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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


More than halfway home and crossing off the bucket list

A book that I read a few years ago suggested that 40 is really the halfway point in life. If you flip to the obituary listings in this newspaper, there is some validity to that premise. While more and more people are living longer, most of the departed ones listed are around 80.

June 26, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


For Father's Day, remembering a hero in my own home

I realized the other day I have now reached the point that I have lived more years without a father than I did with him.

June 19, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Daytime TV of the past: 3 channels, little drama

Every year, I take lots of vitamins, get a flu shot and wash my hands in hopes of not getting sick. It's not getting sick that scares me. It is the prospect of having to stay home and watch the stuff they have on TV during the day.

June 12, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Summer now isn’t the same as in my day

I think the goal of each generation is for the generation that follows to have better opportunities.

June 05, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


To learn, we need to let go

I remember the day I asked my dad to take the training wheels off of my bike. I had the feeling I was ready to go on two wheels.

May 29, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Loss of Nell hits home hard

The landscape of Hall County is minus one sturdy magnolia this week.

May 22, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Just call me Hoss

Pop culture plays an increasing role in how people arrive at names for their offspring.

May 15, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


What your mama wants most today is you

I'm back and just in time to opine about Mother's Day.

May 08, 2011 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The chat is over, but goodbyes aren’t forever

For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.

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


Ticking off some goals for ‘twenty-eleven’

Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.

December 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Advice from mamas pays off for 2 grateful men

In 1992, I had a temporary loss of mental stability and decided to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.

December 19, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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


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


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