Dick Bernard: The Scaffold (a Sculpture, a Gallows); with reflections on Whitestone Hill, a 1997 Commemoration at Mankato and other items.

June 29, 2017: Recommended by a reader: The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Chief Red Cloud, an American Legend * POSTNOTE 5:20 p.m. May 31 – A decision was made about the Scaffold today. See comments section below. POSTNOTE 8:30 a.m. June 1 – This seems an appropriate place/time for a […]

Marking Times – Some thoughts on Memorial Day 2017

Have a good Memorial Day. This morning (beginning 9:30 a.m.) I’ll be at the Vietnam Memorial on the MN State Capitol grounds for the annual Vets for Peace Memorial Day observance. Stop over, if you’re in the area. (See end of this post.) This Memorial Day musing began with an unplanned detour on a north […]

Dick Bernard: Overwhelmed.

Some thoughts This post began as a draft on May 7, 2017, and included only the next paragraph and the photograph below. That was 18 days ago. I decided to wait with more until the Congressional Budget Office had scored the hastily passed bill “Killing OBAMAcare” (the title of the initial draft of this post). […]

#1260 – Dick Bernard: A Perspective on Refugees.

Entire Brochure can be viewed here: ARC – Doing the Doable001 Thursday evening Daniel Wordsworth of the American Refugee Committee (ARC) gave his perspectives on the “Global Refugee Crisis”. It was a powerful evening for the 50 of us in attendance. (click to enlarge) There are tens of thousands of “NGOs” (non-governmental organizations) like ARC. […]

Mark Petty: Witnessing at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Pre-note: Early in March, Mark Petty who is on a volunteer board with me, announced he’d be absent from our next meeting due to a pending trip with The Advocates for Human Rights. Following his return from the March 18-25 trip to Geneva, Mark filed the following report, which speaks eloquently to a citizen working […]

Dick Bernard: Reflecting on Benjamin Ferencz

Someone asked me about my Mom a few days ago. Esther (Busch) Bernard died August 20, 1981, at age 72, cancer. A few months before her death I turned 41. She was a remarkable person…then again, all persons in their own ways were and are remarkable. We all have our own memories of our own […]

Anne Dunn: “Keeper of the Hair Bowl”, from her book, “Fire in the Village”

(click to enlarge) Note: Anne has honored this space with her work on a number of occasions. With her permission, I present this story from her wonderful book Fire in the Village. Ordering information at end of this post. Regarding the photo, see note at the end of this post. Grandmother died suddenly, as so […]

Dick Bernard: A visit to the “Canyon of 60 Abandon”; and music in the country.

My birthday, Thursday, was just as I liked: quiet, the usual morning coffee, then Minnesota Orchestra, and dinner at W.A. Frost in later afternoon. I’m grateful for the many Facebook comments to Thursdays “birthday post“. A gift to me some years ago was a TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg called Gratitude. Here is the link […]

#1255 – Dick Bernard: Thoughts at 77. “The World is My Country”

Related: here and here. Today, I’m 77. This anniversary has something of a “ring” to it. Those who’ve seen me recently will attest I’m still mobile. I passed the cognition test at my recent physical; so far the frowns from the doctor are not too serious…but on the other hand, there are a few miles […]