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Take some pointers before you speak out

I don't want to compare myself to Rep. Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

September 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One event can change our world

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Know the difference between grill, ’cue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Thanks for thinking ‘safety first’

I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.

August 30, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


You’d have to be dumb not to give to schools

I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."

August 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First day of school not like it used to be

When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school. The list goes on and on.

August 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Schoolin’ on Sunday built a good foundation

Some people tout our state because it is largely nonunion.

August 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reunited on the Internet, and it feels so good

It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.

August 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It’s a time capsule that’s also a house

For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.

July 26, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Our area is better, thanks to marks left by these men

After more than 20 years in this area, I have come to know many of the people who shaped this region. Most came from the group that has been called "The Greatest Generation," the veterans of World War II. In the past few days, we lost two great ones.

July 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Last name means little to this senior citizen stepdog

There is a little dog that lives at our house. Her name is Buttons and in human terms, she is a senior citizen. When I came into her life, she was well into middle age and, like most who reach that point, was set in her ways.

July 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Despite their differences, passed celebs had an effect

There was a record store on Broad Street in Monroe called the Music and Camera Shop. It was owned by Edward Peters and he carried all the latest 45s and plenty of albums.

July 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminisce with a nice slide show

In the past few days, the Eastman Kodak Co. announced that its Kodachrome film would be no more.

June 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A Father’s Day with 'adultren'

This is my 19th Father's Day. That is, if you count the one where we were anticipating an arrival in September of 1990.

June 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


When grease monkeys ruled summertime

There is a connection between summer and cars that remains in my mind.

June 14, 2009 | 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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