Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 17, 2022, or: Remembering Mom on Her 94th Birthday


Today – Monday, October 17, 2022 – would have been my mother’s 94th birthday. For me, this date has been bittersweet for quite some time. Sure, it is a sadder occasion now because Mom died on July 19 – a Sunday – of 2015, less than three months before her 87th birthday. But even duringContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 17, 2022, or: Remembering Mom on Her 94th Birthday”

Tempus Fugit: Where Were You in October of ’72?


Where I Was in  October of ’72…. (A Tempus Fugit Gig) “Seasons change, people grow together and apart, life moves on. You will be OK, embrace it.” ― Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer Author’s Note: In less than three days (as I write this, at any rate) it will be my late mother’s 94thContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: Where Were You in October of ’72?”

On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update


I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson I love books. I love to read.   I learned to read at an early age. I don’t remember when I started to read, but my mom used to tell me (and anyone else, for that matter) that Tata, my maternal grandmother, taught me to read beforeContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update”

Musings & Thoughts for October 9, 2022, or: What’s on My Mind Today Redux


Things on My Mind, Sunday, October 9, 2022: Early this morning – shortly after midnight, to be exact, I was still awake and, as is all too common with me these days, in a deep funk. I should have been asleep on my futon – I don’t dare call it a bed, because although itContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for October 9, 2022, or: What’s on My Mind Today Redux”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 8, 2022, or: What’s on My Mind Today?


Things On My Mind, Saturday, October 8, 2022

Tempus Fugit – Hurricane Andrew + 30 Edition, or: Remembering the Day After Landfall, August 25, 2022


Andrew Plus 30 As I sit here in my dimly lit bedroom/writer’s room/mancave in Lithia, Florida, it is another stifling hot late August morning where the heat seeps through the walls and warms my stocking feet underneath my desk. And even though the temperature outside is “only” 85°F/30°C, the bright subtropical sun and the highContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Hurricane Andrew + 30 Edition, or: Remembering the Day After Landfall, August 25, 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 24, 2022, or: My Most Treasured ‘Star Wars’ Collectible


If you’re a regular reader of A Certain Point of View, Too, you know – or should know by now – that I am a Star Wars fan. Even though I did not embrace George Lucas’s original 1977 film when it went to Miami theaters in early June of 1977, I eventually came around byContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 24, 2022, or: My Most Treasured ‘Star Wars’ Collectible”

Tempus Fugit – August of 1972 Edition: The End of Summer Vacation is Nigh & Back-to-School Angst


Tempus Fugit “I blinked my eyes and in an instant, decades had passed.” ― John Mark Green, Taste the Wild Wonder: Poems Fifty years ago this month, my mom, my older half-sister Vicky (who had recently rejoined us after a brief but disastrous attempt to live with our maternal grandaunt Gabriela and stay in Bogota),Continue reading “Tempus Fugit – August of 1972 Edition: The End of Summer Vacation is Nigh & Back-to-School Angst”

Tempus Fugit – 1972 Edition, or: Musings on the Ephemeral, Imperfect, and Malleable Nature of Memory


“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” ― Guy de Maupassant As the Dog Days of Summer 2022 near their finale – they began on Sunday, July 3, and will end on Thursday – I am struck by the concepts of memory, howContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – 1972 Edition, or: Musings on the Ephemeral, Imperfect, and Malleable Nature of Memory”

Tempus Fugit – Dog Days of Summer 1972 Edition: Those Long, Hot Sundays of Yesteryear


It’s another scorching hot Sunday in the Tampa Bay area – outside, it’s mostly sunny and the temperature is 90°F/32°C, and the heat index is higher at 100°F/38°C. There is a huge clubhouse/pool complex that residents of the community have access to, but (a) I don’t like going there alone, and (b) the weather forecastContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Dog Days of Summer 1972 Edition: Those Long, Hot Sundays of Yesteryear”