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Reunited on the Internet, and it feels so good

It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.

August 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It’s a time capsule that’s also a house

For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.

July 26, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Our area is better, thanks to marks left by these men

After more than 20 years in this area, I have come to know many of the people who shaped this region. Most came from the group that has been called "The Greatest Generation," the veterans of World War II. In the past few days, we lost two great ones.

July 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Last name means little to this senior citizen stepdog

There is a little dog that lives at our house. Her name is Buttons and in human terms, she is a senior citizen. When I came into her life, she was well into middle age and, like most who reach that point, was set in her ways.

July 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Despite their differences, passed celebs had an effect

There was a record store on Broad Street in Monroe called the Music and Camera Shop. It was owned by Edward Peters and he carried all the latest 45s and plenty of albums.

July 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminisce with a nice slide show

In the past few days, the Eastman Kodak Co. announced that its Kodachrome film would be no more.

June 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A Father’s Day with 'adultren'

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


When grease monkeys ruled summertime

There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV choices blur the line of reality and fantasy

We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.

May 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Add one more to the big box of memories

The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.

May 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pan’s burns make a map of my history

We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.

May 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Longtime church usher bows out; Zell Miller, up in the hills, reads The Times

For many years, Arnold Boyd and Ernest Moore were the head ushers at First Baptist Church on Green Street.

May 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Friends carry on mother’s instincts

I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life.

May 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Flu has some folks running scared

I remember back in 1976 and the government thought there was going to be an outbreak of swine flu.

May 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Young ’uns, listen to wisdom of Big Daddy

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

May 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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


Saying goodbye to Curtis Segars, a true Red Elephant

Curtis Segars was never my principal.

May 24, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The ups and downs at Blue Willow Inn

Billie Van Dyke's life in the restaurant business has been a bit like riding a roller-coaster.

May 17, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mothers have tough jobs to do

First, for nine months, often through morning sickness and aching feet, back and elsewhere, mothers carry a baby until he or she is ready to debut.

May 10, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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