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An Open Letter on the NCAA Tournament

By Jason Kettinger | Mar 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Dear Selection Committee, you need to know that Michigan State, Clemson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Georgia don’t belong in the field. Right off the top. Also include Penn State and Illinois. Harvard, Colorado, and Virginia Tech do belong, but aren’t there. Include Missouri State, and St. Mary’s. Frankly, this was the worst job you’ve ever done in the 26 years since we went to (at least) 64 teams.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Remembering the Worst Vacation Ever

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 14, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Last week I saw a station wagon pulling a little travel trailer and I shuddered. Here’s why. The word “vacation” had always meant a trip to see relatives in Indiana or Nebraska or Pennsylvania. So my two sisters and I were greatly surprised when our parents, after some of that quiet, almost whispered code conversation grownups sometimes have, announced that we were going to make a trip to Florida.

The View from Mudsock Heights: From Cold, Snow, and Ice to Rain, Mud and Our Specialty, Floods

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 03, 2011 at 4:08 AM

The mud across the road told me how lucky I’d been. It was last Tuesday and I needed to get to Columbus. It had rained a lot the day before, but somehow I had forgotten: it floods here when it rains a lot. Fortunately, the water had receded before I headed out. 267×400

The View from Mudsock Heights: Re-Learning the Art and Science of Tomato Growing, Just in Time

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 21, 2011 at 3:58 AM

When the weather has been so cold and so awful for so long that (groundhog predictions notwithstanding) it seems the spring will never arrive, there’s only one thing to do: Think about tomatoes.

The View from Mudsock Heights: To Fight Hatred, Let’s Stop Accusing Each Other of It

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 10, 2011 at 7:03 AM

We’ve been hearing a lot about hatred lately. Actually, that’s not accurate. We’ve been hearing a lot of accusations of hatred lately. So let’s stop a minute and think about hate.

Three Questions, One Answer: the Steelers Will Win

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 06, 2011 at 5:28 AM

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 E. Powell | Jan 20, 2011 at 7:11 AM

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 E. Powell | Jan 01, 2011 at 2:22 AM

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 R. Butler | Dec 24, 2010 at 12:06 AM

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.

From Our Archive: Gifts of Christmas 2010

A Medley of Gift Ideas

By Staff Staff | Dec 21, 2010 at 3:51 AM

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.

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