“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: Planting Onions…and Glorious Flowers

Today’s post is a recollection about my Aunt and Uncle. Shortly, we leave for a few days vacation. This computer will lie quiet for awhile. The following post has nothing to do with politics…then again, it may have everything…. At the exact same time I was composing this, among many critical issues, the most important […]

Uncle Vincent's Pastureland

Thoughts on the final day of 2016. Remembering a North Dakota farm family. (click to enlarge any photo) Since 1934 an impressive cottonwood tree has stood watch over the former Busch farm between Berlin and Grand Rapids ND. I took the above photo, and wrote a story about the tree in 2005. The story is […]

#1104 – Dick Bernard: Revisiting "The Bones of Plenty"; and Lois Phillips Hudson's Reflective Testimony to Ourselves and Coming Generations: "Unrestorable Habitat: Microsoft Is My Neighbor Now".

UPDATE May 1, 2016: The official Lois Phillips Hudson website is here. UPDATE Feb. 27, 2016: Six pages from North Dakota State University (Fargo) Archives, Feb. 23, 2016. Hudson NDSU Arch001Mrs. Hudson taught at NDSU 1967-69. * In 1962, Lois Phillips Hudson published “The Bones of Plenty”. A New York Times Book Review commentary said […]

#1057 – Dick Bernard: More thoughts from Anne Dunn. "The next seven generations"

My friend, Anne Dunn*, is always worth paying attention to. She has great wisdom, from life. Today came two items, one from Anne, the other about something which Anne said. The sources were different, and, well, you can read them in the same sequence that I did. I believe Gull Lake is the prominent resort […]

#1033 – Dick Bernard: The Great Olden Days of the 1950s

A couple of days ago a friend sent me this forward. It is an intriguing piece of video, especially for someone like me who was 10 in 1950 and 20 in 1960. It only takes two minutes to view. Take a look and return. There is, of course, lots to agree with, especially if you […]

#1005 – Dick Bernard: Photos of Positive People, and a Call to Act.

(click to enlarge) There are lots of good things going on in the world, every day, every where. This fact is easy to miss in a contemporary media environment that incessantly emphasizes bad news. But all one needs to do is to look around, listen, and get engaged. Here’s a little photo gallery, with small […]

#978 – Dick Bernard: A Teacher and a Butterfly

Life takes it own course, and in our often too-frantic lives, we miss the gentle things that really make a difference. So it happened, yesterday, that I had to leave, early, the funeral of a retired educator to attend to an equally important duty: taking 10-year old granddaughter, Addy, to the soon-to-end (Jan 8) Monarch […]

#964 – Dick Bernard: Thanksgiving? The implications of Ferguson MO

This will be one of a series which all begin “Thanksgiving?” Thanksgiving for me was at a nursing home in North Dakota, with my last remaining relative from my Mom or Dad’s generation – her brother. His health is such that he’s confined to a wheelchair and is on oxygen, and while he is very […]

#944 – Dick Bernard: Rightsizing.

This past week was a phenomenal early fall day in our area, easily matching the postcard vistas featured for Maine on the evening news. A couple of days ago, I took this snapshot along my walking route: just some brush along the shore of a storm drainage pond. Whatever the source, it’s a nice pic, […]