On Books & Reading: My TBR List – Some Progress is Better Than None, I Suppose


Since I posted about my To Be Watched (TBW) list for late January yesterday, today I decided to do a quick update to my current To Be Read (TBR) list for the same period. (I would have preferred to review Code-Name Downfall, but my brain balks at the prospect of doing that now.) The ImpedimentsContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR List – Some Progress is Better Than None, I Suppose”

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”

On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update


I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson I love books. I love to read.   I learned to read at an early age. I don’t remember when I started to read, but my mom used to tell me (and anyone else, for that matter) that Tata, my maternal grandmother, taught me to read beforeContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update”

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”

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 15, 2022, or: Another Hot Summer Weekend is About to Begin


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midmorning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, July 15, 2022. It is a warm summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 75°F (24°C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 94% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 15, 2022, or: Another Hot Summer Weekend is About to Begin”

On Books & Reading: Suffering Succotash! My TBR Stack Keeps Growing!


Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, January 3, 2022. It’s a chilly winter – or what passes for winter in the Sunshine State – day. Currently, the temperature is 62˚F (17˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 76% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 12 MPHContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Suffering Succotash! My TBR Stack Keeps Growing!”

On Books: It’s Time to Revisit the Ol’ TBR List of the Month (November Edition)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Saturday, November 6, 2021. It’s a cold day – by Florida standards, anyway – but at least it’s not raining today. Currently, the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northwest at 12 MPHContinue reading “On Books: It’s Time to Revisit the Ol’ TBR List of the Month (November Edition)”

Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’


The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem Written by: Jack Mitchell Illustrated by: Jessica Benhar Publisher: Abrams Image, an imprint of Henry N. Abrams Publishing Date: September 28, 2021 Spirit of learning, angel of the Force, In grief, in longing for your tender touch, I call you to my side: let sorrow cease, LetContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’”

On Books: My TBR Pile Keeps On Growing, and Growing, and Growing


Hi, there, Dear Reader. If you’re a regular visitor to this space, you know that I’m an avid reader. It’s a trait that runs in my family, at least on my mom’s side; most of my relatives, including both of my grandparents, Mom, and even my half-sister Vicky are/were readers, and family legend has itContinue reading “On Books: My TBR Pile Keeps On Growing, and Growing, and Growing”