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Can I get some service? Not very often these days

I often wonder if you can really teach someone to be nice. You can teach someone to obey the rules and be polite, but being nice is a different thing.

October 09, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Today’s TV recalls a different ’60s than I do

The new TV season seems to have a fascination with the 1960s. There are several shows that hearken back to the days when folks dressed up to go to work or for a night on the town.

October 02, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


She will always be daddy's little girl

I've had a few titles in my lifetime, but the one I've had for the past 21 years is the one I like best: Daddy.

September 25, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Looks like it’s lights out for these Easy-Bake memories

I've seen a lot of things go during my lifetime, including 45-rpm records, 8-track tapes and the hi-fi record player that would play a stack of five or six albums.

September 18, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A day that changed my life, and many others

Ten years ago, I was newly unemployed. I had promised myself that while I had a severance package, I wanted to do something that was worthwhile and redeeming.

September 11, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jerry Lewis deserves better

When I think of Jerry Lewis, I think of the rubber-faced comedian whose physical comedy has made us laugh for years.

September 04, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Avoiding old fogey status

Beloit College is a private school with about 1,250 students located roughly 100 miles northwest of Chicago, just across the border in Wisconsin.

August 28, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


'Voice of the Braves' provided the sound of summer

I grew up in a house that was not air-conditioned. It was a big, Victorian home with high ceilings.

August 21, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Nap time and cookies would help us all

I can still remember my kindergarten classroom. We had an area with a wooden toy stove and refrigerator; we called it the housekeeping center.

August 14, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bank building is a reminder of a bygone era

For the first time since it was built, the building at 111 Green St., no longer has the word "bank" inscribed on its side.

August 07, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Truly in tears over America, the beautiful

KEYSTONE, S.D. - On a recent Sunday at nightfall, I sat with a few thousand others at the foot of Mount Rushmore, the fabled monument in Western South Dakota.

July 31, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pickers’ dreams are still alive

There was a pop song in the '70s that suggested that there were 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville.

July 24, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First lady’s courage inspired others through difficult journeys

I love a good story. The ones I love best are so wonderfully worded and descriptive that your mind paints a vivid image.

July 17, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Not all heroes get noticed by the media

There are folks out there who never read a newspaper, watch the evening news or make any effort to keep up with current events.

July 10, 2011 | | Harris Blackwood's column


O’ say, can we find a better national tune?

On the day before we celebrate our nation's 235th birthday, I thought I would take a moment for my biennial rant on the national anthem.

July 03, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Losing children and nurses in one accident

I have great memories of kindergarten. I don't know why. This is usually where I insert a joke about it being the three greatest years of my life.

May 03, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Picturing Pete Wheeler’s life with help of photographs

When he died last week, Pete Wheeler held the record as the longest serving head of a state agency. He had been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Services since 1954.

April 27, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Escape into the beauty of Georgia's landscape

A few weeks ago, I was standing on the porch of someone's home in the mountains. As the sun was going down, I looked out at the beautiful peaks that decorate the northern part of our state.

April 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Easter rings in Resurrection, colorful clothes

There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you're taking a vote, I'm an Easter person.

April 06, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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


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