Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 4, 2022, or: Another Sleepless Night in Florida…and a Cornucopia from Amazon


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s another feels-like-autumn-in-Florida day here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. It’s sunny, it’s cool (74°F/24°C), and the forecast high will be 83°F/29°C, so it’s not going to be one of those “why does it still feel like high summer” days that we had last month. This is goingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 4, 2022, or: Another Sleepless Night in Florida…and a Cornucopia from Amazon”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 2, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part Two


It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood…. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Sunday, October 2, 2022. I went outside briefly to take an empty Pizza Hut box to the trash bin that’s parked in front of the garage, and it was somewhat nice out there. I did not linger on the drivewayContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 2, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part Two”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s midday on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and here in Lithia, Florida it is a mildly warm autumn day (78°F/26°C). It’s a lovely sunny day outside; it’s hard to believe that on Thursday night a hurricane passed through this region of my home state, destroyed lots of property, left thousands withoutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’


“In case of doubt, attack.” – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. USA I’m getting better at playing Regiments. I’m not yet as good a commander of armored forces as George Patton, one of America’s best-known generals from the World War II era and the namesake of the U.S, Army’s Patton series of main battle tanks.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….


Goodbye, Ian: Thoughts on the “Day After” Hi there, Dear Reader. As I begin this post, it’s just past 11 AM here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. It’s a cool – 68°F/20°C – fall day; it is cloudy, a bit blustery, and the high today is expected to reach 77°F/25°C, and evenContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, or: Wait! Is That a Hurricane I See Approaching? (Unfortunately, It Is!)


Hurricane Ian Update Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s a gray, gloomy, and rainy Wednesday here in Lithia, Florida on September 28, 2022. As Hurricane Ian gets closer to the Gulf coast of Florida, the weather deteriorated considerably. As I write this, it is raining. It’s not yet the dramatic tropical deluge you see in footageContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, or: Wait! Is That a Hurricane I See Approaching? (Unfortunately, It Is!)”

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’!)”

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’”

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”