Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 20, 2022, or: Cripes! It’s Cold, Gray, Rainy…and Gloomy


“Cold feet under a warm blanket, steam over an empty mug–rain splatters on dry windowpane–open journals of closed memories… tears of laughter and joy of pain… schmaltz of diametric morning.” ― Val Uchendu It’s a dark, cold, dismally rainy Sunday afternoon here in the Tampa Bay area, and with Pops in Love: John Williams &Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 20, 2022, or: Cripes! It’s Cold, Gray, Rainy…and Gloomy”

Tempus Fugit: Remembering Cheryl T. – 50 Years Later, Part the Second


Last Time, on Remembering Cheryl T….. “You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green “There’s no love like the first.” ― Nicholas Sparks When I was nine years old and a third-grader at Coral Park Elementary School, I fell in love withContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: Remembering Cheryl T. – 50 Years Later, Part the Second”

Super-Long Weekend Update, Veterans Day Edition, Part Three (November 13, 2022)


Live, from Tampa Bay, it’s Saturday Night Blues! Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to Part Three of Super-Long Weekend Update – Veterans Day Edition. As I begin this post, it is late morning on Sunday, November 13, 2022, and I’m grooving to the sounds of Billy Joel: Greatest Hits, Volume III. I usually don’t listenContinue reading “Super-Long Weekend Update, Veterans Day Edition, Part Three (November 13, 2022)”

Super-Long Weekend Update – Veterans Day Edition, Part Two (November 12, 2022)


Veterans Day Weekend Update, Part Two Yesterday was Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day, and still called that in other countries that were belligerents during the First World War), and here in the United States, local, state, and federal government offices were closed, there were no mail deliveries, and – of course – storesContinue reading “Super-Long Weekend Update – Veterans Day Edition, Part Two (November 12, 2022)”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 11, 2022, or: Super-Long Weekend Update, Veteran’s Day Edition, Part One


Adieu Nicole! It’s been a day since Tropical Storm Nicole visited the state of Florida, and even though it is off to the north-northwest, where it is now a problem for Georgia and the Carolinas, the outer bands are so huge that we here in Lithia are under cloudy skies and the occasional bursts ofContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 11, 2022, or: Super-Long Weekend Update, Veteran’s Day Edition, Part One”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 10, 2022, or: Storms, Stress, Movies, and Other Things on My Mind


The Passage of Nicole Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I write this, I’m sitting at the kitchenette table in the house where I live in Fish Hawk Ranches, a sprawling planned community within the city limits of Lithia, Florida. It is a chilly, gloomy, and rainy day in the Tampa Bay area. Thanks to theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 10, 2022, or: Storms, Stress, Movies, and Other Things on My Mind”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!


Life in Hurricane Alley Here we go again. I have lived in Florida for more than 50 years; I was born in Miami almost 60 years ago, then left the United States at some point in 1966 with my mom – Vicky, my older half-sister, was away at a Catholic all-girls’ boarding school in Parkersburg,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 6, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part Two


Well, folks, it’s early afternoon on Sunday, November 6, 2022, and it’s a quiet, sunny warm day here in my corner of Lithia, Florida. Except for the sound of classical music playing on my PC’s Amazon Music app and the occasional sound of someone opening or closing a bedroom door or walking up or downContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 6, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part Two”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 5, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Weekend Update, Part One (Saturday, November 5, 2022) Midterm Anxiety Hi, there, Dear Reader. Well, it’s early afternoon on Saturday, November 5, 2022. It’s the first weekend of the month, and the last one before the all-important midterm elections that, for good or ill, will foreshadow the next major election two years from now. IContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 5, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

On Books & Reading: Another ‘Downfall’ Book Becomes an Addition to the Ol’ TBR Stack


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Well, Dear Reader, here we are on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The 11th month of the year began yesterday,[1] and although the weather isContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Another ‘Downfall’ Book Becomes an Addition to the Ol’ TBR Stack”