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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


Today’s TV tunes not worth a whistle

The name of Earle Hagen may not ring a bell, but you more than likely know his music.

August 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Sometimes our homes leave us first

The old girl died in a fire in February. We finally buried her this week. She was laid to rest in a landfill.

July 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


His plans were bigger than we could see

My earliest business venture was operating a shoe-shine box in Johnny O'Kelly's barber shop in Social Circle. It was two-chair shop with Johnny and Mr. Aub McClain.

July 25, 2008 | 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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