"A Matter of Honor" – the 75th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

A week from now, Dec. 7, 2016, is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. As many know, my Dad’s brother, my Uncle Frank, went down with his ship, the USS Arizona. (click to enlarge) But for this moment I digress, to call attention to another victim of Dec. 7, […]

Dick Bernard: At Thanksgiving 2016.

Tuesday night came the first snowfall of the season here in Woodbury. Perhaps there will be a little left as we go “over the river and through the woods…” (not really, but across town for a family gathering Thanksgiving Day.) Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are. This year I’ve been thinking back to a small Thanksgiving […]

#1186 – Dick Bernard: The Road to Serfdom

Wednesday’s e-mail brought a most interesting commentary by the English commentator George Monbiot on Fredick Hayek, Margaret Thatcher and “The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise”. The column is well worth your time to read. I offer it and what follows as grist for conversation as we try to make sense out of November 8, 2016. […]

P&J #1** – Dick Bernard: Post 11-8-16; "a house divided…."

As of Nov. 16, Hillary Clinton is up 671,246 votes over Donald Trump in the U.S. popular vote, tallying over 60,000,000 votes in all; but Donald Trump has won the electoral 290-232. About 95,000,000 didn’t vote. It’s time to read carefully Article Two of the U.S. Constitution: u-s-constitution-art-II001*. Perhaps the hated “Obamacare” will be dead. […]

Dick Bernard: The 98th Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day #62)

November 11, 11 a.m., 2016 This is about Armistice Day, though my free cup of coffee today comes compliments of Veterans Day by virtue of U.S. Army duty 1962-63. I’ll wear my dog tags today, but mostly think about the Veterans for Peace Bell Ringing at 11 a.m. which I will have to miss for […]

Dick Bernard: After the Shock: Moving Forward After November 8, 2016

POSTNOTE Nov. 11, 2016: Comments at the end of this post. In addition, I highly recommend “Broken Glass“, posted overnight, with lots of reflective long term thinking. We are in the first days at the fork in our national road – which fork do we choose? Each of us bear part of the burden. * […]

Dick Bernard: The U.S. Election 2016

I write at 12:09 a.m. Central Standard time Nov. 9, 2016, and it appears it will be President Trump, and continuing Senate and House Majorities of Republicans – it appears to be virtually a sweep for the Republicans. [UPDATED below] Here is a map of updated results. Of course, it will have changed by morning. […]

Dick Bernard: Election Day in the U.S. November 8, 2016

First, the New York Times offers free subscription for today and tomorrow: check here. Those who follow this blog know that when it comes to elections, it is my habit to publish before the polls close. In this case, the polls are about to open, and I simply want to reflect on observations here and […]

Dick Bernard: Dec 22, 1987, and Nov. 7, 1997: Remembering Two Days in the Life of Dad.

Today we were planning to be at Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville IL, for the 50th anniversary of the Apartment Community, where my Dad, Henry Bernard, lived the last ten years of his life, 1987-97. A scheduling conflict caused a change in plans, so, rather than being on site today, I decided to do […]

Dick Bernard: Two encounters with the Chicago Cubs

This morning we were in Rochester MN, across the street from St. Mary’s Hospital. We were having breakfast and struck up a conversation with a couple whose daughter was having surgery across the street. They were from Austin TX, and they were giddy about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series a few hours earlier […]