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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


Blackwood: Walters is back on course with hole-in-one

There are no signs of magic dust in Jim Walters' golf bag. If there is any dust, it is because the clubs have not been used in about eight months.

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


What’s more annoying: The dance or the protest

I love animals and hate to see them mistreated.

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


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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


Toast to the killer of kudzu

The year begins with outstanding news: A University of Georgia junior has discovered a cure for kudzu.

January 04, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New Year’s resolutions I can keep

It is the season of those wonderful New Year's resolutions. I don't know what bothers me the most, making them or breaking them.

December 28, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A personal Christmas letter to the jolly ol’ elf

Dear Santa,

December 21, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Waiting for Santa Claus is a good thing

The last time I checked, a day is still 24 hours and it still takes the Earth about 365 days to go around the sun.

December 07, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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