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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


Christmas memories always survive the letdown

There is something both sad and wonderful about Christmas Day. If you were expecting wonderful and magical things to happen on this day, it either did or it didn't.

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


To Mama, gold paint meant Christmas

We bought a can of gold spray paint this week. My mama would have been proud.

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


Choir memories: Head held high, toes to the floor

I've been singing in somebody's choir for most of my life. It all began when I was four at Beecher Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta. We wore fluffy little choir robes with a little bow on the front.

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


Shopping violence shouldn't be part of season of peace

I have a radio in my office that displays the names of the songs that are playing on the radio. One day this week, I had the sound turned off but the song titles were still there.

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


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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 school.

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


Celebrate honorary graduates

My friend, Coleen Ivey, received an honorary diploma from Gainesville High School recently. At 88, she has about 70 years seniority on most high school seniors.

May 31, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


Mothers have tough jobs to do

First, for nine months, often through morning sickness and aching feet, back and elsewhere, mothers carry a baby until he or she is ready to debut.

May 10, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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