Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 26, 2021, or: Of Reading Lists and Weighty Matters

About My October TBR List Well, with November 2021 not that far away, it’s time to check how I am doing with my To Be Read list for October.  Unfortunately, Dear Reader, I haven’t made much of a dent on that TBR list. Of all the books I’ve started reading this fall – starting lastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 26, 2021, or: Of Reading Lists and Weighty Matters”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 25, 2021, or: What Dreams May Come….

Last night I had a dream that can be best described as part memory, part wish-fulfillment fantasy. I was not only back in my old house in East Wind Lake Village, but I was in my early thirties, with no scraggly beard, just a few gray hairs at my temples, and with my Labrador retrieverContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 25, 2021, or: What Dreams May Come….”

On Contemporary America: Conspiracy Buggery, Social Media, and the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie Saga

Conspiracy Buggery Unless you have been stuck out on Gilligan’s Island or don’t pay attention to any news, you no doubt have heard about the Gabby Petito/Brian Laundrie case. You couldn’t have missed this story otherwise; the tale of a twenty-something couple (she was 22, he was 23) that set out in July in aContinue reading “On Contemporary America: Conspiracy Buggery, Social Media, and the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie Saga”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: Reliving the Liberation of Europe with MicroProse’s 1987 Classic War Game ‘Crusade in Europe’

Back in the late 1980s, when I was still a journalism student at Miami-Dade Community College in South Florida, I used to go to the nearby Miami International Mall to do a bit of shopping. My favorite places then were Waldenbooks and a software retailer called Babbage’s.[1] Before 1987, most of my trips to theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Reliving the Liberation of Europe with MicroProse’s 1987 Classic War Game ‘Crusade in Europe’”

Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’

The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem Written by: Jack Mitchell Illustrated by: Jessica Benhar Publisher: Abrams Image, an imprint of Henry N. Abrams Publishing Date: September 28, 2021 Spirit of learning, angel of the Force, In grief, in longing for your tender touch, I call you to my side: let sorrow cease, LetContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 21, 2021, or: Remembering Arbetter’s – Hot Dog Nostalgia Strikes Again!

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon on Thursday, October 21, 2021. It’s a warm “autumn” day here in west-central Florida. Currently, the temperature is 84˚F (29˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H) and humidity at 36%, the heat index is 86˚F (30˚C). Today’s forecast callsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 21, 2021, or: Remembering Arbetter’s – Hot Dog Nostalgia Strikes Again!”

On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night

October is, of course, the month that ends with Halloween. Since that holiday is only 11 days off (as I write this), it’s a good excuse opportunity for me to tell you about my favorite horror films and TV miniseries. Of the 414 Blu-ray titles – including ones that I have multiple versions of –Continue reading “On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 19, 2021, or: Excedrin Headache #2021

It’s almost midafternoon here in my corner of west central Florida on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. It is a warm day; the current temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 34%, the feels-like temperature is also 83˚F (28˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 19, 2021, or: Excedrin Headache #2021”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, October 18, 2021. It is a nice fall day; the current temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 38% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile”

On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival

“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.”― Tim Burton, Burton on Burton  LastContinue reading “On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival”