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Economy’s downturn cuts down cute neighborhood names

One thing the housing slowdown has given us is fewer cutely named subdivisions. I love driving through a town and noting the name of developments. In Forsyth County, one of the larger developments is called Polo Fields.

November 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Dear Hennes, your time in the spotlight is over

There used to be a scale in front of a store in Social Circle. You could put a penny in the slot by your astrological sign and a little cover would move to reveal your weight and your horoscope.

October 25, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Majesty of fall’s hues call to me

There used to be an outfit that tried to tell you what season you are. It had a lot to do with what color of clothes best suited you.

October 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A little respect can pay a lot in dividends

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the state Capitol to begin my new career.

October 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes, the gimmick is what sells the big story

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Give me a home where pay phones still roam

I keep adding to a long list of things that I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren. They are the things that were important parts of our culture that are now becoming extinct.

September 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Take some pointers before you speak out

I don't want to compare myself to Rep. Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

September 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One event can change our world

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Know the difference between grill, ’cue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Thanks for thinking ‘safety first’

I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.

August 30, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


You’d have to be dumb not to give to schools

I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."

August 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First day of school not like it used to be

When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school. The list goes on and on.

August 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Schoolin’ on Sunday built a good foundation

Some people tout our state because it is largely nonunion.

August 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reunited on the Internet, and it feels so good

It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.

August 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It’s a time capsule that’s also a house

For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.

July 26, 2009 | 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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