Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’


We have some planes. – Mohammad Atta, Hijacker I look at the clock, and every time I look at the clock, it seems to be 9:11. I’m like, “Oh, 9:11 again.” It just happens, something so simple like that. – Sharon Miller, Officer, Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) On September 10, 2019, Avid Reader PressContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and even though it’s fall in the Tampa Bay area, you would not know it because of the summer-like heat. It’s not as hellishly hot as it was in August – the heat index is in the mid-90s rather than the low 100s (30sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger


“Insomnia is different,’ I said. It was hard to explain this to people. ‘You know the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator door? Just imagine it stays on all the time, even after you close the door. That’s what it’s like in my head. The light stays on.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, AnimalContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

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”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’


On May 1, 1978, London-based Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. published The Third World War: August 1985: A Future History, a work of near-future speculative fiction by Sir John Hackett, a retired general in the British Army, and a group of co-authors that, according to the publisher, included an admiral, an economist, and a diplomat, allContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s a nice – if hot and humid – Sunday morning here in Lithia, Florida on the second weekend of meteorological fall, or what passes for fall in the Sunshine State.[1] Because of our geographic location in the subtropics, we experience the four seasons quite differently from folks in the upperContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 11, 2022, or: The Wet Season Blues, Closely Watched Packages, and Thoughts on Patriot Day”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 31, 2022, or: Waving ‘Goodbye’ to My Least Favorite Month of the Year


“Then came July like three o’clock in the afternoon, hot and listless and miserable.” ― Allie Ray, Holler Well, here we are, on a sunny midsummer morning in Florida, bidding goodbye to not just another weekend, but the scorching, humid, and often stormy month of July as well. Last night I ended up watching ApolloContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 31, 2022, or: Waving ‘Goodbye’ to My Least Favorite Month of the Year”

Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22


Well, with the end of July only a few days off, it’s time for an update on my To Be Watched (TBW) and To Be Read (TBR) lists for the seventh month of 2022. As you know, July is not my favorite month of the year. My mother died on July 19, 2015, after herContinue reading “Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. It is a humid, hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 14, 2022, or: Watching Out for Amazon Packages on a Hot July Afternoon


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is midday in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 14, 2022 (Bastille Day in France and its Overseas Departments). It is a steamy summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the north-northeastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 14, 2022, or: Watching Out for Amazon Packages on a Hot July Afternoon”