Articles by Dennis E. Powell

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large to Open for Business. Powell was an award-winning reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio and becoming a full-time crackpot. You can reach him at dep@drippingwithirony.com.

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The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s Not Nice -- or Smart -- to Fool With the Market

By Dennis E. Powell | Sep 11, 2011 at 5:47 AM

A few years ago there was an advertising campaign on television, the punchline of which was, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” Like so many commercials, I remember the joke but not the product — I believe it was margarine, but I do not know or care which brand.

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

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 29, 2011 at 7:33 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 E. Powell | Aug 09, 2011 at 9:55 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’m speaking, of course, of Washington D.C.

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

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 28, 2011 at 12:48 AM

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 E. Powell | Jul 14, 2011 at 10:29 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 View from Mudsock Heights: It's Always a Little Disappointing When Mysteries Get Solved

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

She was very old and very sick, and she knew that she did not have long to live. This was a few years ago. She was the great aunt of a friend, and I ended up speaking with her for awhile, though we did not know each other.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Recent Scandal that Exposed the Dangers of that “Send” Button

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 23, 2011 at 5:29 AM

The, um, member of Congress is gone, but his sorry tale should remain as a lesson: anything you do on the Internet, even when you think it is private, is there forever and can come back to bite you.

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

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 20, 2011 at 8:37 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.

The View From Mudsock Heights: We Have Our Own National Geographic Specials Right Here

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 09, 2011 at 12:21 AM

The day was sunny and warm at the Lake Placid, New York, horse show, the skies clear as can be. The altitude lent a certain dry coolness to the air — it didn’t feel as hot as it was — and made sunburn likely.

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

By Dennis E. Powell | May 23, 2011 at 6:10 PM

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.

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