Our National Insanity

Published as the students from Marjory Stoneman Johnson are speaking in Tallahassee FL. Previous related posts: Feb. 14, Feb 15, Feb. 17 (two posts) Today is one week out from the massacre at Parkland, Florida. In the last 48 hours came two items that especially drew my attention. There are many, many more such items, […]

(2) “Editors Update” notes” for February 17:

Once again the ‘gremlin’ said ‘no’ to some important updates to the previous post, dated also today (see updates below). This is the fourth post in this “thread”: Feb. 14, 15 and earlier today. When I contemplated the Valentine’s Day post, and the Ash Wednesday connection with it, I could not have conceived of what […]

#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 […]

The World Is My Country

PRE-NOTE Jan. 27: I watched the on-line version a few hours ago. Note PS in this post if you experience any difficulty with your computer. The on-line film is perfect quality. (Do watch all the way through the credits, and complete the evaluation found there.) Free through Feb. 1. My e-mail: dick_bernardATmsnDOTcom. * It’s arrived! […]

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 […]

Martin Luther King, a look back to 1963…and forward.

Free preview, inspirational film “The World is My Country”, January 26 – February 1. Details: To pre-register for the free week click here and spread the word. More here. * Today, I find myself wondering what Martin Luther King Jr. would be saying to us on his 89th birthday. Ten or so years ago my […]

“The World Is My Country” , an inspirational film.

One Page flier here:World Is My Country004The World Is My Country002 Jan. 26 – Feb. 1. Sign up for pass code here. Include “CGS” in registration box. You can probably watch the film on your home television. Everybody’s system is unique. Ask your nearby tech whiz – grandkids are great sources – to help you […]

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 […]

Learn from History

My friend, Madeline, sent this to her Facebook group yesterday. It had originally circulated a year ago, right after the 2016 election. My opinion, this is a particularly useful reflective reading, given our continuing political experience beginning with the electoral campaign in 2016. It is a personal opinion. There is much food for thought. We […]

World War I, and War, generally.

Saturday, Nov. 11, turned out to be a very significant day for me. The intention was to be at the Veterans for Peace Bell Ringing at the Minnesota History Center (MHS), and that was accomplished. The same day, the 99th anniversary of the end of WWI, at the same place, was the final day of […]