On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Killing Time (or Trying to, Anyway) on a Hot Florida Afternoon


Hi, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon on another scorching late summer day in the Tampa Bay area (there really aren’t any non-scorching days in my home state of Florida in August unless it’s unusually rainy or a tropical storm/hurricane passes through during the daytime hours and the cloud cover hides the sun for long hoursContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Killing Time (or Trying to, Anyway) on a Hot Florida Afternoon”

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?”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 30, 2022, or: The Weekend is Here, and I Have No Plans!


Well, Dear Reader, it’s Saturday, April 30, 2022. Another weekend has begun, and another month ends. I don’t have much in the way of news here in lovely Lithia, Florida. I am still on my Crusade in Europe hiatus; I have been tempted to click on the game’s desktop shortcut icon and at least playContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 30, 2022, or: The Weekend is Here, and I Have No Plans!”

On Books & Reading: My TBR List for February 2022


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Not surprisingly, it is a warm Florida winter’s day. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 49% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 12 MPH (19 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 83˚F (28˚C). Today’sContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR List for February 2022”

On Books & Reading: A Few Takeaways from ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’


Hi there, Dear Reader. Happy Humpday. It’s midday here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. As usual, it is hot, muggy, and cloudy outside. Currently, the temperature is 89˚F (31˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 51%  and an east-southeasterly breeze of 9 MPH (15 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 103˚FContinue reading “On Books & Reading: A Few Takeaways from ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’”

Musings & Thoughts For Tuesday, August 3, 2021, or: Rainy Days Make Fine Reading Days (and Why I Think Donald Trump Stinks)


Hi, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Presently, it’s cooler than usual for an August day; the current temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 73% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts For Tuesday, August 3, 2021, or: Rainy Days Make Fine Reading Days (and Why I Think Donald Trump Stinks)”