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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


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


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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


Holidays are worth the wait

By the time you read this, Halloween will have come and gone.

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


Take an agritourism trip through Georgia

This may very well be one of the most glorious starts of a fall season. The weather has been beautiful with crystal-clear skies.

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


First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

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


A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

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


Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It's the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

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


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