Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 30, 2022, or: Better a Late Post than None at All…


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on a sunny and mildly warm fall afternoon on Friday, September 30, 2022. If it weren’t for all the patio furniture that neither the Caregiver nor the three young adult children have not bothered to take back outside, you’d never know that only twoContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 30, 2022, or: Better a Late Post than None at All…”

On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, August 16, 2022, or: An Update on My Latest Order from Amazon*


This wasn’t the topic I wanted to delve into today, though! Well, it’s late morning here in my corner of Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. As I write this – with the digital album J.S. Bach Orchestra: Air on the G String and Violin Concertos playing on my Amazon Music app – IContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, August 16, 2022, or: An Update on My Latest Order from Amazon*”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 12, 2022, or: Memories, Congressional Hearings, and a Book Recommendation


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. It is a torrid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. As I write this, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 12, 2022, or: Memories, Congressional Hearings, and a Book Recommendation”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 5, 2022, or: Fear and Angst in America


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. It is a sweltering summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 64%, the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 5, 2022, or: Fear and Angst in America”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 30, 2022, or: A Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That


Hi, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. It is a sultry summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 2 MPH (3 KM/H) and humidity at 71%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 30, 2022, or: A Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That”

On Politics & Modern Conservatism: Heat Waves, Climate Change, & Conservative Dogma


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, June 17, 2022. It is a hot early summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 77% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), theContinue reading “On Politics & Modern Conservatism: Heat Waves, Climate Change, & Conservative Dogma”

We Fought Against Fascism in Europe in 1944; Now We Fight It Here in America in 2022


As I wrote earlier today, today marks the 78th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Normandy. On June 6, 1944, elements of six infantry divisions – three American, two British, and one Canadian – landed on five beaches along a 50-mile front on the northern coast of France. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the amphibious landings, precededContinue reading “We Fought Against Fascism in Europe in 1944; Now We Fight It Here in America in 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, May 27, 2022, or: Oy, the Things that Keep Me Awake at Night!*


* Angst, Sadness, and Stagnation. Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, May 27, 2022. It is a hot late spring day – another reminder that meteorological summer[1] (June 1 to August 31) begins next week. Currently, the temperature is 85°F (30°C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at aContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, May 27, 2022, or: Oy, the Things that Keep Me Awake at Night!*”

Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)


Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”