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My car once ran without a battery, much less a computer

As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.

September 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Waiting for that first cool day of fall

In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.

September 19, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Silly ads are the side effect of too much TV

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


She may be far from home, but she's not alone

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 05, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Barebecuing chicken isn’t just cooking; it’s an art

There are some art forms you should not see in progress. When Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel, I doubt folks would have had a full appreciation of what he was doing until it was finished.

August 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Home, without a house — that’s where family memories live

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing. Grandmother Blackwood was widowed at a young age with four little boys to raise.

August 22, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Longing for those carefree days of whistles and songs

Mitch Miller died the other day. Unfortunately, the popularity of his style of music died many years before.

August 15, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Critters are getting a bit too bold for my taste

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 08, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Before friends depart, offer your kindness

I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the check-out when I saw a lady I knew from church.

August 01, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Dick Tracy was ahead of his time

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

July 24, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


You know you're an adult when your e-mail grows up

There comes a point in your life when you grow up.

July 17, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Calvin added spice to his friends’ lives

Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get together at his home.

July 11, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The waiting game is never fun to play

Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.

July 03, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jimmy Dean’s legacy can live on in state song

Jimmy Dean, the singer who became a sausage salesman, died recently. Along with Tennessee Ernie Ford, he shed the hillbilly image of country music and became a network TV host and celebrity.

June 27, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Downside of the hill can also be its upside

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s. On Wednesday, I will cross over the Jordan River and enter the world of being 50.

June 20, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

August 21, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Movie remakes aren’t as magical as originals

Sadly, I think Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and continues to recycle old ones in an effort to draw people to the ...

August 14, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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