Tipping Points

It’s been an intellectually stimulating seven days, and on the other side, I have more hope for the future than before. “Tipping Points”?  See the end of this post. Among the events: recognizing the beginning of the 75th year of the United Nations; the Centennial celebration of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, and […]

Celebrating death

I learned of the death of Baghdadi late this morning.   I’ve included the wiki article about him under his name.  The Wiki entry acknowledges at the very beginning that this article will be edited as more facts become known.   (Over the years, I’ve come to trust more and more wikipedia’s attention to accuracy […]


For the last several weeks, we’d wonder, would we see Clarence at 9:30 Mass for his usual  duty as usher.  He died Oct. 14.  Monday, several hundred of us bade farewell to our friend at Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis. Two or three months ago, some time after Clarence had told a number of us […]


This post is really about Ukraine, and Kurdistan (not a country)…. First, here is the geographical environment (pdf is a map of the larger region surrounding Ukraine): Ukraine area.  Ukraine is slightly smaller than Texas, and 47th largest country in the world.  The map is the National Geographic Atlas of the World, 7th Edition, 1999, […]

Don Singley: Kudos

NOTE:  After the Wednesday debates, Don Singley sent a personal commentary which he headed “Kudos”.  I asked permission to share it as a blog post, which he granted, and I published under “Don Singley: Kudos” on October 16.  All was well, except the copy would not double space, as on the original.  So, the original […]

Heart Matter

PRE-NOTE: An outstanding film we saw yesterday: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice * My friend, Emmett, sent a note overnight: “Hope your heart appointment went well.  Please let me know what the results were.”  The note jogs this post, which I was going to do anyway. People I know, all know I had […]

Star Wars

POSTNOTE Oct 12: A surprise comment from Carole, writing from Amman Jordan.   “I might have even flown out to protest — had I been home. But, a do a lot of that in [Washington] DC!  [Here], for fun, is a shot of the hunter moon rising tonight in Wadi Rum. POSTNOTE Oct 10:  Here is […]


Today, October 2,  is the 150th birthday of Gandhi.    Simply put his name in your internet search box for any information you may wish to seek. This morning a friend gave me this pin in honor of Gandhi: A few minutes earlier (we were all at a meeting), another friend suggested a book club […]