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O’ say, can we find a better national tune?

On the day before we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday, I thought I would take a moment for my biennial rant on the national anthem.

July 03, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


More than halfway home and crossing off the bucket list

A book that I read a few years ago suggested that 40 is really the halfway point in life. If you flip to the obituary listings in this newspaper, there is some validity to that premise. While more and more people are living longer, most of the departed ones listed are around 80.

June 26, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


For Father's Day, remembering a hero in my own home

I realized the other day I have now reached the point that I have lived more years without a father than I did with him.

June 19, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Daytime TV of the past: 3 channels, little drama

Every year, I take lots of vitamins, get a flu shot and wash my hands in hopes of not getting sick. It's not getting sick that scares me. It is the prospect of having to stay home and watch the stuff they have on TV during the day.

June 12, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Summer now isn’t the same as in my day

I think the goal of each generation is for the generation that follows to have better opportunities.

June 05, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


To learn, we need to let go

I remember the day I asked my dad to take the training wheels off of my bike. I had the feeling I was ready to go on two wheels.

May 29, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Loss of Nell hits home hard

The landscape of Hall County is minus one sturdy magnolia this week.

May 22, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Just call me Hoss

Pop culture plays an increasing role in how people arrive at names for their offspring.

May 15, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


What your mama wants most today is you

I'm back and just in time to opine about Mother's Day.

May 08, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The chat is over, but goodbyes aren’t forever

For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.

January 02, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ticking off some goals for ‘twenty-eleven’

Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.

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


Advice from mamas pays off for 2 grateful men

In 1992, I had a temporary loss of mental stability and decided to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.

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


Evil elves who steal Christmas are hard to forgive

On one occasion in my life, my mama stuck bar of Ivory soap in my mouth for a verbal transgression I committed. I still think about it when I say something regretful.

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


New Habersham school has a real hero as its namesake

Naming schools is an interesting thing. Some get directional names, like north or south, other get names for communities or streets. But then there is that old standard of naming schools for people.

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


Sleek ride moves me up fast on sexiness scale

People magazine, the arbiter of all things sexy, has declared Ryan Reynolds as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in a recent issue.

November 28, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Harris Blackwoood: Maintaining the Christmas kindness year-round

A popular doughnut chain has a neon sign that is illuminated when it sells freshly glazed, hot doughnuts. It has lured me in more than ...

November 27, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: 'Tis the season to be thankful for others

Once again, it is time for my annual column of thanks.

November 20, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Maintain respect when it comes to politics

In the online world, I have lots of friends with varying political views.

November 13, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: New book has century of Gainesville High stories

It's hard to imagine, but the Gainesville Red Elephants have been playing football at the same place for a century.

November 06, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Vote, let your voice be heard

I don't know anyone who actually stands around the water cooler, but we often use the idea of "water cooler conversations" to describe what ...

October 23, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Hanging out with Orford's 'Sugar Daddy'

ORFORD, N.H. - Standing on Peter Thomson's back porch, you have a spectacular view of Mount Moosilauke, a 4,802-foot-high mountain at the southwestern ...

October 16, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Avoid distractions and use your seat belt

I try not to use this space in connection with my real job. I am much more content to offer my take on everyday things ...

October 09, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Be a good influence; become someone’s anchor

A few years ago, the term "active shooter" was not in our vocabulary. Today, it seems one is about every week.

October 02, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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