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Harris Blackwood: Cherishing the Christmas meaning

It's Christmas. Well, it is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ.

December 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: 'Tis the season to be thankful for others

Once again, it is time for my annual column of thanks.

November 20, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Maintain respect when it comes to politics

In the online world, I have lots of friends with varying political views.

November 13, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: New book has century of Gainesville High stories

It's hard to imagine, but the Gainesville Red Elephants have been playing football at the same place for a century.

November 06, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Costumes changing with times

We get several magazines each month at our house. Many of them are addressed to the dear woman who bears the burden of being married to me.

October 30, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Vote, let your voice be heard

I don't know anyone who actually stands around the water cooler, but we often use the idea of "water cooler conversations" to describe what average, everyday folks are chatting about.

October 23, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Hanging out with Orford's 'Sugar Daddy'

ORFORD, N.H. - Standing on Peter Thomson's back porch, you have a spectacular view of Mount Moosilauke, a 4,802-foot-high mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains.

October 16, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Avoid distractions and use your seat belt

I try not to use this space in connection with my real job. I am much more content to offer my take on everyday things, seasoned with a little spice of life.

October 09, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Be a good influence; become someone’s anchor

A few years ago, the term "active shooter" was not in our vocabulary. Today, it seems one is about every week.

October 02, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating sale prices with store managers.

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Enjoy every moment life gives you

We are unique creatures on this planet. We are the only ones who have a soul. We have the need for human companionship and long for those who we love and have lost.

September 18, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Something puzzling about new shoes with scuffed look

Getting a new pair of shoes was a big deal when I was kid.

September 04, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Enjoying the adventures along Route 66

Sometimes I think I may have fit in better in an earlier generation. I would have loved to have been around in the heyday of Route 66, the great American road that stretched from Chicago to the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles.

August 28, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Kudzu causes fussing and cussing in the yard

Kudzu was introduced to the United States at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. In the 1930s, kudzu was thought to be a wonderful way to control erosion in the South.

August 21, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Harris Blackwood: Looking for survival in Sears Roebuck

Richard Sears was a railroad freight agent in North Redwood Falls, Minn.

January 22, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Honoring the legacy of a longtime friend

There are events in this life that often leave us longing for more. It can be a great meal, a good book or movie or ...

January 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Paying a tribute to the creator of the red Solo Cup

On the long list of people who died in 2016 is the name of Robert Hulseman.

January 08, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: New year brings a welcome do-over for us all

Sometimes, when I am writing the column, I start out with an idea and it just falls flat. When that happens, I will highlight everything ...

January 01, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Rekindling goodness at Christmas

In the Broadway musical, "Mame," one scene takes place around Thanksgiving 1929.

December 18, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The beauty of a gift box for Christmas

The guy who invented the clear plastic clamshell packaging is not one of my favorite people.

December 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: High and low notes of Christmas carols

I asked my friends on social media to weigh-in this week on Christmas carols and songs.

December 04, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwoood: Maintaining the Christmas kindness year-round

A popular doughnut chain has a neon sign that is illuminated when it sells freshly glazed, hot doughnuts. It has lured me in more than ...

November 27, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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