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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


Majesty of fall’s hues call to me

There used to be an outfit that tried to tell you what season you are. It had a lot to do with what color of clothes best suited you.

October 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A little respect can pay a lot in dividends

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the state Capitol to begin my new career.

October 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes, the gimmick is what sells the big story

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Give me a home where pay phones still roam

I keep adding to a long list of things that I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren. They are the things that were important parts of our culture that are now becoming extinct.

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


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


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