One of the highlights of my 93-year-old mother’s week is when she receives an inspirational essay from a church lady (Hi, Regina!) who maintains a mailing list for special people.

Yes, the world is flooded with anxieties, conflicts and doubts. Many of us need someone hitting us over the head with a metaphorical two-by-four on a weekly/daily/hourly basis — refocusing our thoughts on truisms about perseverance, forgiveness, friendship, self-worth and happiness. (And about counting to 10 when some insufferable busybody bugs us concerning whether the metaphorical two-by-four comes from a metaphorical sustainable forest.)

Danny welcomes email responses at and visits to his Facebook fan page “Tyree’s Tyrades.”

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