POSTNOTE, SATURDAY, JULY 27:  If you read nothing else this weekend, read this.  Then decide where you fit in, and take action.  I will be offline from today through next week. * I am deliberately writing and posting this before the first official words are uttered at the long awaited Mueller appearance in Congress today. […]

Apollo 11, 50 years later

It was at almost exactly this same time of day, 2:10 p.m., July 20, 1969, that I pulled to the side of Highway 2 near Bagley MN to listen to the drama of touchdown of Apollo 11 on the moon.  Three days ago, I wrote about that event, and events before and after, here. The […]

Apollo 11

Saturday we were at a family get-together, and grandson Ryan was telling me about seeing the Omnimax film on Apollo 11 at the Science Museum in St. Paul.   Ryan, at the doorstep of 20, was enthusiastic about the film, but didn’t have the historical context, though I had taken he and his friend, Caleb, to […]

“And who is my neighbor?”

POSTNOTE:  See reference at last portion, here.  This was singularly one of the most powerful presentations I have experienced. * The Gospel on Sunday at Basilica of St. Mary was Luke 10:5-37 (as we saw it, open link below the picture).  “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus’ response is a direct and confrontive analysis in […]

Bennie’s Birthday

Grandson Bennie turned 14 on Friday, and the family celebrated by serving meals to guests at the Ronald McDonald House at Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis.  This afternoon was the family celebration in Woodbury. This was not a routine birthday.  One year ago today, Bennie was just beginning to come out of an induced comma, after […]

A Family Matter: Carol Tscherter

The funeral for my cousin, Carol Tscherter, is today at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in rural Reinbeck IA.   Just a few months ago, March 22, her last surviving uncle on her Mom’s side, Melvin Berning, died at 90 in Eureka CA.   Here, thanks to Carol’s sister, Susan, is one of Carol’s many photographs: I knew […]

The Census

My sister was talking about the 2020 census as she, I and her husband were on a long road trip last Sunday.  They live in rural Minnesota, and the conversation was about how important it will be for people to participate in the census.  In her case, for example, there are several apartment buildings in […]

The 4th of July

This year, July 4th is especially significant for me. June 30, my sister, Flo, her husband Carter, and I, drove to Grafton ND, for an event to  honor two casualties aboard the USS Arizona, Dec. 7, 1941: my Uncle Frank Bernard, Grafton, and another Walsh County sailor, Floyd Wells, Fairdale, ND.  Frank was 26 when […]