Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….


Goodbye, Ian: Thoughts on the “Day After” Hi there, Dear Reader. As I begin this post, it’s just past 11 AM here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. It’s a cool – 68°F/20°C – fall day; it is cloudy, a bit blustery, and the high today is expected to reach 77°F/25°C, and evenContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 4, 2022, or: Sleepless in Seattle? No, More Like Restless in the Sunshine State….


“O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?” ― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2 Oh, no. Not again. Not another seemingly endless, sleepless, and exhausting night in Lithia, Florida where insomnia apparently is theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 4, 2022, or: Sleepless in Seattle? No, More Like Restless in the Sunshine State….”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, May 5, 2022, or: My Not-So-Thrilling Wednesday Night


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning on Thursday, May 5, 2022. It is a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area, but it is going to be hotter. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 2 MPH (6Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, May 5, 2022, or: My Not-So-Thrilling Wednesday Night”

On Collecting Blu-rays & DVDs: My ‘Cold War – The Complete Series’ DVD Set is ‘OOP’; I Better Avoid Having an Oops Moment with It!


A few years ago, not long after I moved from Miami to the Tampa Bay area, I purchased Cold War: The Complete Series, a six-disc DVD box set that presents the 1998 CNN series about the tense relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States between 1946 and 1991. I did not see theContinue reading “On Collecting Blu-rays & DVDs: My ‘Cold War – The Complete Series’ DVD Set is ‘OOP’; I Better Avoid Having an Oops Moment with It!”

Documentary Miniseries Review: ‘Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’


Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (2011) Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward, based in part on Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent Produced by: Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick Directed by: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Narrated by: Peter Coyote Featuring (as on-screen commentators orContinue reading “Documentary Miniseries Review: ‘Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’”

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’”

TV Documentary Review: ‘The First World War’ (2003)


In September of 2003, Britain’s Channel 4 TV network began airing The First World War, a 10-part series based on historian Hew Strachan’s eponymous book about the cataclysmic conflict that broke out in the summer of 1914 and ended on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918. Produced andContinue reading “TV Documentary Review: ‘The First World War’ (2003)”

Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020


Hi, there! Well, it’s late morning as I sit here at my writing desk; by the time I hit publish, though, it will be past noon. It’s a hot day, too; the temperature outside is 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at a soggy 71% and a southwesterly breezeContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020”

Documentary Series Review: ‘The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’ (2017)


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Produced and Directed by: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward Original Air Date(s): September 17-28, 2017 The Vietnam War drove a stake right into the heart of America. It polarized the country as it had probably never been polarized since beforeContinue reading “Documentary Series Review: ‘The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’ (2017)”

DVD Set/TV Documentary Review: WWI: The Complete Story – 100th Memorial Edition


The TV Series On Tuesday, September 22, 1964, CBS broadcast The Summer of Sarajevo, the first of 26 30-minutes-long episodes of a documentary series titled World War One. Written by John Sharnik and Irve Tunick and released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conflict, World War One featured a score by composer Morton GouldContinue reading “DVD Set/TV Documentary Review: WWI: The Complete Story – 100th Memorial Edition”