Father’s Day, a week early

A week from today is Father’s Day. Three days ago, a father died in a St. Paul hospital; Thursday of this week will be his funeral.  His grandson is Bennie, who is scheduled to begin coming out of the induced fog he’s been in since  the car accident Memorial Day weekend.  His son, the Dad […]

“What a difference a day makes…”

PRE-NOTE: Friday evening we got a telephone call about a very serious auto accident involving Grandson Ben and Son/son-in- law David.  Ben was air-evac’ed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  This is written on Sunday afternoon, May 27. * “What a difference a day makes…”, a long ago tune, keeps running through my mind. Friday seems […]

The Stoop and the Postcard….

A few days ago a friend mentioned that she hasn’t seen many blog posts from me lately. It’s true: I’ve been on-line less. Part of it is my wordpress has for some reason been cantankerous. Another, though, is a bit of disspirit. We are at a very dangerous time in our history as a nation, […]

#MeToo. Time for honest conversations…lots of them.

Happy Valentine’s Day. Sometime before she began first grade in about 1913 my Aunt Lucina got a Valentine from a young friend, Stella, who lived on a farm a couple of miles down the road in Henrietta township North Dakota. (click to enlarge illustrations) Her friends Mom helped make this card for her daughter. Most […]

A long-ago Blizzard

This morning a blizzard began in our area. We knew exactly when it was coming, and pretty accurately what it would be. There’s not much unpredictable in the present day. It wasn’t always that way. I grew up with blizzards, the ferocious snow storms of the dry high plains. North Dakota. Out at the farm […]

The French-Canadians; The Franco-Americans

Years ago I signed up for a workshop – I think it was titled “Family of Origin” – and the first assignment was to find out what we could about our ancestors, something which I had never explored before. I was 40 at the time. My parents took the bait; I found that my Dad […]

Dad. A Family Memory

Prenote: My Dad died 20 years ago today. I had been planning to write a little piece about him for some weeks, and in fact had been at the place where he died, Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville IL, on October 22-23. I digress for a moment: We were tiny town folks, and church […]

#1306 – Dick Bernard: The Avenue of the Saints

About a week ago, I packed my bag and got on the road, destination an annual meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions near Lambert St. Louis Airport, St. Louis MO. Over 500 miles later, I arrived at my destination, both exhausted and energized. It was good to see the open country between St. Paul and […]

“OldStuff”, Bingo, and the Travel Game.

Monday, I took our 88 year old friend and neighbor, Don, to see the Fall leaves along the Mississippi River on the Wisconsin side of the river (across from Hastings and Red Wing, Prescott to Bay City WI). It was a fun afternoon, and we ended up at an antique shop in Bay City WI. […]

#1301: The Medicine Wheel and The North Country Trail

Monday I was in Valley City ND for an Alumni event at my alma mater, which I knew, back in 1958-61 as Valley City State Teachers College. The infrequent visits back are always nostalgic, this one more so than most. My motel was a short walk from Medicine Wheel park, which I’ve known about since […]