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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


To learn, we need to let go

I remember the day I asked my dad to take the training wheels off of my bike. I had the feeling I was ready to go on two wheels.

May 29, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Loss of Nell hits home hard

The landscape of Hall County is minus one sturdy magnolia this week.

May 22, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Just call me Hoss

Pop culture plays an increasing role in how people arrive at names for their offspring.

May 15, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


What your mama wants most today is you

I'm back and just in time to opine about Mother's Day.

May 08, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The chat is over, but goodbyes aren’t forever

For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.

January 02, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ticking off some goals for ‘twenty-eleven’

Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.

December 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

March 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Snow is nice; ice is ugly

When I was a kid in Social Circle, our town doctor used to make an ice sculpture of sorts when it got really cold.

February 22, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Evil act of one doesn’t mark entire community

Back in the days before the interstate highway system would take you where you needed to go, we used to take a cross-country route to Jekyll Island or to visit family in Jacksonville, Fla.

February 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It is a fine skill to predict weather

Forecasting the weather is a job I wouldn't want. If you predict rain and it doesn't, folks chuckle and go on their way. If you predict a blizzard and it doesn't happen, folks will stop just short of calling for a lynch mob.

February 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


No more service with a smile from gas station attendants

Somewhere along the way, we will explain to future generations how gasoline once cost about 35 cents a gallon and how someone would pump it for you, check your tires and oil and wipe off your windshield.

January 25, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Times are always changing and are often full of uncertainty

I remember the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

January 18, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Wedding, funeral songs are conversation starters

Funeral and wedding songs are often the subject of much discussion, particularly after the event.

January 11, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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