#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 […]

Towards a Spirituality of Joy….

Friday night through early afternoon today was what is becoming my personal tradition: the Men’s Retreat at Franciscan Retreat & Spirituality Center Prior Lake MN. 17 men attended. Most of us were strangers to each other. There are lots of varieties of retreats and many retreat centers. I’d highly recommend taking a look at the […]

The House Cat

Today is the one month anniversary of the appearance of the “house cat” on the blackboard at my coffee place, Caribou Coffee at City Center, Woodbury MN. Here it was this morning: (click to enlarge) Here it was on December 17, a delightful surprise visitor: I came to look forward to the cat, and wondered […]

Four Brief Homilies at Christmas 2017

Sunday morning, Christmas Eve, a reader told me he’d been listening to Krista Tippet’s “On Being”, and the guest for this particular program was David Steindl-Rast, the old man in the Gratitude video from Dec. 22. The interview is a lengthy one, and well worth your time. This morning, Christmas Day, Fr. Harry Tasto, a […]

Gratitude 2017; and “The One We Feed”

COMMENTS AT END OF POST CHRISTMAS, 2017. If you read no further than this paragraph, do take seven minutes to watch Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude. I first saw this piece of film in 2012. Its message is powerful and timeless. * At this season, December, 2017, we are a nation at war against each other. […]

Today, Angelica Cantanti. And a memory of Jerry Brownfield

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis This afternoon, 4 p.m., at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, open to the public, is a concert by the children’s choirs of Angelica Cantanti. Details at link. Free Will offering will be asked. This is an outstanding group with a long history. Two nights ago, WCCO-TV featured the choirs […]

“How Will Future Reckon With Cousin Kenneth”

Prenote: In a sense, consider the below a trilogy of Thanksgiving thoughts, with the primary part, the second, on civility, the most important. In addition, from a long-time colleague and friend, here is a collection of 10 short poems pertinent to Thanksgiving 2017: 2017 Thanksgiving. * “Cousin Kenneth” is a thought provoking column I saw […]

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 […]

“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 […]