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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


The antique art of handwriting is worth preserving

Recently, my wife and I visited a couple of antique stores. We were just browsing.

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


March is always worth the wait

We used to have this drawer where we kept all of the trading stamps. There were S&H Green Stamps, which were given by the Big Apple supermarket. You also had Top Value Stamps from Winn-Dixie and Gold Bond stamps from Colonial stores.

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


The stuff we leave behind says a lot about us

On a recent weekend, my wife and I visited an estate sale. If you've never been to one, an estate sale is a garage sale of dead people's stuff.

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


Greco, shmeco: Games need some real rasslin'

I was surprised to hear that the folks who run the Olympics are doing away with wrestling.

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


Always in search of the right 'after'

There is a commercial on TV for some diet plan. In the spot, the heavy version of a woman is having a conversation with her thin version.

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


Super Bowl memories are in black & white

When the first Super Bowl was held in 1967, it wasn't even known by that name. It was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. There was no Vince Lombardi Trophy because Lombardi was coaching one of the teams, the Green Bay Packers.

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


Remembering a South Ga. media pioneer

TIFTON - Like many communities in the South, Tifton and the towns nearby had an influx of Jewish merchants in the early part of the 20th century.

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


Ga. House clerk is a daily ray of sunshine

Every weekday morning, I take a walk through the Georgia Capitol. There is nothing new about it; in fact, next year the old girl will be 125 years old.

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


Would an elderly Elvis still have those hips?

One of the mental games I often play is something I call "What if ..."

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


Shopping for big and tall is a hit and miss

I don't know exactly when it happened, but the people who run department stores all got together and assigned labels to people based on their size.

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


Here's a toast to getting the most out of 2013

I was always a big fan of Bugs Bunny cartoons. There was a recurring theme where an electronic machine would transfer the brain and voice of Bugs with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd or Porky Pig.

December 30, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Silence often serves us best amid tragedy

Television, especially the 24-hour news channels, has an insatiable appetite for the talking head. The idea is simple: Get someone to appear before a camera and weigh in on the news of the day.

December 23, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bring back the Besse Coopers

In recent days, the world's oldest person, Besse Cooper of Monroe, died at the age of 116.

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


One text can cause a lifetime of regret

This is the time of year that we associate with being good. Children are on their best behavior in anticipation of a visit from Santa, grown-ups develop a child-like kindness that extends to others and it seems that we get along a little better.

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


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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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