Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)


West Side Story (2021) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Tony Kushner Based on: The Broadway musical West Side Story, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Produced for the stage by Robert L. Griffith and Harold Prince. West Side Story itself isContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. It is a warm spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. It is a cool (but gradually warming) spring day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the east at 10 MPHContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day (meteorological spring began yesterday) in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H) and humidity atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!


Hello, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, February 14, 2022. It is a chilly winter’s day – by Florida standards, anyway – in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 55˚F (13˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!”

Weekend Update for Saturday, February 12, 2022


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, February 12, 2022. It is a (more typically) warm day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 53% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Weekend Update for Saturday, February 12, 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, February 6, 2022, or: The Ups and Downs of a Movie Collector


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, February 6, 2022. It is a chilly and gray Florida winter day. Presently, the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 91% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the wind chill factorContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, February 6, 2022, or: The Ups and Downs of a Movie Collector”

On Books & Reading: Something’s Coming (via Amazon Prime) – ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in lovely Lithia, Florida on Friday, February 4, 2022. It is a warm winter day in the Tampa Bay area. The warming trend that began yesterday continues. Currently, the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C). With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H) andContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Something’s Coming (via Amazon Prime) – ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’”

Musings & Thoughts for August 19, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Expands…Yet Again!


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s midday here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, August 19, 2021. It is going to be what they call a “scorcher” today. The temperature outside is 88˚F (31˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 49% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for August 19, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Expands…Yet Again!”