#1046 – Dick Bernard: 50 years ago today. A personal memory. Remembering a death.

(click to enlarge all photos) Yesterday afternoon, enroute to a meeting, I stopped to take a couple of photos: Fifty years ago today I lived in a rented upstairs room in this house, just a block from KSTP-TV; and my wife, Barbara, was in the University Hospital less than two miles away, my memory says […]

#1045 – Dick Bernard: On "Warriors" and "American Heroes". Remembering First Sergeant Strong

(click to enlarge) If one follows national politics at all, one staple is obvious: the cult of American superiority as played out by its military “warriors” and “heroes”. It has most recently erupted in the Republican political debate, largely brandished by candidates and members of the political echo chamber who never served in the military, […]

#1044 – Dick Bernard: The Women in the Yard. Looking for Clara.

Thursday I published a piece that included a family photo taken 72 years ago, in the summer of 1943, in rural North Dakota. Everyone was in that picture, except for the Mom, and I observed that “[t]he entire family is in the photo, save their mother, Clara, who was probably taking the picture”. The family […]

#1043 – Dick Bernard: Going to Peace. A Reflection on Detente with Iran.

POSTNOTE, July 18: see “The Women in the Yard. Looking for Clara”, here. Going through old papers and photos of a deceased relative can be tedious, but occasionally something pops up, as did this photo a few days ago. (click to enlarge) While not of my town, or my family tree either, I have some […]

#1042 – Dick Bernard: Under Renovation: Two Flags, Two National Anthems, Two Nations, 56 years.

Here is the video we all saw at Orchestra Hall on Sunday afternoon (see below) (click on all photos to enlarge them) July 1 found me heading east after a tiring three days in North Dakota. I stopped in Valley City, and decided to refresh by stopping at my alma mater, now Valley City State […]

#1041 – Dick Bernard: "God Bless America"

“God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her, Thru the night, with a light from above….” Thus Irving Berlin wrote, in 1918, the song that has become an anthem of the United States. “…From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans white with foam, God bless America, My home […]