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Phone numbers no longer significant

The people who issue phone numbers say we have run out of numbers again.

November 17, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honor troops and their service to the United States

I'm not sure how it happened, but many Americans don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

November 10, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Leave it to the Lord

Television now offers repeats of the same shows, sometimes in the same week. If that's not enough, service providers offer all sorts of repeat plays of everything from sporting events to sitcoms.

November 03, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Think before you ink

I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.

October 27, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Civility is on life support

If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.

October 20, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget pumpkin; let's bottle the real aromas of fall

The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.

October 13, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Classic Holiday Inn was a friend

My earliest memory of vacation was staying at places with names such as the Sand and Surf or the Seashell Motor Inn. They were V-shaped motor lodges with parking right in front of your room.

October 06, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to my daughter on her 23rd birthday

Life gives us moments forever etched in our minds.

September 29, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forced thanks seems phony

Somewhere in corporate America, someone decided we needed to show some degree of pleasantness, whether it is genuine or not.

September 22, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fond farewell to local legend

In recent days, Hall County said goodbye to the last of the lions who ushered the region into the modern era.

September 15, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Console TVs, telephone landlines obsolete

In the hallway of a house where we lived when I was a kid, a shelf was built into the wall for the telephone with a place for the phone and a little space underneath for the phone book. I doubt anyone has included that feature in a house built anytime recently.

September 08, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


College football finally arrives

You can't tell it by the weather, but the season is here.

September 01, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Crooner from the 1960s still singing

Arnold Dorsey is going to appear in concert in Atlanta next month. Arnold is now 77 and apparently still a pretty good singer.

August 25, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Elvis' star still shines bright in Memphis

During the past week or so, thousands of people made a pilgrimage to Memphis to remember the city's best-known son, Elvis Aron Presley.

August 18, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Offer kind word to those who serve us well

Certain occupations have a predisposition to being unpopular, such as working at any kind of office that collects taxes or issues driver's licenses.

August 11, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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


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


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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