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Some things in life are no longer free

There is an interesting fascination with idea of getting something free.

November 14, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reflecting on Dad’s heroism this Veterans Day

My dad was a man who never talked much about his service in the Army. In his sock drawer, were a couple of medals I didn't appreciate until I was grown.

November 07, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Switch to metric system still orbiting the States

About the time I conquered use of the 12-inch ruler, a teacher one day produced a stick that was slightly larger than a yardstick and told us that one day we would measure everything in meters and centimeters.

October 31, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Farmers are the eternal optimists

MOULTRIE - Being a farmer was always one of those jobs that I thought about as a little boy. It fell in somewhere in the mix of cowboy, policeman, fireman and doctor.

October 24, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ideals for life after death are a bit stuffy

I have struggled at times with what I want them to do with my body after I breathe my last.

October 17, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Some euphemisms have gone the way of the dinosaur

Like some of you, I grew up in the era when tests at school were prepared on mimeograph machines that utilized a lovely-smelling purple ink.

October 10, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Longing for a town that only existed in black and white

I was barely 3 months old when the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS, so I probably slept through the first one.

October 03, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


My car once ran without a battery, much less a computer

As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.

September 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Waiting for that first cool day of fall

In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.

September 19, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Silly ads are the side effect of too much TV

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

September 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


She may be far from home, but she's not alone

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

September 05, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Barebecuing chicken isn’t just cooking; it’s an art

There are some art forms you should not see in progress. When Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel, I doubt folks would have had a full appreciation of what he was doing until it was finished.

August 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Home, without a house — that’s where family memories live

On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing. Grandmother Blackwood was widowed at a young age with four little boys to raise.

August 22, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Longing for those carefree days of whistles and songs

Mitch Miller died the other day. Unfortunately, the popularity of his style of music died many years before.

August 15, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Critters are getting a bit too bold for my taste

This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.

August 08, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Things college freshman only know as history

You might not know Beloit College in Wisconsin, but a group of faculty and staff members have put the college on the map with their ...

August 23, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


'Bad' words from the mouths of adults

Sometimes in adulthood, I have said some things I regretted, but I never reached over and popped a bar of soap into my mouth.

August 16, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering the joys of cartoons

If Acme Products Co. was really in business, I would be a good customer.

August 02, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forgo flowers; donate funds a memorial to loved one

When our country experiences the loss of life of a member of the Armed Services or a public safety agency in the line of duty ...

July 26, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminiscing about life before air conditioning

I grew up in a house without air conditioning. I spent most of the summer days of my childhood outdoors.

July 19, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Transplant my roots into Hall County

When you ask someone where he or she is from, you're likely to get an interesting answer.

July 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Proud of the home of brave, land of free

In the past few days, many people have been heard. They include people who wave Confederate flags and hate Confederate flags as well as people ...

July 05, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Small towns boast of their noteworthiness

Some towns have lots to brag about. And some of them do it on their city limits sign.

June 28, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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