Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 7, 2022, or: One Week Ends, Another Begins


A New Week Begins Hi there, Dear Reader. As I begin this post, it’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, November 7, 2022. It’s been six hours since I woke up, and even though I brewed two cups of coffee and ate a croissant – the last one left, at that – IContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 7, 2022, or: One Week Ends, Another Begins”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 5, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Weekend Update, Part One (Saturday, November 5, 2022) Midterm Anxiety Hi, there, Dear Reader. Well, it’s early afternoon on Saturday, November 5, 2022. It’s the first weekend of the month, and the last one before the all-important midterm elections that, for good or ill, will foreshadow the next major election two years from now. IContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 5, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

On Books & Reading: ‘Hell to Pay’ Gets Added to My TBR Stack


As I reported yesterday on my blog post Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 3, 2022, or: Movies, Moods, and Aspirations, Amazon Prime delivered my copy of D.M. Giangreco’s Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947, a non-fiction book about the plans, projections, and preparations for the U.S.-led Allied invasion ofContinue reading “On Books & Reading: ‘Hell to Pay’ Gets Added to My TBR Stack”

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: The Joy of Reading (and Rereading) Books…It’s in My DNA!


On Books and Reading “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”― Oscar Wilde Over the years, as I have grown older, grayer, and more set in my ways, I’ve noticed how many habits I have that are like those of my momContinue reading “On Books & Reading: The Joy of Reading (and Rereading) Books…It’s in My DNA!”

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s midday on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and here in Lithia, Florida it is a mildly warm autumn day (78°F/26°C). It’s a lovely sunny day outside; it’s hard to believe that on Thursday night a hurricane passed through this region of my home state, destroyed lots of property, left thousands withoutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’


Dies Irae: The Story Continues…. In early 1982, Sidgwick & Jackson of London and Macmillan Publishing of New York published The Third World War: The Untold Story, a war novel co-written by General Sir John Hackett and seven collaborators, many of whom had co-written The Third World War: August 1985, published four years earlier and,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’”

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 Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”