Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!


Life in Hurricane Alley Here we go again. I have lived in Florida for more than 50 years; I was born in Miami almost 60 years ago, then left the United States at some point in 1966 with my mom – Vicky, my older half-sister, was away at a Catholic all-girls’ boarding school in Parkersburg,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!”

Elections 2022: The Ballot is in the Mail!


As I wrote in yesterday’s post( Elections 2022: I Voted Today to Save American Democracy…Will You Do the Same?), I spent part of my Sunday morning carefully filling in the bubbles on my mail-in ballot for next month’s elections. It was, I admit, a bit overdue, and even though it wasn’t an “at the lastContinue reading “Elections 2022: The Ballot is in the Mail!”

Elections 2022: I Voted Today to Save American Democracy…Will You Do the Same?


This morning – after having breakfast that consisted of two cups of coffee and a leftover breadstick from last night’s ordered-from-Pizza Hut dinner – I fulfilled my obligation as an American citizen and completed my vote-by-mail ballot for the upcoming midterm election in November. I’ve had my ballot from the Hillsborough County Elections Department inContinue reading “Elections 2022: I Voted Today to Save American Democracy…Will You Do the Same?”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 5, 2022, or: Fear and Angst in America


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. It is a sweltering summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 64%, the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 5, 2022, or: Fear and Angst in America”

On Politics & Modern Conservatism: Heat Waves, Climate Change, & Conservative Dogma


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, June 17, 2022. It is a hot early summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 77% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), theContinue reading “On Politics & Modern Conservatism: Heat Waves, Climate Change, & Conservative Dogma”

On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies


“One of the hallmarks of the Trump era is the alacrity with which intelligent people embrace stupidity.”― Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump Over the past few years – and certainly during the 2020 Presidential election process –  Facebook and Twitter users have noticed a flood ofContinue reading “On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies”

On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack for Late March 2022


Yesterday, Dear Reader, I wrote in A Certain Point of View, Too about my list of movies to watch on home media (mostly on “old school 2K” Blu-ray, but with some 4K UHD Blu-ray titles in the mix) during the last week of March. Whether or not I’ll stick to my To Be Watched (TBW)Continue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR Stack for Late March 2022”

Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much


Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. It is a sultry, subtropical winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 12 MPH (20 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. It’s a balmy winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 52% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 15 MPH (24 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn


Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, January 29, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 17 MPH (28 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn”