#742 – Dick Bernard: Gay Pride outside the Basilica of St. Mary

Today was a most interesting day at Basilica, my home for Sunday Mass almost every Sunday. Inside, it was business as usual. Outside, a short block away in Loring Park was the Gay Pride Festival, and shortly after 9:30 Mass concluded, the Gay Pride Parade would literally pass by the street corner next to the […]

#741 – Dick Bernard: Remembering the "Field of Dreams": Sports in 1950s small town North Dakota

Other posts in this series: Feb 11, 2013: “Sykes High, oh Sykes High School” May 4 (the main article): Thoughts on Sykeston High School at its Centennial May 9 A 1957 Social Studies Test June 12 Remembering Sykeston in late 1940s June 28 Snapshots in History of Sykeston July 3: Remembering Don Koller and the […]

#740 – Dick Bernard: Snapshots in the history of Sykeston ND

Other posts in this series: Other posts in this series: Feb 11, 2013: “Sykes High, oh Sykes High School” May 4 (the main article): Thoughts on Sykeston High School at its Centennial May 9 A 1957 Social Studies Test June 12 Remembering Sykeston in late 1940s June 29 Sports in 1950s small towns in North […]

#739 – Dick Bernard: Celebrating N. American Country Relationships at the Canadian Consul-Generals Home, June 26, 2013

Ours is an extraordinarily complex society which, perhaps defensively, too often retreats into shorter-than-shorthand descriptors to describe ourselves and others. So, one says “Canada” and it means something, as does “Mexico”, or “NAFTA”, or on and on and on. Snap judgments often based on little information cause all of us serious problems. Thus, it was […]

#737 – Dick Bernard: JUNE 24, 2013: Saint John the Baptist/la Saint-Jean Baptiste National Holiday of French Canada

UPDATE on June 25 gathering: see end of this post Also, see Comment below Masqueray grave photo Bulletin from Dr. Virgil Benoit: This afternoon (Monday, June 24), in northeast Minneapolis, there will be a celebration in honor of heritage beginning at 4:30 PM at Pierre Bottineau Park located at: 2000 2nd St. NE Minneapolis (Here’s […]

#736 – Dick Bernard: The Traffic Lights

As everyone in the Twin Cities knows, the last two nights have been interesting, to say the least. Powerful, fast-moving thunderstorms raced through our neighborhoods with high, straight-line winds and brief but torrential rains. The Star Tribune headline says 250,000 are without power this morning. I was at Gandhi Mahal restaurant in south Minneapolis about […]

#735 – Dick Bernard: to the Audience (Listeners) of the Minnesota Orchestra

Ongoing Updates: New blog post July 26, 2013: here From a reader June 23: Do you think your readers are aware of [the website] Orchestrate Excellence? From a June 21, comment (below): “The US has 5 “top-tier” orchestras, Minnesota, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago.” Another excellent website: Song of the Lark Two commentaries […]

#734 – Dick Bernard: The Kid Returns from DC

Yesterday I asked Cathy, “when’s the kid back?” She suggested, quite reasonably, that I might look at the schedule on the refrigerator door. So I did. “JUNE 18 (TUESDAY) ARRIVE BACK HOME…(by about 10:00 – 11:00 AM)” They were back, just after 11, as promised. “The Kid”, as I like to call him, is Ryan, […]

#733 – Dick Bernard: Thoughts about Dad's…and Mom's…and Men…and Women…on Father's…and Mother's Days

Friday, at the gym, the woman scanning my card said “have a good Father’s Day weekend”. I’m not sure if her screen said I was a Dad, or if I just looked like I must have been one, sometime. I’m pretty sure she said the same thing to all adult males with wedding bands, or […]

#732 – Dick Bernard: A Gentle Lady says Farewell.

Today was “A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Leslie Reinhardt Reindl, August 1, 1936 – May 14, 2013.” Of the photos of Leslie’s life on the display board, this one was my favorite. (click to enlarge) We were told that Leslie prepared the service, and if so, she did a beautiful job. There […]