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”

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’”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!


Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben: There’s No Shame in Retreating “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” – Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from playing Regiments’ Grasleben Attack scenario multiple times is that even though the objective of the mission is to capture and successfully defend asContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben


Introduction – Regiments: A Game About Cold War I Released During Cold War II I grew up during the second half of the first Cold War between Russia (then the core republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and the Free World led by the United States and its allies. For almost half myContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, August 28, 2022, or: Saturday Night Was a Mix of Thunderstorms, Wargames, and Loneliness


Well, here I am at my desk on a quiet, mostly sunny Sunday morning in August. Not quite silent, mind you, I’m listening to the digital copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition), which I have because I bought the CD album earlier this morning. (Amazon oftenContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, August 28, 2022, or: Saturday Night Was a Mix of Thunderstorms, Wargames, and Loneliness”

Old Gamers Never Die: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me


War is hell. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. – General William T. Sherman As I have mentioned in several posts recently, yesterday the latest version of MicroProse published Bird’sContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me”

Reunion A Story


Originally posted on Leonberger Life:
This is my fourth book review on my Leonberger blog. However, this time I am reviewing a novella written by an epinions friend of mine, just because I want to spread the word about his great book. It is not a Leonberger book. Epinions was an on-line review site that…

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. It is a humid, hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits”