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Neighborhood characters add spice to our lives

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration.

January 30, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Brotherly love knows no boundaries

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites. But you didn't need a DNA test to know that we were cut from the same cloth. Mine was a bit wider and his was a tad longer.

January 23, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A tale of two Kings, cut short

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.

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


Call me crazy, but some are certifiable

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the Ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy. An order would be issued and the sheriff would haul them off to Milledgeville. Some of them would stay locked up for the rest of their lives.

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


Calendar could use a little shuffling

Because of newspaper schedules, I actually wrote this column last year and it is being published this year.

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


His charm helped put Braselton on the map

I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe. I spent most of my growing up years in Social Circle, a town named for a group of fellows who gathered around a well to drink water (that's the puritanical version, others think it may have been firewater).

December 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Christmas is more than gifts and eggnog

Some polls show 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, while 5 percent observe Hanukkah and 2 percent celebrate Kwanzaa (some celebrate more than one).

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


New-fangled toys dazzle and confound

Dear Santa,

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


A tree trimmed with good memories

There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.

December 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Parents, let a broken toy serve as a lesson, not reward

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years. I figured if I sinned once a day over that time, that is 14,600. There were some days I was in double digits.

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


All those memories count as blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Catalog’s pages take me back in time

Dawson is the 4-year-old daughter of a co-worker of mine. From time to time, she comes by the office for a little visit.

November 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Unique items, service keep the little guys afloat

In a few retail stores, the Christmas decorations are already going up. The holiday season, like it or not, is upon us.

November 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Economy’s downturn cuts down cute neighborhood names

One thing the housing slowdown has given us is fewer cutely named subdivisions. I love driving through a town and noting the name of developments. In Forsyth County, one of the larger developments is called Polo Fields.

November 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Dear Hennes, your time in the spotlight is over

There used to be a scale in front of a store in Social Circle. You could put a penny in the slot by your astrological sign and a little cover would move to reveal your weight and your horoscope.

October 25, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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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


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


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