Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ at 40


On May 21, 1980, Twentieth Century Fox released director Irvin Kershner’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, which was retroactively retitled as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for its Summer 1981 re-release. Like Star Wars, it opened mid-week close to MemorialContinue reading “Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ at 40”

Movie Watcher Memories, or: Mom Nixes Shark Pic


I was 12-and-one-quarter years old when Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made its theatrical debut on June 20, 1975 and lived with my widowed mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, in a house in the unincorporated community of Westchester in suburban Miami-Dade County. At the time, it was just us two living at the house on Southwest 102nd Ave; myContinue reading “Movie Watcher Memories, or: Mom Nixes Shark Pic”

Memoria Mater & Other Bits of My Mind II


With Mother’s Day – my fifth since my mom’s death in 2015 – getting farther and farther away in the rearview mirror of life, I still find myself with no shortage of things to write about her. A remarkable woman, Mom was, and she led an interesting, even adventurous life. Born and raised in theContinue reading “Memoria Mater & Other Bits of My Mind II”

Memoria Mater: Mother’s Day 2020 (and Other Pieces of My Mind)


Yesterday was Mother’s Day, the fifth occurrence of the celebration honoring mothers, motherhood, and the bonds between mothers and their children since my mom, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died, Needless to say, it was a difficult day for me; I was close to my mother, who passed away on July 19, 2015 at the age of 86Continue reading “Memoria Mater: Mother’s Day 2020 (and Other Pieces of My Mind)”

Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’ & Sunday Thoughts


Hi, there, Dear Reader. I hope this post finds you safe, healthy, and reasonably sane after almost two months of social distancing and stay-at-home orders issued by the authorities in your home state or country. It’s Sunday, May 3 where I am, and in my part of Florida, it’s almost 2 PM as I startContinue reading “Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’ & Sunday Thoughts”

I miss my mom, but….


In the early hours of Sunday, July 19, 2015, my 86-year-old mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died of complications from dementia, heart failure, and the effects of a five-year-long confinement to a hospital-type bed in what used to be our guest bedroom in our small Miami-area townhouse. Since then, my life has undergone a series of unforeseenContinue reading “I miss my mom, but….”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Entertainment is Key to Maintaining Sanity


Living in the time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is, to put it mildly, quite a challenge for most people, especially those of us who live in the United States. As I write this on the afternoon of April 10, there are 1,673,423 confirmed cases worldwide, with the U.S. in the not-so-great spot of beingContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Entertainment is Key to Maintaining Sanity”

‘No hay novedad’: Life in the Time of COVID-19


Hi, there. Welcome to another edition of A Certain Point of View, Too, my new blog in WordPress. As I write this, it’s almost six o’clock on Thursday, April 9. Here in my corner of Florida, it’s 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. It’s early spring, but here in the DeepContinue reading “‘No hay novedad’: Life in the Time of COVID-19”

Coming Soon to “A Certain Point of View, Too”


Hello, there! Welcome to another edition of Bloggin’ On in A Certain Point of View, Too, my new WordPress blog, the best place in the blogsphere to get my latest reviews, essays, and political commentary.  I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these weird and troubled times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thatContinue reading “Coming Soon to “A Certain Point of View, Too””

Hello, There…


…and welcome to A Certain Point of View, Too, my new WordPress blog. I created this blog out of necessity; apparently, someone on Facebook took issue with a post from my original Blogger blog, A Certain Point of View and reported me as a spammer. Consequently, since March 26, Facebook has been removing my postsContinue reading “Hello, There…”