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Giving thanks for one more year

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

My brother and his family were elsewhere, my daughter was with her mother and it was just me and Mama.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Country star looked — and acted — the perfect part

Have you ever known people who just looked their part in life?

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Zell’s mountain twang a mark of love

Come January, I've been reporting on Zell Miller for 33 years. I was 14 and somehow asked for and was issued media credentials for the inauguration of Gov. George Busbee and Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget exercise, it’s time to write

With or without resolutions, this seems to be a good week for reflecting on the past year and giving some thought to the year ahead.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Holidays in D.C. a time for heroes

WASHINGTON - There is something about visiting the president's house that leaves one in awe. I had a chance to go to the White House on the regular tour for the purpose of seeing the Christmas decorations.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trip with Uncle Harry a memory to savor

The generation that came before me in my family is now a mighty slim lot. My mother and father both came from among four siblings, two boys and two girls on my mother's side and four boys on dad's.

My Dad and all his brothers are gone.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


There are fans, but also fanatics

About 12 years ago, I was the manager of a hotel in Hiawassee. It was located right next to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and most of the country music acts appearing there would stay at our place.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hey kids, give us parents a heads up

I've been doing what I do for a long time. The stories I've written cover everything from movie stars to folks living on the street.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Merry Botox holidays to you

When I saw the return address, I rolled my eyes.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble

The state of Georgia has a bunch of authorities that regulate everything from toll roads to technology.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget the Northeast; Georgia’s fall tops all

Just before five this morning, the seasons should have changed. The autumnal equinox was scheduled to take place at 4:51 a.m.

We, in the newspaper world, are very careful not to say something happened before it did. I have to write this stuff a few days ahead of when it arrives at your place.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remote control can't keep classics on

For the first few years of my life, I was a television remote control. My parents would tell me what channel they wanted and off I scampered to change it.

In those days, we had a set of rabbit ears and changing the channel often meant an adjustment of the "aerial" to make it come in better.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Oh, the burdens pastors carry

There has been a lot written lately about people and their preachers, particularly folks who want to be president of the United States.

May 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A new meaning to great-grandma

Every now and then, there is a sequel in this section of newspaper real estate I get to occupy.

May 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Miracles live among us every day

Miracle is one of those words we use a little too easily.

May 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


A personal Christmas letter to the jolly ol’ elf

Dear Santa,

December 21, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Telling stories of family to children is important

In what would be the final years of her life, I often asked my mother what she wanted for Christmas. The reply was often the same: "I just want my children around me."

December 14, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Waiting for Santa Claus is a good thing

The last time I checked, a day is still 24 hours and it still takes the Earth about 365 days to go around the sun.

December 07, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Crooners synonymous with Christmas songs

Sometime in the next few days, radio stations will start playing Christmas music. A friend of mine suggested I write a column about recording artists associated with a Christmas song. So here I go.

November 30, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Many things to be thankful for this holiday

One song says to "Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One."

November 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV crews come out when weather gets cold

Somewhere in grade school, I learned water freezes at 32 degrees. If the temperature outside is below 32 degrees, there is a good chance that if there is precipitation, it may be or become frozen.

November 16, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Living life today because of World War II veterans

Somehow, we have melded Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day into days of recognizing all who have worn the uniform of our country.

November 09, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Holidays are worth the wait

By the time you read this, Halloween will have come and gone.

November 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Take an agritourism trip through Georgia

This may very well be one of the most glorious starts of a fall season. The weather has been beautiful with crystal-clear skies.

October 26, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

October 19, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

October 12, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It's the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

October 05, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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