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Tyrades! Have You Mailed Your Veterans Day Cards Yet?

Veterans Day parades? Veterans Day school essays? Veterans Day ceremonies on the courthouse lawn? Star-spangled Veterans Day memes on social media? Platitude-enhanced newspaper editorials? Sure, I’m familiar with all those expressions of...

 

Tyrades! Do You Have Unanswered Questions About Halloween?

I was trying to clear the cobwebs from my mind, and all I could find was random thoughts about Halloween (a.k.a. Hallowe’en, a.k.a. Allhalloween, a.k.a. All Hallow’s Eve, a.k.a. All Saints’ Eve, a.k.a. the Holiday That Is Bankrupting the...

 

Tyrades! What Shall We Say About 50 Years of Home Ownership?

This is a year of double milestones: my mother’s house turns 75 and (as of October 30) she will have been living there for 50 years. She grew up as part of an itinerant sharecropping family during the Great Depression, so I’m glad she has...

 

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My electronic key fob is putting more mileage on ME than on the car. For the past several months, I have tried to build up the nerve to do a thorough search of the contents of my trunk. I am hoping against hope that an overly sensitive trunk-release...

 

Tyrades! Are College Entrance Exams A Dying Breed?

My son Gideon has now finished both his ACT and SAT college entrance exams (scoring at an impressive percentile somewhere between “It’s …it’s…go ask my wife” and “Never you MIND what his father’s score was”), but I wonder if the...

 

Tyrades! Come on, get Happy: The Partridge Family at 50

Realizing that September 25 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “The Partridge Family,” I am reminded that time moves more swiftly than a 45 RPM turntable. It seems like only yesterday that I was a fifth-grader and my mother was...

 

Tyrades! Who Can Turn the World on With Her Anniversary?

What were you doing the night of Saturday, March 19, 1977? Like 21.2 million other Americans, I was watching the final episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Watching it and making a nerdy audio recording of it for posterity. Sure, I didn’t...

 

Tyrades! Inspirational Quotations: Are You for Them or Against Them?

One of the highlights of my 93-year-old mother’s week is when she receives an inspirational essay from a church lady (hi, Regina!) who maintains a mailing list for Special People. Yes, the world is flooded with anxieties, conflicts and doubts....

 

Tyrades! Will You Be Laboring on Labor Day?

For most of us, Labor Day will be an occasion for relaxation and contemplation. (And MORAL DILEMMAS, because our contemplation will be complicated by the fact that the little cartoon angel on our right shoulder and the little cartoon devil on our lef...

 

Tyrades! Ray Bradbury: Something Centenary This Way Comes

I was jealous of my wife a couple of years ago. Our son’s sophomore English class read Ray Bradbury’s cautionary novel “Fahrenheit 451” and she found the time to read along. My writing deadlines and regimen of prioritizing news and...

 

Tyrades! Is The 75th Anniversary of V-J Day the Last Hurrah?

My first knowledge of the War in the Pacific probably came from then-new episodes of “McHale’s Navy” and the 20-year-old “Made in Occupied Japan” dishware that my mother collected. Seemingly overnight, I find myself struggling to do justice...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Tyrades! Must We Live with One Foot in the Grave?

Tyrades! by Danny Tyree “Shower the people you love with love/ Show them the way that you feel.” – James Taylor With all due respect to the five-time Grammy Award winner, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain and I’ve seen sunny days when I...

 

Tyrades! Do You Have A Favorite Heat Wave Story?

Much of the nation is experiencing a prolonged heat wave, so of course your humble columnist counterintuitively conjures up WARM MEMORIES to comfort himself. When I was in college, I sometimes supplemented my income by helping my late father with...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Tyrades! Are You Fed Up with Anonymous Sources, Too?

What spoils even more evening meals than robocalls? How about newscasts with their endless stream of titillating revelations coyly attributed to “reliable sources,” “people close to the matter,” “people familiar with the situation,...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Tyrades! Consumers, Do We Really Need All Those Choices?

Dear pandemic-battered readers, as you try adapting to the New Normal, just hope no diehards are waiting to confuse you with a plethora of ADDITIONAL configurations. It’s best just to suck it up and accept the NEW Normal rather than navigating a...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Tyrades! Where Does Your State Rank on The Patriotism Scale?

The personal finance website WalletHub recently released its ranking of the “patriotism” of all 50 states. In an era of toppled statues, kneeling athletes, microaggressions, border wall controversies and globalist agendas, trying to define and...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Tyrades! Do You Treasure Your Prom Memories?

My wife and I experienced some vicarious living when our son Gideon (finishing up his junior year of high school) attended the senior prom. (Yes, VICARIOUS living. It’s not like we got him out of the house, jumped with glee and yelled, “Date...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Tyrades! Can We Discontinue the "World's Greatest Dad" Scam?

Speaking as a father (“What -- am I made of money? Go ask your mother! When you have your own roof, you can make your own rules! No, my abs aren’t flabby, they’re just meditating…”) No, this could go on forever. Start over. Speaking as a...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Tyrades! Have Nature's Screechers Ever Invaded Your Home?

A man’s home is his castle – but sometimes the crocodile in the moat decides he wants to try out the bathtub instead. At my day job working in Inventory Control, one guiding principle is “a place for everything and everything in its place....

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Tyrades! Which Songs Make You Cry?

“Late at night when it’s hard to rest/I hold your picture to my chest/ and I feel fine, I feel fine/But it’s a rainy night in Georgia…” – written by Tony Joe White and performed by Brook Benton. I need your input. I know this is a...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    May 28, 2020

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One of the most awkward, self-conscious incidents in my life occurred when I was shopping with a group, and one of my companions blithely continued browsing long after the store doors were locked. I have done assembly-line work, junkyard work and...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    May 21, 2020

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One of my biggest pet peeves: people who can’t hold up their end of a conversation. Oh, I’m not saying that every single human being is obligated to bring jaw-dropping factoids, whimsical quips and provocative perspectives to every mundane conver...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    May 7, 2020

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“Look around me/ I can see my life before me/ Running rings around the way / It used to be…” – Crosby, Stills & Nash I couldn’t eat at my favorite Chinese buffet, attend the cinema or even hang out at the public library; but in mid-April,...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    April 30, 2020

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“Never in history has such ruination – physical and moral – been associated with the name of one man.” – Sir Ian Kershaw, English historian. April 30 marks the 75th anniversary of the suicides of Adolf Hitler and his newlywed bride Eva...

 

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