My Top 10 Favorite John Denver Songs

I was born in the early 1960s; growing up in South Florida in the 1970s and ’80s, the music of singer/songwriter/environmental activist John Denver was (until 1982 or so) part of the soundtrack of my life. Like all great music superstars, Denver’s popularity had an arc, and he peaked around the time I was inContinue reading “My Top 10 Favorite John Denver Songs”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’

On October 1, 2019, with the premiere of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker a little over two months away, Disney-Lucasfilm Press released Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, an illustrated book for young readers that sums up the first eight Episodes in the main Skywalker Saga film series. Written by Delilah S. DawsonContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 17, 2021, or: My 4K UHD/Blu-ray Collection Gets ‘Bourne’…and Trump’s Final Days in Office Are Nigh

Hola, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, January 17, 2021, and it’s late in the afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Right now the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under mostly cloudy skies; with humidity at 59% and becalmed winds, the feels-like temperature is 61˚F (16˚C). The forecast for the rest of the afternoon calls for mostly cloudyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 17, 2021, or: My 4K UHD/Blu-ray Collection Gets ‘Bourne’…and Trump’s Final Days in Office Are Nigh”

Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’

Movies are an illusion. Cinema is the art of the moving image; the moving image isn’t more truthful than are cave paintings, or hieroglyphics, or the Sistine Chapel. What the artist finds is the truth behind the “truth.” Art portrays the aspirations of the society in which it is made.- George Lucas, The Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’”

Book Talk: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’….Look at the Size of that Book!

Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s now late afternoon and heading into early evening here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, it’s 63˚F (17˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 13 MPH (21 KM/H) and humidity at 63%, the feels-like temperature is 63˚F (17˚C). The light that attempting to stream through myContinue reading “Book Talk: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’….Look at the Size of that Book!”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 5, 2021, or: Winter Chills in Florida…and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ Joins My Blu-ray Collection

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s just past noon here in New Hometown, Florida, and by the standards of the Sunshine State, it’s a wee bit nippy. Right now the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 4 MPH (7 KM/H) and humidity at 49%, the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 5, 2021, or: Winter Chills in Florida…and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ Joins My Blu-ray Collection”

Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI, 1977-1983 (40th Anniversary Edition)

In the beginning, I was struggling with the plot, just figuring out what it was going to be. I had a sense of what the Force was, how it worked, and they could do with it, but the story didn’t have room for that – yet. – George Lucas to Paul Duncan, explaining how theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI, 1977-1983 (40th Anniversary Edition)”

Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) Directed by: Kevin Burns, Edith Becker Written by: Ed Singer Starring: Robert Clotworthy (Narrator), George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Walter Cronkite, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alan Ladd Jr., Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Warwick Davis Harrison Ford: There’s a princessContinue reading “Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’”

More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: It’s Nice to Be Out for a Walk in December!

Well, I did go for that walk outside. It’s 68˚F (20˚C) now, and that’s the high for today, so even though it’s cool by New Hometown, FL standards, it was actually quite pleasant out there. I went outdoors while the sun was still out and above the horizon. Now it’s almost sunset and it’s gettingContinue reading “More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: It’s Nice to Be Out for a Walk in December!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: A Few Words About ‘Pops in Love: John Williams & the Boston Pops’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, December 27, 2020, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 49%, the feels-like factor is  66˚F (19˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: A Few Words About ‘Pops in Love: John Williams & the Boston Pops’”