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Always in search of the right 'after'

There is a commercial on TV for some diet plan. In the spot, the heavy version of a woman is having a conversation with her thin version.

February 10, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Super Bowl memories are in black & white

When the first Super Bowl was held in 1967, it wasn't even known by that name. It was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. There was no Vince Lombardi Trophy because Lombardi was coaching one of the teams, the Green Bay Packers.

February 03, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Remembering a South Ga. media pioneer

TIFTON - Like many communities in the South, Tifton and the towns nearby had an influx of Jewish merchants in the early part of the 20th century.

January 27, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Ga. House clerk is a daily ray of sunshine

Every weekday morning, I take a walk through the Georgia Capitol. There is nothing new about it; in fact, next year the old girl will be 125 years old.

January 20, 2013 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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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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