Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 28, 2022, or: Turning the Page on the Calendar…Again

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, February 28, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the west at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 28, 2022, or: Turning the Page on the Calendar…Again”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 31, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part Two

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Friday, December 31, 2021. It is a warm winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, it is 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 71% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 31, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part Two”

Holiday Countdown 2021, or: Sure, I Ain’t in Paradise, But I Ain’t Awash in Dysfunctional Drama Either!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning – almost midday, really – here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. It’s a chilly early winter day – gray, overcast, and cold. The current temperature is 60˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northwest at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Holiday Countdown 2021, or: Sure, I Ain’t in Paradise, But I Ain’t Awash in Dysfunctional Drama Either!”

Thoughts of Thanksgivings Past, or: My Very Worst, Very Bad Thanksgiving Story of All Time

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. It is a chilly – by Florida standards, at any rate – day. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (14˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the north at 11 MPHContinue reading “Thoughts of Thanksgivings Past, or: My Very Worst, Very Bad Thanksgiving Story of All Time”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 22, 2021, or: Pondering a Wayward Relative’s Situation in the 2021 Holiday Season

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, November 22, 2021. It is a gray and cool autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 96% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 22, 2021, or: Pondering a Wayward Relative’s Situation in the 2021 Holiday Season”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 12, 2021, or: Parting Shots of a Protracted Rift Between Siblings

“I blinked my eyes and in an instant, decades had passed.”― John Mark Green, Taste the Wild Wonder: Poems Today it dawned on me that it’s been over half a decade since I last had a polite, if not friendly, exchange of words with my half-sister Victoria after our mother’s death. It wasn’t even aContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 12, 2021, or: Parting Shots of a Protracted Rift Between Siblings”

On Family History: Rainy Days & Mondays Bring Back Weird Memories

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of Florida on Monday, September 6, 2021. It is a rainy early fall day here. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 61%, the heat index isContinue reading “On Family History: Rainy Days & Mondays Bring Back Weird Memories”

Musings for Friday, August 27, 2021, or: Bad Weather Brings Back Unpleasant Memories of Family Trauma, Drama

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, August 27, 2021. It’s gray and gloomy outside, as well as hot and humid. Currently, the temperature is 89˚F under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 101˚F (38˚C).Continue reading “Musings for Friday, August 27, 2021, or: Bad Weather Brings Back Unpleasant Memories of Family Trauma, Drama”

On Family Relationships: Some Things You Can’t Just ‘Forgive and Forget’

“A sibling in full spate is always frightening, their anger a surprising powerful defense, their deeper impotence equally powerful, absurd.”― Will Eaves, Murmur It’s been over six years since I last saw my older half-sister Vicky in the townhouse that I inherited and briefly owned after our mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died. I really did notContinue reading “On Family Relationships: Some Things You Can’t Just ‘Forgive and Forget’”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in New Hometown, Florida. It is a hot summer day: the temperature outside is 87˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and a southeasterly breeze blowing at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the heat index is 96˚F (36˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….”