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Help! There’s suddenly a teenager in the Tyree house! Yes, my son Gideon just turned 13. He’s a good kid with a bright future, but… Continue reading
My mother’s favorite supermarket is undergoing a mysterious “repeal and replace” operation with its senior discount program. Of course nerves are on edge. Senior discounts… Continue reading
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” — William Shakespeare. The story went viral, so you’ve… Continue reading
I wish I could tell you that my old alma mater (Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tennessee) still publishes a student newspaper, but that… Continue reading
Since Presidents’ Day is fast approaching, it is appropriate that three of the books I’m currently juggling on my Kindle Fire are “Lady Bird and… Continue reading
While brainstorming angles for this Valentine’s Day column, it suddenly occurred to me that this February 14 will be the 30th my wife and I… Continue reading
The circus and I go way back. Most of my childhood memories are unanchored by a calendar; but on July 8, 1966 I cajoled my… Continue reading
It seems there’s a shortage of the old Hollywood Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland “Hey, kids - let’s put on a show!” exuberance. My son… Continue reading
On January 1, France implemented a new law that gives workers the legal “right to disconnect” from emails and other digital correspondence from co-workers and… Continue reading
If your New Year’s resolutions crash and burn, don’t despair. According to an article in “Forbes” magazine, only eight percent of people achieve their New… Continue reading
Believe me, I understand if you’re ambivalent or even disdainful of the religious aspects of Christmas. I understand why you couldn’t care less which festive… Continue reading
I’ll bet you a can of Who Hash that you didn’t realize the classic holiday special “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (based on… Continue reading
When I was a preschooler, I lived across the road from Rufus Foster. I still attend church with his widow. One of many memorable things… Continue reading
“The Best 25 Inventions of 2016” blares the cover of the November 16 issue of “Time.” I don’t have the space to do injustice to… Continue reading
According to the New York Daily News, the 2016 presidential election is dividing families on Thanksgiving. Don’t be surprised if the occasion brings empty seats… Continue reading
In her job as a community college biology teacher, my wife encounters many older students who have decided to reinvent themselves following widowhood, divorce or… Continue reading
Remember a time when autumn meant burning leaves instead of burning Samsung Note 7 phones?
A disturbing number of the rustic 19th-century farmhouses, quaint dry goods emporiums and fascinatingly grimy automotive garages I remember from childhood have, over the years, burned down or met with a wrecking ball.
"So, are you still writing for the paper?"
"I wish I'd found you 10 or 12 years ago!"