Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 4, 2022, or: Sleepless in Seattle? No, More Like Restless in the Sunshine State….


“O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?” ― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2 Oh, no. Not again. Not another seemingly endless, sleepless, and exhausting night in Lithia, Florida where insomnia apparently is theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 4, 2022, or: Sleepless in Seattle? No, More Like Restless in the Sunshine State….”

Tempus Fugit: or, Longing for All My Yesterdays in the Summer of ’22


Time’s Relentless March “It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.” ― Ally Condie, Matched As August 2022 reaches the two-thirds of the month mark and meteorological fall waits in the seasonal wings, my thoughts turn once again to the past, especially to theContinue reading “Tempus Fugit: or, Longing for All My Yesterdays in the Summer of ’22”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make


My Tuesday Movie Night: Dinosaurs, Locusts, and Commie Invaders This morning I updated my Collection page in my Member profile at http://www.bluray.com and moved three titles – Jurassic World Dominion – Steelbook (Expanded Edition), Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection, and Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition from the Ordered section to Owned. The package with those pre-orders arrivedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make”

Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?


I didn’t plan on writing another post today, yet here I am, sitting at my desk while my digital copy of Spotlight on John Williams plays on my Amazon Music app. It’s strange – I didn’t want to spend more time in this room, yet I couldn’t choose between reading out in the living room,Continue reading “Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?”

Movie/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘The Final Countdown’


The Final Countdown (1980) Directed by: Don Taylor Written by: David Ambrose & Gerry Davis and Thomas Hunter & Peter Powell. Based on a story by Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, & David Ambrose Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, , Charles Durning, Ron O’Neal, Soon Teck-Oh, Victor Mohica Lasky: Think of theContinue reading “Movie/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘The Final Countdown’”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: Keeping My Eye On ‘Maid In Sweden’ and Other Pre-Orders


It’s mid-afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on a cloudy – and at times rainy – Tuesday in August of 2022, and as I sit here in the semi-darkness of my small bedroom/writing room, I’m checking on Amazon if my pre-order of Maid in Sweden has shipped yet. Well, as of 5:20 PM Eastern, the Blu-rayContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Keeping My Eye On ‘Maid In Sweden’ and Other Pre-Orders”

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”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 31, 2022, or: Waving ‘Goodbye’ to My Least Favorite Month of the Year


“Then came July like three o’clock in the afternoon, hot and listless and miserable.” ― Allie Ray, Holler Well, here we are, on a sunny midsummer morning in Florida, bidding goodbye to not just another weekend, but the scorching, humid, and often stormy month of July as well. Last night I ended up watching ApolloContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 31, 2022, or: Waving ‘Goodbye’ to My Least Favorite Month of the Year”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 8, 2022, or: A Mixed Bag of Good News and Bad News


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, July 8, 2022. It is a sultry subtropical summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 88% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 8, 2022, or: A Mixed Bag of Good News and Bad News”