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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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Saying goodbye to Curtis Segars, a true Red Elephant

Curtis Segars was never my principal.

May 24, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


The ups and downs at Blue Willow Inn

Billie Van Dyke's life in the restaurant business has been a bit like riding a roller-coaster.

May 17, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Mothers have tough jobs to do

First, for nine months, often through morning sickness and aching feet, back and elsewhere, mothers carry a baby until he or she is ready to debut.

May 10, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Escape into the beauty of Georgia's landscape

A few weeks ago, I was standing on the porch of someone's home in the mountains. As the sun was going down, I looked out at the beautiful peaks that decorate the northern part of our state.

April 12, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Easter rings in Resurrection, colorful clothes

There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you're taking a vote, I'm an Easter person.

April 06, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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


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