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Knowing why we celebrate July 4

We get very excited in this country when half of the eligible voters turn out for an election. That used to bother me, but I'm OK with that. Many of those people don't know whom they are voting for or why.

June 30, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I arrived 53 years ago on this date

If you're reading this on Sunday, it was on this date in 1960 that my mother survived a troubled delivery and a fine doctor named Thomas Harris lifted me out and handed me to a waiting nurse.

June 23, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sunglasses are a new everyday accessory

Years ago, I remember when stores had only one or two displays of sunglasses. One was usually Foster Grant and the other was Polaroid. It seems there were only a half dozen styles and a few colors.

June 16, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Getting kicks on Route 66

WINSLOW, Ariz.- U.S. 66, better known as Route 66, was once called names like "The Mother Road" and "The Main Street of America."

June 09, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Tales from potato country

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - All across the countryside are unique little museums paying tribute to one thing or another.

June 02, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New name for children’s temper tantrums

The official name is now Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. We used to call it a temper tantrum.

May 26, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Original locations highlight class acts

In the world of restaurants, there is something special about the original location of unique eating establishments.

May 19, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bear Bryant advised players to write home

College football coaches often find themselves being pitchmen for everything from soft drinks to pickup trucks.

May 12, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hail true to alma maters

The graduation season is upon us and with it comes songs we only hear at commencement exercises.

May 05, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mourn the loss of a college tradition

At just about every college you can think of, there is a tradition uniquely identified with the football team. Some of them are historic while others are almost hysterical.

April 28, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trusting weather experts

Climate experts have all sorts of explanations each year about how much rain we have or have not received.

April 14, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV is to blame for fading our accents

It is easy to blame television for a lot of things. We have seen many things that were once taboo become acceptable because we saw them happen on TV.

April 07, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Can't top a classic Easter tradition

The folks in Hollywood seem to run short on ideas from time to time. They seem to thrive on remakes of old movies. I saw a story last year that said movie studios were looking at 50 potential remakes.

March 31, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


This is the week to find yourself a church

If you're in the church business, this is the big week. It's hard to make comparisons, but if you used sporting events, this would be the World Series, Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and the Masters all rolled into one giant happening.

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


A pope, and a preacher, each with a calling

There were two religious announcements last week. First, the Roman Catholic Church has a new pope, Francis I.

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


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


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


Fairs find the kid in everyone

I remember the days when posters started going up about the arrival of the fair. The poster was in bright neon yellow with a drawing of a big Ferris wheel. Just seeing the word "fair" in big bold letters let you know the big show was coming to town.

September 28, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Flipping the switch to autumn

At 10:29 p.m. Monday, summer comes to an end.

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


Lessons from Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy lived an incredible life. It began with a hardscrabble start in Atlanta's West End. It ended with him listed as one of the wealthiest people in America.

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


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


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