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The View from Mudsock Heights: Dr. Chafetz and Marion -- A Love Story

By Dennis Powell | Dec 05, 2011 at 12:39 AM

The news was unexpected, sad, but not especially shocking: My friend and former colleague Morris Chafetz had died. He was sufficiently famous that there were long obituaries in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Though I suppose the circumstance of his death figured into it, too.

The View from Mudsock Heights: That May Be How They Look, But It’s Not How I Remember Them

By Dennis Powell | Nov 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Who are all those old people? I received a URL in the email. Terrified but unable to resist, I clicked on it. I may never recover.

Reliving Post-Season 2011 Gives Glimpse of 2012

By Jason Kettinger | Nov 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I admit it, I gave up. Tons of times. This Cardinals team earned my respect, my scorn, and my hope all in a vicious cycle for the last six or so months. They blew a 6-2 9th inning lead against the Mets with about a week to go before the post-season. They blew the most games they'd led in the final inning of any team in baseball. They are maddening to watch. I have almost nothing left as a fan. I just need to be honest here.

Why We Are Open for Business

By Ed Hurst | Nov 01, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Our site name was once a clever way of telling you we were promoting Open Source technology for use in business or the home office — “Open (Source) for Business.” Much has changed over the last ten years, but we remain here for the same reason: we are passionate about the topics that appear on these virtual pages.

The View from Mudsock Heights: There’s Always Time for a Little Woodland Vacation

By Dennis Powell | Aug 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The bug bites, I think, were worth it. One of the advantages of living in the country is the absence of sensory overload, which allows us to take in the more subtle phenomena that we would otherwise miss.

The View from Mudsock Heights: People in Different Places React Differently to Hot Weather

By Dennis Powell | Aug 09, 2011 at 4:55 PM

There is said to be a place hotter than it has been around here, but believers — I am among them — hold the view that if one is good, and repentant, it is possible to avoid ever going there. I知 speaking, of course, of Washington D.C.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Memories of a Big, National, Overly Covered Trial

By Dennis Powell | Jul 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM

This month saw the end of another murder trial that was covered by the news media as if it were of vast national importance. I’ve always puzzled over how this case and not that one is chosen for close and continuing scrutiny, and I’ve concluded it is the same phenomenon that causes the goldfish to erupt in a feeding frenzy over this flake of fish food and not that one.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Putting History in Some Small Perspective

By Dennis Powell | Jul 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

This time of year, I’m drawn to think of the people who founded this country — no surprise there; it’s what the 4th of July is all about — and the kind of world they occupied while creating the form of government we have today.

The Big Bang: Learning About Selling Fireworks Yields Insights About Entrepreneurship

By Timothy Butler | Jun 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I find myself inside a fireworks tent two days before opening at the beginning of the fireworks selling season. In this particular city, fireworks legally go on sale in temporary locations starting June 20 of each year. Sitting down a bit from me on the still bare table is an enthusiastic Chris Sander, the 28-year-old proprietor of Powder Monkey Fireworks (which, he carefully points out, is styled “powder monkey FIREWORKS”). I found myself here on a quest to learn more about how the fireworks business works, though as I listened to Sander’s insights, it became clear he was dispensing business wisdom applicable far more broadly than just his own market.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Sometimes Movies are Fine the First Time Around

By Dennis Powell | Jun 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Okay, I confess it: I like the Harry Potter movies. No, I’ve never read any of the books, either for my own enjoyment or to children, the usual adult excuse for having read them. My association with the long Potter saga is limited to the movies. Fact is, I was late even to those, having seen the first few on DVD years after they were in theatres.

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