Random Thoughts & Musings for July 2, 2020, or: Finding Bits of Bliss in Troubled Times

Well, here we are on July 2, 2020, a few short days before the Fourth of July weekend and the fifth – or is it sixth?- month of the global pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. And because we live in a troubled and extremely divisive period exacerbated byContinue reading “Random Thoughts & Musings for July 2, 2020, or: Finding Bits of Bliss in Troubled Times”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Rugged Individualism or Self-Centeredness? or: Why America Can’t Flatten the Curve

So what’s next? Ban wearing the color of blue? Or black or red? No more stripes? Plaid only Tuesdays? Why do we have politicians that do not understand what the constitution is. Some sheep are all for this. Give me a ticket and I am suing for violations of my constitutional rights. – Jennifer W., conservativeContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Rugged Individualism or Self-Centeredness? or: Why America Can’t Flatten the Curve”

Thoughts & Musings: June 25, 2020

Thunderin’ Thursday Hi, there! Thank you for stopping by! As I write this, it’s mid-afternoon here in my corner of Florida on a hot, muggy, and stormy Thursday. Right now – this won’t go live till after 5 PM my time – the temperature outside is 96˚ F; with 51% humidity, almost calm winds ofContinue reading “Thoughts & Musings: June 25, 2020”

Thoughts & Musings for Mid-Week: June 24, 2020

Musings for Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Well, it’s midafternoon here in my tranquil corner of Florida on this, the 24th day of June 2020. It is hot and sunny outside, with temperatures in the neighborhood of 95˚ F  but with a heat index of 100˚ or more. Now, I know what you’re going to say:Continue reading “Thoughts & Musings for Mid-Week: June 24, 2020”

Thoughts and Musings on a Sunday Afternoon: June 21, 2020

Well, Constant Reader, it’s Sunday afternoon here in my corner of the Sunshine State, and it’s hot, muggy, and uncomfortable outside. According to my computer’s Weather app, the current temperature is 95˚ F (35˚C), but with an almost becalmed wind and a humidity level of 50%, the feels-like temperature is 105˚ F (41˚C) outside. (InsideContinue reading “Thoughts and Musings on a Sunday Afternoon: June 21, 2020”

Thoughts and Musings on a Muggy Tuesday Afternoon: June 16, 2020

Written earlier in the day. – ADG Thoughts and Musings on a Muggy Tuesday Afternoon Hi, there, Dear Reader. I hope you are well, safe, and coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Right now it’s just past one in the afternoon in my corner of Florida, and – as you can probably see from my post’sContinue reading “Thoughts and Musings on a Muggy Tuesday Afternoon: June 16, 2020”

Sunday Thoughts for June 7, 2020

Hi there, Dear Reader. I hope all’s well with you, wherever you may be on this Sunday in June, 2020. Here in my corner of Florida it’s just past two on a cloudy and rainy afternoon; Tropical Storm Cristobal is churning out in the Gulf of Mexico, and though it is further north from whereContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts for June 7, 2020”

Movie-Watcher Memories: The Late Show and ‘The Longest Day’

I was 12 years old when I saw Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day for the first time. It was sometime during the summer of 1975 – I don’t recall the exact date, but it was around the tail end of my summer vacation from elementary school. Back then, my widowed mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, andContinue reading “Movie-Watcher Memories: The Late Show and ‘The Longest Day’”

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”