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When it’s your turn to be father of the bride

When my wife and I married 12 years ago, I never gave much thought to weddings in the future.

June 07, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


Shining beacons of hope

For more than four years, a young fellow named Josh Turner has accompanied me on my ride to Atlanta.

April 19, 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


What is in a name?

I remember going to places such as Six Flags and Stone Mountain when I was a kid. I was always fascinated with the key chains, pencils and bike tags with names on them.

March 22, 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


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


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Small towns boast of their noteworthiness

Some towns have lots to brag about. And some of them do it on their city limits sign.

June 28, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Marching into Bible school

I don't know if I was good student or just had good teachers, but I have vivid recollections of my days in vacation Bible school.

June 21, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Seeing the beauty in Old Glory

I don't know how to explain it, but something happens when I see our American flag being presented in a ceremony.

June 14, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Celebrate honorary graduates

My friend, Coleen Ivey, received an honorary diploma from Gainesville High School recently. At 88, she has about 70 years seniority on most high school seniors.

May 31, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


Mothers have tough jobs to do

First, for nine months, often through morning sickness and aching feet, back and elsewhere, mothers carry a baby until he or she is ready to debut.

May 10, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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