Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, or: A Quick Update from Rainy-n-Hot Florida

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. It is a sweltering summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index is 94°F (35°C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, or: A Quick Update from Rainy-n-Hot Florida”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 27, 2022, or: Of Summer Weather, Broken Mugs, and the Need for Human Connections

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 27, 2022. It is a typically steamy summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 27, 2022, or: Of Summer Weather, Broken Mugs, and the Need for Human Connections”

On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. It is a hot, gray, and cloudy day here in the Tampa Bay area. The present temperature is 83°F (28°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 82% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 9 MPH (14Continue reading “On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 20, 2022, or: Keeping My Eye on My Amazon Orders…and Pre-Orders!

Hi, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 20, 2022. It is a hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 20, 2022, or: Keeping My Eye on My Amazon Orders…and Pre-Orders!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 19, 2022, or: Reveries on a Hot Summer Day in Florida

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. It is a hot, steamy – and not in a good way – summer day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 91°F (33°C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 19, 2022, or: Reveries on a Hot Summer Day in Florida”

On Books & Reading: TBR Stack Update – ‘Fire & Steel’ by Carrick-Adams Due to Arrive Earlier Than Anticipated

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. It is an oppressively hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the north at 2 MPH (4 KM/H),Continue reading “On Books & Reading: TBR Stack Update – ‘Fire & Steel’ by Carrick-Adams Due to Arrive Earlier Than Anticipated”

On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack – Any Progress Yet?

Greetings, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. It is a warm, humid day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing at 2 MPH (3 KM/H) from the north-northwest, the heat indexContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack – Any Progress Yet?”

Book Review: ‘Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow & Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”