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Silly ads are the side effect of too much TV

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


She may be far from home, but she's not alone

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 05, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Barebecuing chicken isn’t just cooking; it’s an art

There are some art forms you should not see in progress. When Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel, I doubt folks would have had a full appreciation of what he was doing until it was finished.

August 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Home, without a house — that’s where family memories live

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing. Grandmother Blackwood was widowed at a young age with four little boys to raise.

August 22, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Longing for those carefree days of whistles and songs

Mitch Miller died the other day. Unfortunately, the popularity of his style of music died many years before.

August 15, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Critters are getting a bit too bold for my taste

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 08, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Before friends depart, offer your kindness

I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the check-out when I saw a lady I knew from church.

August 01, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Dick Tracy was ahead of his time

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

July 24, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


You know you're an adult when your e-mail grows up

There comes a point in your life when you grow up.

July 17, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Calvin added spice to his friends’ lives

Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get together at his home.

July 11, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The waiting game is never fun to play

Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.

July 03, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jimmy Dean’s legacy can live on in state song

Jimmy Dean, the singer who became a sausage salesman, died recently. Along with Tennessee Ernie Ford, he shed the hillbilly image of country music and became a network TV host and celebrity.

June 27, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Downside of the hill can also be its upside

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s. On Wednesday, I will cross over the Jordan River and enter the world of being 50.

June 20, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A chance to go back, and maybe even stay

I used to love those cartoons of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. It was a quirky twist on the idea of a boy and his dog.

June 13, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Have you thanked your farmer today?

Mose Coleman didn't know it, but he started an industry. In 1931, Coleman planted what he thought would be hot onions, but there was something about the sandy loam soil of Toombs County that made the onion sweet. It was so sweet you could eat it like an apple.

June 05, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Easter means new outfit because Mama said so

There were times in my life when my mama said those four words that needed no further explanation: "Because I said so."

April 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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