceland which by the locals own admittance was seriously in “the hood”, no doubt if Elvis was still alive, he would have left the building! The irony did not fail to occur as we left Elvis’s sprawling mansion and headed literally 12 minutes down the road to the Lorraine Motel that as Elvis sat in luxury, Dr Martin L King was being gunned down. As we stood and reflected on this historical site, time did in fact stand still. I truly felt moved back in a time capsule 50 years. Coming from a primarily white city like Seattle where African Americans comprise only 7 percent of the population compared to Memphis at 65 percent and looking at the still evident disparity, one can only pray that rebirth will take place bringing jobs, housing, and hope.

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hotel Lorraine

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But the best attraction for me is the music which feeds the soul.What would a trip to Memphis be without a walk down Beale Street. The live music at BB Kings and the rows of bars made one reflect on all the talent that hailed from this region. The likes of Justin Timberlake to Aretha Franklin, whose birth house is an abandoned shack – this should be a museum! Memphis is also home to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which for 56 years has fulfilled a promise that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything- not for treatment, housing or food. Fed X you are based in Memphis- we believe help is on the way! And for the record, I’ll be back.

The roots of soul are deep…
The history rich…

walking in memphis

Then I’m walking in Memphis
I was Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis But do I really feel the way I feel.

https://www.last.fm/music/Marc+Cohn/_/Walking+In+Memphis