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Tyrades! Where Do You Stand on The Leaf-Raking Issue?

If you don’t like my opinions this week, you can take a flying leap…into a pile of festive autumn leaves. (Skip the wet sucker – per Linus van Pelt.) In this great melting pot of a nation, people have many ways of handling leaves. They rake the...

 

Tyrades! Is Your Safety Plan Up to Date?

One of my many duties at my “day job” is serving as point man for our workplace safety program. Since I have a hair-trigger for gabbing about bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, corrosives, and other appetizing subjects, we no longer have a...

 

Tyrades! Can You Handle Tomorrow's Automotive Dealerships?

According to recent media reports, investors are leaving skid marks as they steer away from the century-old model of selling automobiles. Mom-and-pop dealerships, cagey price negotiations and eye-popping inventories will be left in the rearview...

 

Tyrades! Are You Bathing Too Frequently?

When I worked at my late uncle’s junkyard during junior high school, one of the regular customers (a crusty coot who resembled a cantankerous Roy Rogers sidekick wannabe) assured us that he luxuriated in a steaming bathtub each and every night. We...

 

Blue or Green

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.” The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .” The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion. As they approached the lion on...

 

Tyrades! Do You Remember the Rural Purge of '71?

In mid-1971, I experienced a most distressing visit to the dentist. A TV fan magazine in the waiting room divulged life-changing news. Irene Ryan (who portrayed Granny on “The Beverly Hillbillies”) told an interviewer she was madder than a wet...

 

Tyrades! What Do You Remember About 9/11 - And Before?

Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was a newly minted warehouse supervisor for a farmers cooperative. I can remember almost exactly where a customer’s truck was parked when I overheard him telling one of my co-workers something or...

 

Tyrades! Have you thanked a school bus driver lately?

According to the Wall Street Journal, the fledgling online gambling industry is poised to explode in popularity. This season, the NFL for the first time is permitting sports-gambling companies to advertise during games. I don’t envy the precarious...

 

Tyrades! Have you thanked a school bus driver lately?

According to CNN, pandemic fears and enhanced unemployment benefits have left the nation facing a serious shortage of qualified school bus drivers. The problem is acute -- despite districts implementing recruitment campaigns, offering sign-up...

 

Tyrades! Did someone say, "tax holiday"?

The Tyree family recently took advantage of our state’s eagerly anticipated annual sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing and electronics. Eagerly anticipated as in my wife taking the Charlton Heston role of promoting delayed gratification...

 

Tyrades! Do morning people deserve to live?

A 1986 Pantene commercial carried the tagline “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” Similarly, I must ask my readers, “Don’t hate me because I’ve heard a rooster crow.” I tend to get up at the crack of dawn, even though I eventually...

 

Tyrades! Have you visited a presidential home lately?

While in Santa Claus, Indiana to cool off at Holiday World, the Tyree family took a side trip to tour the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in nearby Lincoln City. “But I thought Abraham Lincoln was from Kentucky!” a co-worker objected. True,...

 

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,...

 

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