The Gauntlet

Yesterday, Robert Mueller threw down the gauntlet to every single one of us.  In my opinion, his action was very significant, and intended, as is his intention to not testify.  To use another metaphor: “the ball is in our court”…. The Mueller Report sits at arm length from me, here:  (there are many ways to […]

Memorial Day 2019

Saturday, friend David Thofern sent a brief note: “Here’s a link to a short (<20 min.) film on the human cost of World War II. It’s appropriate on Memorial Day to note that individual deaths often have profound impacts on us, especially when they are people we know and care about. But when deaths are […]

Nancy Pelosi

A month or two ago Cathy said she’d like to hear Nancy Pelosi, slated to be guest speaker at the Minnesota DFL’s 75th anniversary dinner May 24.  I wanted to see her as well – my opinion: she was an outstanding choice for Speaker – so last night, along with over 2000 others, we were […]


Even small fry like myself sometimes have “experts” in my circle.  Alan sent this yesterday: “Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms tend to like William Shenstone, who once said that the world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters*.”  Indeed. 47 years ago – it was March […]


This is the 1,453rd post since I initiated this blog in March, 2009.  It is also the first time where I’ve used a previously used title for a blog.  The first use of the word ‘abortion’ as a blog title was here, October 12, 2009, where I told my personal story.  I invite you to […]

Declaring War

POSTNOTE: What follows, unedited, between the # signs, was saved yesterday morning, May 14,  at 9:20 a.m.  Ordinary  “Life” interfered so I didn’t get back to this until now, 4:33 a.m., May 15.  By habit , I get up early, and my first stop is the frequent Just Above Sunset, which I had read early […]

On Mother’s Day 2019

At the time of my heart surgery last December, a gift came my way in the form of a 16-month Wall Calendar for 2019, titled simply “brave at heart”.   Here are the monthly illustrations, which speak for themselves: Here is the link to the publisher of the calendar.  Calendars come and go.  This one is […]

A New Year.

Today is the first day of my 80th year.  I could go with the conventional – “79” – but for some reason telling it like it is is more appropriate, at least to me.  Today is also the 5 month anniversary of my heart surgery Dec. 4.  Life is good – not 100% yet, but […]

Law Day 2019

The Jim Nelson program described below was video-taped and at some early point will be available here. Jim Nelson speaks on the history of the Minnesota United Nations Movement on World Law Day, May 1, 2019. (see additional photos at end of this post) * May 1  is Law Day in the United States.  Most […]