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Remote inventor kept us from touching that dial

A few years ago, the TV Land cable channel erected several statues around the country of such legends as Bob Newhart, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Gleason.

May 27, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


For 37 years, couple kept them singing

From the day they married back in 1962, Dennis and Mildred Carpenter have answered the call to music ministry at several churches in Hall County.

May 20, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I'd gladly play that 1 song again for Mama

I'm not sure how we acquired our first piano; it just showed up one day. My mother had visions of me being an accomplished pianist. That just didn't happen.

May 13, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Weather forecasts haven’t come far from barbershop

One of my first jobs was shining shoes in a barbershop. The going rate was 25 cents a pair. I was convinced I was going to be rather busy and purchased a change machine that mounted on my belt. I was only 12 or 13 years old and the change thing was pretty big.

May 06, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Class of 2012, you can't imagine what lies ahead

I think all adults have thought at one time or another that it would be fun to go back to our high school or college years. The caveat is that we would want to return with our current level of knowledge.

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


So long to Dick Clark, who brought rock to our homes

My parents came along a little too late for the rock 'n' roll era. They were much more comfortable with the likes of Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

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


These Ga. onions will never make you cry

GLENNVILLE - We may be known as "The Peach State" and the "Poultry Capital of the World," but there is really one crop that is exclusively ours and it makes its annual debut this week.

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


2 great lives, 2 great legacies

It is hard to be sad when we lose folks who have lived a long and productive life. Last week, we lost two.

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


Bucket of respect runs low these days

There used to be an unwritten rule in the South: No self-respecting woman or man would be caught wearing white prior to Easter and after Labor Day. I have heard folks from the North suggest that the beginning date was Memorial Day.

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


Casting my bread upon the waters until Easter

I don't know who gave me my first taste of bread, but I must have liked it.

March 25, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A real book opened up the world, for me and Mama

My mother was born three years before the Great Depression to a family who lived in a small sharecropper house that lacked the benefits of electricity, running water and indoor plumbing.

March 18, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Warm winter might mean more ’skeeters on your ’maters

Many years ago, Jim Stafford recorded a song that sums up my thoughts pretty well. "I don't like spiders and snakes, " wrote Stafford and his co-writer, David Bellamy, who later performed with his brother, Howard, as The Bellamy Brothers.

March 11, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A fond farewell to the world’s best neighbor

As neighbors go, I don't know that you could have had a better one than Claude Bagwell.

March 04, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Leaping past Romans, Germans, swallows and buzzards

This year is leap year, which means we have an extra day on the calendar. It happens this week.

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


Best funerals have fried chicken, a few surprises

I go to my fair share of funerals. Some of them are related to my work, others are folks I have known and cared for.

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


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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


Seeing summer through a child’s eyes

Summer is the season that gives us so many good memories, especially from our childhood.

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


Lifting hopeful voices in a dark place

In my early days of Sunday school, I remember hearing about Paul and Silas, who were singing and praising the Lord in prison.

June 29, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Praising the region's radio pioneers

I don't know if I ever called Tom Robertson by his first name, except on the radio.

June 22, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


‘Dad’ is my most cherished moniker

I have an assortment of nicknames and titles, but the one I love best is Daddy.

June 15, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sight of Old Glory still puts a lump in my throat

All sorts of legends surround the origin of our nation's flag.

June 08, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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