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Dear Hennes, your time in the spotlight is over

There used to be a scale in front of a store in Social Circle. You could put a penny in the slot by your astrological sign and a little cover would move to reveal your weight and your horoscope.

October 25, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Majesty of fall’s hues call to me

There used to be an outfit that tried to tell you what season you are. It had a lot to do with what color of clothes best suited you.

October 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A little respect can pay a lot in dividends

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the state Capitol to begin my new career.

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


Sometimes, the gimmick is what sells the big story

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Give me a home where pay phones still roam

I keep adding to a long list of things that I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren. They are the things that were important parts of our culture that are now becoming extinct.

September 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Take some pointers before you speak out

I don't want to compare myself to Rep. Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

September 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One event can change our world

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Know the difference between grill, ’cue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

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


Thanks for thinking ‘safety first’

I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.

August 30, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


You’d have to be dumb not to give to schools

I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."

August 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First day of school not like it used to be

When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school. The list goes on and on.

August 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Schoolin’ on Sunday built a good foundation

Some people tout our state because it is largely nonunion.

August 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

March 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Snow is nice; ice is ugly

When I was a kid in Social Circle, our town doctor used to make an ice sculpture of sorts when it got really cold.

February 22, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Evil act of one doesn’t mark entire community

Back in the days before the interstate highway system would take you where you needed to go, we used to take a cross-country route to Jekyll Island or to visit family in Jacksonville, Fla.

February 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It is a fine skill to predict weather

Forecasting the weather is a job I wouldn't want. If you predict rain and it doesn't, folks chuckle and go on their way. If you predict a blizzard and it doesn't happen, folks will stop just short of calling for a lynch mob.

February 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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