#705 – Dick Bernard: The Beginning of the Pontificate of Pope Francis. One Catholics View at Easter 2013.

Being an active Catholic, I was interested in who the new Pope would be after the resignation of Benedict XVI. By happenstance, the day of the Pope’s election, March 13, I was in Florida. I was on a tour bus with Grandson Ryan and his friend Caleb, at the Kennedy Space Center. The cell phone […]

#704 – Dick Bernard: "You oughta go tah, Nor Dakota…"*

* – Once upon a time, the North Dakota promotional anthem (at least as I remember it). I can hum it still. Wish it were on YouTube…. But the title “masks” a more serious message, today. Recently, within a day or two of each other, came two links: one from a present day and lifelong […]

#703 – Dick Bernard: "Filing Cabinet" for The Hennepin Co Plaza United Nations Flag Issue

POSTNOTE: The primary originating document is the blogpost for March 5, 2013, which is accessible here. Added material is dated. * UPDATE September 17, 2014: Relevant and current documents about this issue: 1. A 20+ page pdf of documents related to this issue can be viewed here: UN Flag Henn Co MN001 (pp 1-22). The […]

#702 – Dick Bernard: "Each one, reach two"

It has been two weeks since my last post. In my world, this means either a computer problem or, in this case, that I was away from computer for the last two weeks. This is my one small act of defiance to the internet: when I’m away from home, I’m away from computer. No smartphone, […]

#701 – Dick Bernard: Personal Lessons Learned (and re-learned) at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Events like the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College are extraordinarily difficult to plan and then implement (let’s say “stage manage”). You don’t want the advertised event to be advertised to start at 11 a.m., only to have it begin at 11:45, etc. In all respects, the Forum was impeccably planned. Having said […]

#700 – Dick Bernard: the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, Minneapolis MN. The Power of Ideas: People and Peace

UPDATE: Additional thoughts written on March 11, here. Some photos are included at the end of this post. Click on any photo to enlarge.) My colleague blogger, Grace Kelly, asked me as we were leaving the Forum today, if I planned to write about the last three days. Sure. Then comes the real problem: how […]

#699 – Dick Bernard: Listening to the Governor of Minnesota

Yesterday noon we, along with several hundred others, braved Twin Cities roads to gather at a lunch at McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. The speaker was Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. (click on photos to enlarge) The event was the Carlson School of Management’s “First Tuesday” and the large audience seemed mostly to […]

#698 – Dick Bernard: The Hennepin County Commission, Minneapolis Mayor and City Council and the UN Flag, 1968 and 2012.

NOTE February 14, 2016: For the past three years the Hennepin County Commissioners, most of whom were on the Commission at the time of the official action March 27, 2012, on many occasions have refused to give an honest answer about why they took down the flag (Note: it had nothing to do with their […]

#697 – Dick Bernard: A Union Reunion

February 28 I took a short drive to attend the 20 year anniversary of the creation of the merged Dakota County United Educators (DCUE) in the south metro communities of Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan MN. It was good to re-visit the long ago accomplishment and to re-meet many fine people from the two memorable […]