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Why we must remember our nation's sacrifices

I remember that night in January 1991 when allied forces began bombing Iraq. CNN, which was the only cable news channel at the time, had correspondents in Baghdad and they had pictures of the missiles as they destroyed targets in Iraqi territory.

September 16, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Try to remember that kind of September

September used to mean something. Now, it seems relegated to being just another month on the calendar.

September 09, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Keep the weatherman indoors

Back in the 1980s, cable TV started branching out into various specialty channels, offering 24 hours of news, sports and weather.

September 02, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ducktails, bubbles replace grandma's cap and the Duke

I am getting close to being a half-century away from my kindergarten days, but in some crazy way, I can still remember the songs and activities.

August 26, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A lesson in getting back on the horse

His name was General and he was a palomino horse. Not a pretty golden palomino like Trigger, Roy Rogers' famous horse, but a kind of dull shade of beige.

August 19, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Those fond summer memories never fade

Of all the seasons, there is something bittersweet about the end of summer. Of course, summer is far from over with the potential of more scorching days in August.

August 12, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Losers lament at ‘Goat Rock'

Our society places a high priority on winning. It is a seemingly natural thing to do.

August 05, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


College dean earned a lifetime of respect

In one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "Okie From Muskogee," Haggard writes about the local college saying "Football's still the roughest thing on campus and the kids there still respect the college dean."

July 29, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Roughing it for God, camp meeting style

This is the season of camp meetings, a protestant religious exercise that dates back to the early 1800s when Methodists and Baptists were just beginning to set up shop here in the U.S.

July 22, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Too many channels and too many gadgets

We will never go back to the days of three TV channels, one wired phone and a camera that required film, but there are times I'd like to.

July 15, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering a gentler time and place, flaws and all

I was born in Atlanta and we lived there until I was 8. I was born in the middle of the time when racial tensions were rising. In my boyhood, the Vietnam War began to escalate and that created a different kind of tension.

July 08, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Churning for some homemade ice cream

With fresh peaches now arriving at produce markets around the region, I thought it was time for a churn of fresh peach ice cream.

July 01, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering a true 'fisher of men'

In the Southern Baptist church, there once was an organization called Royal Ambassadors or "RAs" for short.

June 24, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reflecting on the father I had, and the one I became

I don't know exactly at what age my baby girl blurted out something that sounded like "Daddy," but I've always loved the sound of it.

June 17, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honor our flag and nation with your vote

I love this country of ours. When I travel through it, I find myself loving it more.

June 10, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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My little, big moments with the Braves

As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run leader.

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


Aged are young again in spring

A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day.

April 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


From mountains to mayhaws, Georgia has it all

It amazes me sometimes how little people know about our state.

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


Tuning up your farewell toasts

Mark Green and I have an agreement about reaching the finish line of life. The one of us who gets there first will fulfill the other's last wishes.

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


The times, they keep a-changing on us

If you like standard time, then this is the week you better drink it in. On March 9, we will set our clocks forward and begin observing daylight saving time.

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


Side effects of prescription drugs advertised on television

The pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune on what is called DTC or direct-to-consumer advertising.

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


Lumping presidents together, by George

We used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as holidays.

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


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