Tempus Fugit – Summer of 1972 Edition, or: Sizzling Florida Weather Brings Back Memories – and Comparisons – of Summertime in South Florida

The Dog Days of Summer – which began on July 3 this year and are the hottest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – ended yesterday, but down here in the Tampa Bay area you would not know it. On this second Friday of August, it’s hot, humid, and uncomfortable for those ofContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Summer of 1972 Edition, or: Sizzling Florida Weather Brings Back Memories – and Comparisons – of Summertime in South Florida”

Trivial Pursuits: What Would 1972 Me Think About My 2022 World?

Well, Dear Reader, here I am again, posting on A Certain Point of View, Too a mere two hours after posting another mini-memoir Tempus Fugit piece about my memories of the summer of 1972. In between then and now, I had a late brunch (two fried eggs, four slices of toasted bread, and three mugsContinue reading “Trivial Pursuits: What Would 1972 Me Think About My 2022 World?”

Tempus Fugit: Remembering the House at 1001 in Coral Estates Park

Half a century ago this week, in the Miami suburb of Westchester, my mother and I moved into the house we would call “home” for the next five years – a one-story, 1505 square foot, single-family house that sat on a 7,777 square foot lot: 1001 SW 102nd Avenue. Built in 1963, the house wasContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: Remembering the House at 1001 in Coral Estates Park”

On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me

“I cannot live without books.”  ― Thomas Jefferson Well, it’s August 1, 2022, Dear Reader. Another month has receded in life’s rear-view mirror, while another begins. As you know, I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. Even though I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom, andContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 29, 2022, or: Wait, Wait! Do You Mean to Tell Me that July is Almost Over?

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono So, here we are on Friday, July 29, 2022, on the last working day of the month and on the cusp of July’s lastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 29, 2022, or: Wait, Wait! Do You Mean to Tell Me that July is Almost Over?”

Tempus Fugit, or: That Endless Summer of 1972 – Transitions, Changes, and Memories

Tempus fugit. I am, as of late, preoccupied by the passage of time. Tempus fugit weighs heavily on my mind on this, my 50th consecutive summer since my mom, my older half-sister, and I moved back to the United States after living for six years in Bogota, Colombia. As you’ve probably noticed – if youContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: That Endless Summer of 1972 – Transitions, Changes, and Memories”

Tempus Fugit: July of 1972, or: Things I Remember from Midsummer of ’72

Tempus Fugit. It’s hard to believe, but 50 Julys ago, I was a nine-year-old boy, living in South Florida with my widowed mother in a small apartment in Sweetwater far removed from the lifestyle – and the family we left behind – we had enjoyed in Bogota, Colombia. Four months earlier, less than a weekContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: July of 1972, or: Things I Remember from Midsummer of ’72”

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”

On Movies & Movie Watching: Happy – and Bittersweet – Anniversary, ‘Star Wars’ Prequels!

On Monday, May 16, 2022, many Facebook groups devoted to Star Wars – including the Non-Toxic Star Wars Fanbase and igrewupstarwars.com – featured a plethora of posts devoted to the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ theatrical release. Today, May 19, 2022, also marks the anniversary of the premiere –Continue reading “On Movies & Movie Watching: Happy – and Bittersweet – Anniversary, ‘Star Wars’ Prequels!”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 17, 2022, or: The Rabbit-Hole of Memory

So, this week – yesterday, in fact – marks the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the fifth Star Wars feature film and the second installment of the Prequel Trilogy. As it happens, I saw Attack of the Clones on Opening Day at the now (sadly)Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 17, 2022, or: The Rabbit-Hole of Memory”