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Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was getting married.

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Jeff Hullinger receives well-deserved promotion

I love when new TV anchors come to town.

April 17, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Merle Haggard — A perspective like no other

I'm not quite sure who dubbed Merle Haggard as "the Poet of the Common Man," but he was right.

April 10, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: A name like any other

Whether we want to admit it, we like hearing our names.

March 20, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Losing the song from our hearts, minds

We used to be singing people. We sang in the car. We gathered around the piano and sang old hymns, folk songs and songs that made us laugh.

March 13, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Missing the friendly neighbor as spring nears

There are all sorts of things people point to as the sure signs of spring. I don't know how reliable they are, but I'll take them.

March 06, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: In awe of the state's Capitol

In my real job, I work in a building complex that includes the state Capitol building. This time of year, 180 House members and 56 senators gather for the 40-day session of the General Assembly.

February 28, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Spreading the love to wives who lost spouse

This week was one of those weeks that I was struggling with a fresh idea for a column. Then, one of the random thoughts that popped into my head was I am glad I'm not like some historical figures who had as many as 40 wives.

February 14, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: And the band will play on

Mercer Crook is a rock 'n' roller.

February 07, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Forecasting the weather all around the world

Weather may be the most universal topic among humans. When I call friends in other parts of the country, I often ask about the weather.

January 31, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The Eagles must soar in song without Glenn Frey

In the summer of 1972, radio was still dominated by AM.

January 23, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Tipping your hat to Deshaun Watson

College football is a phenomenon I enjoy watching. Not the game itself, but the spectacle that is the football fanatic.

January 17, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Get 2nd opinion before ‘American Idol’ audition

In 1952, a 7-year-old girl from Georgia made her national debut on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour singing a song that had been introduced by Nat "King" Cole called "Too Young."

January 10, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Chuck Clausen made a big impression

Chuck Clausen had one of those voices that was instantly recognizable. One did not have to turn around to see who was speaking when that deep Midwestern growl was heard.

January 03, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: If you fall off the New Year's resolution wagon, get back on

This week, many of us will take a sip from the fountain of eternal optimism. This is the week we will resolve to do something better in the New Year.

December 26, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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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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