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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


Giving thanks for one more year

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

My brother and his family were elsewhere, my daughter was with her mother and it was just me and Mama.

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


Country star looked — and acted — the perfect part

Have you ever known people who just looked their part in life?

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


Zell’s mountain twang a mark of love

Come January, I've been reporting on Zell Miller for 33 years. I was 14 and somehow asked for and was issued media credentials for the inauguration of Gov. George Busbee and Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.

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


Forget exercise, it’s time to write

With or without resolutions, this seems to be a good week for reflecting on the past year and giving some thought to the year ahead.

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


Holidays in D.C. a time for heroes

WASHINGTON - There is something about visiting the president's house that leaves one in awe. I had a chance to go to the White House on the regular tour for the purpose of seeing the Christmas decorations.

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


Trip with Uncle Harry a memory to savor

The generation that came before me in my family is now a mighty slim lot. My mother and father both came from among four siblings, two boys and two girls on my mother's side and four boys on dad's.

My Dad and all his brothers are gone.

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


There are fans, but also fanatics

About 12 years ago, I was the manager of a hotel in Hiawassee. It was located right next to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and most of the country music acts appearing there would stay at our place.

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


Hey kids, give us parents a heads up

I've been doing what I do for a long time. The stories I've written cover everything from movie stars to folks living on the street.

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


Merry Botox holidays to you

When I saw the return address, I rolled my eyes.

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


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble

The state of Georgia has a bunch of authorities that regulate everything from toll roads to technology.

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


Forget the Northeast; Georgia’s fall tops all

Just before five this morning, the seasons should have changed. The autumnal equinox was scheduled to take place at 4:51 a.m.

We, in the newspaper world, are very careful not to say something happened before it did. I have to write this stuff a few days ahead of when it arrives at your place.

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


Remote control can't keep classics on

For the first few years of my life, I was a television remote control. My parents would tell me what channel they wanted and off I scampered to change it.

In those days, we had a set of rabbit ears and changing the channel often meant an adjustment of the "aerial" to make it come in better.

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


Oh, the burdens pastors carry

There has been a lot written lately about people and their preachers, particularly folks who want to be president of the United States.

May 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Natives, transplants leave their marks on Gainesville

I married into a family that has generational roots in Gainesville. They go back long before the War of Northern Aggression.

March 29, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


What is in a name?

I remember going to places such as Six Flags and Stone Mountain when I was a kid. I was always fascinated with the key chains, pencils and bike tags with names on them.

March 22, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Our holiday traditions are not always completely accurate

We are a gullible bunch, aren't we?

March 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Internet has its alluring aspects

This column begins as a newspaper column. I'm very happy about that. I like the notion of being a newspaper columnist. I still like to hold the newspaper in my hand and look at it.

March 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

March 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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