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Three Questions, One Answer: the Steelers Will Win

By Jason Jason | Feb 5, 2011 at 23:28

As the big game approaches, the question is, of course, who will hold the coveted title of Super Bowl champion for the coming year. In a match as history filled as they come in the NFL, each team has its proponents. However, if you think about a few questions, the winner is quite clear.

The View from Mudsock Heights: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Suggest that the Internet Won’t Ruin the English Language

By Dennis Dennis | Jan 20, 2011 at 1:11

Will the Internet be the death of spelling and maybe the English language? Sometimes it seems so. A quick look at much that is sent or published online leaves the impression that the most powerful communications tool the world has ever seen is populated by people who did not complete fifth grade.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Here's Something Wonderful to Do With that Christmas-Stocking Orange

By Dennis Dennis | Dec 31, 2010 at 20:22

There was an episode of Doctor Who a few years ago in which the Doctor found in the pocket of his bathrobe a tangerine. He called it a “satsuma,” which is the word for tangerine in England and outer space. He then launched into a short speech about how there was always one in the toe of the Christmas stocking.

Gifts of Christmas 2010: Procrastinator’s Edition

By Timothy Timothy | Dec 23, 2010 at 18:06

So, here we are two days before Christmas. For the most part, it is growing too late to get gifts shipped to you (or to whomever you are shopping for) before Christmas. Never fear – thoughtful gift ideas are still within reach. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, there are many nice gifts you can give that show more thought than the ever-present gift card, yet, like the gift card, can be delivered electronically.

Gifts of Christmas 2010: A Medley of Gift Ideas

By Staff Staff | Dec 20, 2010 at 21:51

Looking for some last minute gift ideas? OFB's editors reveal some of their favorite, eclectic gift ideas, most of which can be purchased locally or are still possible to obtain online in time for Christmas.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Just in Time for Winter, Everything is Put Away, or So I Think

By Dennis Dennis | Dec 16, 2010 at 12:30

It happens, at least to me, every spring: I’m all fired up to get and stay ahead of the lawn and the garden, always mindful of my grandfather’s advice that keeping a place looking good is a lot easier than getting it there in the first place.

The View from Mudsock Heights: A Stunning News Story that Began a Year of Stunning News Stories, All of Them Tragic

By Dennis Dennis | Dec 8, 2010 at 14:00

It was an unusual Monday in many ways. Thirty years ago today, I started work at the supermarket celebrity tabloid called Star Magazine. I was supposed to have gone to work at WOR Radio, at the time the number one radio station in the country, but that had gotten postponed a month. I’d already left Gannett newspapers. So Star was something to do until the WOR job began.

The View from Mudsock Heights: We’re Beginning an Important Sesquicentennial, and It’s an Opportunity to Learn Some History

By Dennis Dennis | Nov 22, 2010 at 11:00

We’ll soon be hearing more and more about the Civil War. Or, as it is sometimes called, the “Great Rebellion,” the “War of Northern Aggression” — in some places, it is still simply called “the War.” That’s because we’re soon to begin commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities. Some of us remember the centennial of the war. I do.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Cinnamon and Sniffles Season Has Finally Arrived

By Dennis Dennis | Nov 10, 2010 at 9:50

We’ve entered the time of year when things are different from how they look. As the skies and the woods and the yards turn to gray and brown, the things that stimulate our other senses grow stronger.

That’s especially so out here in the country.

The View from Mudsock Heights: On the Passing of Halloween As a Good and Innocent Children's Festival

By Dennis Dennis | Nov 1, 2010 at 9:38

It was five years ago, riding back on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River from Ashland, Kentucky, that I noticed it. We had been at the dedication of a memorial to Jack Kerouac at the Paramount Theatre there. What was stunning about the trip home was the festoonery. Every house, it seemed, had some elaborate Halloween decoration. Even fairly woebegone trailers could be counted on to have out front a 20-foot-high Frankenstein’s monster, well lit and kept inflated by a powerful fan.

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