‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) Action Figure

“A Little Too Short for a Stormtrooper” –  Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) In a brave attempt to rescue Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker disguises himself as an Imperial Stormtrooper and infiltrates the detention center of the Death Star. –  Packaging blurb, Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) In May ofContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) Action Figure”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 25, 2020, or: Of Wi-Fi Issues, Upcoming Reviews, and (Star) Trekkin’ On

 Hi there, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of Musings & Thoughts. It’s Friday, September 25, 2020, and as I write this it’s late morning in my corner of Florida. The current temperature is 79˚F under mostly sunny skies; with humidity at a whopping 89% and a 3 MPH breeze blowing from the east-northeast,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 25, 2020, or: Of Wi-Fi Issues, Upcoming Reviews, and (Star) Trekkin’ On”

More Thoughts, More Musings on a Quiet September Afternoon, or: Memories of Sevilla 1988

When I was 25 years old and studying journalism at what was then the South Campus of Miami-Dade Community College,[1] I decided to participate in the Foreign Language Department’s Semester in Spain study-abroad program in Sevilla (Seville) for the Fall Term of the 1988-1989 school year. At the time I had a plethora of reasons,Continue reading “More Thoughts, More Musings on a Quiet September Afternoon, or: Memories of Sevilla 1988”

Musings & Thoughts for September 24, 2020: If Time Travel Were Possible….

Thoughts & Musings for Thursday, September 24, 2020 Hello again, Dear Reader. In my neck of Florida it is mid-morning on a humid and hot day in the early fall of 2020. According to my phone’s AccuWeather app, the temperature outside is 75˚ F under partly cloudy skies, but with 86% humidity and an east-southeasterlyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for September 24, 2020: If Time Travel Were Possible….”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Who is Responsible for 200,000-plus Dead Americans? I’ll Give You One Guess….

Thoughts & Musings for Wednesday, September 23, 2020 200,893. As expected, the United States of America – “the greatest nation on Earth” – has reached and surpassed the 200,000 COVID-19 deaths mark this week. Per the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, 200,893 men, women, andContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Who is Responsible for 200,000-plus Dead Americans? I’ll Give You One Guess….”

Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time

It’s early afternoon here in my small corner of Florida on this last day of Summer 2020. My blinds and curtains are closed, so my study is perhaps darker than it ought to be. Even so, the weather here is still “summery,” as it’s partly sunny and humid (66%) outside. Per my PC’s weather app,Continue reading “Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time”

Musings for September 21, 2020: Last Day of Summer, or, All Good Things….

It is mid-morning here in my tiny corner of Florida on this last day of Summer 2020. Right now the temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) under mostly cloudy skies. The forecast for my area says it will remain cloudy and humid, with a high temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius).Continue reading “Musings for September 21, 2020: Last Day of Summer, or, All Good Things….”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: U.S, Inches Ever Closer to the 200,000-Deaths Mark

200,000 Americans have died of COVID because we have a president who cares about no one except himself. – Sen. Chris Murphy, D-CT, September 19, 2020 As the third week of September 2020 begins and summer starts its inevitable march into the past, giving way to autumn, Americans are seeing banner headlines on social media,Continue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: U.S, Inches Ever Closer to the 200,000-Deaths Mark”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Death Star Trooper

On April 13, 2018, Rhode Island-based Hasbro released the 60th figure in the long-running Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch scale action figures based on characters from the Star Wars multimedia franchise. Called Death Star Trooper, this black-clad and helmeted Imperial Navy member is a reissued version of 2017’s Star Wars The Black Series DeathContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Death Star Trooper”