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Tyrades! Dorm life: good, bad or ugly?

So, having earned an associate’s degree from our local community college, my son Gideon is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering from my old alma mater. This only child who...

 

Tyrades! Happy 50th Anniversary, M*A*S*H, Maude and Kung Fu

I didn’t watch all of them from the very beginning, but several significant TV shows debuted in the fall of 1972. “The Bob Newhart Show” starred Bob Newhart (who turned 93 on September 5) as...

 

Tyrades! How will you celebrate Magellan's 500th anniversary?

When does a 500th anniversary require an asterisk? If you’re a fan of trivia and myth-busting, you’ve doubtless heard umpteen repetitions of “George Washington didn’t really have wooden...

 

Tyrades! Princess Di: has it really been 25 years?

Believe it or not, August 31 is the 25th anniversary of the traffic accident that robbed the world of the effervescent Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was a distant, distant cousin (my great-great...

 

Tyrades! Are you losing sleep over slumber parties?

“Anxious parents are no longer allowing their kids to go to slumber parties,” announced a blurb in the August 16 “New York Post.” Slumber parties are not usually one of the top subjects on my...

 

Tyrades! Are these the good old days for reminiscing?

“Memories/Light the corners of my mind…” – as sung by Barbra Streisand. While grocery shopping with my mother in the 1970s, I enjoyed peeking at the “Golden Age” Sunday comics in “Good...

 

Tyrades! Does your hometown stink?

According to the Washington Examiner, 2022 has handed New York City an alarming spike in citizen complaints about outdoor odors (“I hope you appreciate me doing my civic duty. It’s not easy to use...

 

Tyrades! Does your body hate you?

Trust me when I declare that I am not competing for sympathy against folks suffering from cancer, blocked arteries, diabetes or other serious ailments. I do nonetheless think that my body is out to...

 

Tyrades! Concerts: yea or nay?

Believe it or not, my wife and I haven’t attended a concert in nearly 25 years. (Elton John’s January 1998 appearance at Nashville Arena was our last outing.) I realize such an admission strikes...

 

Tyrades! What happened at Roswell 75 years ago?

The front page of the July 8, 1947 “Roswell (New Mexico) Daily Record” seized the American imagination with the headline “RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) Captures Flying Saucer.” That...

 

Tyrades! Do Gallup Poll respondents have a prayer?

You’ve probably seen the screaming headlines about a Gallup survey revealing that Americans’ belief in God has hit an all-time low. I’m not here to quibble with the atheists, agnostics and...

 

Tyrades! Should "eyes up here" be enforced?

“Did you know that your rear passenger tire is a little underinflated?” I harbor a grudging appreciation for a potentially life-saving hint like that. I mean, it makes me feel like an IDIOT that...

 

Tyrades! Craving some fatherhood advice?

Wow! Will this really be my 19th Father’s Day as a father? My biggest regret is that I’ve had to learn so much the hard way. To make life easier for other fathers and prospective fathers, I’m...

 

Tyrades! Are you wild about bookazines?

Did you get your copy of “Queen Elizabeth II: Reign in Pictures” in time for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee ceremonies? As a bookazine fanatic, I certainly did. Beg pardon? What’s a bookazine,...

 

Tyrades! Do you have a personal catch phrase?

Hollywood makes iconic catch phrases seem easy. Whether it’s McGarrett’s “Book ‘em, Danno” or Vizzini’s “Inconceivable!” in “The Princess Bride,” we take them for granted. But...

 

Tyrades! Do you like what you're hearing on TV?

“I can’t HEEAARR you!” – Sgt. Vincent Carter on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” You may recall that -- in October of 2019-- I wrote a column denouncing the proliferation of confusing, dimly lit sce...

 

Tyrades! Care for some stolen random thoughts?

Honest, I’m going to write a book chockful of random thoughts someday (my more serious book about religion is already available on Amazon), but deadline pressures keep forcing me to cannibalize my...

 

Tyrades! Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be brainless

Millions of young women dream of being honored on Mother’s Day. Millions of others know in their hearts that they don’t want to have children, or at least not on someone else’s timetable. Many i...

 

Tyrades! Do you hate parking lots?

The concept of “parking” loses most of its mystique as you get past the giddy days of a freshly minted driver’s license and shoulder the responsibilities of adulthood. Where “parking” once...

 

Tyrades! Early retirement: threat or menace?

“But I’ll keep workin’/As long as my two hands are fit to use…” – Merle Haggard I haven’t run away and joined the circus, but I am nearing the age when a financial safety net admittedly...

 

Tyrades! Is there a Mary Magdalene in your life?

If you could be the proverbial “fly on the wall,” what Biblical event would you most like to witness? I realize some of you don’t accept the Bible in the first place. But if you do believe it,...

 

Tyrades! Have you slapped anybody lately?

After the Academy Awards incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock, I started wondering how many of my gentle readers have resorted to physical violence in their adult life. In 1983 a co-worker...

 

Tyrades! Will this be your best spring ever?

A tiny portion of my “day job” at a farm-and-home cooperative involves writing radio commercials and on-hold phone messages. More often than I like to admit, I get stuck for a closing zinger and s...

 

Tyrades! What would you love to tell your younger self?

A handful of longtime readers may remember when I announced that “baby boy Tyree” was on his way. Time flies. My only child Gideon recently celebrated his 18th birthday. Ah, 18: an unrefrigerated...

 

Tyrades! Don't you just love laundry day?

I despise airing my dirty laundry in public, but I’ll make an exception for kvetching about my clean laundry. I have primary responsibility for my family’s laundry. Fair enough. I realize I...

 

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