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Archive By Author - Harris Blackwood


Can I get some service? Not very often these days

I often wonder if you can really teach someone to be nice. You can teach someone to obey the rules and be polite, but being nice is a different thing.

October 09, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Today’s TV recalls a different ’60s than I do

The new TV season seems to have a fascination with the 1960s. There are several shows that hearken back to the days when folks dressed up to go to work or for a night on the town.

October 02, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


She will always be daddy's little girl

I've had a few titles in my lifetime, but the one I've had for the past 21 years is the one I like best: Daddy.

September 25, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Looks like it’s lights out for these Easy-Bake memories

I've seen a lot of things go during my lifetime, including 45-rpm records, 8-track tapes and the hi-fi record player that would play a stack of five or six albums.

September 18, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A day that changed my life, and many others

Ten years ago, I was newly unemployed. I had promised myself that while I had a severance package, I wanted to do something that was worthwhile and redeeming.

September 11, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jerry Lewis deserves better

When I think of Jerry Lewis, I think of the rubber-faced comedian whose physical comedy has made us laugh for years.

September 04, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Avoiding old fogey status

Beloit College is a private school with about 1,250 students located roughly 100 miles northwest of Chicago, just across the border in Wisconsin.

August 28, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


'Voice of the Braves' provided the sound of summer

I grew up in a house that was not air-conditioned. It was a big, Victorian home with high ceilings.

August 21, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Nap time and cookies would help us all

I can still remember my kindergarten classroom. We had an area with a wooden toy stove and refrigerator; we called it the housekeeping center.

August 14, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bank building is a reminder of a bygone era

For the first time since it was built, the building at 111 Green St., no longer has the word "bank" inscribed on its side.

August 07, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Truly in tears over America, the beautiful

KEYSTONE, S.D. - On a recent Sunday at nightfall, I sat with a few thousand others at the foot of Mount Rushmore, the fabled monument in Western South Dakota.

July 31, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pickers’ dreams are still alive

There was a pop song in the '70s that suggested that there were 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville.

July 24, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First lady’s courage inspired others through difficult journeys

I love a good story. The ones I love best are so wonderfully worded and descriptive that your mind paints a vivid image.

July 17, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


O’ say, can we find a better national tune?

On the day before we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday, I thought I would take a moment for my biennial rant on the national anthem.

July 03, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


More than halfway home and crossing off the bucket list

A book that I read a few years ago suggested that 40 is really the halfway point in life. If you flip to the obituary listings in this newspaper, there is some validity to that premise. While more and more people are living longer, most of the departed ones listed are around 80.

June 26, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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