On Books: My TBR Pile Keeps On Growing, and Growing, and Growing

Hi, there, Dear Reader. If you’re a regular visitor to this space, you know that I’m an avid reader. It’s a trait that runs in my family, at least on my mom’s side; most of my relatives, including both of my grandparents, Mom, and even my half-sister Vicky are/were readers, and family legend has itContinue reading “On Books: My TBR Pile Keeps On Growing, and Growing, and Growing”

On Right-Wing Lunacy: How the Right Wants You to Think that Hitler Was a ‘Socialist’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. The current temperature is 77˚F under sunny skies. With humidity at 73% and a southeasterly breeze blowing at 9 MPH, the feels-like temperature is 76˚F. Today we can expect more Florida-style subtropical weather: the forecast calls for scatteredContinue reading “On Right-Wing Lunacy: How the Right Wants You to Think that Hitler Was a ‘Socialist’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 28, 2021, or: Of Summer Colds and Dark Anniversaries

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, June 28, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 7 MPH (9 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (26˚C). Today, we can expect scattered rain showers andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 28, 2021, or: Of Summer Colds and Dark Anniversaries”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It’s almost midday in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, June 6, 2021. It is going to be a hot day on this, the 77th anniversary of D-Day. Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (35˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day

Greetings, Dear Reader! It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, June 4, 2021. It’s a sultry and somewhat gloomy-looking morning; the current temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day”

Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’

One of the deadliest weapons in the Navy’s arsenal for the past 80 years has been the submarine. Stealthy and lethal, today’s Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia class nuclear attack subs lurk beneath the waves like the ancient sea monsters feared by sailors in the days before Columbus. With their wire-guided Mk. 48 ADCAP torpedoesContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’”

Last Musing for Sunday, October 25, 2020: Of Maps, WWII, and a Quick Sunday Evening Stroll

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon/early evening (5:00 PM Eastern) here in New Hometown, Florida, and it is still quite summery outside. Presently, the temperature is 84˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 65% and an easterly breeze of 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index is 89˚F (32˚C). The sun setsContinue reading “Last Musing for Sunday, October 25, 2020: Of Maps, WWII, and a Quick Sunday Evening Stroll”

Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow and Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Musings & Thoughts for September 17, 2020: Of ‘Market-Garden,’ Waiting for Packages, and Other Bits of My Mind

Hello, there, Dear Reader (Constant and otherwise). It’s early afternoon on Thursday, September 17, 2020, and it’s a hot late summer day in my corner of Florida, Because the owner of the house where I live is off from work and is away running errands, I’m enjoying some rare weekday online time and writing thisContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for September 17, 2020: Of ‘Market-Garden,’ Waiting for Packages, and Other Bits of My Mind”