Christmas 2021: A Quick Update from Florida on December 25, 2021


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon on Saturday, December 25,2021. It’s a mild winter day in Lithia, Florida on Chl,ristmas Day 2021. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 53% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Christmas 2021: A Quick Update from Florida on December 25, 2021”

Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)


Well, Dear Reader…. it’s Friday, December 24, 2021. Christmas Eve…my 58th one (!) since I was born. It’s also: The 56th Christmas without my dad The 51st Christmas since we last celebrated the holidays with most of my mom’s family, including both grands and my cousin Mauricio, who died several years later The 50th sinceContinue reading “Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)”

Holiday Countdown 2021, or: Sure, I Ain’t in Paradise, But I Ain’t Awash in Dysfunctional Drama Either!


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning – almost midday, really – here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. It’s a chilly early winter day – gray, overcast, and cold. The current temperature is 60˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northwest at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Holiday Countdown 2021, or: Sure, I Ain’t in Paradise, But I Ain’t Awash in Dysfunctional Drama Either!”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 20, 2021, or: Geez, it’s Monday…Again?


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, December 20, 2021. It is a cool, gray-tinted day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 84% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 20, 2021, or: Geez, it’s Monday…Again?”

On Music (Tempus Fugit Edition): Songs for the Holiday Concerts at South Miami High


I joined South Miami Senior High School’s Men’s Chorus in January of 1981, on the first day back to school after the winter break of the 1980-1981 academic year. I did so on a whim; for the first half of 10th grade I had no interest in joining anything beyond the Serpent’s Tale staff andContinue reading “On Music (Tempus Fugit Edition): Songs for the Holiday Concerts at South Miami High”