Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, May 14, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different….

Annoying Phrases Today on Twitter, I came across a tweet by @KaylaChowShow: What word or phrase do people use that you can’t stand? Here’s what I replied: “At the end of the day.” “Irregardless.” “Trump is the best President in U.S. history.” “Do your own research.” Karaoke Madness Before I moved to the Tampa BayContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, May 14, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different….”

On Music (Tempus Fugit Edition): Songs for the Holiday Concerts at South Miami High

I joined South Miami Senior High School’s Men’s Chorus in January of 1981, on the first day back to school after the winter break of the 1980-1981 academic year. I did so on a whim; for the first half of 10th grade I had no interest in joining anything beyond the Serpent’s Tale staff andContinue reading “On Music (Tempus Fugit Edition): Songs for the Holiday Concerts at South Miami High”

Tempus Fugit, or: There I Was, in a High School Auditorium…..

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Fish Hawk (Lithia), Florida, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. It is a cool early winter day here in the Sunshine State. The current temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 84% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 13 MPHContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: There I Was, in a High School Auditorium…..”

Tempus Fugit, or: How I Was ‘Persuaded’ to Sing a Solo at a High School Christmas Concert 40 Years Ago

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. It’s a cool early winter day here in the subtropics. Currently, the temperature is 69˚F (21˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 95% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: How I Was ‘Persuaded’ to Sing a Solo at a High School Christmas Concert 40 Years Ago”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 12, 2021, or: South Miami High Celebrated its 50th Birthday This Week

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in west-central Florida on Friday, November 12, 2021. It’s a warm late autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 74% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 12, 2021, or: South Miami High Celebrated its 50th Birthday This Week”

A Writer’s Tale: A Brief Discussion of Characters in ‘Reunion’

In the summer of 1998, I wrote a short story about a man, his best friend, and a woman who died. Because I wrote the story around the same time that South Miami High’s Class of 1983 held its 15th reunion – an affair that I did not attend because I could not afford theContinue reading “A Writer’s Tale: A Brief Discussion of Characters in ‘Reunion’”

I’m a Teller of Tales: An Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’

10:55 a.m.: South Miami Senior High School: A Classroom: On the last day of school, things always seem to take place at a slower pace than usual, especially after the last final exams have been completed. Since Finals Week is so markedly different from the norm, with schedules switched to accommodate final exams, there isContinue reading “I’m a Teller of Tales: An Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’”

I’m a Teller of Tales: Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’

Forgotten Dreams: 14th of June 1983 11 a.m.: South Miami Senior High/ The Library I had been sitting in the library for nearly an hour when fatigue and emotional exhaustion finally caught up with me. I’d been leafing listlessly through the final issue of the school newspaper and had nearly finished the lead article (AssistantContinue reading “I’m a Teller of Tales: Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 25, 2021, or: Significa and Insignifica Redux

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, July 25, 2021. It is hot outside: the current temperature is 89˚F (32˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 51% and the wind blowing at 6 MPH (9 KM/H) from the north-northeast, the feels-like temperature is 99˚F (37˚C). Today, the skies will beContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 25, 2021, or: Significa and Insignifica Redux”