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Tyrades! Was your grandfather a character?

Valentine’s Day and other time-sensitive topics delayed my writing about this, but a few weeks ago marked the 50th anniversary of the death of my grandfather, Carl Spencer Tyree. I’m juggling a lo...

 

Tyrades! Do you want your receipt?

Yes, receipts do seem to breed like rabbits in my poor overstuffed-with-credit-cards-and-gift-cards-and-loyalty-cards-and-hastily-scribbled-notes wallet. But that’s my personal problem to sort...

 

Tyrades! Won't you unleash your inner dog walker?

From time to time, I attempt to make this column more interactive -- soliciting reader comments on burning questions such as “Which songs make you cry?,” “What was your favorite summer...

 

Tyrades! Planning a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day?

I dare you to google news about Valentine’s Day. Faster than you can say “Romeo and Juliet,” you’ll be inundated with results for “romantic getaways.” Whether the story is touting a...

 

Tyrades! Are you singing the lunchtime errand blues?

Many of us in the workforce find ourselves performing the condensed “sprint” version of the marathon endured by hapless soccer moms. Yes, now that my wife is working full-time and meeting her at...

 

Tyrades! Are you putting off your annual physical exam?

I’m not seeking sympathy, but I’m writing this on the eve of my annual physical exam. Don’t infer that I’m bragging about a commendable lifelong habit. By “annual,” I mean “I’ve...

 

Tyrades! Is A Platonic Life Partnership Right for You?

Fact: families take many forms. Grandparents rear grandchildren. Never-married siblings share the ancestral homeplace until death. High school sweethearts get married in a fever but gradually drift ap...

 

Tyrades! How'd you like one across the lip?

A YouTube video magically transported me back to what I was watching on Thursday, January 13, 1972. The clip from NBC’s red-hot “Flip Wilson Show” features Flip as a standup comedian being...

 

Tyrades! Does Baby New Year give you the creeps?

Perhaps one reason I never get invited to New Year’s Eve parties is that I tend to overanalyze things. Take Baby New Year (a.k.a. “Bundle of White Male Joy”), for instance. Society’s reliance...

 

Tyrades! Are You Ready for the War of the Weddings?

Folks are tied up in knots over tying the knot. Just when we thought marriage was a dying institution, the Wall Street Journal cites statistics showing there is a huge pent-up demand for weddings....

 

Tyrades!

My access to news narrowed dramatically when I was 10 years old. My mother’s boss passed away, so I no longer got to peruse his morning paper. And, despite my protestations about prying the funnies...

 

Tyrades! Has Christmas Eve Become Groundhog Day, John-Boy?

This may get me on Santa’s naughty list, but I honestly can’t remember whether I watched “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” when CBS first aired it on December 19, 1971. Since my mother is...

 

Tyrades! How Will You Mark the 400th Anniversary of Thanksgiving?

Last year the media went into a frenzy over the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in North America, but the festivities were just beginning. This Thanksgiving marks four centuries since...

 

Tyrades! Should Churches Have a Dress Code?

Where do you reside on the “holier than thou” versus “holeyer than thou” spectrum? I make only passing reference to squabbles over “proper” church attire in my 2020 motivational book...

 

Tyrades! Are Veterans the Heroes Who Keep On Giving?

I’m not complaining, but after 23 years of column writing, it becomes increasingly challenging to find new angles for recurring events such as Mother’s Day or Memorial Day. So, when it came time t...

 

Tyrades! Is Halloween 2021 Cursed?

Someday we will all laugh about Halloween 2021. We may be laughing maniacally in padded cells, but we will laugh. I’m sure there’s no need to tell you this (unless you’re living under...

 

Tyrades! Have You Hugged A Bureaucrat Lately?

As a longtime fan of Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch, I feel compelled to say a few words on behalf of much-maligned bureaucrats everywhere. Consider the adjectives that get...

 

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, peopl...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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