Sustaining compassion – nearing the end of a week….

Prior posts on Houston flood: here and here. * This mornings e-mail included a photo with very brief text from Sean in Houston at 6:48 a.m. (click to enlarge) The message was terse: “18 wheeler loaded w fans at Home Depot at 6:45 a.m. Thirty people in line.” As Sean was sending the photo, I […]

Houston at Day Four; and an unrelated “heads up” for Ecumenical Christians….

Nephew Sean sent a couple of photos taken on his Houston street today. You can view them here. At the end of that post he answers a question of mine, “how can we help?”. (More on that below the graphic.) The two photos in Sean’s neighborhood suggest a normalcy that isn’t…. That neighborhood, Houston and […]

“And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37) – Houston and TX

UPDATE from Sean, 3:30 a.m. Tue Aug 29 – see end of post UPDATE from Sean, 2:02 p.m. Wed Aug 30: Have had 4 sets of people randomly walk up to help. Two photos of the street today. * Yesterday was a very pleasant day here. There was some rain, but it was of short […]

Dick Bernard: The Nine Percenters

NOTE: A friend had a front row seat for a perfect view of the Eclipse last Monday. I added her comment to my Monday post, here. Earlier this week came an article: A recent poll finds that 9% of Americans are okay with white supremacist or neo-nazi views. It was a troubling article – 22 […]

Dick Bernard: Solar Eclipse Day in the U.S.

(click to enlarge) As I write (6 a.m. CDT on August 21, 2017), my son and spouse, Tom and Jennifer, are enroute to the Twin Cities from Denver. They left at 2 a.m., Tom said, so as to reach a particular point in Nebraska to catch the eclipse. Daughter Lauri and the four kids are […]

Donald Trump/Charlottesville; Woodrow Wilson/Birth of a Nation

In memory of Heather Heyer, fatality at Charlottesville, and the other injured at Charlottesville VA. Recommended reading: The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra. * Sometimes it may be useful to consider a problem from a different perspective. With all the justifiable horror of Charlottesville, I have been noticing, within my own circles, increasing attention […]

On Losing Hope…Don’t….

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” (Proverb, uncertain origin) As the awful days of 2017 drag on, I am very tempted to give up. Why bother? There seems little reason to hope for any improvement in our increasingly awful status quo – a fate we freely chose last November. If you watch […]

Dick Bernard – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Minneapolis-St. Paul area: Here are the film showtimes for Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. * We went to see Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on Wednesday afternoon. Climate change is a topic that has long been of concern to me, and I have written about it before, here, and followed it […]

Semper Fi*

(click to enlarge any photos or illustrations) Monday morning, 8:53 a.m., an odd e-mail from my daughter: “I have very few details and am “on call” today. Spencer is at his MEPS appointment this morning and will, at some point (likely Lester afternoon), swear in. I’ll do my best to keep you posted, but for […]

#1280 – Dick Bernard: “Age of Anger, A History of the Present”

Some weeks ago a long-time friend told me about the book, “Age of Anger…”, which I briefly introduced in this post on July 21st. The book was my vacation project this past week. I found it to be highly informative, and highly recommend it for book club discussion, or simply for individual reflection on the […]