#313 – Dick Bernard: Old Music and Family History

Last night we attended the Minnesota Orchestra, where we’ve had season tickets for many years. I’m a fan of classical music, but not a particularly well-informed one. Before we left home, Cathy asked “what are we seeing tonight?“, and I said “I don’t know.” The ticket wasn’t helpful: “Symphony and Song” is all it said. […]

#312 – "The first rough draft" post-Bells for Haiti, January 12, 2011

I always remember my first visit to the then-brand new Newseum in Arlington VA. It was sometime in the late 90s, and I happened to be at the right place at the right time to catch a shuttle to the new, and then free, Museum to print and visual media. A prominent quote, there, was […]

#311 – Dick Bernard: Tucson: Seeking sanity in civic conversation. We are Participants, not simply Spectators.

Post directly related to the following: here It’s nearing a week since the horrific massacre in Tucson. Most everyone has weighed in – predictably one way, or the other, cleverly supporting their own bias by carefully groomed and manicured statements. What is clear to me is this: it will be impossible to establish direct cause […]

#310 – Dick Bernard: Haiti, 35 seconds and a year later

Today several of us will gather at the bridge which connects Loring Park and the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis for the 3:53 p.m. CST ringing of the bells for Haiti. Up to date details about Bells for Haiti are here. Here is a song, sent via Ezili Danto of Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network a couple […]

#309 – Dick Bernard: Prelude to Bells for Haiti, 3:53 p.m. CST January 12, 2011

One year ago today – it was Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis MN – I was privileged to hear one of the most powerful messages for justice I have ever heard. The event is described in a blog post I did at the time. You can access it […]

#308 – Dick Bernard: Susan Boyle, Ted Williams…and Elaine Page

Give 35 seconds for Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 4:53 p.m. (Haiti, Eastern time). One of my earliest blog posts was this one on April 16, 2009, celebrating a stunning performance by unknown Susan Boyle at Britain’s Got Talent. (The original video referenced in the blog is no longer available. The same video appears to be […]

#307 – Dick Bernard: Jackie, reflecting at a moment 50 years later

January 2 I was going through a box of old papers and came across a somewhat ragged green high school folder kept by my first wife, Barbara. Leafing through the contents I came across an envelope whose cover and contents need no embellishment (click on the photo to enlarge it). I don’t know the history […]

#306 – Dick Bernard: Frank Peter Bernard, U.S. Navy 1935 – 1941, USS Arizona

It was on a Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, that my Uncle, Frank Peter Bernard, was killed on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor HI. Each December 7 I remember that day, and indeed, am reminded of that day, as the iconic film clip of the Arizona being hit by the bomb is shown. Dec. […]

#305 – Dick Bernard: "Happy New Year"?

Last night, New Years Eve, we had the final Christmas gathering of a few family members who’d missed the earlier get-together. When they left for home, the 2010 Christmas season was officially concluded, and New Years Eve was winding down to the New Year. I suppose it was about the stroke of midnight in Iceland, […]