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A day that changed my life, and many others

Ten years ago, I was newly unemployed. I had promised myself that while I had a severance package, I wanted to do something that was worthwhile and redeeming.

September 11, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jerry Lewis deserves better

When I think of Jerry Lewis, I think of the rubber-faced comedian whose physical comedy has made us laugh for years.

September 04, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Avoiding old fogey status

Beloit College is a private school with about 1,250 students located roughly 100 miles northwest of Chicago, just across the border in Wisconsin.

August 28, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


'Voice of the Braves' provided the sound of summer

I grew up in a house that was not air-conditioned. It was a big, Victorian home with high ceilings.

August 21, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Nap time and cookies would help us all

I can still remember my kindergarten classroom. We had an area with a wooden toy stove and refrigerator; we called it the housekeeping center.

August 14, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bank building is a reminder of a bygone era

For the first time since it was built, the building at 111 Green St., no longer has the word "bank" inscribed on its side.

August 07, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Truly in tears over America, the beautiful

KEYSTONE, S.D. - On a recent Sunday at nightfall, I sat with a few thousand others at the foot of Mount Rushmore, the fabled monument in Western South Dakota.

July 31, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pickers’ dreams are still alive

There was a pop song in the '70s that suggested that there were 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville.

July 24, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First lady’s courage inspired others through difficult journeys

I love a good story. The ones I love best are so wonderfully worded and descriptive that your mind paints a vivid image.

July 17, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Not all heroes get noticed by the media

There are folks out there who never read a newspaper, watch the evening news or make any effort to keep up with current events.

July 10, 2011 | | Harris Blackwood's column


O’ say, can we find a better national tune?

On the day before we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday, I thought I would take a moment for my biennial rant on the national anthem.

July 03, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


More than halfway home and crossing off the bucket list

A book that I read a few years ago suggested that 40 is really the halfway point in life. If you flip to the obituary listings in this newspaper, there is some validity to that premise. While more and more people are living longer, most of the departed ones listed are around 80.

June 26, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


For Father's Day, remembering a hero in my own home

I realized the other day I have now reached the point that I have lived more years without a father than I did with him.

June 19, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Daytime TV of the past: 3 channels, little drama

Every year, I take lots of vitamins, get a flu shot and wash my hands in hopes of not getting sick. It's not getting sick that scares me. It is the prospect of having to stay home and watch the stuff they have on TV during the day.

June 12, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Summer now isn’t the same as in my day

I think the goal of each generation is for the generation that follows to have better opportunities.

June 05, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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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