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Would an elderly Elvis still have those hips?

One of the mental games I often play is something I call "What if ..."

January 13, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Shopping for big and tall is a hit and miss

I don't know exactly when it happened, but the people who run department stores all got together and assigned labels to people based on their size.

January 06, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Here's a toast to getting the most out of 2013

I was always a big fan of Bugs Bunny cartoons. There was a recurring theme where an electronic machine would transfer the brain and voice of Bugs with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd or Porky Pig.

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


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


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Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be "The Great American Songbook."

August 24, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Family builds bonds over Buicks

We were never people with fancy cars. Our first family car was a 1955 Chrysler with lots of chrome. It was a big thing.

August 17, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Imagining evolution of technology

In recent days, I have seen pictures of children beginning their first days of school.

August 10, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Smells like nostalgia: Scents bring memories

I can't see or hear as well as I used to, but my nose seems to work pretty well. The trouble is, things don't smell like they used to.

August 03, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Singing praise for the perfect funeral

Death is the one event in life that will eventually happen. It is also the one for which we are least prepared.

July 27, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Marking life’s journeys on the fridge

If you have a fancy house and your refrigerator has wooden panels to make it look like the rest of your cabinets, you can stop reading.

July 20, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


An ode to cupcake craziness

I've never been good at crazes. Some of them were over before I found out.

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


Seeing summer through a child’s eyes

Summer is the season that gives us so many good memories, especially from our childhood.

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


Lifting hopeful voices in a dark place

In my early days of Sunday school, I remember hearing about Paul and Silas, who were singing and praising the Lord in prison.

June 29, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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