Rutledge: If stink bugs were edible
February 26, 2016 - 11:29pm
My mother is looking forward to springtime, when she can get out of the house and go hunting.
Rutledge: Sleeping better after saying goodbye
February 19, 2016 - 11:29pm
We said goodbye to an old friend last weekend and used the money to buy a new one.
Rutledge: Kids today know how to play
February 12, 2016 - 11:29pm
My cousin, Wayne Scarbrough, plays several instruments well, and he’s nearly as old as I am.
Rutledge: An unlikely highway hero
February 5, 2016 - 11:29pm
In the hallway near my new office, a manager from information technologies said he had ordered a new case for the small computer I’d been issued a few days before. “We’re getting you a special case,” he said. “It comes with a big magnet on the bottom.” He was having some fun with me.
Rutledge: Mountains and music ‘keep calling me home’
January 29, 2016 - 11:29pm
We didn’t move back to East Tennessee just for the music, but it might have been a deal breaker without guitars, fiddles and mandolins in the mix.
Rutledge: Let’s jump-start the economy
January 22, 2016 - 11:29pm
During the first few years after our family moved to Winterville in 2001, there was a gas station and convenience store on our regular route into Greenville that seemed determined to go out of business.
Rutledge: A gold record
January 15, 2016 - 11:29pm
I must apologize to Patty Loveless, one of Nashville’s finest female vocalists.
Rutledge: Honestly officer
January 8, 2016 - 11:29pm
Commercial vehicle drivers often receive awards indicating the number of safe-driving years they have accomplished.
Rutledge: Leaving home for home
January 1, 2016 - 11:18pm
When families move from one house to another, the final exit normally happens amid some level of chaos.
Rutledge: 'Kayshell!' means ‘I love you’
December 18, 2015 - 11:18pm
Staying up with the kids and their trendy ways is impossible these days.
Rutledge: Green, green grass of home
December 11, 2015 - 11:18pm
We were discussing my efforts toward putting our house on the market when my neighbor advised me to spread some winter rye grass seed.
Rutledge: Tips welcome
December 4, 2015 - 11:18pm
My buddy Joe Talbert has taken to answering the phone with a “tip of the day” whenever I call.
Rutledge: Giant sunglasses, discounts
November 27, 2015 - 11:18pm
During the pay portion of the self-checkout in the grocery store recently, the machine did something it had never done before.
Rutledge: One long shower
November 20, 2015 - 11:18pm
We had our utilities provider conduct one of those efficiency assessments on our house.
Rutledge: Better to let go than let rust
November 13, 2015 - 11:18pm
In the ongoing struggle to make our house market-ready, I was visited on Monday by professional carpet installers José and Alex.
Rutledge: Rockin' the chin skin
November 6, 2015 - 11:18pm
The older I get the more I admire Neil Young — and not just because he’s been “Rockin’ in the Free World” for decades.
Rutledge: Seeing lettuce, giant hogs
October 23, 2015 - 10:18pm
One sometimes can look at something, know what it is and still see something else. Take farm animals, for instance.
Rutledge: Old dogs, tender hearts
October 16, 2015 - 10:18pm
I was in the garage tinkering around with my dad’s old truck one evening this week when an old dog came wandering up the driveway.
Rutledge: Sealing the bluegrass deal
October 9, 2015 - 10:18pm
For three years in a row, the International Bluegrass Music Association has held its annual marquee event and homecoming right up the road from me in Raleigh — and three years in a row I have missed it.
Rutledge: Who hairs?
October 2, 2015 - 10:18pm
Feminine hair-care products should come with a warning label: “Not intended for middle-aged men trying to regain lost youth.
Rutledge: VW will roll on
September 25, 2015 - 10:28pm
When the news broke about Volkswagen cheating on emissions standards for some of its cars, I worried the company might not bounce back from such a terrible scandal.
Rutledge: The wheels of life
September 11, 2015 - 10:28pm
Driving my oldest daughter to school one recent morning, I shared with her how her grandfather has kept four wheels under me for most of my 38 years as a licensed driver.
Rutledge: Deferred gratification
September 4, 2015 - 10:28pm
The disgruntled husband in the Internet meme says to his wife: “If I tell you I’ll do something, that means I’ll do it.
Rutledge: All thumbs
August 28, 2015 - 10:28pm
My kids are all thumbs. Their mother and Verizon recently equipped all three of our teenage daughters with new iPhones.
Rutledge: He walked for 'warming'
August 21, 2015 - 10:28pm
According to those who study the weather, last month was the hottest July since the seventh month of the year was given a formal name.