Dennis E. Powell's View from Mudsock Heights

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at dep@drippingwithirony.com.

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'Good Enough' is Usually Both Good and Enough

By Dennis E. Powell | Sep 01, 2021 at 11:00 AM

A noticeable thunderstorm toddled through here a little after noon on Sunday. Nothing surprising there, nor in it taking the power out for most of the rest of the day.

Up Kabul Creek Without a Passport

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 25, 2021 at 12:16 PM

In a lot of places, your papers are everything. Which is why it was especially alarming to hear that Joe’s new best friends, the Taliban, have been seizing the passports of American citizens in Afghanistan. In the Mideast, as in some other parts of the world, your passport is your identity. Without it, you are at the mercy of those who might not have your best interests at heart. Seizure of your passport leaves you naked and vulnerable. Your comings and goings are now no longer your decision.

When All is Bleak, Look to the Turtle

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 18, 2021 at 9:12 PM

What is there to say? Our country is governed by an ice-cream enthusiast who has combined the policies of Jimmy Carter with the presentation of Gerald Ford (if Ford had suffered rabies) along with his own diminished capacity — and he didn’t have that much capacity to begin with. In his speech Monday he sounded like that angry doddering guy on the front porch of the rest home who causes visitors to enter through the back door instead.

When There's Nothing but Online and Chain Stores, We'll All Be Unhappy

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 11, 2021 at 12:18 PM

Not long ago, one of the gas lines on a piece of yard equipment here broke right where it connected to the plastic gas tank, causing gasoline to leak all over the place and rendering the thing unusable. I’d hoped to buy just the parts I needed from a knowledgeable person locally, but that was no longer possible.

Here's How to Get a Lot More People Vaccinated Against SARS-CoV-2

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 03, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Here’s something that I bet you know, but that it seems our government and news media — in large measure that’s redundant — don’t know: A lot of people are afraid of shots. They head the other way when the needle comes out. You know such people. Maybe you are such a person.

Jackie Mason was One of the Few Survivors of a Culture that Shaped Us All

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 28, 2021 at 11:28 AM

It was sad to hear over the weekend that Jackie Mason has died. He was 93, so it can’t be said that he didn’t have a full life, and we can all use the reminder that our worldly existence does end, inevitably, for all of us. But he made people smile and laugh, for good reasons, and we can never have too much of that.

What in the World is Pope Francis Up To?

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 21, 2021 at 12:02 PM

Last Friday Pope Francis effectively banned celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, a kind of worship that is unsurpassed in its solemnity and, at its best, in its splendor. In so doing, he flung down and danced upon one of the signal accomplishments of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and told millions of devout and pious Catholics around the world that the Church is no longer the place for them.

A Small Ohio Battle Illustrates the Richness of Local History

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 15, 2021 at 9:31 AM

If you look in some of the history books, you’ll learn that the only significant battle in Ohio in the Civil War was fought at Buffington Island in Meigs County.

Maybe Some Home-Made Ice Cream Would Lure It Back

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 07, 2021 at 11:19 AM

Well, that would certainly explain the sudden scarcity of medium-sized rodents around here.

Before we get too far along, let me confess an act — an in-act, actually (inactually?) — of idiocy. Normally I’m within arm’s reach of a camera. That has allowed me to capture many fleeting moments I would have missed otherwise. But this time I didn’t make a picture.

If a Tree Falls in the Yard and You Can't Find the Picture, is there Sound?

Yes, screams.

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 30, 2021 at 7:25 PM

If you were here that afternoon, you remember it.

At about 6 p.m. nine years ago yesterday, a line of powerful thunderstorms swept across our area. It would get famous a few hours later, when it struck more fashionable parts of the country. Nine years ago today, the lights were out in Athens County.

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