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Parents, pastors and teachers can look up to these boys

The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Best times on car rides don’t have plotlines

Technology, in my opinion, has ruined the road trip.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


If only money grew on kudzu

The network morning shows only have news for about the first 30 minutes. From that point on they launch into everything from how to cure a hangnail to picking a couple to have a wedding on a New York street corner.

August 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I've got rhythm, it's just a little bit off

Two score and eight years ago, a fine doctor and my namesake, Thomas Harris, debuted me at the Georgia Baptist Hospital.

August 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Today’s TV tunes not worth a whistle

The name of Earle Hagen may not ring a bell, but you more than likely know his music.

August 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes our homes leave us first

The old girl died in a fire in February. We finally buried her this week. She was laid to rest in a landfill.

July 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


His plans were bigger than we could see

My earliest business venture was operating a shoe-shine box in Johnny O'Kelly's barber shop in Social Circle. It was two-chair shop with Johnny and Mr. Aub McClain.

July 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Your mind may age, but it can think young

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Little girl in need can receive a great gift

Maj. Kevin Jarrard will be spending this Christmas in his second tour in Iraq with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit headquartered in Montgomery, Ala.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An update on the first grandkids

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was none other than Big Buddy.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stop the gimmicks, just let me watch TV

Years ago, when I was working in television, we were just getting into electronic graphics. We had a little gizmo that would flash someone's name up on the screen at the directed time.

We still made use of slides. A guy would make slides of a reporter's name and the call letters and channel number of the station using a hot-type press with white letters on a black poster board.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Halloween hijinks helped by headdress

Mama was never one to pass up a good roadside junk pile. She had a station wagon and could load up an old lawn mower or a broken lamp in no time.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ah, the joys a big stick can bring

I sometimes marvel that I made it through childhood without a bike helmet, safety goggles or the evaluation of my neighborhood by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All readers accepted, but not approved

I like advertising.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Giving thanks for one more year

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

My brother and his family were elsewhere, my daughter was with her mother and it was just me and Mama.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Family builds bonds over Buicks

We were never people with fancy cars. Our first family car was a 1955 Chrysler with lots of chrome. It was a big thing.

August 17, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Imagining evolution of technology

In recent days, I have seen pictures of children beginning their first days of school.

August 10, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Smells like nostalgia: Scents bring memories

I can't see or hear as well as I used to, but my nose seems to work pretty well. The trouble is, things don't smell like they used to.

August 03, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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