Entries by dickbernard

Giving Thanks

This evening and tomorrow: Concert: A Place Called Home flyer v1 * Thursday we attended the Minnesota Orchestra, and on the program was a piece by Shostakovich, Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra, performed by the Orchestra’s Cello Principal, Anthony Ross. Anthony and the Minnesota Orchestra exemplify “excellence”, and so it was Thursday.  He and […]

Armistice Day

PRENOTE: Anyone interested in my comments about Election 2018, written before votes were counted Nov. 6, here is my post. * Armistice Day, Nov. 11, is Sunday this year, and all are invited to a special event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Details can be viewed  and […]

Election Day

I’ll click “send” on this post at 7 p.m. CST – the time polls begin to close on the east coast.  Of course, this stops predictions of who’s leading, winning, etc. In the morning we citizens will be stuck with whoever it is we elected.  In my lifetime, there has never been such a stark […]

A week from today…

…the polls will be closing across the United States and we’ll be deciding what fork in the road this country is deciding to take. It has been a nasty season. General-in-chief Trump has now ordered troops to the Mexican border to “protect” us from a few thousand mostly women and children, some of whom may […]

The World Is My Country

PRE-NOTE:  The inspirational film (below) is non-partisan and WWII era documentary history. At the same time, Nov. 6 is an important election in this country.  Reminder: in 2016, 66 million voted Clinton; 63 million voted Trump; about 100 million didn’t vote at all.  If you’re a U.S. Citizen and voting age in 2016, you know […]

Descent Into Darkness

Today is the 73rd birthday of the founding of the United Nations.  There will be a program this evening which I plan to attend: UN Day Program Oct 24 2018.  Till October 29 there is a free on-line viewing available of a wonderful historical film, The World Is My Country003. Meanwhile, “nationalism” rears its ugly head, officially.  […]

The Parade Ground.

POSTNOTE: a reader, Jerry, recommends watching this TED talk by Valarie Kaur. See, at end of this post: “BONUS, The World Is My Country” November 6, Election Day, is slightly more than two weeks away.  Many have voted already.  I will probably vote this next week – I need to check on two down ballot candidates […]

U.S. Election 2018

You might have heard there is an election coming up. If you want to review how stark is the American polarization, take a moment to take a look at the October 4, 2018 Pew Research poll, which you can view here. Monday, a local leader sent around a quote by Harry Truman on the people’s […]

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Yesterday one of my daughters sent a powerful piece by Trevor Noah about we white male “victims”.  You can watch it here: “Trump Weaponizes Victimhood”.   See Joni’s comment at end of this post. A friend sent an e-mail this morning: “A new show has been added to my Cable..Jimmy Swaggert. As I am going thru […]

Kavanaugh Oct. 5, 2018

My personal bottom line: Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will be one of the most disastrous appointments ever made to the U.S. Supreme Court.  This has nothing to do with his intellect, nor even with most of the decisions he may render, but what the appointment process is doing and has already done to tear this […]