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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


Evil elves who steal Christmas are hard to forgive

On one occasion in my life, my mama stuck bar of Ivory soap in my mouth for a verbal transgression I committed. I still think about it when I say something regretful.

December 12, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New Habersham school has a real hero as its namesake

Naming schools is an interesting thing. Some get directional names, like north or south, other get names for communities or streets. But then there is that old standard of naming schools for people.

December 05, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sleek ride moves me up fast on sexiness scale

People magazine, the arbiter of all things sexy, has declared Ryan Reynolds as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in a recent issue.

November 28, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

October 19, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

October 12, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It's the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

October 05, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fairs find the kid in everyone

I remember the days when posters started going up about the arrival of the fair. The poster was in bright neon yellow with a drawing of a big Ferris wheel. Just seeing the word "fair" in big bold letters let you know the big show was coming to town.

September 28, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Flipping the switch to autumn

At 10:29 p.m. Monday, summer comes to an end.

September 21, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lessons from Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy lived an incredible life. It began with a hardscrabble start in Atlanta's West End. It ended with him listed as one of the wealthiest people in America.

September 14, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stories written in stone

MOULTRIE ­- For some people, an out-of-town trip is not complete without a visit to a museum or art gallery. For me, it could easily be a visit to a cemetery.

August 31, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be "The Great American Songbook."

August 24, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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