An Ancestral Farm

This is a family page.  Pictured above would be my mother’s parents, her grandfather, and an aunt and uncle.  The pictures were taken in the summer of 1907 (see NOTE at end of this post).  Ferd and Rosa had been in LaMoure County ND, Henrietta Township, for two years, having moved west from Hazel Green […]

Aging Infrastructure

Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the morning I have a date for an upgrade of my internal systems: replacement of aortic heart valve and, it was determined in a recent pre-op test, two sections of artery.  The hospital, Fairview Southdale, helpfully provides an overview of post-surgery life for me, for anyone interested. Given a hoped for good […]

Thanks, Giving

November 25 is the 6-month anniversary of the automobile accident that led to a close brush with death for then-12 year old Bennie, and the ensuing months of care for him at Children’s and Gillette hospitals. Nov. 11 we went over to see Bennie and family at home here in Woodbury.  He walked up the […]

Giving Thanks

This evening and tomorrow: Concert: A Place Called Home flyer v1 * Thursday we attended the Minnesota Orchestra, and on the program was a piece by Shostakovich, Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra, performed by the Orchestra’s Cello Principal, Anthony Ross. Anthony and the Minnesota Orchestra exemplify “excellence”, and so it was Thursday.  He and […]

Armistice Day

PRENOTE: Anyone interested in my comments about Election 2018, written before votes were counted Nov. 6, here is my post. * Armistice Day, Nov. 11, is Sunday this year, and all are invited to a special event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Details can be viewed  and […]

Election Day

I’ll click “send” on this post at 7 p.m. CST – the time polls begin to close on the east coast.  Of course, this stops predictions of who’s leading, winning, etc. In the morning we citizens will be stuck with whoever it is we elected.  In my lifetime, there has never been such a stark […]

A week from today…

…the polls will be closing across the United States and we’ll be deciding what fork in the road this country is deciding to take. It has been a nasty season. General-in-chief Trump has now ordered troops to the Mexican border to “protect” us from a few thousand mostly women and children, some of whom may […]

The World Is My Country

PRE-NOTE:  The inspirational film (below) is non-partisan and WWII era documentary history. At the same time, Nov. 6 is an important election in this country.  Reminder: in 2016, 66 million voted Clinton; 63 million voted Trump; about 100 million didn’t vote at all.  If you’re a U.S. Citizen and voting age in 2016, you know […]

Descent Into Darkness

Today is the 73rd birthday of the founding of the United Nations.  There will be a program this evening which I plan to attend: UN Day Program Oct 24 2018.  Till October 29 there is a free on-line viewing available of a wonderful historical film, The World Is My Country003. Meanwhile, “nationalism” rears its ugly head, officially.  […]

The Parade Ground.

POSTNOTE: a reader, Jerry, recommends watching this TED talk by Valarie Kaur. See, at end of this post: “BONUS, The World Is My Country” November 6, Election Day, is slightly more than two weeks away.  Many have voted already.  I will probably vote this next week – I need to check on two down ballot candidates […]