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”

On Music: Melodies for a Lazy Saturday, from a Profoundly Lazy Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, May 21, 2022. It is a hot late spring day in the Tampa Bay area. This being Saturday, I’m going to take the path of least resistance, as far as blogging goes anyway, and share some of my favorite music videos instead ofContinue reading “On Music: Melodies for a Lazy Saturday, from a Profoundly Lazy Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 16, 2022, or: The ‘Better Late Than Never’ Post


Hi, there, Dear Reader. I apologize for posting so late – it’s mid-afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, May 16, 2022 – but I am having trouble focusing on my writing today. I planned to write another Old Gamers Never Die post about Crusade in Europe, but my heart just isn’t in it. I alsoContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 16, 2022, or: The ‘Better Late Than Never’ Post”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped


One of the biggest peeves that I have about home media releases on disc (especially the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format) is with packaging, especially when it comes to commemorative box sets such as last year’s Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection (released to celebrate Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 40th Anniversary) or this week’s The GodfatherContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped”

50 Years On: Remembering – or Trying to Remember – March of 1972 is No Easy Thing


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, March 21, 2022. It is a warm first day of astronomical spring in the Tampa Bay area; meteorological spring began on March 1. Currently, the temperature is 80˚ F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 11Continue reading “50 Years On: Remembering – or Trying to Remember – March of 1972 is No Easy Thing”

On Music: John Williams, Jedi Master of Film Composition, Celebrates His 90th Birthday Today!


Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. It is a gray, chilly Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 54˚F (12˚C) under cloudy conditions. With humidity at 86% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (13 KM/H), the windContinue reading “On Music: John Williams, Jedi Master of Film Composition, Celebrates His 90th Birthday Today!”

On Music: Meet My Latest Musical Find – ‘Spotlight on John Williams’


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. It is a warm winter day in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Music: Meet My Latest Musical Find – ‘Spotlight on John Williams’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 26, 2021, or: To Blog or Not to Blog…Oh, Hell, Let’s Just Post Some Christmas Music Videos!


Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Sunday, December 26, 2021. It’s a mild winter day in the subtropics. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies.  With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 76˚F (25˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 26, 2021, or: To Blog or Not to Blog…Oh, Hell, Let’s Just Post Some Christmas Music Videos!”

Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)


Well, Dear Reader…. it’s Friday, December 24, 2021. Christmas Eve…my 58th one (!) since I was born. It’s also: The 56th Christmas without my dad The 51st Christmas since we last celebrated the holidays with most of my mom’s family, including both grands and my cousin Mauricio, who died several years later The 50th sinceContinue reading “Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)”

Holiday Countdown 2021, or: I’ll Be Lukewarm About Christmas, You Can Count on Me


Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Today marks the winter solstice, which means that the sun will reach its southernmost point in the sky at 15:59 UTC (10:59 EST) and mark the beginning of “astronomical winter.” It is, appropriately, a cold, gray, and wet day. Currently,Continue reading “Holiday Countdown 2021, or: I’ll Be Lukewarm About Christmas, You Can Count on Me”