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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.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Remembering When One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Another, Serious Epidemic

By Dennis E. Powell | May 14, 2009 at 5:39 AM

Some of us are old enough to remember it well. I barely remember it, but it was from a dangerous time anyway.

Guys, Don't Be the Listening "Friend"

By Jason Kettinger | May 13, 2009 at 4:11 AM

I'm going to out all you fellas trying to get your foot in the door with that girl. You know the one. I know your game – I've played it myself. Now, let me set you straight before you dig yourself into any deeper of a hole.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Annual Plant Infestation Begins and the Wild-Eyed Hordes Descend

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 30, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Just as soon as there’s even a hint that the last freeze has passed, out they come. There are swarms of them. They burrow into the ground. They descend upon plants, especially the biggest and healthiest specimens, until soon only the spindly, weak ones remain.

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