On Books & Reading: Another ‘Downfall’ Book Becomes an Addition to the Ol’ TBR Stack


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Well, Dear Reader, here we are on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The 11th month of the year began yesterday,[1] and although the weather isContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Another ‘Downfall’ Book Becomes an Addition to the Ol’ TBR Stack”

On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update


I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson I love books. I love to read.   I learned to read at an early age. I don’t remember when I started to read, but my mom used to tell me (and anyone else, for that matter) that Tata, my maternal grandmother, taught me to read beforeContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 9, 2022, or: Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds….


Here we go again, folks. As Friday morning transitions into Friday midday and afternoon on September 9, 2022, once again it is a steamy and rainy day in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, as I write this, it is raining on and off outside, and even though I can feel the heat making itsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 9, 2022, or: Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds….”

Weekend Update for Sunday, August 14, 2022, or: What? Rain Again? Hey, It’s Just Florida in Summer…


“A person should always be willing to adjust for a rainy day. That was a good attitude in all of life, but was a reality to the way of life for those residing in Florida.” ― M. Reali-Elliott, Summer 20XX It’s early afternoon on a mid-August Sunday in the Tampa Bay area, and it’s notContinue reading “Weekend Update for Sunday, August 14, 2022, or: What? Rain Again? Hey, It’s Just Florida in Summer…”

On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me


“I cannot live without books.”  ― Thomas Jefferson Well, it’s August 1, 2022, Dear Reader. Another month has receded in life’s rear-view mirror, while another begins. As you know, I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. Even though I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom, andContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me”

Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22


Well, with the end of July only a few days off, it’s time for an update on my To Be Watched (TBW) and To Be Read (TBR) lists for the seventh month of 2022. As you know, July is not my favorite month of the year. My mother died on July 19, 2015, after herContinue reading “Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22”

On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack – Any Progress Yet?


Greetings, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. It is a warm, humid day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing at 2 MPH (3 KM/H) from the north-northwest, the heat indexContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack – Any Progress Yet?”

On Books & Reading: My TBR List for Mid-May 2022


As you know, I am a guy who loves to read. I have been reading books – and magazines, and other media, print and digital – for as long as I can remember. Family lore has it that my maternal grandmother taught me how to read using ABC blocks and pages from magazines even whenContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR List for Mid-May 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, May 4, 2022, or: Storms, Books, and ‘Star Wars Day’


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. It is a warm, humid day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79°F (26°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 82% and the wind blowing from the east at 2 MPH (3 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, May 4, 2022, or: Storms, Books, and ‘Star Wars Day’”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. It is a warm day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!”