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Winter Olympic Withdrawal Can Be Cured

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

Time To Tell The Firestone Story

Back in the day when I held a real job instead of being retired, I remember one December evening riding on a shuttle bus...

Still Behind The Times

I consider myself as one who enjoys talking about the old days, but really appreciates my modern conveniences. I've lived without running water, indoor...

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...

Pulling Together Like Buddy

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get real interesting at times. Just recently, I found...

Walking Around Sense

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

It Comes Around Every Five Years

The Agricultural Statistics Service in Tennessee is a very important source in our state for agricultural information that keeps all of us informed on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lawyer And Farmer Debate Cow

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel this great state and visit our rural areas. One of my favorite stops is...

Non-GMO Pledge Made Me Pick Another Spread

The other day as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle of my favorite food store, I was stopped in my tracks as...

Laughing Dolphins And Beach Attire

Memorial Day was the unofficial kick-off to summer and as the children get out for a short vacation from school, many of you may...

If you don’t eat, don’t worry about farmers going out of business

I may be edging slowly into the early 60s of my age, but I'm not going to be left behind when it comes to...

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 A Short Commute But An Important Job

With June being National Dairy Month, and a major celebration within the Volunteer State for a lot of years, this year will be no...

Rice Becomes Latest Victim

As a mere child, which seems like a long time ago, I was always told to clean my plate and eat all my vegetables...

From a Pole Wired to a Fence Post

I have to admit that during the winter months I am a TV watcher addict. Yes, it is true that I enjoy settling down...

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...

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...

What’s Over The Horizon?

For some reason, the month of July has always been special for me to take in the observation of the moon. No, I'm not...

By 2050 9 Billion Folks To Feed

When one starts fending for himself, it is amazing what food source a single man can retrieve from today's modern food outlets. While shopping...

Coming Soon To A Tree Near You

It has taken them 13 years to make their return to be seen by the public in Tennessee with their ugly, large red eyes,...

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...

Sunday Drive Not What It Use To Be For Sid And Sadie

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

The Road We All Have To Travel

I've had the opportunity to live what some folks would call a "charmed life." I was born in a rural part of Tennessee on...

They Were Farmers And Much More

In the rural country sides of this state, everyday traditions and simpler lifestyles seem to be the norm among the families I have known...

What’s An Uber-Conservative Anyway

  Over the last few weeks and with the coming of the New Year, in Tennessee, winter has been the major discussion topic around...

Belt Tightening And Flying

We just witnessed a major discussion over our country's debt problems and it really put all of us in a time of concern that...

Oil Floors Helped Create NASCAR

While visiting one of my county schools lately, I was amazed at what is readily available for children to get an education with these...

Hold That Hog A Little Higher

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

Bird Of Courage

As the dust slowly settles from this country's most expensive elections ever, many are still attempting to analyze the results and just what the...

Ernest T. Voiced His Opinion

My favorite television programs are the old reruns of the Andy Griffith Show. Not those in color but the black and white ones where...

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...

Good Luck For The New Year

  I hope your New Year's celebration was truly a site to behold. At my house it was sort of peaceful. No, Dick Clark's...

Two Boys And A Tennessee Sinkhole

Having grown up in rural Tennessee, I have seen my share of sinkholes. Sinkholes have been in the news lately and they can become...

Farm Ponds Did Freeze Once Upon A Time

It had been one of the coldest winters Tennessee had experienced in quite a while. It was the winter of 1964 and temperatures had...

State Fair Belongs To Tennessee’s Citizenry

Growing up on a farm allowed me the advantage of experiencing life in somewhat of a simpler manner than those who have spent their...

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...

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...

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....

Uncle Sid Goes HD

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...

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...

Bragging and Braying Is Determined By The Length Of The Ears

Mark Twain is one individual whose writings and quotes I have always enjoyed, beginning at an early age. After all these years that his...

New Ag Commissioner Comes From Good Stock

If you haven't heard it by now, then let me be the one to tell you that the next commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee...

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...

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...

Do Geese And Worms Really Know About Winter

On the first day of November, I saw two large V-formations of geese extremely high in the sky headed south. Seeing their migration movement...

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Own Way

When you write a column on a weekly basis and it is the type of column that I usually write, very often you find...

The Closeness of a MRI

Each morning when I rise, I usually look out my bedroom window to check the day the good Lord has blessed me with. From...

Cold Winter Air Brings on Clear Thinking

It was an afternoon after one of the TV news talk shows had discussed pretty negatively many of the items found in the national...

