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STATESBORO - I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse. Some are big and stately, others are rather plain.

February 20, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Don't act your age, act your shoe size

I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full rather than half empty.

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


A heart sustains our bodies and souls

I'm not against Valentine's Day or any of those other commercially oriented observances on the calendar. I just think we should show our love and appreciation on an ongoing basis.

February 06, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Neighborhood characters add spice to our lives

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration.

January 30, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Brotherly love knows no boundaries

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites. But you didn't need a DNA test to know that we were cut from the same cloth. Mine was a bit wider and his was a tad longer.

January 23, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A tale of two Kings, cut short

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.

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


Call me crazy, but some are certifiable

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the Ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy. An order would be issued and the sheriff would haul them off to Milledgeville. Some of them would stay locked up for the rest of their lives.

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


Calendar could use a little shuffling

Because of newspaper schedules, I actually wrote this column last year and it is being published this year.

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


His charm helped put Braselton on the map

I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe. I spent most of my growing up years in Social Circle, a town named for a group of fellows who gathered around a well to drink water (that's the puritanical version, others think it may have been firewater).

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


Christmas is more than gifts and eggnog

Some polls show 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, while 5 percent observe Hanukkah and 2 percent celebrate Kwanzaa (some celebrate more than one).

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


New-fangled toys dazzle and confound

Dear Santa,

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


A tree trimmed with good memories

There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.

December 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Parents, let a broken toy serve as a lesson, not reward

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years. I figured if I sinned once a day over that time, that is 14,600. There were some days I was in double digits.

November 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All those memories count as blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Catalog’s pages take me back in time

Dawson is the 4-year-old daughter of a co-worker of mine. From time to time, she comes by the office for a little visit.

November 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Articles By Author - Harris Blackwood


Harris Blackwood: Enjoy every moment life gives you

We are unique creatures on this planet. We are the only ones who have a soul. We have the need for human companionship and long ...

September 18, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Something puzzling about new shoes with suffed look

Getting a new pair of shoes was a big deal when I was kid.

September 04, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Enjoying the adventures along Route 66

Sometimes I think I may have fit in better in an earlier generation. I would have loved to have been around in the heyday of ...

August 28, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Kudzu causes fussing and cussing in the yard

Kudzu was introduced to the United States at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. In the 1930s, kudzu was thought to be a wonderful ...

August 21, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Movie remakes aren’t as magical as originals

Sadly, I think Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and continues to recycle old ones in an effort to draw people to the ...

August 14, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The ascent and decline of the U.S. space program

My mama often decided certain events were historical and I should pay attention to them.

July 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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