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Forget pumpkin; let's bottle the real aromas of fall

The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.

October 13, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Classic Holiday Inn was a friend

My earliest memory of vacation was staying at places with names such as the Sand and Surf or the Seashell Motor Inn. They were V-shaped motor lodges with parking right in front of your room.

October 06, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to my daughter on her 23rd birthday

Life gives us moments forever etched in our minds.

September 29, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forced thanks seems phony

Somewhere in corporate America, someone decided we needed to show some degree of pleasantness, whether it is genuine or not.

September 22, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fond farewell to local legend

In recent days, Hall County said goodbye to the last of the lions who ushered the region into the modern era.

September 15, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Console TVs, telephone landlines obsolete

In the hallway of a house where we lived when I was a kid, a shelf was built into the wall for the telephone with a place for the phone and a little space underneath for the phone book. I doubt anyone has included that feature in a house built anytime recently.

September 08, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


College football finally arrives

You can't tell it by the weather, but the season is here.

September 01, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Crooner from the 1960s still singing

Arnold Dorsey is going to appear in concert in Atlanta next month. Arnold is now 77 and apparently still a pretty good singer.

August 25, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Elvis' star still shines bright in Memphis

During the past week or so, thousands of people made a pilgrimage to Memphis to remember the city's best-known son, Elvis Aron Presley.

August 18, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Offer kind word to those who serve us well

Certain occupations have a predisposition to being unpopular, such as working at any kind of office that collects taxes or issues driver's licenses.

August 11, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


School days rolled around later in my day

I miss the days when school started after Labor Day.

August 04, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A pastor who still puts up with me

During my half-century and a little change on this planet, I have been a member of 12 churches. I was a member of one of them twice. I moved away and then came back.

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


Mr. Harry takes big gulps of life at age 88

Harry Adams has found the elixir of life. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it does not come in a bottle.

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


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


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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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