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The View from Mudsock Heights: Hoping that It was Just One of Those Weeks, Not One of Those Months

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 07, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Every so often it seems as if the universe is sending a little message. You never know when it will happen, nor is it easy at first to recognize. In my case, it all began last week when the car started malfunctioning.

The View from Mudsock Heights: We Went So Far, Only to Turn and Run Away

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 26, 2009 at 1:24 AM

From time to time it is claimed in connection with an event — usually a demonstration of some sort — that “the whole world is watching.” Practically always, the whole world isn’t. But the whole world certainly was watching 40 years ago this week.

The View from Mudsock Heights: A Storm and a Tragedy are Memorialized in the Median Strip

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 20, 2009 at 5:52 AM

The roadside memorial always takes me back to that day. It was a Monday, four years ago, a very hot day. The dew point that afternoon was 81 degrees. Anything above 70 is thought to be — and my experience confirms it — uncomfortable. The air was saturated. Just walking to the mailbox and back left me soaked in sweat.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Mourning the Passing of an Incredible Cultural Icon

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 09, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Every so often, the death of a famous person touches one in an unexpected way. That happened to me a little more than a week ago. A true cultural icon, someone who in his small way redefined our lives, had died unexpectedly. He was only 50. His passing left a void that will not soon be filled.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Throats Burned Dry and Souls that Cry for Water -- Cool, Clear, Water

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 30, 2009 at 4:02 AM

I’m pretty sure that grass isn’t supposed to be brown. But it’s been so long since it was any other color, I’m not quite sure.

Take Three: Observations on iPhone Launches

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 19, 2009 at 9:58 PM

I just received my iPhone 3G S, and I could not be more excited. How strange buying a new cell phone has become in the last two years.

The View from Mudsock Heights: If Your Clocks are The View from Mudsock Heights: Flashing Half the Time, You Must Live in the Country

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 18, 2009 at 5:10 AM

The electrical distribution system has always been a mystery to me, but it is capable of becoming even more mysterious.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It's Time Once Again to Do Something About the Wasp Nests

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 10, 2009 at 11:58 PM

It looks to me as if this is going to be a banner year for wasps. I’m no expert, but the population of paper wasps seemed higher the first few warm days than it was any time last year. And this year they seem kind of berserk.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Booming Death from the Sky Does Have Its Aesthetic Charms

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 04, 2009 at 2:04 PM

One thing the flatlanders have on us is thunderstorms. Not that we don’t have them, but the hills keep us from enjoying them as much. And as a thing of beauty, a good, big, hot-day thunderstorm is without parallel.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Memorial Day Ought to be About More than Sales and Cookouts, and for Some, It Is

By Dennis E. Powell | May 22, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Time was, Memorial Day was May 30, and it meant more than sales, cookouts, and “the unofficial beginning of summer.” To some, the old meaning remains.

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