Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida


Another weekend, another hot and stormy day in the Tampa Bay area. Last night was yet another somewhat unexciting and lonely evening; the Caregiver has taken to staying in the master bedroom after work hours, supposedly grieving over the recent death of her boyfriend and spending countless hours by herself. Sometimes she reads nothing butContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida”

2,557 Days Redux


2,557 days. That’s how many days have passed since my mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died at the age of 86 from a combination of age-related illnesses, including dementia, heart issues, and the effects of being confined to bed for half a decade after back surgery. She died around five in the morning; I’m sure the deathContinue reading “2,557 Days Redux”

2,557 Days


2,557 days. That’s how many days have passed since I last heard my mother say my name before she drifted off to an uneasy sleep on the afternoon of July 18, 2015 after I gave her a dose of tramadol to ease the pain in her back that she complained about not long after ourContinue reading “2,557 Days”

The Weight of Memory


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. It is a hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the heatContinue reading “The Weight of Memory”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 15, 2022, or: Another Hot Summer Weekend is About to Begin


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midmorning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, July 15, 2022. It is a warm summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 75°F (24°C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 94% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 15, 2022, or: Another Hot Summer Weekend is About to Begin”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 9, 2022, or: Sad Tidings


Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I start this, it is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. It is a hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (31°C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 77% and the wind blowing from the south at 6 MPH (10Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 9, 2022, or: Sad Tidings”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 22, 2022, or: Reflections on a Cold Florida Winter Afternoon


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. It is a cold, gray, and rainy day here in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 52˚F (11˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 95% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 10 MPHContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 22, 2022, or: Reflections on a Cold Florida Winter Afternoon”

Papi, I Hardly Knew Ye….


Today would have been my father’s 102nd birthday. Had Jeronimo Diaz-Granados not been killed in a plane crash on the morning of February 13, 1965, who knows how many birthdays he would have celebrated with Mom, my older half-sister Vicky, and me. Would Dad – or Papi – have lived to be 102? I doubtContinue reading “Papi, I Hardly Knew Ye….”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, or: Coping with Yesterday


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday here in New Hometown, Florida, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The present temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 54% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat index is 98˚F (36˚C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showersContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, or: Coping with Yesterday”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, July 19, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C ) under skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the feels-like factor is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to moveContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory”