Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 2, 2022, or: Things to Ponder on a Chilly Florida Winter’s Day

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. It is a chilly “Florida winter” day. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the east at 5 MPH (8 KM/H). the feels-like temperature is 56˚F (13˚C). We are seeingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 2, 2022, or: Things to Ponder on a Chilly Florida Winter’s Day”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 30, 2022, or: Just a ‘Quick’ Sunday Update from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Sunday, January 30, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 6 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 28%, the wind chill factorContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 30, 2022, or: Just a ‘Quick’ Sunday Update from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, January 29, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 17 MPH (28 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn”

Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’

The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem Written by: Jack Mitchell Illustrated by: Jessica Benhar Publisher: Abrams Image, an imprint of Henry N. Abrams Publishing Date: September 28, 2021 Spirit of learning, angel of the Force, In grief, in longing for your tender touch, I call you to my side: let sorrow cease, LetContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’”

Book Review: ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’

A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America (2020 hardcover, 2021 paperback) Written by: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig Publisher: Penguin Press (a division of Penguin Random House) Category: Domestic Politics Format: Paperback No. of Pages: 512 Publication Date: Hardcover: January 21, 2020; Paperback (Updated with New Reporting): February 23, 2021 “This taut and terrifyingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Maus’

On November 19, 1996, Pantheon Books published the hardcover edition of Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus, a 295-page omnibus edition that combines the two volumes of Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, with a related comic, Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case Story, included as a unifying element. Originally published in Raw –Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Maus’”

Book Review: ‘The World of Star Trek’

In the summer of 1985 – sometime during my freshman year at Miami-Dade Community College – I purchased a paperback copy of a reference book titled The World of Star Trek by author, screenwriter, and cultural observer David Gerrold. Originally published in 1973 – during the “lost years” after Star Trek: The Original Series’ cancellationContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The World of Star Trek’”

Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’

On October 5, 2011, Oxford University Press published Craig L. Symonds’ The Battle of Midway, one of the 18 books in the Pivotal Moments in American History series, which is edited by David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. Based on exhaustive research and drawing on a cornucopia of new revelations about theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’

Luke Skywalker was Annikin Starkiller. Han Solo was a “huge green-skinned guy with no nose and large gills.” And Princess Leia had a bit part. – Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays Considering how intertwined George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy is in modern pop culture, it’s hard to imagine that the film versions of AContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’

On August 16, 2016, Abrams ComicsArts, an imprint of New York-based publisher Henry N. Abrams that specializes in books about comics and trading cards, published Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume Three, the third volume in a series of books about the Topps Company’s card-and-sticker sets celebratingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’”