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Message to build an ark

Having lived through several years of drought, it is hard to complain about the rain. But, we have had our fair share. Perhaps, a tad more than our fair share.

July 14, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Vacation Bible school: A rip-roaring time as a kid

I was not the best student in school.

July 07, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Knowing why we celebrate July 4

We get very excited in this country when half of the eligible voters turn out for an election. That used to bother me, but I'm OK with that. Many of those people don't know whom they are voting for or why.

June 30, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I arrived 53 years ago on this date

If you're reading this on Sunday, it was on this date in 1960 that my mother survived a troubled delivery and a fine doctor named Thomas Harris lifted me out and handed me to a waiting nurse.

June 23, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sunglasses are a new everyday accessory

Years ago, I remember when stores had only one or two displays of sunglasses. One was usually Foster Grant and the other was Polaroid. It seems there were only a half dozen styles and a few colors.

June 16, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Getting kicks on Route 66

WINSLOW, Ariz.- U.S. 66, better known as Route 66, was once called names like "The Mother Road" and "The Main Street of America."

June 09, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Tales from potato country

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - All across the countryside are unique little museums paying tribute to one thing or another.

June 02, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New name for children’s temper tantrums

The official name is now Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. We used to call it a temper tantrum.

May 26, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Original locations highlight class acts

In the world of restaurants, there is something special about the original location of unique eating establishments.

May 19, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bear Bryant advised players to write home

College football coaches often find themselves being pitchmen for everything from soft drinks to pickup trucks.

May 12, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hail true to alma maters

The graduation season is upon us and with it comes songs we only hear at commencement exercises.

May 05, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mourn the loss of a college tradition

At just about every college you can think of, there is a tradition uniquely identified with the football team. Some of them are historic while others are almost hysterical.

April 28, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Singing the soundtrack of faith

The first church hymnal I remember was the 1956 Baptist Hymnal. I still can remember the page number of hymns in that great old book.

April 21, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trusting weather experts

Climate experts have all sorts of explanations each year about how much rain we have or have not received.

April 14, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV is to blame for fading our accents

It is easy to blame television for a lot of things. We have seen many things that were once taboo become acceptable because we saw them happen on TV.

April 07, 2013 | 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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