Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!


Life in Hurricane Alley Here we go again. I have lived in Florida for more than 50 years; I was born in Miami almost 60 years ago, then left the United States at some point in 1966 with my mom – Vicky, my older half-sister, was away at a Catholic all-girls’ boarding school in Parkersburg,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!”

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 – Dog Days of Summer 1972 Edition: Those Long, Hot Sundays of Yesteryear


It’s another scorching hot Sunday in the Tampa Bay area – outside, it’s mostly sunny and the temperature is 90°F/32°C, and the heat index is higher at 100°F/38°C. There is a huge clubhouse/pool complex that residents of the community have access to, but (a) I don’t like going there alone, and (b) the weather forecastContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Dog Days of Summer 1972 Edition: Those Long, Hot Sundays of Yesteryear”

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 – Summer of 1972 Edition: Where Were You in ’72?


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 2022. It is a hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 85°F (30°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the heatContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – Summer of 1972 Edition: Where Were You in ’72?”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, or: On the Passage of Time (and Other, Trivial Topics)


Greetings, Dear Reader. It is mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. It is another chilly winter day in the Tampa Bay area, although there is a bit of a warming trend today. Presently the temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny conditions, although with the wind blowing from the east at 5Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, or: On the Passage of Time (and Other, Trivial Topics)”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 15, 2021, or: Stuff I Had as a Kid But Not in the Present


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, November 15, 2021. It’s chilly – for the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 65%, the wind-chill factor isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 15, 2021, or: Stuff I Had as a Kid But Not in the Present”

Movie-Watcher Memories: The Late Show and ‘The Longest Day’


I was 12 years old when I saw Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day for the first time. It was sometime during the summer of 1975 – I don’t recall the exact date, but it was around the tail end of my summer vacation from elementary school. Back then, my widowed mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, andContinue reading “Movie-Watcher Memories: The Late Show and ‘The Longest Day’”