Danny Tyree

Can We Avoid A War Over Veterans Day? | Danny Tyree

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… Continue reading


Do You Have A Favorite Halloween Ghost Story? | Danny Tyree

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… Continue reading


Are You Throwing Away Too Much Clothing? | Danny Tyree

Remember when big news meant scientific breakthroughs, assassinations and economic meltdowns? Now the international headlines are reserved for the scandal (or heroism, take your pick)… Continue reading


Tired of Hollywood Keeping You in The Dark? | Tyrades!

When I was a mass communications major in college (alas, this was not TOO long after mass communications consisted of Columbus yelling, “Can you guys… Continue reading

Do You Aspire to Be A Fly on the Wall? | Tyrades!

What can you say about the eavesdropper wannabes who sigh, “I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that conversation”? Why is… Continue reading

Much More Than A Hunch: The Big Five-Oh for the Brady Bunch | Tyrades!

“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. No,… Continue reading

Can Scooby-Doo Really Be 50 Years Old? | Tyrades!

Do you long for the days when the only outbursts our delicate ears had to worry about were the Z word (“Zoinks!”) and the J… Continue reading

Are You Under the Sway of Kid Influencers? | Danny Tyree

First, some disclaimers. When my son Gideon was in kindergarten and first grade, I indulged him by recording countless hours of hyperactive, unseen-outside-the-family DVDs he… Continue reading

Is It Too Late to Get Hooked on Fishing? | Tyrades!

July 5, 1970 was a red-letter day in my childhood. On a Sunday afternoon fishing trip with my little brother and late father, I caught… Continue reading

Woodstock at 50: What Might Have Been | Tyrades!

For various reasons, my graduating class has seen two milestone anniversaries sail by without a class reunion materializing. So, I can understand the disappointment of… Continue reading

Rapunzel vs. Frankenstein: Yes, That’s A Thing | Tyrades!

I’m a big softie when it comes to children’s books. I remember my first library card (TWO trips to the library that glorious day!), and… Continue reading

Dollar Stores: Do You Know the Tricks of Shopping There? | Tyrades!

“What to buy (and not to buy) at the dollar store,” blared the headline for a Washington Post analysis of retail chains such as Dollar… Continue reading

Apollo 11 Golden Anniversary: Something for Everyone? | Tyrades!

I feared that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing might get eclipsed by other celebrations (the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the… Continue reading

Slow Drivers: Are They Driving You Insane? | Tyrades!

Some people never break the posted speed limit, they gingerly seal it in bubble wrap. While lead-footed daredevils announce, “Put the pedal to the metal,”… Continue reading

Feline-Friendly Hotels: Catastrophe or Cat’s Meow? | Tyrades!

Sure, when my family goes on vacation, the predictable frustrations include getting the SUV tuned up, packing clothes and toiletries, fighting traffic and encountering outrageous… Continue reading

More Thoughts That Should Keep You Awake at Night | Tyrades!

No single theme grabbed my attention this week, so we’re back to a potpourri of random thoughts. For instance, I often encounter news reports about… Continue reading

Do You Live In One of the Fun States? | Tyrades!

“You think there’s not a lot goin’ on/But look closer, baby, you’re so wrong…” - from the theme to Canada’s brilliant “Corner Gas” TV show.… Continue reading

The Year Without A Father’s Day | Tyrades!

“This is the time to remember, ‘cause it will not last forever.” - Billy Joel According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a… Continue reading

How Will Your Family Mark D-Day’s 75th Anniversary? | Tyrades!

Twenty years ago this June, when my father’s youngest sister Gwendol passed away, I glanced over at dad during the funeral and thought, “He looks… Continue reading

Are Four-Day School Weeks the Wave of the Future? | Tyrades!

According to NBC News, a growing number of school districts (especially in rural areas) are experimenting with a four-day week. In many cases, school boards… Continue reading