Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 15, 2023, or: Winter in Florida – Nice, Sunny, But a Bit Chilly


Midmonth Chill Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, January 15, 2023. A cold front passed through the area yesterday morning, and even though temperatures today are higher than they were 24 hours ago (53°F/11°C under sunny conditions as I write this), it’s still chilly – at least forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 15, 2023, or: Winter in Florida – Nice, Sunny, But a Bit Chilly”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review


A cold front passed through Central Florida between yesterday afternoon and early this morning, so the temperature in Lithia (as I write this) is 47°F/8°C under mostly cloudy skies on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The house is warmer than that, thank the Force, but I still have that nagging cold, and the combination of lowContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review”

On Blogs & Blogging: It’s Nice to Be Noticed – A Tempus Fugit Piece is Featured in a Sevilla-Based Study Abroad Program’s Blog!


Hello, again, Dear Reader. In my haste to write, edit, and publish my previous post, I totally forgot to mention a bit of good news. Not earthshakingly good news along the lines of “I met someone who is interested in dating me…” or “I shook off my irritating cold and wrote a review of CodeContinue reading “On Blogs & Blogging: It’s Nice to Be Noticed – A Tempus Fugit Piece is Featured in a Sevilla-Based Study Abroad Program’s Blog!”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Groundhog Day’ Arrived Safely; Other Pre-Orders Canceled or Pending Review


Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. [Ralph and Gus snort] Phil: That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over, and over, and over… My Amazon order of Sony Home Entertainment’sContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Groundhog Day’ Arrived Safely; Other Pre-Orders Canceled or Pending Review”

Thoughts & Musings for Wednesday, January 11, 2023, or: Well, There Go My Plans to Write a Book Review!


Today I woke up feeling a bit under the weather – just a garden-variety cold, judging by the symptoms – so I won’t be writing the planned review of Code Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan – and Why Truman Dropped the Bomb, by Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar, which had beenContinue reading “Thoughts & Musings for Wednesday, January 11, 2023, or: Well, There Go My Plans to Write a Book Review!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 8, 2023 – Special Tempus Fugit Edition


Hi, there, Dear Reader. On this lovely, cool – for the subtropics, anyway – midday on Sunday, January 8, 2022, I find myself reflecting that 2023 marks a plethora of significant anniversary dates. Mixed Feelings Some, like my birthday – March 5, for those of you who want to pencil it in their social calendarsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 8, 2023 – Special Tempus Fugit Edition”

On Books & Reading: A TED Talk About My ‘Disrupted’ Reading Habits, Plus the Last TBR Report for 2022


Well, Dear Reader, it’s Thursday, December 29, 2022, and since today is almost at the halfway point of its 24-hour span, we are getting closer to saying goodbye to the Old Year and ushering in the New Year. I had hoped to write a book or movie review today, but I – once again –Continue reading “On Books & Reading: A TED Talk About My ‘Disrupted’ Reading Habits, Plus the Last TBR Report for 2022”

Tempus Fugit: Hazy (But Happy!) Memories of Christmas 1972


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time. –  Laura Ingalls Wilder I wish I had vivid memories of my first Christmas as a permanent resident of the state of Florida after our unexpectedContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: Hazy (But Happy!) Memories of Christmas 1972”