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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


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


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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


Toast to the killer of kudzu

The year begins with outstanding news: A University of Georgia junior has discovered a cure for kudzu.

January 04, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New Year’s resolutions I can keep

It is the season of those wonderful New Year's resolutions. I don't know what bothers me the most, making them or breaking them.

December 28, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A personal Christmas letter to the jolly ol’ elf

Dear Santa,

December 21, 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


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