Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence


Star Wars – both as the original film and as a multimedia franchise – is 45 years old today. On Wednesday, May 25, 1977, the space-fantasy film billed in its teaser trailer as the “story of a boy, a girl, and a universe” opened in a handful of theaters in North America (42 screens inContinue reading “Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 17, 2022, or: The Rabbit-Hole of Memory


So, this week – yesterday, in fact – marks the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the fifth Star Wars feature film and the second installment of the Prequel Trilogy. As it happens, I saw Attack of the Clones on Opening Day at the now (sadly)Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 17, 2022, or: The Rabbit-Hole of Memory”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 15, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different – Part Two


More Karaoke Madness I am not the world’s greatest singer. I will be the first to admit it. But I have a good ear for music – that’s what my high school chorus teacher, Ms. Owen, once told me, anyway – and I did enjoy my two-and-a-half years as a singer in the men’s andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 15, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different – Part Two”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 6, 2022, or: Moving Memories of…Moving


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. It’s a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 94% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 6, 2022, or: Moving Memories of…Moving”

50 Years On: The Childhood I (Inadvertently) Forgot


Fifty years – a half-century – have come and gone since my childhood in Colombia ended, and my American childhood resumed after a six-year span of time away from my hometown of Miami, Florida. My family’s unexpected “reverse migration” from Bogota, Colombia’s Andean capital city, in the spring of 1972 was precipitated by a cerebralContinue reading “50 Years On: The Childhood I (Inadvertently) Forgot”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 13, 2022, or: The ‘Spring Forward Madness’ Edition


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, March 13, 2022. It is a cold-for-Florida spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 47% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 13, 2022, or: The ‘Spring Forward Madness’ Edition”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. It is a warm, muggy spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (22 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)”

Tempus Fugit – Baby, Yes, It’s Cold Outside…But It’s Not Snowing in Florida Like in 1977!


Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. It’s a cold winter day here in west-central Florida. Currently, the temperature is 53˚F (12˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing at 3 MPH (4 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 51˚F (10˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Baby, Yes, It’s Cold Outside…But It’s Not Snowing in Florida Like in 1977!”