Sustaining compassion – nearing the end of a week….

Prior posts on Houston flood: here and here. * This mornings e-mail included a photo with very brief text from Sean in Houston at 6:48 a.m. (click to enlarge) The message was terse: “18 wheeler loaded w fans at Home Depot at 6:45 a.m. Thirty people in line.” As Sean was sending the photo, I […]

Houston at Day Four; and an unrelated “heads up” for Ecumenical Christians….

Nephew Sean sent a couple of photos taken on his Houston street today. You can view them here. At the end of that post he answers a question of mine, “how can we help?”. (More on that below the graphic.) The two photos in Sean’s neighborhood suggest a normalcy that isn’t…. That neighborhood, Houston and […]

“And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37) – Houston and TX

UPDATE from Sean, 3:30 a.m. Tue Aug 29 – see end of post UPDATE from Sean, 2:02 p.m. Wed Aug 30: Have had 4 sets of people randomly walk up to help. Two photos of the street today. * Yesterday was a very pleasant day here. There was some rain, but it was of short […]

Dick Bernard: Solar Eclipse Day in the U.S.

(click to enlarge) As I write (6 a.m. CDT on August 21, 2017), my son and spouse, Tom and Jennifer, are enroute to the Twin Cities from Denver. They left at 2 a.m., Tom said, so as to reach a particular point in Nebraska to catch the eclipse. Daughter Lauri and the four kids are […]

Semper Fi*

(click to enlarge any photos or illustrations) Monday morning, 8:53 a.m., an odd e-mail from my daughter: “I have very few details and am “on call” today. Spencer is at his MEPS appointment this morning and will, at some point (likely Lester afternoon), swear in. I’ll do my best to keep you posted, but for […]

The Empty Chair

September 19, 2013, I was at the North Dakota farm of my Uncle Vincent and my ancestors. It was a place I had been many times before, and this particular day I took the below photos, and 29 more. I had ridden out to the farm with Uncle Vince, then 88 years of age. We […]

Dick Bernard: A Matter of the Family of Humankind

Today is the day before the 4th of July. Three random thoughts on the matter of “family”. (click to enlarge) 1. A few weeks ago, my brother John took a short trip into the Quebec of our French-Canadian ancestors (Dad was 100% French-Canadian). Within Ste. Famille, part of the beautiful Ile d’Orleans, John noted the […]

Remembering on Father’s Day: Grandpa Busch

All best wishes on Father’s Day. Today, as our Pastor acknowledged and affirmed at Mass, “Father” is a borderless term. Today, a few words on my biological Grandpa, Ferdinand W. Busch, who I knew for 27 years of my life. No need for many details. Hopefully I’ll encourage some of your own memories of some […]

Marking Times – Some thoughts on Memorial Day 2017

Have a good Memorial Day. This morning (beginning 9:30 a.m.) I’ll be at the Vietnam Memorial on the MN State Capitol grounds for the annual Vets for Peace Memorial Day observance. Stop over, if you’re in the area. (See end of this post.) This Memorial Day musing began with an unplanned detour on a north […]

Anne Dunn: “Keeper of the Hair Bowl”, from her book, “Fire in the Village”

(click to enlarge) Note: Anne has honored this space with her work on a number of occasions. With her permission, I present this story from her wonderful book Fire in the Village. Ordering information at end of this post. Regarding the photo, see note at the end of this post. Grandmother died suddenly, as so […]