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A lesson in getting back on the horse

His name was General and he was a palomino horse. Not a pretty golden palomino like Trigger, Roy Rogers' famous horse, but a kind of dull shade of beige.

August 19, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Those fond summer memories never fade

Of all the seasons, there is something bittersweet about the end of summer. Of course, summer is far from over with the potential of more scorching days in August.

August 12, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Losers lament at ‘Goat Rock'

Our society places a high priority on winning. It is a seemingly natural thing to do.

August 05, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


College dean earned a lifetime of respect

In one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "Okie From Muskogee," Haggard writes about the local college saying "Football's still the roughest thing on campus and the kids there still respect the college dean."

July 29, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Roughing it for God, camp meeting style

This is the season of camp meetings, a protestant religious exercise that dates back to the early 1800s when Methodists and Baptists were just beginning to set up shop here in the U.S.

July 22, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Too many channels and too many gadgets

We will never go back to the days of three TV channels, one wired phone and a camera that required film, but there are times I'd like to.

July 15, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering a gentler time and place, flaws and all

I was born in Atlanta and we lived there until I was 8. I was born in the middle of the time when racial tensions were rising. In my boyhood, the Vietnam War began to escalate and that created a different kind of tension.

July 08, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Churning for some homemade ice cream

With fresh peaches now arriving at produce markets around the region, I thought it was time for a churn of fresh peach ice cream.

July 01, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering a true 'fisher of men'

In the Southern Baptist church, there once was an organization called Royal Ambassadors or "RAs" for short.

June 24, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reflecting on the father I had, and the one I became

I don't know exactly at what age my baby girl blurted out something that sounded like "Daddy," but I've always loved the sound of it.

June 17, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honor our flag and nation with your vote

I love this country of ours. When I travel through it, I find myself loving it more.

June 10, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Nice gesture helps justice make history

Every now and then, you hear a story about someone who does something exceptionally nice for someone.

June 03, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remote inventor kept us from touching that dial

A few years ago, the TV Land cable channel erected several statues around the country of such legends as Bob Newhart, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Gleason.

May 27, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


For 37 years, couple kept them singing

From the day they married back in 1962, Dennis and Mildred Carpenter have answered the call to music ministry at several churches in Hall County.

May 20, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I'd gladly play that 1 song again for Mama

I'm not sure how we acquired our first piano; it just showed up one day. My mother had visions of me being an accomplished pianist. That just didn't happen.

May 13, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Telling stories of family to children is important

In what would be the final years of her life, I often asked my mother what she wanted for Christmas. The reply was often the same: "I just want my children around me."

December 14, 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


Crooners synonymous with Christmas songs

Sometime in the next few days, radio stations will start playing Christmas music. A friend of mine suggested I write a column about recording artists associated with a Christmas song. So here I go.

November 30, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Many things to be thankful for this holiday

One song says to "Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One."

November 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV crews come out when weather gets cold

Somewhere in grade school, I learned water freezes at 32 degrees. If the temperature outside is below 32 degrees, there is a good chance that if there is precipitation, it may be or become frozen.

November 16, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Living life today because of World War II veterans

Somehow, we have melded Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day into days of recognizing all who have worn the uniform of our country.

November 09, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Holidays are worth the wait

By the time you read this, Halloween will have come and gone.

November 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Take an agritourism trip through Georgia

This may very well be one of the most glorious starts of a fall season. The weather has been beautiful with crystal-clear skies.

October 26, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

October 19, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

October 12, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It's the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

October 05, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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