Life in the Time of COVID-19: Dispatches from the Edge of Insanity

It is mid-afternoon on Thursday, October 15, 2020. According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the latest global pandemic statistics (active cases and deaths)look like this. As of 3:24 PM Eastern Time, there were 38,744,784 cases of known COVID-19 infections and 1,094,979 deathsContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Dispatches from the Edge of Insanity”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 15, 2020: Remembering Mom: or, The Unwanted Burden of Being a ‘Favorite Kid’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is noon here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (29˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With an east-northeasterly breeze blowing at 4 MPH (7KM/H) and humidity at 72%, the heat index is 92˚F (34˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a highContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 15, 2020: Remembering Mom: or, The Unwanted Burden of Being a ‘Favorite Kid’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Just Marking Time in New Hometown, Florida, or ‘No hay novedad aqui….’

It is now late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida, and outside my bedroom – it still feels so weird to call it that – the temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 55%, the heat index is 92˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Just Marking Time in New Hometown, Florida, or ‘No hay novedad aqui….’”

Beatus Natalis Matrem Suam: Reflections of an Upcoming Birthday

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s now past noon on this Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and here in New Hometown, Florida it is shaping up to be a warm “fall” day. Presently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) with mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 7 MPH (11Continue reading “Beatus Natalis Matrem Suam: Reflections of an Upcoming Birthday”

Election 2020: Fear, Divisiveness, and Unlogic in the Time of COVID-19

Hello, there, Dear Reader. Greetings from New Hometown, Florida, where – for the moment, anyway – it’s beginning to look like autumn. Or for what passes as “autumn” in the subtropics. Currently, the temperature outside is 70˚F (21˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 94% and a becalmed wind of 0 MPH (2 KM/H),Continue reading “Election 2020: Fear, Divisiveness, and Unlogic in the Time of COVID-19”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’

On August 16, 2016, Abrams ComicsArts, an imprint of New York-based publisher Henry N. Abrams that specializes in books about comics and trading cards, published Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume Three, the third volume in a series of books about the Topps Company’s card-and-sticker sets celebratingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Fall, Winter Outlook is Bleak, No Matter How Much Trump Pretends Otherwise

It is Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and as the tenth month of the year nears its halfway point, here’s where we are vis a vis the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. As of 9:24 AM Eastern, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at JohnsContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Fall, Winter Outlook is Bleak, No Matter How Much Trump Pretends Otherwise”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 12, 2020: Columbus Day Edition

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon – 2:15 PM Eastern – as I start this, the second blog post of the day for A Certain Point of View, Too. It is Monday, October 12, 2020, and it is quite hot outside. Presently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 12, 2020: Columbus Day Edition”

TV Series/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Star Trek: Picard – Season One’

Star Trek: Picard – Season One (2020) Created by:  Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman Based On: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Created by Gene Roddenberry Starring: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway Jean-Luc Picard: The galaxy was mourning, burying its dead, and StarfleetContinue reading “TV Series/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Star Trek: Picard – Season One’”

Even More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 11, 2020: Gray Skies Over Florida, the Loss of the ‘Pathétique,’ and Other Insignifica

Of Rain and Men Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s now evening here in New Hometown, Florida. The sun is low on the western horizon; sunset is not until 7:03 PM Eastern, but the light from outside is dimming ever so steadily, and it will be dark here soon. The rain showers come and go asContinue reading “Even More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 11, 2020: Gray Skies Over Florida, the Loss of the ‘Pathétique,’ and Other Insignifica”