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A day that changed my life, and many others

Ten years ago, I was newly unemployed. I had promised myself that while I had a severance package, I wanted to do something that was worthwhile and redeeming.

September 11, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jerry Lewis deserves better

When I think of Jerry Lewis, I think of the rubber-faced comedian whose physical comedy has made us laugh for years.

September 04, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Avoiding old fogey status

Beloit College is a private school with about 1,250 students located roughly 100 miles northwest of Chicago, just across the border in Wisconsin.

August 28, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


'Voice of the Braves' provided the sound of summer

I grew up in a house that was not air-conditioned. It was a big, Victorian home with high ceilings.

August 21, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Nap time and cookies would help us all

I can still remember my kindergarten classroom. We had an area with a wooden toy stove and refrigerator; we called it the housekeeping center.

August 14, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bank building is a reminder of a bygone era

For the first time since it was built, the building at 111 Green St., no longer has the word "bank" inscribed on its side.

August 07, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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Forgo flowers; donate funds a memorial to loved one

When our country experiences the loss of life of a member of the Armed Services or a public safety agency in the line of duty, it makes us angry.

July 26, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminiscing about life before air conditioning

I grew up in a house without air conditioning. I spent most of the summer days of my childhood outdoors.

July 19, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Transplant my roots into Hall County

When you ask someone where he or she is from, you're likely to get an interesting answer.

July 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Proud of the home of brave, land of free

In the past few days, many people have been heard. They include people who wave Confederate flags and hate Confederate flags as well as people who are gay or those who hate gays.

July 05, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Small towns boast of their noteworthiness

Some towns have lots to brag about. And some of them do it on their city limits sign.

June 28, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Marching into Bible school

I don't know if I was good student or just had good teachers, but I have vivid recollections of my days in vacation Bible school.

June 21, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Seeing the beauty in Old Glory

I don't know how to explain it, but something happens when I see our American flag being presented in a ceremony.

June 14, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Celebrate honorary graduates

My friend, Coleen Ivey, received an honorary diploma from Gainesville High School recently. At 88, she has about 70 years seniority on most high school seniors.

May 31, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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