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Tyrades! Family portraits: do you love them or dread them?

My family took the easy way out -- again. We had our annual chance at a professional portrait and decided to let (insist) son Gideon pose solo for the umpteenth time. Oh, we’ve had three-person portraits before and every once in a great while, I...

 

Tyrades! Have you been avoiding the dentist?

Life is returning to normal; but where dental health is concerned, normal may not be good enough. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even BEFORE the pandemic, one-third of American adults under 65...

 

Tyrades! Are you craving a buffet rebirth?

“Buffets Are Back – With New Policies and Gloves,” blared the headline on page 1 of the June 29 Wall Street Journal. That was welcome news for my pandemic-weary family. I was afraid such wide-open dining would go the way of the dinosaur....

 

Tyrades! Is your refrigerator running?

If some retro prankster had asked me a week ago, “Is your refrigerator running?,” my reply would have been, “It’s complicated.” (Actually, I would have reported the scamp to the authorities. In these enlightened times, “Is your...

 

Movies on the Mind

One important thing to know about me is that I absolutely love musicals. And one of my personal favorite musicals of all time is Hamilton, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I was lucky enough to see...

 

Tyrades!

Prospects of a long, hot summer bring pet peeves to the surface. Surely someone besides me encounters deceptive packages of frozen microwaveable meat. “Tear here,” they cajole. So, you tear on the dotted line, only to discover that it’s an...

 

Movies on the Mind

Most of the time in this column, I review big blockbuster movies or major streaming releases — the kind of thing you’d have likely heard about before picking up the paper. But this week, I want...

 

Tyrades!

My new supervisor anticipates being a first-time father in a few months. I hope he doesn’t become one of THOSE fathers. Most fathers take a laidback, minimalist approach; but a few are overly competitive about being cool, outshining mom or presenti...

 

Tyrades! So, Did I Mention My 30th Wedding Anniversary?

“I could search the whole world over/Until my life is through/But I know I’ll never find another you.” -as performed by The Seekers. Five years ago, in conjunction with my 25th wedding anniversary, I was halfway finished writing a 40,000-word...

 

Tyrades! Would the Class of 2021 Like Some Unsolicited Advice?

By the time most of you read this, my son Gideon will have marched across the gymnasium floor and received his high school diploma. I have brainstormed some sage advice for Gideon’s next phase and hope that his fellow grads nationwide can benefit....

 

Movies on the Mind

Been a while, hasn’t it? Of course, it’s been a while since there’s been any big movies in the news, thanks to theaters being shut down for most of last year. Can you believe that there hasn’t...

 

Tyrades! Ever Have A Near-Death Experience?

My late father once confided his belief in “universal knowledge.” He felt that God gave humans finite, physical brains to prevent them from knowing EVERYTHING. That theme is echoed in the book I’m currently reading: “Forever,” by Bruce...

 

Tyrades! Are You Still Procrastinating About Income Tax?

Misery loves company, but it’s cold comfort that many of you – like me -- still haven’t filed your 2020 income tax returns. (And I’m aware others of you had already pre-spent your refund SIX MONTHS AGO, but come on, dude. When you announce,...

 

Tyrades! Can We Possibly Laugh About Seasonal Allergies?

Tree HUGGERS, are you contemplating a Zoom meeting with Mr. Elm instead? Yes, this is dedicated to the millions of you who share my susceptibility to seasonal allergies. (SEASONAL allergies? Yes, “When is allergy season?” is a popular Google...

 

Tyrades! Can We Please Retire the Word "Debunked"?

Did I ever tell you about my late Uncle Vernon and the time his slanderous lies about a respected business got unceremoniously debunked? In the mid-70s Uncle Vernon hired a Nashville company to apply vinyl siding to his home. When he was completely...

 

Tyrades! May I Sing the Housing Subdivision Blues?

My wife and I would never have met, except that her family fled a densely populated state when she was 11. Given her satisfaction with the simple life (deer in the yard, the neighbors’ ponds and livestock across the road), I dreaded sharing...

 

Tyrades! Can You Handle the Truth about Easter Trivia?

There was certainly nothing trivial about the events of that first Easter Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped magazines from cranking out baskets of Easter trivia year after year. Admittedly, magazine writers are trapped on a hamster wheel of...

 

Tyrades! Aggravation: Is It A Board Game or a Way of Life?

First off, Louis Armstrong was right about it being a wonderful world. And I realize many people suffer far worse troubles than mine. But still…I would die of shock if I ever experienced 10 consecutive minutes of comfort, serenity and dignity. (Oka...

 

Tyrades! Do You Find Saint Patrick's Day Troubling?

“My father and mother were Irish, and I am Irish, too.” As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, I keep remembering that song from our third-grade music book, which strove to examine music from an international perspective (WITHOUT a “Monty Python...

 

Dystopian recorded their first two singles

You may recall a band named Dystopian from the Oktoberfest line-up this past year and the amount of talent coming from a group of young teenagers. Dystopian is excited to announce they have finished...

 

Tyrades! Have You Remembered Your Pets in Your Will?

Sure, it made the rounds of the “News of the Weird” columns when a Nashville businessman left $5 million in a trust fund for his beloved border collie Lulu; but such gestures aren’t as eccentric as you might think. Many estate plan experts now...

 

Warm Up Your Winter

Bob Lutey, left, was the second week's lucky winner for the Warm Up Your Winter contest. "I've been doing this for years and I've never won," said Lutey, "It's more of an activity for me. It's fun."...

 

Tyrades! Product Recall Notices: Friend or Foe?

The relentless airbag recall notices concerning my mother’s old truck have progressed from a mailbox-clogging nuisance to a grim reminder that our unresponsiveness has felled more trees than Paul Bunyan in his prime. Okay, I realize more consumers...

 

Tyrades! What Shall We Say About Grandmothers?

Yes, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since February 20, 1971 – but it’s still hard to believe that Granny Tyree (my father’s mother) has been gone for 50 years. Oh, I shouldn’t have been caught off-guard. All the joys, sorrows,...

 

Warm Up Your Winter; Win $100

Play Warm Up Your Winter and enter for a chance to win $100 toward your electric bill! See contest details, page A-8. Be sure to let our sponsors know how much you appreciate their support. Sponsors...

 

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