Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’


We have some planes. – Mohammad Atta, Hijacker I look at the clock, and every time I look at the clock, it seems to be 9:11. I’m like, “Oh, 9:11 again.” It just happens, something so simple like that. – Sharon Miller, Officer, Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) On September 10, 2019, Avid Reader PressContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and even though it’s fall in the Tampa Bay area, you would not know it because of the summer-like heat. It’s not as hellishly hot as it was in August – the heat index is in the mid-90s rather than the low 100s (30sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 22, 2022, or: Well, I Guess Blogging Isn’t a TOTAL Waste of Time…..


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida (a smallish city in the Tampa Bay area that is home to a sprawling planned community called Fish Hawk Ranches), and even though I’ve been up and about for almost two hours, I’m sleepy and tired. I had another restless night in which IContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 22, 2022, or: Well, I Guess Blogging Isn’t a TOTAL Waste of Time…..”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’


Dies Irae: The Story Continues…. In early 1982, Sidgwick & Jackson of London and Macmillan Publishing of New York published The Third World War: The Untold Story, a war novel co-written by General Sir John Hackett and seven collaborators, many of whom had co-written The Third World War: August 1985, published four years earlier and,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger


“Insomnia is different,’ I said. It was hard to explain this to people. ‘You know the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator door? Just imagine it stays on all the time, even after you close the door. That’s what it’s like in my head. The light stays on.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, AnimalContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 18, 2022, or: The First Hints of Autumn (Florida-Style), and My ‘Exciting’ Saturday Night


Goodbye to Summer? It’s beginning to feel like autumn. No, the leaves on the trees aren’t changing color, at least not this far south, and not with most trees that grow in Florida. And there is no chill – beyond that of an air conditioning unit set below 78 degrees – that nips the airContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 18, 2022, or: The First Hints of Autumn (Florida-Style), and My ‘Exciting’ Saturday Night”

Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September


Another weekend; another hot, humid, and potentially rainy day in Lithia, Florida. It is, of course, still early in meteorological fall – traditional autumn doesn’t start until Friday, September 22 – and I live in the subtropics, so of course, it feels like summer here still. Sure, the temperatures – the official ones, anyway –Continue reading “Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’


On May 1, 1978, London-based Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. published The Third World War: August 1985: A Future History, a work of near-future speculative fiction by Sir John Hackett, a retired general in the British Army, and a group of co-authors that, according to the publisher, included an admiral, an economist, and a diplomat, allContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s a nice – if hot and humid – Sunday morning here in Lithia, Florida on the second weekend of meteorological fall, or what passes for fall in the Sunshine State.[1] Because of our geographic location in the subtropics, we experience the four seasons quite differently from folks in the upperContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day”