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...

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...

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...

For The Welfare Of Mankind And A Country Boy’s Family

That cold early spring afternoon that I pulled into the old building's parking lot, the structure seemed to have lost all of its protecting...

Federal Government Trying To Decide What’s Safe For Farm Kids

I must say I was taught the value of work, and becoming a contributing member of the family at a very early age, due...

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...

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...

Wasps Are Building Like Crazy

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Following Procedure Depends On Who Has The Ball

Over in South Carolina, a few years ago, 200 catfish lost their lives. After careful investigation by local authorities and noticing that most of...

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,...

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...

Lucky Grandkids

My grandchildren sure are lucky and the reason is because their Granddaddy is just about as big of a kid as they are when...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

They Sold Trigger The Other Day

I got an email from my son back around the thirteenth of July that just sort of slid the butter right off of my...

Xerox The Dog

Last night, I was looking through a box of old photographs of my mother's and made a discovery I had been over-looking for years....

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...

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...

Protecting Our Groundwater Involves Us All

Having grown up on a Middle Tennessee dairy farm, I was taught early to respect the groundwater that supplied our rural area of this...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

And You Still Can’t Make a Mater Saminch

Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown maters and I'm still finding folks who can't make a mater saminch. I...

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...

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...

Peer Pressure Helped Inoculations

Recently, while eating lunch at a local sandwich place, where if you eat their sandwiches you are suppose to get skinny, I overheard a...

The First Frosty Night Of The Season

A coonhound on a trail on a cold frosty night always reminds me of my father who was an avid coon hunter. Recently, while...

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...

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...

Who’s In Charge Of The Chicken?

I enjoy watching people at airports when I'm waiting for a flight. I guess that comes from all the years I spent as a...

Get Involved Or You May Get A “Punkin” When You Vote

Can you believe it is that time again when we have the opportunity to be involved in elections for those who want to go...

Reached The Age Of Government Signup

On this day that I write this column, I finally have reached the age of Medicare signup. I have too much invested already in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Purple Hues of Henbit Return Again to Add to Spring’s Arrival

As I have been driving the back roads of Tennessee the last few days, I have noticed an interesting purple hue forming across the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Don’t Worry, They Are Going Home

It looks like the state legislature is headed home early this year. All we have to wait for now is harmony and peace in...

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...

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,...

Sometimes You Never Know When You’re Better Off

I'll  never forget that warm September morning as I headed off to work when my cell phone rang with a call from my county...

Your Bumper Sticker Made Me Do It

While preparing to turn right with the green light the other evening at a fairly busy intersection, I noticed another car coming from the...

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...

Slipping Off From Chores To Learn From The Best

The day after the Fourth of July, I spent the afternoon in our local theater watching a movie I had been waiting on for...

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,...

Heat Lightning Brings Back Thoughts Of Back Porch Wash Ups

While driving back to the farm the other night, I could see in the distant sky "heat lightning" flashing across the heavens in all...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Don’t Tell An Agriculturist There Are No Farmers

While stopping by the Quickity Sack the other day to pick up a bottle of water, a farmer saw some of his discussion buddies...

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...

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...

Where The Farm Waters Flow

On one of those surprising cool summer evenings we had recently, I took my "red-neck" golf cart out for a late evening drive around...

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...

Your Foot Will Never Get Well As Long As There Is A Horse Standing...

The late Erma Bombeck wrote a book entitled "The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank" and in years past that may have...

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...

The Harvest Moon Sets The Stage For Fall

Fall has officially arrived and it is my favorite time of the year. It always has been since I was a child, but it...

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...

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...

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...