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Holiday specials a faded memory

Once upon a time, there was a phenomenon called the Christmas TV special. The biggest stars on television would host other TV stars in an hourlong holiday variety show.

December 15, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forming a kinship with Billy Crystal

NEW YORK - If you're making a Christmas trip to the Big Apple, I hope you'll stop by and see Billy Crystal.

December 08, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Phone books almost extinct

Some of the savviest advertisers know how to play on our emotions during the holidays.

December 01, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blessings rampant through my life

This week, I am celebrating the 49th anniversary of the first time I wore a paper pilgrim hat and paper buckles on my shoes. I am pretty sure that was the same year I traced my hand to make a turkey.

November 24, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Phone numbers no longer significant

The people who issue phone numbers say we have run out of numbers again.

November 17, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honor troops and their service to the United States

I'm not sure how it happened, but many Americans don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

November 10, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Leave it to the Lord

Television now offers repeats of the same shows, sometimes in the same week. If that's not enough, service providers offer all sorts of repeat plays of everything from sporting events to sitcoms.

November 03, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Think before you ink

I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.

October 27, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Civility is on life support

If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.

October 20, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget pumpkin; let's bottle the real aromas of fall

The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.

October 13, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Classic Holiday Inn was a friend

My earliest memory of vacation was staying at places with names such as the Sand and Surf or the Seashell Motor Inn. They were V-shaped motor lodges with parking right in front of your room.

October 06, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to my daughter on her 23rd birthday

Life gives us moments forever etched in our minds.

September 29, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forced thanks seems phony

Somewhere in corporate America, someone decided we needed to show some degree of pleasantness, whether it is genuine or not.

September 22, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fond farewell to local legend

In recent days, Hall County said goodbye to the last of the lions who ushered the region into the modern era.

September 15, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Console TVs, telephone landlines obsolete

In the hallway of a house where we lived when I was a kid, a shelf was built into the wall for the telephone with a place for the phone and a little space underneath for the phone book. I doubt anyone has included that feature in a house built anytime recently.

September 08, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Stories written in stone

MOULTRIE ­- For some people, an out-of-town trip is not complete without a visit to a museum or art gallery. For me, it could easily be a visit to a cemetery.

August 31, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be "The Great American Songbook."

August 24, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Imagining evolution of technology

In recent days, I have seen pictures of children beginning their first days of school.

August 10, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Smells like nostalgia: Scents bring memories

I can't see or hear as well as I used to, but my nose seems to work pretty well. The trouble is, things don't smell like they used to.

August 03, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Singing praise for the perfect funeral

Death is the one event in life that will eventually happen. It is also the one for which we are least prepared.

July 27, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

July 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to cupcake craziness

I've never been good at crazes. Some of them were over before I found out.

July 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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