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  • Rutledge: If stink bugs were edible

    February 26, 2016 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    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 - 10:29pm

    I must apologize to Patty Loveless, one of Nashville’s finest female vocalists.

  • Rutledge: Honestly officer

    January 8, 2016 - 10:29pm

    Commercial vehicle drivers often receive awards indicating the number of safe-driving years they have accomplished.

  • Rutledge: Leaving home for home

    January 1, 2016 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    Staying up with the kids and their trendy ways is impossible these days.

  • Rutledge: Green, green grass of home

    December 11, 2015 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    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 - 10:18pm

    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 - 9:18pm

    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 - 9:18pm

    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 - 9:18pm

    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 - 9:18pm

    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 - 9:28pm

    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 - 9:28pm

    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 - 9:28pm

    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 - 9:28pm

    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 - 9:28pm

    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.

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