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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


Stop and remember those who have fallen

The American public somehow seems to confuse the purposes of Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Memorial Day is to honor those who gave their lives in wartime.

May 30, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stop and remember those who have fallen

The American public somehow seems to confuse the purposes of Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Memorial Day is to honor those who gave their lives in wartime.

May 30, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hungry? It’s not your belly that's shrinking

The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"

May 23, 2010 | 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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