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Gravely considered, in Light of the Fireflies

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 23, 2021 at 11:56 PM

It may be about time to get rid of the old Gravely. The last time I wrote about this venerable piece of equipment it spawned a reaction from a Gravely fan in northern Ohio so strident that Athens NEWS editor Terry Smith wanted to call the authorities, lest (or perhaps in hope of a good story should it happen) the angry fellow come round and murder me.

Best to Cultivate Crops and Become Reliable Neighbors Before We Need Them

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 16, 2021 at 11:54 AM

Sometimes when the air is just right, its invisible ingredients comprising a particular admixture of humidity, pollen, fragrance, and who knows what, it is as if a person has been carried back in time.

To Heck with Crassness

Do Trite Curse Words Really Help "Art"?

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 13, 2021 at 6:04 PM

I’m tired of it. I’m tired of every currently running TV show someone tells me to watch being littered with content that might make even the proverbial sailor blush. With so many forms of entertainment now freed from the reach of the FCC’s decency rules, it is now countercultural if dialogue or song lacks a peppering of the coarsest words. Is this really the best we can do?

The Clanking Gadget at Center of My Do-It-Yourself Physical Therapy

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 03, 2021 at 3:04 PM

This didn’t turn out at all as I’d expected. Here’s the prelude: When I made pictures for a living, I got plenty of exercise. Walking five miles or more per day was routine. I’ve run backwards up hills (so as to photograph parades and protests coming up those hills) and carried lots of photographic gear appreciable distances, about which my muscles later registered an opinion.

The Scourge of Emotivism

Our Philosophical Doubts Have Led Us to Contempt

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 02, 2021 at 11:25 AM

Emotivism is a philosophy which posits that all claims of truth are motivated exclusively by the pursuit of power. This is also sometimes called the “boo-hurrah” philosophy, because the one who holds it can “deconstruct” any other person’s truth claim, by “explaining” what they really mean, and why they truly are holding any position.

What We Enjoyed Here Five Years Ago Draws a Different Reception Back East

By Dennis E. Powell | May 27, 2021 at 3:12 PM

You kinda gotta laugh.

If you pay any attention to the national news you have seen how Washington, D.C. has gone more berserk than normal. The cause of this particular derangement is this year’s emergence of the proud members of brood X of the 17-year cicada.

Our Living Links to the Past Won't Be Around Forever

By Dennis E. Powell | May 19, 2021 at 9:36 PM

My maternal grandmother, were she still alive, would have turned 141 years old today.

Find Out if NoVax is Right for You

If Skipping the COVID Vaccine Were a Pharmaceutical Commercial...

By Timothy R. Butler | May 18, 2021 at 11:44 PM

The disease that we will likely recall for the rest of our lives as simply “the Pandemic” has been answered by vaccines that, by any pre-COVID standard, would be viewed as incredibly effective. Reduce spread, reduce severity and do so with stunningly few severe side effects? How can “NoVax” be appealing in that light?

The Dark Underbelly of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Death, Life and Suicide in an "Optimistic" World

By Jason Kettinger | May 06, 2021 at 8:37 PM

I should say firstly that it is perhaps my favorite television show. It’s one of the best regarded shows in the history of American television, and that is not an exaggeration. It also was able to transcend the somewhat niche quality of Star Trek, and of science fiction more generally. It still has one glaring flaw.

An Old Quiz Show Might Underline What's Wrong with Today's Higher Education

By Dennis E. Powell | May 05, 2021 at 11:10 PM

It’s not nostalgia that leads me to think of a television show that all but disappeared more than 50 years ago. I bring up the once-famous “GE College Bowl” for an entirely different reason.

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