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Trip with Uncle Harry a memory to savor

The generation that came before me in my family is now a mighty slim lot. My mother and father both came from among four siblings, two boys and two girls on my mother's side and four boys on dad's.

My Dad and all his brothers are gone.

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


There are fans, but also fanatics

About 12 years ago, I was the manager of a hotel in Hiawassee. It was located right next to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and most of the country music acts appearing there would stay at our place.

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


Hey kids, give us parents a heads up

I've been doing what I do for a long time. The stories I've written cover everything from movie stars to folks living on the street.

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


Merry Botox holidays to you

When I saw the return address, I rolled my eyes.

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


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble

The state of Georgia has a bunch of authorities that regulate everything from toll roads to technology.

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


Forget the Northeast; Georgia’s fall tops all

Just before five this morning, the seasons should have changed. The autumnal equinox was scheduled to take place at 4:51 a.m.

We, in the newspaper world, are very careful not to say something happened before it did. I have to write this stuff a few days ahead of when it arrives at your place.

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


Remote control can't keep classics on

For the first few years of my life, I was a television remote control. My parents would tell me what channel they wanted and off I scampered to change it.

In those days, we had a set of rabbit ears and changing the channel often meant an adjustment of the "aerial" to make it come in better.

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


Oh, the burdens pastors carry

There has been a lot written lately about people and their preachers, particularly folks who want to be president of the United States.

May 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A new meaning to great-grandma

Every now and then, there is a sequel in this section of newspaper real estate I get to occupy.

May 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Miracles live among us every day

Miracle is one of those words we use a little too easily.

May 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Unfortunately, Amish don’t sell prom gowns

When my daughter, Ashton, was about 4, we would to go to a department store on a weeknight and embark on a game of pretend.

May 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Music’s nice guy encourages others to be generous, too

Bill Gaither is one of the nice guys in the music business.

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


Did we see the death of ‘sine die’?

I came along in the era when they quit teaching Latin. My Latin is limited to e pluribus unum and my favorite, sine die.

April 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A welcome to new life of spring

I've got several friends who don't believe in God. Our friendship is beyond the point where we debate the subject. We have each tried to sway each other toward our particular point of view without success.

April 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One man’s castle is another’s mansion

If you go to a Christian funeral, particularly in the South, you're likely to hear somebody read that verse in the gospel of John where Jesus is telling his disciples that he's going to be leaving and gives them a glimpse of heaven.

April 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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


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


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