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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Putting Money In A Mason Jar Is Not A Bad Idea

Putting Money In A Mason Jar Is Not A Bad Idea Each day as I check out the news, I hear the continued story line...

New Trade Agreement Could Help Tennessee Farmers

  This year Tennessee could realize the highest production of corn on record since 1917 if forecasters are right, so says the USDA Agricultural...

Why The Media Show By HSUS?

A video shot last year by an undercover employee of the Humane Society of the United States, better known as HSUS, showing Walking Horse...

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...

If The Elastic Is Good, No Reason To Buy New Ones

While walking through one of our fine shopping malls last weekend, I made some interesting observations on what has become of America, along with...

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...

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...

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...

Good Time To Build A Fire Ring

I just recently completed a stone fire ring on my place that has with it history that dates back to the days before the...

Uncle Sid’s Lesson In Time Management

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...

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...

A Special Bottle In The Ocean

On July 1, a lot of new legislation that was passed during the last session of the Tennessee Legislature became law. I don't know...

Time to Move Up The Healthy Chart

Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the United Health Foundation's report entitled "America's Health Rankings" which lists the healthiest states to...

Keep Your Ears And Eyes Open

Can you believe it has only been two years since we made a decision on who goes to the Legislature? Just like you, I...

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...

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...

Uncle Sid Calls The Election

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

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...

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...

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...

Who’s Keeping Score

The other day as I pulled in the long, gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm, the wind was blowing to beat...

The New Frontier Is Still Here

"...I stand here tonight facing west on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch three thousand miles behind us, the...

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...

Century Farms On Facebook

A few weeks back, I received an invitation to be the speaker for the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was one of...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Follow The Example Of A Good Farm Dog

When the term farm animal is mentioned in conversation or in writing, most of us assume the obvious and think of a cow. Cows...

Push 1 If You Wish To Punch Someone Out

During the recent rainy season we all have experienced lately, my phone landline service developed a leak, causing me to lose contact with the...

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...

Something Else To Begin

I have found out that when something ends something else begins, at least that has been the way it has worked in my life....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

My Feeders Are Not A Deer’s McDonald’s

As a young boy walking the lanes of my grandparents' farm, I often heard the beautiful calls of a certain bird that seemed to...

Do You Know Who You Are

While sitting with a group of friends eating Mexican food recently, we got into a discussion of family names and birthdays. One had just...

Country Boy Survives Winter Storm

The recent winter weather, along with the state of emergency being issued in the Volunteer State, has sent many of us into a state...

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...

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...

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...

Death May Be Coming To Death Tax In Tennessee

  "The death tax does nothing but punish small businessmen and farmers building for the next generation. Unlike Washington, Tennessee plans for the future....

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...

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....

Don’t forget the little things

Winter attempted to make a swipe into the hills and valleys of Tennessee during the week of Valentine's, and the people of the Volunteer...

September Equinox Starts It In Motion

I love this time of the year. September is slipping over the horizon and the month of October is the same as here. October...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Colloquialisms Have Their Place

Have you ever wondered how a colloquialism ever gets started and is it really intended to mean what it expresses? We all use them...

Disney Bans Snack Foods ““ What’s Next? Warning Labels On French Fries

In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek column I wrote a few years ago, I joked about the possibility of someday seeing warning labels on hamburgers, desserts...

Smartphones Are Taking The Fun Out

Recently, while attending a college basketball game, I made a nonscientific observation of what people do during the game that seems to be the...

Hang-Ups On The Clothesline

It is sure amazing how things have changed around the old homestead these days. We have all gone to looking for ways to save...

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...

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...

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,...

Shoot Up Here Among Us

The late country comedian Jerry Clower's most famous story was his coon huntin' story told about the time he and his Mississippi friends made...

It Only Takes 50 Licks To Celebrate

This year's Tennessee legislature debated a long list of subjects from handguns to honey bees, but none of them was as "refreshing" as the...

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...

Farm Bill Affects Every American

Who would have ever thought that the year 2012 would have seen not only a Congress deadlocked over passing farm legislation due to electoral...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

First Weekend In May 2010 Will Be Long Remembered

If you were anywhere near Middle or West Tennessee in the last several days, you have been well schooled in the term "flood plain"...

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...

Get Your Photo ID Early To Vote

When I first heard that legislation was being considered to require a government-issued photo ID to vote in Tennessee elections, a strange cold chill...

Wet Paint Sign Causes Us To Touch

  Just recently, I was told by a highway official that they no longer place signs of that type on questionable curves and areas,...

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...

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Who would have ever thought that come this time of the year, yards would be growing like mid-spring, gardens would have to be weeded...

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...

Get You A Sundrop Bottle

The other day as I waited in line at a traffic light, I noticed the car in front of me and the two beside...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

It Takes Conventional Agriculture To Feed A Nation

I have never been an active hunter or fisherman, but continue to be real supportive of those who do enjoy the sport of 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...

Compromise Is Tough To Do These Days

On a cold and wintery day during the 94th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau held in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel this...

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...

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...

Already Starting to Miss 2014

Just the other day, I picked up my annual Normal Rockwell calendar from the drug store for 2015, and as I thumbed through the...

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...

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....

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...

The Ag Census Is Coming

  Back during the past holiday season, Aunt Sadie had stopped by the local post office to buy a few stamps for her Christmas...