Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. It is a warm, muggy spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (22 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 8, 2022, or: On Hitting the Half-Century Mark After a Life-Changing Event…and Unreliable Memories

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. It is a hot early spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), it feelsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 8, 2022, or: On Hitting the Half-Century Mark After a Life-Changing Event…and Unreliable Memories”

Tempus Fugit – New Year’s Day 2022, or: Looking Back on the Last Half-Century

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, January 1, 2022. It is a warm winter day in west-central Florida. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Tempus Fugit – New Year’s Day 2022, or: Looking Back on the Last Half-Century”

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”

Thoughts of Thanksgivings Past, or: My Very Worst, Very Bad Thanksgiving Story of All Time

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. It is a chilly – by Florida standards, at any rate – day. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (14˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the north at 11 MPHContinue reading “Thoughts of Thanksgivings Past, or: My Very Worst, Very Bad Thanksgiving Story of All Time”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 22, 2021, or: Pondering a Wayward Relative’s Situation in the 2021 Holiday Season

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, November 22, 2021. It is a gray and cool autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 96% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 22, 2021, or: Pondering a Wayward Relative’s Situation in the 2021 Holiday Season”

Tempus Fugit…Again, or: My ‘Colombian Childhood’ is a Half-Century in the Past

Hey, there, Dear Reader. Welcome to another nostalgia-filled post in my occasional series, Tempus Fugit, in which I look back at certain periods of my so-called life, usually to remark that half-a-century has elapsed between Then and Present Day. Last night, while I was attempting to watch the first disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueContinue reading “Tempus Fugit…Again, or: My ‘Colombian Childhood’ is a Half-Century in the Past”

On Family Relationships: Some Things You Can’t Just ‘Forgive and Forget’

“A sibling in full spate is always frightening, their anger a surprising powerful defense, their deeper impotence equally powerful, absurd.”― Will Eaves, Murmur It’s been over six years since I last saw my older half-sister Vicky in the townhouse that I inherited and briefly owned after our mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died. I really did notContinue reading “On Family Relationships: Some Things You Can’t Just ‘Forgive and Forget’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, July 19, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C ) under skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the feels-like factor is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to moveContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in New Hometown, Florida. It is a hot summer day: the temperature outside is 87˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and a southeasterly breeze blowing at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the heat index is 96˚F (36˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….”