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Lessons of life and its end from 3 brave souls

When we were children, we played "Mamas and Daddies" or "House." It was a time when we would act out, in our own way, how grown-ups live within a family.

June 01, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Still no bike tag for the name Harris

The Social Security Administration is out with its list of the most popular baby names of 2013.

May 25, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Atlanta’s own ‘spaceship’ lands again

When I was a kid, it towered over the heart of downtown, but then, taller buildings came and dwarfed it.

May 18, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A mama can be more than a mother

There are names for parents in the animal world that are periodically used. In horses, you have a mare and stallion, sometimes referred to as the dam and sire. Donkeys have parental terms like jack and jenny, which are really not fair to people named Jack or Jenny. In deer, you have a doe and a buck.

May 11, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The ties that bind

The necktie has been loved and scorned by men for generations.

May 04, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fresh air better than air-conditioning even with the pollen

About 6:30 in the morning, the TV and radio news outlets announce the pollen count for the day. It is measured by the number of grains of pollen contained in a cubic foot of air.

April 27, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Easter means new outfit because Mama said so

There were times in my life when my mama said those four words that needed no further explanation: "Because I said so."

April 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


My little, big moments with the Braves

As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run leader.

April 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Aged are young again in spring

A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day.

April 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jesus does not have one designated spokesman

When I was a kid, they had pictures of Jesus hanging in our Sunday school rooms.

March 30, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


From mountains to mayhaws, Georgia has it all

It amazes me sometimes how little people know about our state.

March 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sheriff example of grit, courage

CORDELE - A fight broke out a decade ago in the South Central Georgia town of Cordele. It ended a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if there was a winner, but there was a victor.

March 16, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Tuning up your farewell toasts

Mark Green and I have an agreement about reaching the finish line of life. The one of us who gets there first will fulfill the other's last wishes.

March 09, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The times, they keep a-changing on us

If you like standard time, then this is the week you better drink it in. On March 9, we will set our clocks forward and begin observing daylight saving time.

March 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Side effects of prescription drugs advertised on television

The pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune on what is called DTC or direct-to-consumer advertising.

February 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Singing praise for the perfect funeral

Death is the one event in life that will eventually happen. It is also the one for which we are least prepared.

July 27, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

July 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to cupcake craziness

I've never been good at crazes. Some of them were over before I found out.

July 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Seeing summer through a child’s eyes

Summer is the season that gives us so many good memories, especially from our childhood.

July 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lifting hopeful voices in a dark place

In my early days of Sunday school, I remember hearing about Paul and Silas, who were singing and praising the Lord in prison.

June 29, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Praising the region's radio pioneers

I don't know if I ever called Tom Robertson by his first name, except on the radio.

June 22, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


‘Dad’ is my most cherished moniker

I have an assortment of nicknames and titles, but the one I love best is Daddy.

June 15, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sight of Old Glory still puts a lump in my throat

All sorts of legends surround the origin of our nation's flag.

June 08, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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