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2 great lives, 2 great legacies

It is hard to be sad when we lose folks who have lived a long and productive life. Last week, we lost two.

April 08, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bucket of respect runs low these days

There used to be an unwritten rule in the South: No self-respecting woman or man would be caught wearing white prior to Easter and after Labor Day. I have heard folks from the North suggest that the beginning date was Memorial Day.

April 01, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Casting my bread upon the waters until Easter

I don't know who gave me my first taste of bread, but I must have liked it.

March 25, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A real book opened up the world, for me and Mama

My mother was born three years before the Great Depression to a family who lived in a small sharecropper house that lacked the benefits of electricity, running water and indoor plumbing.

March 18, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Warm winter might mean more ’skeeters on your ’maters

Many years ago, Jim Stafford recorded a song that sums up my thoughts pretty well. "I don't like spiders and snakes, " wrote Stafford and his co-writer, David Bellamy, who later performed with his brother, Howard, as The Bellamy Brothers.

March 11, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A fond farewell to the world’s best neighbor

As neighbors go, I don't know that you could have had a better one than Claude Bagwell.

March 04, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Leaping past Romans, Germans, swallows and buzzards

This year is leap year, which means we have an extra day on the calendar. It happens this week.

February 26, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Best funerals have fried chicken, a few surprises

I go to my fair share of funerals. Some of them are related to my work, others are folks I have known and cared for.

February 19, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Judge love by the trash, not just Barry White

The folks at Amazon.com have released information they claim makes certain cities in the U.S. more romantic than others.

February 12, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Some go pop, some soda, but I’m a Coke man

Someone on Facebook, the source of all things true, posted a map of a survey that determined what term folks apply to fizzy soft drinks.

February 05, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The darkness has lifted, a brilliant mind restored

I am often asked if I have a favorite column among all of the hundreds I have written.

January 29, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Pork chop, salad or diet dog food? Tough call

Getting old is not a sport for the faint of heart.

January 22, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A loving farewell to a small-town sheriff

LUDOWICI - The name Cecil Nobles is not a household word in most of Georgia, but if you asked folks around here, everybody knew him.

January 15, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Young Harris grads made a mark on Ga.

In the 1950s, there was no Zell Miller Highway to zip folks from the Atlanta area to the mountains. There were two reasons for that: Zell had not been elected to anything and was not yet worthy of the designation and, secondly, nice paved four-lane highways were just starting to appear in the big city. It was 1956 before we started building the interstate highway system.

January 08, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I once saw the future, but now it’s cloudy

I opened the mail the other day and found that a dear friend had sent me a newspaper clipping from 30 years ago.

January 01, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Remembering the joys of cartoons

If Acme Products Co. was really in business, I would be a good customer.

August 02, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forgo flowers; donate funds a memorial to loved one

When our country experiences the loss of life of a member of the Armed Services or a public safety agency in the line of duty ...

July 26, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminiscing about life before air conditioning

I grew up in a house without air conditioning. I spent most of the summer days of my childhood outdoors.

July 19, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Transplant my roots into Hall County

When you ask someone where he or she is from, you're likely to get an interesting answer.

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


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 ...

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 ...

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


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