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The View from Mudsock Heights: Bird Watching Here Involves the Good Robin and the Bad Robin

By Dennis Dennis | May 23, 2011 at 12:10

They say that mules are stubborn, but my money is on robins. Well, at least the robin that has been trying to build a nest on my porch light.

The View from Mudsock Heights: When Men Were Men, Radio was Radio, and Tape Editing was Tape Editing

By Dennis Dennis | May 4, 2011 at 19:16

The email message was a happy surprise. A fellow in California, at something called the “L.A. Theatre Works,” was putting together a project (he did not say what) and wondered if I still have the original tapes (I don’t) from a radio report I did in 1983. His email note to me was above a long series of messages and replies he had sent to and received from others, in pursuit of the missing audio.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s a Tortured Path from Figure of Speech to Cliché

By Dennis Dennis | Apr 8, 2011 at 14:19

The hot new word of 2011 is “bespoke.” If you listen, you’ll suddenly hear it everywhere. It used to be a perfectly good word, but by midsummer it will be threadbare and tattered from overuse. The wear is already showing.

The View from Mudsock Heights: In Times of Crisis, Remember and Mourn the Passage of Calm News Coverage

By Dennis Dennis | Mar 30, 2011 at 23:53

Back when the world was young, there were mechanical devices in newspaper, radio, and even television newsrooms called “teletype machines.” The precursor to modern electronic printers, these things were very noisy. They had letter keys inside them, on arms, and in response to electrical impulse they would type the (usually) correct letter in the fashion of a typewriter.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Our Response to Local Disaster Taught Us a Lot -- About Ourselves

By Dennis Dennis | Mar 23, 2011 at 0:09

The sky wasn’t just dark, it was … weird. Meanwhile, the weather radio was going crazy, with alerts interrupting other alerts.

An Open Letter on the NCAA Tournament

By Jason Jason | Mar 18, 2011 at 14:41

Dear Selection Committee, you need to know that Michigan State, Clemson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Georgia don’t belong in the field. Right off the top. Also include Penn State and Illinois. Harvard, Colorado, and Virginia Tech do belong, but aren’t there. Include Missouri State, and St. Mary’s. Frankly, this was the worst job you’ve ever done in the 26 years since we went to (at least) 64 teams.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Remembering the Worst Vacation Ever

By Dennis Dennis | Mar 13, 2011 at 23:56

Last week I saw a station wagon pulling a little travel trailer and I shuddered. Here’s why. The word “vacation” had always meant a trip to see relatives in Indiana or Nebraska or Pennsylvania. So my two sisters and I were greatly surprised when our parents, after some of that quiet, almost whispered code conversation grownups sometimes have, announced that we were going to make a trip to Florida.

The View from Mudsock Heights: From Cold, Snow, and Ice to Rain, Mud and Our Specialty, Floods

By Dennis Dennis | Mar 2, 2011 at 22:08

The mud across the road told me how lucky I’d been. It was last Tuesday and I needed to get to Columbus. It had rained a lot the day before, but somehow I had forgotten: it floods here when it rains a lot. Fortunately, the water had receded before I headed out. 267×400

The View from Mudsock Heights: Re-Learning the Art and Science of Tomato Growing, Just in Time

By Dennis Dennis | Feb 20, 2011 at 21:58

When the weather has been so cold and so awful for so long that (groundhog predictions notwithstanding) it seems the spring will never arrive, there’s only one thing to do: Think about tomatoes.

The View from Mudsock Heights: To Fight Hatred, Let’s Stop Accusing Each Other of It

By Dennis Dennis | Feb 10, 2011 at 1:03

We’ve been hearing a lot about hatred lately. Actually, that’s not accurate. We’ve been hearing a lot of accusations of hatred lately. So let’s stop a minute and think about hate.

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