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Smarts can come in short supply

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking when they do really stupid stuff.

November 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


This season would be merrier if it were shorter

How much Santa time do we need?

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


20 moms find Fanta refreshing for a baby

My wife is a sixth-grade school teacher and every year about this time, she has memorized the names of the dozens of children she teaches.

There are an assortment of syllables that folks have sewn together to create monikers for their offspring.

November 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Birth of Emma Grace brings back memories of her grandpa

Her name is Emma Grace Blackwood and she weighs all of 9 pounds. She has a head full of dark hair and she looks just like her mama.

November 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Be careful who you’re calling gullible

The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.

October 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A humble note for The Big Guy

Dear God,

October 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


His love of the game is the stuff of legends

In 1983, my mother fell off a ladder and broke her hip. In time, it would heal and because of the break she was sensitive to changes in the weather.

October 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Feel that crispness in the air? Fall is here

One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.

It's a good question.

October 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A woman with sights set high in the mountains

Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.

October 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


There’s a reason you have nicknames

The former "Bubba" McDonald has been a friend of mine for many years. He hasn't asked me for any political advice, but I'm going to offer some today.

September 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Feeling low? Try your hand at a trackhoe

I'm not quite ready to go and change jobs, but I had a glimpse this week of a potential career that I might have pursued.

September 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Parents, pastors and teachers can look up to these boys

The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Best times on car rides don’t have plotlines

Technology, in my opinion, has ruined the road trip.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


If only money grew on kudzu

The network morning shows only have news for about the first 30 minutes. From that point on they launch into everything from how to cure a hangnail to picking a couple to have a wedding on a New York street corner.

August 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


I've got rhythm, it's just a little bit off

Two score and eight years ago, a fine doctor and my namesake, Thomas Harris, debuted me at the Georgia Baptist Hospital.

August 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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We have come so far in my lifetime

Sometimes, when I gripe about slow computers or cellphones that don't do what they are supposed to do, I think about how far we have come in my lifetime.

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


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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