On History: Thoughts About Operation Desert Storm’s Start, 31 Years After

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Fish Hawk (Lithia), Florida, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. It is a cold day here in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 50˚F (10˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the windContinue reading “On History: Thoughts About Operation Desert Storm’s Start, 31 Years After”

On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. It’s a chilly and gray early winter day. The current temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under cloudy skies and there’s a dense fog advisory for the Fish Hawk area. With humidity at 97% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast atContinue reading “On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. It’s gray and somewhat cool outside; the current temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 48% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H),the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (22˚C). TheContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)”

Book Review: ‘Apollo Explorations of the Moon: The NASA History – 50th Anniversary Edition’

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may wellContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Apollo Explorations of the Moon: The NASA History – 50th Anniversary Edition’”

9/11 + 20

Part One: The Weight of Memory Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana The sky above the New York City skyline was clear and gloriously blue on that Tuesday morning in September in the Land of Ago, now 20 years in the rearview mirror of our lives.Continue reading “9/11 + 20”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, August 24, 2021, or: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ Reveals Trump is No Friend of Our Military

Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. It’s another hot, humid late summer day. Currently, the temperature is 87˚F (31˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 98˚F (37˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, August 24, 2021, or: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ Reveals Trump is No Friend of Our Military”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 4, 2021, or: Happy 245th Birthday, America…It’s Independence Day!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s noon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, July 4, 2021, the 245th Independence Day in U.S. history. It Is a hot, summery day: the current temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 54% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 8 MPH (12 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 4, 2021, or: Happy 245th Birthday, America…It’s Independence Day!”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 2, 2021, or: Eyes on the Tropics (Again!), Trump Tanks in Presidential Rankings, & News from the Cold Front

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, July 2, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C)  under sunny skies. With humidity at 64% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 77˚F. Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 2, 2021, or: Eyes on the Tropics (Again!), Trump Tanks in Presidential Rankings, & News from the Cold Front”

Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’

One of the deadliest weapons in the Navy’s arsenal for the past 80 years has been the submarine. Stealthy and lethal, today’s Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia class nuclear attack subs lurk beneath the waves like the ancient sea monsters feared by sailors in the days before Columbus. With their wire-guided Mk. 48 ADCAP torpedoesContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’”

After the Assault on the Capitol: Accused Rioter Jenna Ryan Gets 2 Additional Federal Charges, But Remains Vocal, Unrepentant

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, though by the time I post this it will be early afternoon.[1] Currently, the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) under cloudy conditions. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 9 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 78%, theContinue reading “After the Assault on the Capitol: Accused Rioter Jenna Ryan Gets 2 Additional Federal Charges, But Remains Vocal, Unrepentant”