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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


Country star looked — and acted — the perfect part

Have you ever known people who just looked their part in life?

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


Zell’s mountain twang a mark of love

Come January, I've been reporting on Zell Miller for 33 years. I was 14 and somehow asked for and was issued media credentials for the inauguration of Gov. George Busbee and Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.

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


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We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

March 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Snow is nice; ice is ugly

When I was a kid in Social Circle, our town doctor used to make an ice sculpture of sorts when it got really cold.

February 22, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Evil act of one doesn’t mark entire community

Back in the days before the interstate highway system would take you where you needed to go, we used to take a cross-country route to Jekyll Island or to visit family in Jacksonville, Fla.

February 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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