#1139 – Dick Bernard: The Canada Consulate Canada Day gathering in St. Paul…Reviewing Partnerships.

POSTNOTE June 28: Yesterday’s Canada Day event at Harriet Island in St. Paul was marvelous in all ways. Merci to the office of the Canadian Consul in Minneapolis. As noted in the following, I was distracted by ongoing events of the “Brexit” vote in England, and its implications. Thus, this post may seem somewhat mixed […]

#1138 – Dick Bernard: "Brexit". Another first rough draft of history.

This morning I sent my friend, Christine, lifelong French citizen, this Just Above Sunset blog in the aftermath of the “Brexit” vote in England. The post is excellent and informative; Christine’s comments come a little later in this post. To me, the most important data comes near the end of the column: “But consider the […]

#1137 – Dick Bernard: "Politics" and "Politicians" and "Bureaucrats"

Click photos to enlarge them. Tomorrows post on “Gridlock” in Minnesota and Washington. The subject of this post has been on my mind for a long time. Very recent events make today an appropriate time to share a few thoughts and photos: Donald Trump has made his formal entry into the Presidential campaign by trashing […]

#1136 – Dick Bernard: The Man in the Background: Father's Day 2016

I continue to go through hundreds of photos left as part of the legacy of the North Dakota farm. Recently I was looking at this one: (click to enlarge) The initial focus was the women in the group photo. I didn’t know any of them, and I’ve sent them to a ND friend lifelong in […]

Part 2. Nobel Peace Prize Forum June 6-8, 2016: The Drowning Child and the Shoes…2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Bloomington MN

This years Nobel Peace Prize Forum focused on “Globalizing Compassion”, particularly children, and gave a very large role to the co-2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a native of India who passed over a career in engineering to invest his life work on issues relating to child trafficking. More about his Children’s Foundation is […]

#1135 – Dick Bernard: A Christian, A Moslem and A Jew

This morning I was in line at my daily coffee place in Woodbury, Caribou at City Center. The lady two persons ahead of me, in Hijab, was chuckling. “I’m cheating”, she said. She apparently had seen something in the pastry case…. (For the unaware, Muslims are about midway in the month of Ramadan). Her gentle […]

The Massacre in Orlando

POSTNOTE June 18: A letter to the editor which I will submit to the local newspaper next week (I missed this weeks deadline). “The entire Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall […]

2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Bloomington MN. June 6-8, 2016

This years Nobel Peace Prize Forum began yesterday, and continues through tomorrow at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America. I’m attending in person. Yesterday’s program was incredibly powerful, and probably today and tomorrow will be as well. It is too late to attend yesterdays; and few of you may be in a […]

#1134 – Dick Bernard: Grandpa Bernard's Can of Pebbles

Now and again in our growing up years we made it up to Grafton ND to visit Grandma and Grandpa* Bernard, who lived in a tiny house at 738 Cooper Avenue. Grandpa, 68 when I was born, and 85 when he died, was a most interesting character, starting life in Quebec on a farm, then […]