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 Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)


Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”

On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident


Putin’s War Suffers Setbacks As you probably know, Russia’s war in Ukraine – a blatant act of naked aggression that Vladimir Putin’s government euphemistically calls a “special military operation – is not going well for Moscow or the much-vaunted Russian military. Instead of a 21st Century blitzkrieg and a quick victory culminating in Russia’s captureContinue reading “On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident”

Focus on International Relations: On Russia’s Alleged Motives for Its ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine


Russia Claims NATO is to Blame for Ukraine War On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded its neighbor to the west, Ukraine from positions in Russia, Belarus, and parts of eastern Ukraine – including the Donbas, Luhansk, and the annexed-by-Russia Crimean Peninsula. The result: the largest armed conflict in Europe since 1945, which hasContinue reading “Focus on International Relations: On Russia’s Alleged Motives for Its ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day (meteorological spring began yesterday) in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H) and humidity atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams”

Focus on the News: Ukraine Defies Russian Invasion with Blood and Guts


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, February 27, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 64% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine Defies Russian Invasion with Blood and Guts”

On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters


Hi, there. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, February 26, 2022. From what I can discern from my window, it seems to be a nice “Florida winter” day – the sun is shining, it’s warm and a bit muggy outside, and there’s no rain in the forecast. I don’t want to writeContinue reading “On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters”

Focus on World News: As Russia Invades Ukraine, U.S. Right-Wing Figures Blame Biden, ‘Stolen Election’


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, February 24, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area, but I’m afraid it’s going to be hotter. Presently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the southeastContinue reading “Focus on World News: As Russia Invades Ukraine, U.S. Right-Wing Figures Blame Biden, ‘Stolen Election’”

Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much


Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. It is a sultry, subtropical winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 12 MPH (20 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, February 18, 2022, or: Additional News Re ‘West Side Story’ 4K Release and Other Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, February 18, 2022. It is a gray and cool winter day here in the Tampa Bay area, but we’re also in the midst of a warming trend. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwestContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, February 18, 2022, or: Additional News Re ‘West Side Story’ 4K Release and Other Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”