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Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


A welcome to new life of spring

I've got several friends who don't believe in God. Our friendship is beyond the point where we debate the subject. We have each tried to sway each other toward our particular point of view without success.

April 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One man’s castle is another’s mansion

If you go to a Christian funeral, particularly in the South, you're likely to hear somebody read that verse in the gospel of John where Jesus is telling his disciples that he's going to be leaving and gives them a glimpse of heaven.

April 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget sunshine; Florida’s better known for oddball

What do a Florida State Trooper and a mermaid have in common? Later this year, they will both be government employees of the Sunshine State.

March 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


That’s one expensive bed Spitzer lies in

I don't feel sorry for Eliot Spitzer. The now former governor of New York made his own bed and now he can lie in it.

March 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stay connected to neighbors, not Internet

I thought we had elected the less-government crowd to state government. If my memory serves me correctly, they ran for office on the premise that the government needs to focus on the basics, like having good roads and educating our children.

March 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Keeping time is for the birds

The idea of leap year was first proposed by a guy named Aloysius Lilius, who was also known as Luigi Lilio or Luigi Giglio. Whoever he was, he was a pretty smart guy.

March 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


True wealth doesn’t come from money

I have my doubts as to whether I'll ever have a big bank account.

March 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Years — and tattoos — separate Grammys

I watched a good portion of last week's Grammy awards on television. I'm still trying to figure out why.

February 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Take your pick of circuses in town

Right now, Georgia is engaged in a schoolyard fight with Florida and Alabama over water.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has stood his ground - or his water, as the case may be. Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama doesn't miss an opportunity to take a shot at Atlanta. He seems to think we're all up here with our faucets turned wide open.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Garden’s economic impact expected to grow

An official of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is projecting the planned Smithgall Woodland Garden could have an impact of $1.5 million in the local economy during its first year of operation in 2010.

February 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Trade shows famous for their pluck, personalities

I love trade shows.

February 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bids, please: Property auction yields slim sales

Going. Going. But not quite gone.

December 11, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville's sister city enchants Hall County visitor

Doug Hanson doesn't sound like an ambassador to Europe. His thick Texas drawl makes him sound more like a promoter of the Lone Star State.

December 11, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch man leaves lake authority for properties commission

Kevin Clark, who was named in July as executive director of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue as interim state property officer and director of the Georgia Building Authority and State Properties Commission.

November 25, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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My little, big moments with the Braves

As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run leader.

April 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Aged are young again in spring

A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day.

April 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


From mountains to mayhaws, Georgia has it all

It amazes me sometimes how little people know about our state.

March 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Tuning up your farewell toasts

Mark Green and I have an agreement about reaching the finish line of life. The one of us who gets there first will fulfill the other's last wishes.

March 09, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The times, they keep a-changing on us

If you like standard time, then this is the week you better drink it in. On March 9, we will set our clocks forward and begin observing daylight saving time.

March 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Side effects of prescription drugs advertised on television

The pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune on what is called DTC or direct-to-consumer advertising.

February 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lumping presidents together, by George

We used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as holidays.

February 16, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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