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Think before you ink

I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.

October 27, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Civility is on life support

If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.

October 20, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forget pumpkin; let's bottle the real aromas of fall

The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.

October 13, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Classic Holiday Inn was a friend

My earliest memory of vacation was staying at places with names such as the Sand and Surf or the Seashell Motor Inn. They were V-shaped motor lodges with parking right in front of your room.

October 06, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to my daughter on her 23rd birthday

Life gives us moments forever etched in our minds.

September 29, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Forced thanks seems phony

Somewhere in corporate America, someone decided we needed to show some degree of pleasantness, whether it is genuine or not.

September 22, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fond farewell to local legend

In recent days, Hall County said goodbye to the last of the lions who ushered the region into the modern era.

September 15, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Console TVs, telephone landlines obsolete

In the hallway of a house where we lived when I was a kid, a shelf was built into the wall for the telephone with a place for the phone and a little space underneath for the phone book. I doubt anyone has included that feature in a house built anytime recently.

September 08, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


College football finally arrives

You can't tell it by the weather, but the season is here.

September 01, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Crooner from the 1960s still singing

Arnold Dorsey is going to appear in concert in Atlanta next month. Arnold is now 77 and apparently still a pretty good singer.

August 25, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Elvis' star still shines bright in Memphis

During the past week or so, thousands of people made a pilgrimage to Memphis to remember the city's best-known son, Elvis Aron Presley.

August 18, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Offer kind word to those who serve us well

Certain occupations have a predisposition to being unpopular, such as working at any kind of office that collects taxes or issues driver's licenses.

August 11, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


School days rolled around later in my day

I miss the days when school started after Labor Day.

August 04, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A pastor who still puts up with me

During my half-century and a little change on this planet, I have been a member of 12 churches. I was a member of one of them twice. I moved away and then came back.

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


Mr. Harry takes big gulps of life at age 88

Harry Adams has found the elixir of life. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it does not come in a bottle.

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


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Articles by Section - 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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