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I arrived 53 years ago on this date

If you're reading this on Sunday, it was on this date in 1960 that my mother survived a troubled delivery and a fine doctor named Thomas Harris lifted me out and handed me to a waiting nurse.

June 23, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sunglasses are a new everyday accessory

Years ago, I remember when stores had only one or two displays of sunglasses. One was usually Foster Grant and the other was Polaroid. It seems there were only a half dozen styles and a few colors.

June 16, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Getting kicks on Route 66

WINSLOW, Ariz.- U.S. 66, better known as Route 66, was once called names like "The Mother Road" and "The Main Street of America."

June 09, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Tales from potato country

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - All across the countryside are unique little museums paying tribute to one thing or another.

June 02, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New name for children’s temper tantrums

The official name is now Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. We used to call it a temper tantrum.

May 26, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Original locations highlight class acts

In the world of restaurants, there is something special about the original location of unique eating establishments.

May 19, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bear Bryant advised players to write home

College football coaches often find themselves being pitchmen for everything from soft drinks to pickup trucks.

May 12, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Hail true to alma maters

The graduation season is upon us and with it comes songs we only hear at commencement exercises.

May 05, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mourn the loss of a college tradition

At just about every college you can think of, there is a tradition uniquely identified with the football team. Some of them are historic while others are almost hysterical.

April 28, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Singing the soundtrack of faith

The first church hymnal I remember was the 1956 Baptist Hymnal. I still can remember the page number of hymns in that great old book.

April 21, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Trusting weather experts

Climate experts have all sorts of explanations each year about how much rain we have or have not received.

April 14, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV is to blame for fading our accents

It is easy to blame television for a lot of things. We have seen many things that were once taboo become acceptable because we saw them happen on TV.

April 07, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Can't top a classic Easter tradition

The folks in Hollywood seem to run short on ideas from time to time. They seem to thrive on remakes of old movies. I saw a story last year that said movie studios were looking at 50 potential remakes.

March 31, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


This is the week to find yourself a church

If you're in the church business, this is the big week. It's hard to make comparisons, but if you used sporting events, this would be the World Series, Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and the Masters all rolled into one giant happening.

March 24, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A pope, and a preacher, each with a calling

There were two religious announcements last week. First, the Roman Catholic Church has a new pope, Francis I.

March 17, 2013 | 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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