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Silence often serves us best amid tragedy

Television, especially the 24-hour news channels, has an insatiable appetite for the talking head. The idea is simple: Get someone to appear before a camera and weigh in on the news of the day.

December 23, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bring back the Besse Coopers

In recent days, the world's oldest person, Besse Cooper of Monroe, died at the age of 116.

December 16, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


One text can cause a lifetime of regret

This is the time of year that we associate with being good. Children are on their best behavior in anticipation of a visit from Santa, grown-ups develop a child-like kindness that extends to others and it seems that we get along a little better.

December 09, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


If Mayans are right, don’t plan Christmas

I don't subscribe to the Mayan calendar, but for those who do, we have fewer than three weeks before the whole world comes to an end on Dec. 21.

December 02, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Carols that clank: Grandma, dogs, drummer boy

It's official: The Christmas holiday season is under way. Although many tried to push it forward, I don't think you can begin to celebrate Christmas until Santa Claus makes his way into New York's Herald Square during the big Thanksgiving parade.

November 25, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A plateful of blessings to be thankful for

There is an old hymn called "Count Your Blessings" that suggests if we count our blessings individually, we will be astonished how many we have been given.

This is the season that we should be thankful for all of our blessings. The way I see it, if your day is spent on the green side of the grass, you have been blessed.

November 18, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


To our veterans, ‘thank you’ hardly seems enough

It didn't seem like a big deal when I was a kid. There would be some event around Veterans Day and they would ask all the veterans to stand. Nearly every man in the room would stand. It just seemed normal that everybody's dad had worn the uniform of our country.

November 11, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Time for neighbors to help neighbors

I don't know if television has really given us more than a glance at the damage that occurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Every time I see a home that has been leveled or water flowing through places it isn't supposed to, I want to do something.

November 04, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A dime once could buy a Coke, a call or a song

Krystal, the Chattanooga-based fast-food restaurant famous for its square hamburger, offered burgers recently for a quarter each.

October 28, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A television icon in Chicken City

Prior to this month, Cindy Williams had never set foot in Georgia, but she knows a thing or two about things Southern.

October 23, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Reporter was dean of Capitol correspondents

When I was 15, I decided I was a reporter. This was based on a couple of bylines in the local paper.

October 14, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


When phones had dials and TVs were furniture

My parents were born into families that didn't own an automobile. My dad was just 4 when his father suddenly died. His most vivid remembrance of his dad's passing was getting to ride in a car for the first time.

October 07, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A gentle crooner's smooth ride down 'Moon River'

I have interviewed my fair share of celebrities over the years, but never one nicer than Andy Williams.

September 30, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


New Dart can't Dodge its past

My ears perked up when I heard that Dodge was bringing back the Dart, a model that was last around in 1976.

September 23, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Why we must remember our nation's sacrifices

I remember that night in January 1991 when allied forces began bombing Iraq. CNN, which was the only cable news channel at the time, had correspondents in Baghdad and they had pictures of the missiles as they destroyed targets in Iraqi territory.

September 16, 2012 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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My little, big moments with the Braves

As the Atlanta Braves opened their home season, it was a time to remember the night 40 years ago when Henry Aaron landed a ball just beyond the fence at Atlanta Stadium to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run leader.

April 13, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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


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


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