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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


A full basket of thankfulness to share

When it comes to being thankful, my basket of gratitude is pretty near full.

November 21, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Some things in life are no longer free

There is an interesting fascination with idea of getting something free.

November 14, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reflecting on Dad’s heroism this Veterans Day

My dad was a man who never talked much about his service in the Army. In his sock drawer, were a couple of medals I didn't appreciate until I was grown.

November 07, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Switch to metric system still orbiting the States

About the time I conquered use of the 12-inch ruler, a teacher one day produced a stick that was slightly larger than a yardstick and told us that one day we would measure everything in meters and centimeters.

October 31, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Farmers are the eternal optimists

MOULTRIE - Being a farmer was always one of those jobs that I thought about as a little boy. It fell in somewhere in the mix of cowboy, policeman, fireman and doctor.

October 24, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ideals for life after death are a bit stuffy

I have struggled at times with what I want them to do with my body after I breathe my last.

October 17, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Some euphemisms have gone the way of the dinosaur

Like some of you, I grew up in the era when tests at school were prepared on mimeograph machines that utilized a lovely-smelling purple ink.

October 10, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Longing for a town that only existed in black and white

I was barely 3 months old when the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS, so I probably slept through the first one.

October 03, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


My car once ran without a battery, much less a computer

As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.

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


Waiting for that first cool day of fall

In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.

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


Silly ads are the side effect of too much TV

I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.

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


She may be far from home, but she's not alone

I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.

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


Barebecuing chicken isn’t just cooking; it’s an art

There are some art forms you should not see in progress. When Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel, I doubt folks would have had a full appreciation of what he was doing until it was finished.

August 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Snow is nice; ice is ugly

When I was a kid in Social Circle, our town doctor used to make an ice sculpture of sorts when it got really cold.

February 22, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Presidents Day is more than just mattress sales

In an earlier time, we used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February. Now, we have combined them into one day to honor all presidents of the United States.

February 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Evil act of one doesn’t mark entire community

Back in the days before the interstate highway system would take you where you needed to go, we used to take a cross-country route to Jekyll Island or to visit family in Jacksonville, Fla.

February 08, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


It is a fine skill to predict weather

Forecasting the weather is a job I wouldn't want. If you predict rain and it doesn't, folks chuckle and go on their way. If you predict a blizzard and it doesn't happen, folks will stop just short of calling for a lynch mob.

February 01, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


No more service with a smile from gas station attendants

Somewhere along the way, we will explain to future generations how gasoline once cost about 35 cents a gallon and how someone would pump it for you, check your tires and oil and wipe off your windshield.

January 25, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Times are always changing and are often full of uncertainty

I remember the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

January 18, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Wedding, funeral songs are conversation starters

Funeral and wedding songs are often the subject of much discussion, particularly after the event.

January 11, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Toast to the killer of kudzu

The year begins with outstanding news: A University of Georgia junior has discovered a cure for kudzu.

January 04, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New Year’s resolutions I can keep

It is the season of those wonderful New Year's resolutions. I don't know what bothers me the most, making them or breaking them.

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


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