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As I write this year-end essay about 2022 trends in food and dining, I must confess that I’m playing catch-up.I have obligations and hobbies, so I wasn’t technically paying attention (i.e., … more
Whose pandemic strategy really saved lives? Which states or countries lost the most people to the virus? Or to the unintended consequences of mitigation efforts? Now there’s finally some clear, … more
One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970’s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a … more
When writing advertising copy, I sometimes find myself desperately searching for a zinger of a tag line — and settling for trite admonitions such as “Make this the best hunting season ever” or … more
Her name was Ruby. She was one of mine. A sophomore. I offered her one-on-one support in my academic lab as an intervention tier for kids who needed extra pushes in the right direction.I see her … more
As a recession looms on the horizon, many people understandably are worried about their finances and job security. While these concerns are not unfounded, constant worry and stress about things that … more
President Joe Biden vowed to end the federal government’s use of private priszons on the campaign trail. His campaign platform further stated that “the federal government should not use private … more
Danny Tyree is a lifelong small-town southerner and nationally-syndicated columnist. Danny welcomes email responses at and visits to his Facebook fan page “Tyree’s Tyrades.” more
My dog Thurber has been lying to me.It only figures, because it’s impossible to avoid mistruths these days.We just exited a miserable election cycle in which truth stretching, name calling and vote … more
When it comes to sappy holiday movies, you either scorn them as you would another pair of reindeer-themed socks, or you eagerly binge on offerings such as “My Southern Family Christmas,” produced … more
It’s 6:30 a.m., and my wife already has the news silently scrolling in the dark. “Colorado Springs,” she says. My bleary eyes focus on the carnage — again. It’s been six years since she … more
Is the glass half empty or half full? In my experience it’s always been half full — and that’s one of many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. We lost my father … more
Please pardon me, but I am always overcome by mawkish sentimentality at this time of year.I cannot contain my gratitude. I am thankful for a paycheck and sunsets and modern plumbing and mobility and … more
I’m proud of my son Gideon for doing his civic duty and casting a vote for the first time.(This comes mere months after he did his civic duty and signed up for Selective Service. And, would you … more
The media frequently justify their election coverage with claims that a vital democracy needs a well-informed public. Unfortunately, their coverage often repeats long-standing myths about politics … more
Last December, Richard Molina was ousted as mayor of Edinburg, Texas.Why should you care? Because what happened to Molina in Edinburg could be coming to a town near you. Our cautionary tale begins … more
Perhaps it’s partly because my mother owns a huge antique desk from Milky Way Farm (the former estate of Franklin C. Mars, founder of Mars Candies), but I pay keen attention to the annual flurry of … more
Since the Reagan era of the 1980s, we have heard arguments from various quarters lamenting the supposed “fact” that studying liberal arts or the humanities in general was a colossal waste of … more
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