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My family took the easy way out — again.

By Danny Tyree July 21, 2021
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“You load 16 tons and what do you get? Disability payments and not a Corvette.” — with apologies to Tennessee Ernie Ford.

July 7, 2021
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“Buffets Are Back — With New Policies and Gloves,” blared the headline recent on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. That was welcome news for my pandemic-weary family.

By Danny Tyree June 30, 2021
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Prospects of a long, hot summer bring pet peeves to the surface.

By Danny Tyree June 16, 2021
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My new supervisor anticipates being a first-time father in a few months. I hope he doesn’t become one of THOSE fathers.

By Danny Tyree June 9, 2021
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With the school year ending and the economy slowly reopening, let’s reminisce about the illustrious history of summer jobs.

By Danny Tyree May 26, 2021
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By the time most of you read this, my son Gideon will have marched across the gymnasium floor and received his high school diploma.

By Danny Tyree May 21, 2021
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Misery loves company, but it’s cold comfort that many of you — like me — still haven’t filed your 2020 income tax returns.

By Danny Tyree May 11, 2021
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Since you asked, my niece Claire is expecting her first baby in August. Her sister Emma is expecting her second child in October.

By Danny Tyree April 28, 2021
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As graduation looms, my son Gideon has been named both salutatorian and Wittiest Boy of the Cornersville (TN) High School Class of 2021.

By Danny Tyree April 22, 2021
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Tree huggers, are you contemplating a Zoom meeting with Mr. Elm instead?

By Danny Tyree April 14, 2021
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Did I ever tell you about my late Uncle Vernon and the time his slanderous lies about a respected business got unceremoniously debunked?

By Danny Tyree April 7, 2021
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My wife and I would never have met, except that her family fled a densely populated state when she was 11.

By Danny Tyree March 31, 2021
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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.

By Danny Tyree March 26, 2021
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First off, Louis Armstrong was right about it being a wonderful world. And I realize many people suffer far worse troubles than mine.

By Danny Tyree March 17, 2021
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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.

By Danny Tyree March 7, 2021
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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.

By Danny Tyree February 27, 2021
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Yes, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since Feb. 20, 1971 — but it’s still hard to believe that Granny Tyree (my father’s mother) has been gone for 50 years.

By Danny Tyree February 17, 2021
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Whether you read these words before or after Presidents’ Day 2021, be advised that I’m already thinking ahead to Presidents’ Day 2071.

By Danny Tyree February 10, 2021
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Although the bar has been set remarkably low during some epochs (“Dearest, you’ve survived to produce seven more viable male heirs than my second wife”), society has always expected couples to use terms of endearment to grease the wheels of their relationships.

By Danny Tyree February 8, 2021
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There’s no middle ground with middle names.

By Danny Tyree February 3, 2021
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It has been a bittersweet experience seeing the mailbox flooded with college recruiting brochures addressed to my son Gideon.

January 25, 2021
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Reminiscing with one of my mother’s photo albums, I encountered a snapshot of a long-deceased neighbor (a dear, sweet man) who is still summed up by the phrase “He never met a stranger.”

By Danny Tyree January 19, 2021
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My son Gideon certainly had a high-octane understanding of the THEORY of driving last winter.

By Danny Tyree January 11, 2021
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In case you (expletives deleted) missed the marketing campaign, on January 5 the noble public servants at Netflix will launch a six-episode series, “History of Swear Words,” hosted by actor Nicholas Cage.

By Danny Tyree December 27, 2020
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“Hello. I’m Grandpa.”

By Danny Tyree December 18, 2020
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We all know Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf,” but the man carries a well-stocked bag of regrets.

By Danny Tyree December 7, 2020
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It may be the sort of birthday where someone shouts, “50 candles blazing on the cake?

By Danny Tyree November 30, 2020
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Are you a faithful Christian who is concerned about empty pews — and the steadily decreasing impact of Christianity on the social fabric?

By Danny Tyree November 23, 2020
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As your host, I have gathered a cornucopia of genuine Thanksgiving trivia, thanks to “Good Housekeeping” magazine and other sources.

By Danny Tyree November 16, 2020
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Veterans Day parades? Veterans Day school essays? Veterans Day ceremonies on the courthouse lawn?

By Danny Tyree November 5, 2020
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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.

By Danny Tyree October 23, 2020
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This is a year of double milestones: my mother’s house turns 75 and (as of Oct. 30) she will have been living there for 50 years.

By Danny Tyree October 16, 2020
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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 tests will still be relevant when HIS hypothetical kids reach college age.

By Danny Tyree September 28, 2020
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What were you doing the night of Saturday, March 19, 1977?

By Danny Tyree September 12, 2020
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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.”

By Danny Tyree September 9, 2020
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For most of us, Labor Day will be an occasion for relaxation and contemplation.

By Danny Tyree August 31, 2020
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When I was a carefree lad watching “Lost in Space,” the Robinson family’s high-tech hydroponic garden sounded neat.

By Danny Tyree August 17, 2020
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“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 wished people would put their advice where the sun DON’T shine.

By Danny Tyree August 3, 2020
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Much of the nation is experiencing a prolonged heat wave, so of course your humble columnist counterintuitively conjures up warm memories to comfort himself.

By Danny Tyree July 15, 2020
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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,” “people who thought the situation was a cast member of ‘Jersey Shore’,” etc.?

By Danny Tyree July 13, 2020
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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.

By Danny Tyree July 1, 2020
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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…”)

By Danny Tyree June 15, 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.

By Danny Tyree May 20, 2020
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One of my biggest pet peeves: people who can’t hold up their end of a conversation.

By Danny Tyree May 17, 2020
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“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis

By Danny Tyree April 6, 2020
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I hope the document remains locked away unused for many years, but my brother and I finally got around to meeting with a lawyer and helping our mother make out her last will and testament.

By Danny Tyree February 19, 2020
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Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn’t mean his advice is irrelevant.

By Danny Tyree January 28, 2020
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Did you realize that Jan. 19 marks the 100th birthday of that indefatigable advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union?

By Danny Tyree January 8, 2020
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Do I owe someone an apology for not taking a more active role in the iconic cultural, technological and political developments of the 2010s?

By Danny Tyree December 25, 2019
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Most of my Christmases have become hopelessly blurred together, but Christmas 1969 holds a special place in my heart.

By Danny Tyree December 16, 2019
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The words weren’t aimed directly at me, but I was recently flummoxed by an unexpected undercurrent of animosity. In an online post, a military veteran refused to confine his anger to people who spit on veterans or ignore veterans. He vented about citizens who actually pause to ACKNOWLEDGE the contribution of former service people.

By Danny Tyree November 5, 2019
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I’m not proud of it, but I haven’t visited the now-disheveled cemetery on the hillside behind my late father’s childhood home in more than 40 years. Willie Nelson was right when he mused, “Ain’t it funny how time slips away?”

By Danny Tyree October 29, 2019
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What can you say about the eavesdropper wannabes who sigh, “I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that conversation”?

By Danny Tyree October 7, 2019
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“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a perfect kid. And six of ‘em, yecch!” — Ann B. Davis as housekeeper Alice Nelson.

By Danny Tyree September 24, 2019
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