Dick Bernard: The I-35W Bridge Collapse, Minneapolis MN, August 1, 2007

We head to “the lake” today for our annual week at Breezy Point north of Brainerd MN. We have the same week each year. My computer takes a vacation, too. Likely, tonight, the local Elvis impersonator (he’s very good) will do his gig by the dock, and we’ll have an enjoyable time. Ten years ago, […]

The Empty Chair

September 19, 2013, I was at the North Dakota farm of my Uncle Vincent and my ancestors. It was a place I had been many times before, and this particular day I took the below photos, and 29 more. I had ridden out to the farm with Uncle Vince, then 88 years of age. We […]

Donald Trump at Six Months: “An Eye for an Eye”

I follow politics pretty carefully. Not everyone likes “politics”…if that includes you, be forewarned: this is about politics. * There are political images which stick with me, among which are these two: First, the below sign I saw in Rochester MN, “down the block” from Mayo Clinic, a few days before Nov. 8, 2016. The […]

Dick Bernard: Antioch, and a local Festival….

We were at the St. George’s Middle Eastern Festival in W. St. Paul yesterday. It continues today, noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Here’s the website, and schedule of events: St. George Festival001. I’m very tempted to go back. A few thoughts from yesterday. (St. George’s is just south of Butler, […]

#1275 – Dick Bernard: Upcoming “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

Two weeks from today, July 28, is the opening, in selected cities nationwide, of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power“, the followup to the 2006 film by Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth. The general opening nationwide is August 3, 2017. Whenever the Twin Cities is one of those places that plays “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth […]

Dick Bernard: The Korean Peninsula and Poland, very briefly…

Book recommendation from Marie: A book you might be reading is: Age of Anger A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra. * Hubris always ends badly*. This date the great meeting with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump occurs in Hamburg. The only U.S. representative with Trump will be Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State. Yesterday, […]

“Respect the Board, Please”

Today, as I have for 16 years, I’ll go to my local Caribou Coffee, spend my usual 1 1/2 hours, sip a single cup of coffee, and come home to begin the rest of my day. This coffee place is a busy, very civilized place. I imagine that it reflects this suburban community of over […]

Dick Bernard: A Matter of the Family of Humankind

Today is the day before the 4th of July. Three random thoughts on the matter of “family”. (click to enlarge) 1. A few weeks ago, my brother John took a short trip into the Quebec of our French-Canadian ancestors (Dad was 100% French-Canadian). Within Ste. Famille, part of the beautiful Ile d’Orleans, John noted the […]