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Is It Really A Necessity Or Luxury

As today's economy becomes a major factor in how all of us plan for tomorrow, I just wonder if any of you have started...

It’s Tough Doing It By Yourself

Through the years, I have found myself to be one to not ask for help no matter what. I have built decks where you...

New Things Ahead For The New Year

Well, I'm finally going to do it. With the prospects of it happening, there were those who suggested it, others greeted it with happiness,...

A Drive Into The History Books On Sun And Water

As you tune into CNN these days, the news that is broadcast is centering around the final launch of one of the space shuttles...

Fickle Weather Causes Read to Wane for ‘Maters and Berries

This spring has been one of some unusual weather in the Volunteer state, as well as the rest of the continental United States. Snow...

Heads and Rocks Don’t Mix

Did you know that 95 percent of all available fresh water is in the ground? With the recent winter rains and snows, water has...

I Am Learning To Endure

Recently, I turned 61 years of age, and after all of the cards were read and the cake eaten, I realized that this accomplishment...

Government Men Visits Still Bother Uncle Sid

A recent invitation to the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon brought back the memory of an old story about my Uncle Sid's visit...

It Comes With Age If You Follow Doctor’s Orders

Once again, I found myself lying on my back in a surgical center waiting for a colonoscopy to be performed and getting to know...

What’s Up The Government’s Sleeve

If you have ever watched a magic act, somewhere during the performance the magician will pull a rabbit out of a hat or maybe...

What T-Shirt Should You Wear

I love my state this time of the year! You can tell you are in Tennessee when the days begin to warm and the...

Will You Remember The Day Known As 9-11

  While driving to work Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my cell phone rang and I noticed on the digital screen that the call was...

Bank Vault Makes Good Tornado Shelter”¦ But Keep Your Hands In Your Pocket

During this time of the year, my thoughts return back to the days of my elementary childhood during the late fifties and early sixties....

Scratching Ain’t Polite

There's a story I heard the other day, over at Sewell's, about one of our Tennessee cousins having one of our other cousins from...

Feed The Hungry As You Help Balance Nature

A very common sight these days along Tennessee's rural roadways is the sudden image of flickering bright white tails of deer as they spring...

He Walked On Water

With more than forty-four years on the job, which kept me in an automobile much of the time, I have spent a lot of...

Heat and Dry Weather Comes to Uncle Sid’s

As I pulled into the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's the other day, I was already looking forward to sitting...

Country Store Farmer Talk Over Pizza

  You know there is a new day coming when you see four elderly farmers having pizza in a country store in southern Middle...

When The Colonel Came To Visit And Stayed

On a cold January day, my dog, which I had rescued from the local shelter and instantly became a member of the family for...

July 4th Will Be The Day The Politicians Will Meet And Greet

As we rapidly approach another 4 of July celebration and yet another election year, I can't help but wonder what our founding fathers would...

Farm Bureau Policy Redirects Farm Bill

  During the 93rd Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation held recently, Tennessee's voting delegates to the event had an opportunity to...

Death Tax Just Won’t Die

Over a baloney sandwich and cold drink Uncle Sid was talking to the gang down at the country store, when Billy Bithers for some...

Don’t Touch The Brownies

It was just about the end for poor ole Farmer Brown as he lay on his deathbed barely able to breathe. Just as he...

Time Again For Farm And City Cousins To Meet

Since November has arrived, most of us are starting to think about the next holiday coming up that will involve a lot of eating....

Time To Get Into Sales

As the storms rolled through Tennessee on the morning of April 27, I was one of those who watched as I saw trees and...

All I Could Say Was Yes Sir

  It had been a while since I had made the trip out to this part of the county to visit with my relatives....

Labor Day Is Here and Fall Is Around The Corner

The last holiday of the summer season is upon us and everyone will have to wait until Thanksgiving to get another one of those...

Horse Hair Snake Shows Up After All These Years

I saw one the other day. It was swimming in a stream of water after a mid-winter rain near my drive and it looked...

January Cold Got To Me Already

With the holidays all over and the weather being pretty much on the cold side the last few weeks in Tennessee, winter has been...

Careful Near The Water

As summer's soaring temperatures bring out water-lovers to cool themselves by splashing about in local swimming holes, concern also increases about water safety. I...

Crispy-Cold Nights And Coonhounds

As the seasons change and our fall nights turn into crispy-cold evenings, somewhat with the feel of sticking your head into a deep freeze...

Time To Stop Gogglin

Cheese pie is an old dish our family has enjoyed for years and Aunt Sadie's is guaranteed to stop up every artery you have....

