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Enjoy spending time with loved ones

My mama has been gone for 17 Christmases. I still remember asking her every year what she wanted for Christmas.

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


Holiday specials a faded memory

Once upon a time, there was a phenomenon called the Christmas TV special. The biggest stars on television would host other TV stars in an hourlong holiday variety show.

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


Forming a kinship with Billy Crystal

NEW YORK - If you're making a Christmas trip to the Big Apple, I hope you'll stop by and see Billy Crystal.

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


Phone books almost extinct

Some of the savviest advertisers know how to play on our emotions during the holidays.

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


Blessings rampant through my life

This week, I am celebrating the 49th anniversary of the first time I wore a paper pilgrim hat and paper buckles on my shoes. I am pretty sure that was the same year I traced my hand to make a turkey.

November 24, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Phone numbers no longer significant

The people who issue phone numbers say we have run out of numbers again.

November 17, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Honor troops and their service to the United States

I'm not sure how it happened, but many Americans don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

November 10, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Leave it to the Lord

Television now offers repeats of the same shows, sometimes in the same week. If that's not enough, service providers offer all sorts of repeat plays of everything from sporting events to sitcoms.

November 03, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Think before you ink

I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.

October 27, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Civility is on life support

If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.

October 20, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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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


Marching into Bible school

I don't know if I was good student or just had good teachers, but I have vivid recollections of my days in vacation Bible ...

June 21, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Seeing the beauty in Old Glory

I don't know how to explain it, but something happens when I see our American flag being presented in a ceremony.

June 14, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Celebrate honorary graduates

My friend, Coleen Ivey, received an honorary diploma from Gainesville High School recently. At 88, she has about 70 years seniority on most high school ...

May 31, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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