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Aged are young again in spring

A friend of ours gave us a ginkgo tree this winter. I painstakingly planted it with a big enough hole and lots of good soil and fertilizer. It has little green buds and is ready to make its debut any day.

April 06, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jesus does not have one designated spokesman

When I was a kid, they had pictures of Jesus hanging in our Sunday school rooms.

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


From mountains to mayhaws, Georgia has it all

It amazes me sometimes how little people know about our state.

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


Sheriff example of grit, courage

CORDELE - A fight broke out a decade ago in the South Central Georgia town of Cordele. It ended a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if there was a winner, but there was a victor.

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


Tuning up your farewell toasts

Mark Green and I have an agreement about reaching the finish line of life. The one of us who gets there first will fulfill the other's last wishes.

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


The times, they keep a-changing on us

If you like standard time, then this is the week you better drink it in. On March 9, we will set our clocks forward and begin observing daylight saving time.

March 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Side effects of prescription drugs advertised on television

The pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune on what is called DTC or direct-to-consumer advertising.

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


Lumping presidents together, by George

We used to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as holidays.

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


Time for tunes of love

On the Internet, the source of all information, they have all kinds of lists. In preparation for this column, I conducted a search for the top romance songs and found they have a variety.

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


I love snow days

Oh, how I once loved snow days.

February 02, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stories of fine dinner china

My mother made sure I had an extensive education about china. Not China, the country, but china, the good kind that went on a properly dressed Sunday table.

January 26, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fond farewell to my friend

The news came in email: Mike Banks had died.

January 19, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Jo Ann Adams blazes a trail as a pharmacist

In the first season of "The Andy Griffith Show," the town folks of Mayberry are surprised by the arrival of a female druggist at the local drugstore.

January 12, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Percolate on it: An old hot cup o’ Joe has gone trendy

My daddy liked his coffee hot. We had a West Bend percolator that was a fixture in our kitchen for years.

January 05, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The ins and outs of calendar years

New Year's Day is the one day we can all observe. While there are Chinese, Hebrew and Muslim calendars, if we participate with the world, the clock starts over at the strike of midnight on the first day of the New Year.

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


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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


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


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