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New-fangled toys dazzle and confound

Dear Santa,

December 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A tree trimmed with good memories

There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.

December 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Parents, let a broken toy serve as a lesson, not reward

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years. I figured if I sinned once a day over that time, that is 14,600. There were some days I was in double digits.

November 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All those memories count as blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Catalog’s pages take me back in time

Dawson is the 4-year-old daughter of a co-worker of mine. From time to time, she comes by the office for a little visit.

November 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Unique items, service keep the little guys afloat

In a few retail stores, the Christmas decorations are already going up. The holiday season, like it or not, is upon us.

November 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Economy’s downturn cuts down cute neighborhood names

One thing the housing slowdown has given us is fewer cutely named subdivisions. I love driving through a town and noting the name of developments. In Forsyth County, one of the larger developments is called Polo Fields.

November 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Dear Hennes, your time in the spotlight is over

There used to be a scale in front of a store in Social Circle. You could put a penny in the slot by your astrological sign and a little cover would move to reveal your weight and your horoscope.

October 25, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Majesty of fall’s hues call to me

There used to be an outfit that tried to tell you what season you are. It had a lot to do with what color of clothes best suited you.

October 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A little respect can pay a lot in dividends

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the state Capitol to begin my new career.

October 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes, the gimmick is what sells the big story

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Give me a home where pay phones still roam

I keep adding to a long list of things that I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren. They are the things that were important parts of our culture that are now becoming extinct.

September 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Take some pointers before you speak out

I don't want to compare myself to Rep. Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

September 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One event can change our world

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Know the difference between grill, ’cue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Harris Blackwood: Remembering glory days of summer

In school, we always had a countdown to Christmas break, but it only seemed like a few days. The big countdown was for the final ...

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Harris Blackwood: Mother's Day comes with an emotional cost

A commercial on the radio was advertising a $5,000 ring for Mother's Day. In the 36 years I had my mother, I didn ...

May 14, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Know your district, nominees when going to vote

The people of the 6th Congressional District went to the polls last week to elect a new congressman.

April 23, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Celebrate Easter every Sunday

I'm an Easter person.

April 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Put down the pie and run a real marathon

I admire a lot of competitive events. I have a lot of respect for folks who can gather with 50,000 other sweaty people and ...

April 09, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Old TV theme songs take us back in time

Television networks need to squeeze out every minute they can these days. One of the ways they have done it is to limit TV theme ...

April 02, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Ted Oglesby was the genuine article

It was 1988, and I took a job as field representative for U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler. My territory was all of North Georgia, and ...

March 26, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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