Public Education 2020-21

I encourage you to share this post with others.  Related posts: May 17, June 3, July 22 Today’s Minneapolis StarTribune headline says it all: “School districts to decide.  [Gov] Walz’s order allows online, hybrid or in-person classes“.  Now comes a month of figuring out how/what to do in Minnesota’s over 300 public school districts, for […]

A Need for Resilience

Today I made my 6th visit to the area of Minneapolis affected in the wake of George Floyd’s murder on May 25. On this day  All was quiet, save for road construction on Lake Street.  There is still lots of rubble, but it is contained and ready for removal. Today for the first time I […]

A Peace of My Mind: Cry Out

I ask you to read this Indiegogo link , and then donate to John Noltner’s project “Peace of My Mind: Cry Out”.  I highly recommend this initiative, which will be open for contributions till early September.  I’d recommend acting early, and letting others know about this through your own networks. I met John when he sat […]

100 Days

Today it is 100 days to the 2020 U.S. elections.  The Democratic Convention is Aug 17-20; the Republican Aug 24-27.  Shortly thereafter the first absentee ballots can be mailed (each state has different rules – check them for details.). The time to impact/inform is very short; and the issues compelling.  Three previous  post: Schools (July 22), […]

Playing a Very Dangerous Game

I’m just an old guy with a computer, but I try to be thoughtful about what I write.  This particular post began as a draft on Tuesday morning.  I was going to publish Friday, under the headline “Protests”.  The seeming Declaration of War by the President of the United States. attempting to divide Americans into […]


In days, the state of Minnesota will make a decision about school opening for 2020-21.  In some states, schools may already be open.  In our state, most schools open the day after Labor Day.  Usually, the ritual would be as it has always been.  This year is very different, literally and inevitably a life or […]

John Lewis and Larry Long

Yesterday, Molly sent me a single page tribute to John Lewis.  Take the time: John Lewis (click to enlarge). On July 24th, 8 p.m., on YouTube and Facebook, troubadour Larry Long presents the premiere film of a live performance of The American Roots Review at the Mane Theatre in Lanesboro MN.  Details here. (scroll down – […]

A Centennial

July 24-25, the LaMoure Country Memorial Park at Grand Rapids will be celebrating its Centennial.  All details are here, which includes a link to North Dakota Covid-19 regulations, which will be updated and will be followed.  If you plan to go to this event, please check the website first. The Park has commissioned a wonderful […]

Election 2020

The Minnesota Primary Election begins one month from today, August 11.  Details. The Democratic Convention is August 17-20; the Republican August 24-27.  Details (weblinks) at the July 1 post.  Other posts on the topic of Election 2020 are at July 3, 7 and 9, and there will be more in coming months.  Check back every […]

A lighter moment….

Some while back , I heard the 45th occupant of our U.S. White House practices to perfect his angry demeanor.  He is an actor, after all, and fancies that his loyal subjects like him to display anger, about everything, always, so it makes sense.  No, I can’t prove this, so no need to ask.  It […]