Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 20, 2022, or: Cripes! It’s Cold, Gray, Rainy…and Gloomy


“Cold feet under a warm blanket, steam over an empty mug–rain splatters on dry windowpane–open journals of closed memories… tears of laughter and joy of pain… schmaltz of diametric morning.” ― Val Uchendu It’s a dark, cold, dismally rainy Sunday afternoon here in the Tampa Bay area, and with Pops in Love: John Williams &Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 20, 2022, or: Cripes! It’s Cold, Gray, Rainy…and Gloomy”

Music Album Review: ‘Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium, June 22 & 23, 1990’ (2022)


Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium, June 22 & 23, 1990 (2022) Produced & Directed by: Jon Small Producers: Steve Cohen & John Jackson Starring: Billy Joel, David Brown, Tommy Byrnes, Schuyler Deale, Mark Rivera, Liberty DeVitto, Jeffrey Jacobs, Crystal Taliefero Release Date: November 4, 2022 The Piano Man Comes Home to The Bronx! BillyContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium, June 22 & 23, 1990’ (2022)”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s midday on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and here in Lithia, Florida it is a mildly warm autumn day (78°F/26°C). It’s a lovely sunny day outside; it’s hard to believe that on Thursday night a hurricane passed through this region of my home state, destroyed lots of property, left thousands withoutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”

Music Album Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Expanded Edition)’


A “Roguish” Tale of Two Albums On December 16, 2016, Walt Disney Records released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the soundtrack album to Gareth Edwards’ gritty (and first Star Wars “standalone” feature film outside the nine-part Skywalker Saga) action adventure. Released in compact disc, vinyl LP, and digital audio onContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Expanded Edition)’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, August 29, 2022, or: A Brief SITREP from Lovely Lithia


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s the last Monday of August 2022, which means that – if you go by the meteorological calendar and not the astronomical one to record the seasons – summer will end on Wednesday, August 31. And like most late summer days, it’s hot, extremely humid, and we will likely see thunderstormContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, August 29, 2022, or: A Brief SITREP from Lovely Lithia”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, August 28, 2022, or: Saturday Night Was a Mix of Thunderstorms, Wargames, and Loneliness


Well, here I am at my desk on a quiet, mostly sunny Sunday morning in August. Not quite silent, mind you, I’m listening to the digital copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition), which I have because I bought the CD album earlier this morning. (Amazon oftenContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, August 28, 2022, or: Saturday Night Was a Mix of Thunderstorms, Wargames, and Loneliness”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. I am still trying to take what I call a mental health break, so today’s post won’t be about anything substantial. So if you were hoping for another serious essay about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a review, an update on my creative writing endeavors, or the usual stories I tellContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 12, 2022, or: My First Day Using My New IdeaCentre, and Other Pressing Matters


Yesterday was my first full day of using my new Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 “all-in-one” computer. I started using it early on Sunday night after the Caregiver took its predecessor out of my room and helped me set it up on my desk. I installed antivirus software and linked my Amazon Music. Amazon Prime Video,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 12, 2022, or: My First Day Using My New IdeaCentre, and Other Pressing Matters”