Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?

I didn’t plan on writing another post today, yet here I am, sitting at my desk while my digital copy of Spotlight on John Williams plays on my Amazon Music app. It’s strange – I didn’t want to spend more time in this room, yet I couldn’t choose between reading out in the living room,Continue reading “Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?”

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 30, 2022, or: Well, Better a Late Blog Post Than NO Blog Post, Right?

It’s late afternoon on this last Saturday of July 2022, and I am listening to Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E-Minor, Op. 27 as I try to get this blog post to a good start. It’s still mostly sunny and hot outside – 94°F/35°C– so I am not enticed to go out for a walkContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 30, 2022, or: Well, Better a Late Blog Post Than NO Blog Post, Right?”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Acting Lessons’ Visual Novel Review – The Choices You Make Can Take You to Many (Hot) Places

Acting Lessons (2018) Designed by: Dr. PinkCake Published/Released by: Dr. PinkCake ( via Patreon, Steam, GOG.com) Genre: Visual Novel, Erotic, Adults Only On December 10, 2018, an indie video game developer who goes by the name “Dr. PinkCake” released Acting Lessons, an adults-only visual novel about a 30-something man who, during personal turmoil, saves theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Acting Lessons’ Visual Novel Review – The Choices You Make Can Take You to Many (Hot) Places”

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”

How I Coped with Mid-July’s Sad ‘Anniversary Week’

 Well, it’s Monday, July 25, 2022, the start of another work week and, of course, the last week of the seventh month of the year. As you know, July has not been my favorite month for the last seven years; my mom, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died on July 19, 2015, and although in some ways myContinue reading “How I Coped with Mid-July’s Sad ‘Anniversary Week’”

Tempus Fugit, or: That Endless Summer of 1972 – Transitions, Changes, and Memories

Tempus fugit. I am, as of late, preoccupied by the passage of time. Tempus fugit weighs heavily on my mind on this, my 50th consecutive summer since my mom, my older half-sister, and I moved back to the United States after living for six years in Bogota, Colombia. As you’ve probably noticed – if youContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: That Endless Summer of 1972 – Transitions, Changes, and Memories”

And Now, Something TOTALLY Different: A Quick First Impressions Look at ‘Being a DIK’

Back in the 1990s, when I subscribed to Playboy magazine, I read a short article about an adults-only computer game titled Virtual Valerie. Virtual Valerie was created by a guy named Mike Saenz and released in April of 1990 by a software developer called Reactor, Inc. It was described as a dating sim, and becauseContinue reading “And Now, Something TOTALLY Different: A Quick First Impressions Look at ‘Being a DIK’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 20, 2022, or: Grief, Death, and Sexy Video Games

Well, I managed to get through the seventh anniversary of my mother’s death without falling into a deep funk. I am not sure how, but I did. I won’t pretend that I am “over” the loss of my mom – and by extension, my old life in Miami – or that the pain of thatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 20, 2022, or: Grief, Death, and Sexy Video Games”