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”

On History: ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ – 80 Years After

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. It is a chilly day – for Florida, at any rate –  and a grey, dimly lit one at that. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under  mostly cloudy skies and dense fog. With humidity at 100% and theContinue reading “On History: ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ – 80 Years After”

On Books: Previewing a New Graphic Novel’s Take on James D. Hornfischer’s 2004 Classic ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Fish Hawk, Florida on Sunday, November 7, 2021. It is a cool late autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 76% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 67˚F (20˚C)Continue reading “On Books: Previewing a New Graphic Novel’s Take on James D. Hornfischer’s 2004 Classic ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It’s almost midday in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, June 6, 2021. It is going to be a hot day on this, the 77th anniversary of D-Day. Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (35˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day

Greetings, Dear Reader! It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, June 4, 2021. It’s a sultry and somewhat gloomy-looking morning; the current temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day”

Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)

“But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far.” – Attributed to Lt. Gen. Frederick “Boy” Browning, commanding officer of I British Airborne Corps and overall commander for Operation Market-Garden On May 17, 2018 – September 11 in the U.S. – Viking (a subsidiary of Penguin Random House) published the British editionContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)”

Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time

It’s early afternoon here in my small corner of Florida on this last day of Summer 2020. My blinds and curtains are closed, so my study is perhaps darker than it ought to be. Even so, the weather here is still “summery,” as it’s partly sunny and humid (66%) outside. Per my PC’s weather app,Continue reading “Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time”

Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy

In his afterword to Twilight of the Gods: The War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, naval historian Ian W. Toll tells readers that his original concept when he started working on a new history of the Pacific War (1941-1945) was for a one-volume history of the 44-month-long conflict that began with the Japanese “blitz” againstContinue reading “Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy”