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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The Time I Fired Santa Claus

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 15, 2021 at 11:41 AM

George McEvoy always had the best stories. He was a reporter at the old Fort Lauderdale News the same time I was. Though while most us thought of ourselves as young reporters on our way up, George already had enjoyed (mostly) a rich and colorful career. He’d been a police reporter at the New York Daily Mirror alongside the likes of Walter Winchell and his circle had included Damon Runyon. When The Mirror closed down, George moved to Phoenix, where he was a reporter, of course, and where he met his wife, Ruthie. After a while, Fort Lauderdale became his home.

The Excitement of Christmas Back Then

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 08, 2021 at 11:37 PM

Nice notes having arrived about my reminiscence last week, I thought I’d continue with some family traditions that were once common but that seem now to have all but disappeared, and some community ones which in many places have suffered the same fate.

Christmas Traditions are Good, Especially Old Ones

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 01, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Do people still have warm, memorable Christmas traditions? I wonder. We used to. Here’s part of my family’s, when my family lived on our little farm in Missouri at a time that doesn’t seem as long ago as it was.

Can You Imagine Having No Water?

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 24, 2021 at 11:08 AM

Tomorrow being Thanksgiving, chances are good that most of us will in fact pause to give thanks for the many blessings that are undeservedly ours, possibly while surrounded by the aromas of rich and tasty foods. Good for you, and good for us. Perhaps you can pause for a moment and think of the people — there are many of them — for whom a blessing denied them is one we take for granted: a glass of clear, clean water.

Chances Are, It Will Get Worse

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 17, 2021 at 8:05 PM

We’re in a mess. The country is in the weakest place it’s been in a very long time. If what I suspect and fear comes to pass, it could soon be far worse.

This Time, It Went Perfectly

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 10, 2021 at 9:53 PM

You may have seen “America’s Sweethearts” the 2001 movie about the life of a motion picture publicist. To most people it is a cute and funny romantic comedy. To anyone who has ever been in the publicity business, it is a documentary.

But the Legend of J.D. Hutchison Will Live On

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 03, 2021 at 5:43 PM

J.D. Hutchison has died. For those of you not familiar with the Appalachian music scene, particularly as manifested in southeastern Ohio, a small introduction to that culture is probably appropriate.

An Inside Look at the Literary Life

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 27, 2021 at 11:58 AM

It’s a feeling that comes on, the way you can tell the night before that when you wake up tomorrow you’ll have a cold. Only it’s worse. It’s not a cold, it’s a book. When one writes a book, the last thought that one has, right after the sign of relief that the damned thing is finally done, is the firm vow never to do such a foolish thing ever again.

Let's Pick a Time, Then Keep It

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 20, 2021 at 7:14 PM
Remind me: Why do we arbitrarily change the time twice a year? There must be a very important reason, because it’s a deadly thing to do. But that reason is not apparent, and I more and more think that it doesn’t exist at all.

Time for a Digital Declaration of Independence

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 13, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Facebook was down for several hours last week. Wise people considered the incident “a good start.” This came after testimony before a Congressional committee in which Facebook was shown to be engaged in the promotion of things harmful to children in order to make a buck.

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