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...

Forget The Cold And Grow A Garden

  As the first of the year settles in and the celebrations subside, it is now that time of the season to turn our...

Tennessee Cedar Tree Fragrance Helps Make Christmas

If there is anything that brings back Christmas memories for me, is the smell of freshly cut evergreens around this time of the year,...

Once In Print Always In Print

While researching a subject I was writing about the other day, I had the chance to go back through the more than 1000 columns...

Five Food Patterns Don’t Fit Me

  Since I have become the chief cook and bottle washer at my house after becoming a widower a couple years back, the eating...

Important Find In Your Mailbox

On the first day that the mail ran for the New Year, when I opened my rusty old mailbox, I was pleasantly surprised with...

Celebrate Spring With A Visit To The Garden Store

This month, the celebration of spring is being hailed by many as they visit their local garden stores to buy seed, weed killer, kick...

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...

What Winter Is It?

Once again, down at the store, the talk is centered on what kind of winter we are in the grips of, and the vote...

People Have Become Less Farm Savvy

  The majority of today's population in this country is as much as three generations removed from the farm and the knowledge about what...

Please Don’t Call Cornbread Dressin Stuffing

It's that time once again to get your elastic waistband clothing out of the closet and prepare for another Thanksgiving feast. Diets will be...

Electronically Sick World By News Overload

  As I got up this morning, I turned on the TV to check out just what had happened over the hours I had...

National Ag Day Arrives With Spring

It seems each year, as I place a new calendar on the wall, there are new days marked in red to honor something none...

Wild Hogs Root’n Up Tennessee

Over the past several years, the reintroduction of some wildlife into our Tennessee landscape has meant new adaptations in many areas of the state....

Stealing A Halloween Pumpkin Can Change Your Life

It's almost that time once again to get the kitchen knife out and grandma's old dish pan and start carving away at a helpless...

A Simple Cigar Box

You just never know how someone else will interpret what your intentions are until they are placed in the position to have to make...

Buttons Was A Dog Who Cared

Buttons was a Boston terrier dog that became a favorite at our house back in my early childhood. She was very loveable and sort...

Why Does The Fattest Bug Hit The Middle Of The Windshield

 It was one of those late summer nights when the humidity was finally taking a turn to the better and a full Grain...

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...

It Is Hard To Break The Work Habit

  Having grown up on a dairy farm in Middle Tennessee, I was taught at an early age that work was something a person...

Put Your Feet In Their Shoes

For the next several weeks I'm involved in my county sheriff's citizen academy, where I have the opportunity to learn a whole lot about...

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...

Asian Lady Beetles Are Real Stinkers

 I despise Asian lady beetles. They moved into my house last fall and have taken up housekeeping like an unwanted relative. They stink,...

True That There Are No GMOs In Cheerios

Sure will be glad to see nice weather come back to the Volunteer State. These up and down polar vortex changes have just about...

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...

The Term Factory Farm Is A Degrader To Today’s Agriculture

A few holiday seasons ago, Aunt Sadie stopped by the local post office to buy a few stamps for her Christmas cards. Mrs. Sprinkle,...

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,...

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...

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...

Good Advice From Mother

During a recent visit to the local grocery store, I heard a young mother give her toddler some advice that I had not heard...

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,...

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...

Learning From Fat Mice

The more I face change and attempt to explain it to others, the more I realize that wisdom and understanding are totally different things....

Is It Worth It?

With new grandbabies showing up in my household, you would never think that the granddaddy would be the one getting the vaccinations, but that...

Yes There Will Be A Tennessee State Fair This Year

I know it has been a long hot summer, but as nighttime temperatures attempt to fall somewhat and country crickets start to sing a...

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...

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...

Adjusting To Global Warming

I keep having people ask me if I have adjusted to retirement. Since it has only been just a month since I turned off...

Where Did The Year Go

If you are reading this, I guess we made it past December 21. But, does anyone know where 2012 went? Did the days of...

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....

Taters Come From The Freezer And Not The Ground For Today’s Kids

"Trends around this country continue to indicate that we Americans are buying more expensive convenience food items for preparation at home, as well as...

Too Many Plows And No Place To Plow

Uncle Sid told me one time, "Boy, don't sell your mule to buy a plow." His country wisdom has been an important part of...

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...

It Has Been So Hot”¦

For the last couple of weeks, the weather has been the perfect source for a continuous supply of those "it has been so hot...

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...

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...

Anybody Want To Run For Public Office

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get really interesting at times. A lot of people...