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 Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts

This morning I woke up twice. The first time was at shortly before 4:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, and as is becoming routine, it was to “answer the call of nature.” When my bladder started calling for attention, I half-opened my eyes, saw that it was still dark, and blearily padded over to the bathroom.Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, March 11, 2022. It is a hot spring day here in the Tampa Bay area.[1] Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (29˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (21 KM/H) and humidity at 65%, the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 4, 2022, or: A Case of the Birthday Blues

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, March 4, 2022. It is a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 45% and the wind blowing from the east at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 4, 2022, or: A Case of the Birthday Blues”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)

Greetings, Dear Reader. As I start this, my 789th post in A Certain Point of View, Too, it is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, March 3, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)”

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 1, 2022, or: The One with ‘Je ne sais quoi’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. It is a cool Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 64˚F (18˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 84% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 1, 2022, or: The One with ‘Je ne sais quoi’”

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”