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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


A personal Christmas letter to the jolly ol’ elf

Dear Santa,

December 21, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Telling stories of family to children is important

In what would be the final years of her life, I often asked my mother what she wanted for Christmas. The reply was often the same: "I just want my children around me."

December 14, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Waiting for Santa Claus is a good thing

The last time I checked, a day is still 24 hours and it still takes the Earth about 365 days to go around the sun.

December 07, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Crooners synonymous with Christmas songs

Sometime in the next few days, radio stations will start playing Christmas music. A friend of mine suggested I write a column about recording artists associated with a Christmas song. So here I go.

November 30, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Many things to be thankful for this holiday

One song says to "Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One."

November 23, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


TV crews come out when weather gets cold

Somewhere in grade school, I learned water freezes at 32 degrees. If the temperature outside is below 32 degrees, there is a good chance that if there is precipitation, it may be or become frozen.

November 16, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Living life today because of World War II veterans

Somehow, we have melded Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day into days of recognizing all who have worn the uniform of our country.

November 09, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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Forgo flowers; donate funds a memorial to loved one

When our country experiences the loss of life of a member of the Armed Services or a public safety agency in the line of duty, it makes us angry.

July 26, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reminiscing about life before air conditioning

I grew up in a house without air conditioning. I spent most of the summer days of my childhood outdoors.

July 19, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Transplant my roots into Hall County

When you ask someone where he or she is from, you're likely to get an interesting answer.

July 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Proud of the home of brave, land of free

In the past few days, many people have been heard. They include people who wave Confederate flags and hate Confederate flags as well as people who are gay or those who hate gays.

July 05, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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