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The View from Mudsock Heights: Dr. Chafetz and Marion -- A Love Story

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 05, 2011 at 6:39 AM

The news was unexpected, sad, but not especially shocking: My friend and former colleague Morris Chafetz had died. He was sufficiently famous that there were long obituaries in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Though I suppose the circumstance of his death figured into it, too.

The View from Mudsock Heights: That May Be How They Look, But It’s Not How I Remember Them

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Who are all those old people? I received a URL in the email. Terrified but unable to resist, I clicked on it. I may never recover.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Wonderful, Tiny, Quirky Tablet Computer that Has Won My Heart

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

If one were to do a survey of the next tablet computer from a major manufacturer likely to disappear — the HP TouchPad now being gone — the near-unanimous choice would very likely be Research In Motion's Blackberry Playbook. And that's too bad. The little 7-inch Playbook is a really cool machine, a Mercedes to HP's Ford F-150.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Bargain-Basement HP TouchPad and How to Make It Better Even Now

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 06, 2011 at 2:48 AM

Don’t it always seem to go: you don’t know what you want until it’s marked down to a fraction of its retail price and there is a brief but vast buying frenzy. Yes, I was drawn to think of what Joni Mitchell ought to have written when, a few weeks ago, I discovered that my life would never be complete until I had one of the discontinued Hewlett Packard TouchPad tablet machines.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s Not Nice -- or Smart -- to Fool With the Market

By Dennis E. Powell | Sep 11, 2011 at 5:47 AM

A few years ago there was an advertising campaign on television, the punchline of which was, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” Like so many commercials, I remember the joke but not the product — I believe it was margarine, but I do not know or care which brand.

The View from Mudsock Heights: There’s Always Time for a Little Woodland Vacation

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

The bug bites, I think, were worth it. One of the advantages of living in the country is the absence of sensory overload, which allows us to take in the more subtle phenomena that we would otherwise miss.

The View from Mudsock Heights: People in Different Places React Differently to Hot Weather

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 09, 2011 at 9:55 PM

There is said to be a place hotter than it has been around here, but believers — I am among them — hold the view that if one is good, and repentant, it is possible to avoid ever going there. I’m speaking, of course, of Washington D.C.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Memories of a Big, National, Overly Covered Trial

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 28, 2011 at 12:48 AM

This month saw the end of another murder trial that was covered by the news media as if it were of vast national importance. I’ve always puzzled over how this case and not that one is chosen for close and continuing scrutiny, and I’ve concluded it is the same phenomenon that causes the goldfish to erupt in a feeding frenzy over this flake of fish food and not that one.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Putting History in Some Small Perspective

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM

This time of year, I’m drawn to think of the people who founded this country — no surprise there; it’s what the 4th of July is all about — and the kind of world they occupied while creating the form of government we have today.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It's Always a Little Disappointing When Mysteries Get Solved

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

She was very old and very sick, and she knew that she did not have long to live. This was a few years ago. She was the great aunt of a friend, and I ended up speaking with her for awhile, though we did not know each other.

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