Open Up Commerce With Cuba Or Not

As the chartered four-prop plane touched down on the runway of the Josemarti-LaHarana Airport in Havana, Cuba, I, along with thirty other semi-anxious people,...

Flood Causes Farmers To Rethink Corn Or What

As the flood waters slowly retreat around West and Middle Tennessee, farmers are taking another look at what their fields may hold in the...

They Went Home Leaving The Death Tax Still Unburied

With election day looming on the proverbial November 2 date, the House of Representatives voted September 29 to head home to shake a few...

It’s Time To Start Digging

Recently, I passed a church sign that had some really good words of wisdom lettered upon it. It said, "Don't be caught leaning on...

Attic Treasures As Valuable As The Pyramid’s

I recently had the task of cleaning out the attic at my parents' farm as we prepared to turn the house over to someone...

Plenty More To Do This Summer

After a great July 4 holiday break, I was driving to work one morning when I passed a school that had a notice on...

Practical or Non-Practical Doesn’t Apply To I Love You

In just a few days, it will be that time of the year when women think of romantic things, men panic and florists hope...

Get The State Fair Fever

Have you ever wondered what is the best of Tennessee? I know we have the music, the Smoky Mountains, Walking Horses, lots of great...

No Jumping Off The Building Today

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." I...

Practical or Non-Practical Can All Depend On Where The Dog Is Lying

In just a few days, it will be that time of the year when women think of romantic things, men panic and florists hope...

Uncle Sid Doesn’t See Too Bad Of A Winter

With one of the wettest falls on record just occurring the past couple of months and folks wondering just what this winter is going...

Is Cousin Clod Happy?

Since I no longer drive to work, I now am pleasantly awakened each weekday to the sound of my favorite radio station WSM and...

A Story Truly Worth Repeating

After spending time recently in a meeting of the Tennessee House Agriculture Committee as they discussed things I consider important to me, as well...

Sorghum Crop Helped By Rain

The rain this summer may have been a problem for those who were looking for a good pumpkin crop this fall or even a...

How About A Tennessee Christmas

It's beginning to look more like Christmas everyday. The neighborhood lawns have turned into what could be classified as a center for a source...

The Day Is What You Make It

When a person retires, I'm told many people find themselves looking for things to do and wish that they had continued at the old...

A Christmas Memory From The Firestone Store

It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning recently when I proceeded to turn my front yard and home into a display of holiday...

Olympic Withdrawal

The other night as I sat down to enjoy some TV, I realized that I really miss not being able to see the Olympic...

Political Debates Need White Enamel Drinking Dipper Experience

'I owe all of my success to a white, enamel drinking dipper with a red ring around the edge.' - Pettus L. Read, December...

Change The State Seal?

  While trying to leave the office late one evening my phone rang at that magical hour where if you answer it the results...

Cold Day Wondering

As the final cold winds of February made their way across the cedar tree and ice covered Tennessee farmland of my Versailles homestead recently,...

Getting Old Is Mandatory

Uncle Sid told me an old saying one time, which is, "Getting old is mandatory; growing up is optional." Since experiencing some major surgery...

Make Mine Milk

June is a month that has its fair share of celebrations, and with its midway location in the calendar, it has become a month...

Organic Or All Natural With Uncle Sid

It was a beautiful Tennessee spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. Their white...

Summer Means Going To The Farmers Market

As the summer days arrive, more and more people are making visits to their local farmers markets to sample fresh grown produce right from...

Aunt Sadie’s Teacakes Questioned Out In California

I'm often asked questions about Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie whom I write about in my columns, which I appreciate very much. Those two...

Walking On Water Depends On You and The Boat

My job requires me to spend a lot of time on our Tennessee roads and when that time involves interstate driving, you find yourself...

From The Backseat Of An Old Desoto

I have been spending a lot of time lately working in a pick-your-own berry patch located almost in the heart of one of Tennessee's...

Horses That Go Klippy Klop

Not long ago, I wrote about the selling of my family home and many of the memories that were stirred from that experience. Of...

Many Attend ““ Few Understand

Professional baseball season recently opened with all of its fanfare and everyone once again took to the parks to watch the cowhide meet the...

Pearl Wants To Play Catch

The other night after attending Wednesday night prayer meeting, I returned home and parked my pickup in the garage. It was a pleasant June...

Tennessee Tradition Must Continue

Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us and especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds one...

Now Is Not Time To Take A Nap

Once again, we approach that date on the calendar that many of us will always remember as one when we experienced feelings of fear,...

When Is Natural Considered Natural

Trying to get acquainted with her first grade students at the start of school, a teacher recently asked them to tell her what has...

