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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


Unique items, service keep the little guys afloat

In a few retail stores, the Christmas decorations are already going up. The holiday season, like it or not, is upon us.

November 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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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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