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Parents, pastors and teachers can look up to these boys

The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.

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


Best times on car rides don’t have plotlines

Technology, in my opinion, has ruined the road trip.

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


If only money grew on kudzu

The network morning shows only have news for about the first 30 minutes. From that point on they launch into everything from how to cure a hangnail to picking a couple to have a wedding on a New York street corner.

August 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I've got rhythm, it's just a little bit off

Two score and eight years ago, a fine doctor and my namesake, Thomas Harris, debuted me at the Georgia Baptist Hospital.

August 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Today’s TV tunes not worth a whistle

The name of Earle Hagen may not ring a bell, but you more than likely know his music.

August 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes our homes leave us first

The old girl died in a fire in February. We finally buried her this week. She was laid to rest in a landfill.

July 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


His plans were bigger than we could see

My earliest business venture was operating a shoe-shine box in Johnny O'Kelly's barber shop in Social Circle. It was two-chair shop with Johnny and Mr. Aub McClain.

July 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Your mind may age, but it can think young

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Elvis' rock 'n' roll cool rubbed off on Hugh Baby

Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Little girl in need can receive a great gift

Maj. Kevin Jarrard will be spending this Christmas in his second tour in Iraq with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit headquartered in Montgomery, Ala.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An update on the first grandkids

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was none other than Big Buddy.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stop the gimmicks, just let me watch TV

Years ago, when I was working in television, we were just getting into electronic graphics. We had a little gizmo that would flash someone's name up on the screen at the directed time.

We still made use of slides. A guy would make slides of a reporter's name and the call letters and channel number of the station using a hot-type press with white letters on a black poster board.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Halloween hijinks helped by headdress

Mama was never one to pass up a good roadside junk pile. She had a station wagon and could load up an old lawn mower or a broken lamp in no time.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ah, the joys a big stick can bring

I sometimes marvel that I made it through childhood without a bike helmet, safety goggles or the evaluation of my neighborhood by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


All readers accepted, but not approved

I like advertising.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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 who are gay or those who hate gays.

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 school.

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 seniors.

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


Saying goodbye to Curtis Segars, a true Red Elephant

Curtis Segars was never my principal.

May 24, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The ups and downs at Blue Willow Inn

Billie Van Dyke's life in the restaurant business has been a bit like riding a roller-coaster.

May 17, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mothers have tough jobs to do

First, for nine months, often through morning sickness and aching feet, back and elsewhere, mothers carry a baby until he or she is ready to debut.

May 10, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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