Hoping Against A Blizzard At Halloween

As the days slowly turn much warmer and the trees change to deep summer greens, farmers across Tennessee prepare for this year's cropping season....

They’re Here

I have seen in movie reviews, that once again, another poltergeist movie is coming to the big screen, with this one being in 3D...

Nothing Can Stop The Desire

Whenever I have the chance to meet up with a group of friends, there is always one question that never fails to get asked...

Is Frosty on Your Roof Yet?

Maybe I'm just getting old, there is certainly no debate on that subject, but I feel like we skipped a month between October and...

I Helped Pay For My Growing Up

In a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture news release, reporting the information from it's annual report, it states that a middle-income family with a...

Slap Dab In The Middle Of 2010

 When we all saw our first day of the year for 2010 way back in January and a sunny day welcomed the new...

Farm Bill Still In Disrepair

The past few weeks, I have received numerous calls from news reporters asking about the rumor that if we fall off the fiscal cliff...

Watch Your Dog During Dog Days

As summertime begins to go into its hottest period of discomfort for southern man and beast alike, I'm reminded of the days when air...

Ten “Shall Nots” Are Stronger Than Three Thousand “Shalls”

In all of my years of growing up, and yes I'm still growing up, I can remember the instructions of "shall nots" over all...

Springtime With Uncle Sid And Aunt Sadie

It was a beautiful Tennessee early spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. The...

Hand Washing Could Lead To Clean Air

I have heard all of my life that cleanliness is next to godliness. Those words have often been spoken by grandmothers, teachers, parents and...

A Visit On The Farm With Uncle Sid

It was a beautiful Tennessee early spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. The...

Wife’s Pocketbook Often Becomes Husband’s Millstone

Three years ago this month, my wife and I got the word of her impending cancer. At that time the early reports were not...

Santy Claus and Farmers Could Be One and The Same

Christmas out on the Read All About It Farm continues to be a favorite holiday and one that seems to cause me to enjoy...

Pennies In Bags of Water Make Flies Flee

The latest talk across Facebook pages these days is how to prevent flies at your next cookout. I don't mean the Fly family that...

Let Kids Be Kids

During my days of "full-employment," I thought once I retired that stress would be something I would only feel during selecting a different choice...

My Hat Is Off To Teachers

With all the talk these days about teachers becoming a part of the line of defense against attacks and being allowed to carry guns...

John Adams Predicted We Would Have Fireworks

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

New Dairy Teaches Students About Real Life

As the weather in our state during these next few months seems to turn more like conditions you would expect more so in the...

Pull Up Your Britches And Quit Whining

While driving to the post office to send off my donation to the government the other day after completing my income taxes, I saw...

Farm Bill Fiscally Responsible

The groundhog up in Pennsylvania saw his shadow, I understand, suggesting that we are looking at six more weeks of winter. Since the first...

Is The Wallet A Lost Art

Some days, the news media finds it really difficult to come up with news. Of course, that is not always a bad thing, but...

Oh Deer! ‘Tis the Season for Deer and Autos to Collide

If you are like me, and bless your heart if you are, there is never a day that goes by when I drive on...

Giggin Has Hoppy Ending

During the years I spent in elementary and high school, each morning was begun with the entire class bowing our heads in prayer and...

There Are Two Sides To Every Story

My name is Pettus Read and I'm a meat eater. No bones about it (no pun intended), but I do enjoy a good steak...

You Rang?

A few years ago, there was a big push to get everyone on the National Do Not Call Registry for your home telephone. After...

A Tax Is A Fine For Doing Well

For the past few weeks I have spent my days and nights recovering from surgery that required me to use my time avoiding bending,...

New Companion

A few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and get something that has been gone from my life for over six years....

Bug Takes Going Green Too Far On Ash Trees

Just as I reported way back in August of 2010, that it looked like we had made it through the summer without the usual...

The Year 2010 Is Up To all Of Us

All across Tennessee everyone is once again preparing for another new year. With 2010 on the horizon, parties are planned, resolutions are being made,...

Three-Year-Old Event Still Causes Giggin’

As a farm writer, I often receive communications from readers who have opinions about my subjects and sometimes their opinions may not agree with...

Warming Up With Bubba Skinner

As the New Year makes its presence known by giving the state of Tennessee some real winter weather, that many seem to forget happens...

What Do You Do With An Unwanted Horse

Horses have always been special to me, and a part of my farm life as I grew up. We always had a horse or...

Forcing Farmers Will Lead Us To An European Outcome

The price of eggs is now 67 percent higher than a year ago and it looks like pork is on the same path. It...