#767 – Dick Bernard: The "Filing Cabinet" on The Minnesota Orchestra Lock-Out

MOST RECENT UPDATE with comments at end of this post July 11, 2014. Most recent blog post Dec 4, 2014 (see below) COMMENTS to dick_bernardATmsnDOTcom. This originated as “The Minnesota Orchestra Lock-Out: “Push” coming rapidly to “Shove”, published on August 30, 2013. This is the permanent “Filing Cabinet” for subsequent information relating to the Minnesota […]

#766 – Dick Bernard: Changing the Ways of Political Conversation

This column speaks of politics, but not about parties, or issues, or positions. Rather, it is about process. This relates, also, to the previous two posts. Regardless of your ideology, I’d encourage you to read on, and at least consider what follows. Change in any long term habit is difficult. I doubt there would be […]

#765 – Rosa, Joyce, Bill, Carol, Madeline, Jane, Jermitt, Jeff, John, Dick, Will, Peter: The March on Washington August 28, 1963, reflections by folks who weren't there, but were impacted, then and now.

Related Post: August 27, 2013 Highly recommended book (still in print): Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, published 1964, about the year 1963. PRE-NOTE: This is a very long post (about 10 times the length of a typical post at this space), but (in my opinion) worth your time and your own reflection […]

#764 – Dick Bernard: "I have a dream", 50 years later

Tomorrow is the actual anniversary of the “March on Washington” August 28, 1963 – it was a Wednesday then, too. It occurred to me that almost all attention is paid to that day itself, in Washington, and that of the then-population of the United States perhaps one in 1,000 people were there. The heavy lifting […]

#763 – Dick Bernard: Congratulations, Tom and Jennifer, at your 25th Anniversary. "For everything, there is a season."

(click to enlarge photos) Today is son Tom and Jennifers 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to you both. Achieving 25 years together is one of those significant accomplishments, not easy to attain. That’s long enough to experience both the unknown and unknowable. For a couple to reach 25 years together is a significant achievement, as anyone […]

#762 – Dick Bernard: Minnesota Orchestra Lock-Out. What's ahead?

UPDATE: August 21, 2013: This important link forwarded by John B, received from “my niece, an attorney in Albuquerque. She once worked for the MN Orch Youth Symphony and is a cello player from St. Olaf.” August 24, 2013: In the 23rd Star Tribune an article appeared on page B3 of the Metro Section giving […]

#761 – Dick Bernard: A Full Moon, Pretty Flowers…and owning a mistake

UPDATE, August 20, 2013 9:45 p.m. A short while ago we drove east from Minneapolis, driving into the Full Moon rising. The sky was clear and the view was spectacular. Pity that I only had my small camera, with which I took this snapshot. The moon was, for me at least, a positive harbinger of […]

#760 – Dick Bernard: The End of the Line for the late-great Minnesota Orchestra?

UPDATE August 19, 2013: here IMPORTANT NOTE RE TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: click HERE UPDATE: August 18, 2013: In the middle of this commentary are some pertinent thoughts about what is happening at the Minnesota Orchestra. Note the four paragraphs which start with the para “While no one has…” and end with “Do rank and file […]

#759 – Dick Bernard: A bookshelf reminder of Governmental Insanity, and its consequences for those not vigilant and engaged.

COMMENTS after NOTE 2 Yesterday, I spent a lot of time doing an unpleasant task. A project required going into a family room wall, which necessitated repainting of a small portion of the wall by our bookshelves, and I decided to repaint the entire wall behind the books. Of course, this required taking out all […]

#758 – Peter Barus: Exercise won't defeat the endocrine system…

Note: Peter Barus is a long-time and great friend (and writer) who writes occasionally from rural New Hampshire. His personal website is here. Once before Peter has posted at this blog. You can find the post here. Peter Barus: Exercise won’t defeat the endocrine system… This is a book review, and a heads-up about our […]