Related posts Nov. 22 and 26. Today is the return trip after Thanksgiving.  Despite warnings around Covid-19, many travelled, now returning home.  This seems a good day to reconstruct some travel in the old days, and this U.S. map, in a ca 1941 Shell Oil road map of Iowa, show the U.S. in those days […]


At my Thanksgiving post a couple of days ago, my brother, John asked me a family history question in the comments section.  I answered the question as best I could.  Thinking about this business of family and Thanksgiving got me to thinking about family gatherings generally in the old days. Luckily, the families from which I […]

Thanksgiving 2020

I’m an ordinary citizen.  At this difficult time, there are so many people who support, in a great many ways, my own life and those of every one of us.  All of them deserve our profound thanks.  Let that suffice.  Happy Thanksgiving.  With gratitude. Friend Molly periodically sends favorite poetry to a list of friends, […]


Today as part of my daily drive I went by Lifetime Fitness, which had been my daily haunt till Covid-19 closed it in mid-March. I took a photo. The parking lot was active this day, though Lifetime will again close as of midnight.  Like other businesses it was closed a few months and then reopened […]

Tonight (Wed 11/18) 7-9 p.m.

How do we know Fascism when we see it?. Tonight. Online, no cost. A program of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.   I have commented on this before, here. This is an appropriate topic of interest today, and this is reflected in the media. Sunday afternoon I saw a long program on […]

First Thoughts after the 2020 Election: “Team USA”?

This is the first of what will likely be several followup posts on Election 2020 and the future.  Previous post here. First, a commentary and several on-line events, all open to the public and I highly recommend: This morning, a hard-hitting, easy read, here. Recently, a. highly respected group I’m part of, Fresh Energy, had […]

Armistice Day

Directly related post here. * Wednesday, Nov. 11, became Armistice Day when the end of World War I was declared as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Nov. 11, 1918.  In the United States, in 1954, it was renamed “Veterans Day”. My mother, in her memories of the North Dakota […]

Today…and all tomorrows

This morning I think back to a long ago church service I remember vividly. In my tradition (Catholic) each Sunday there is a Gospel reading from the Christian scripture, followed by a homily by the Priest based on the scripture. On this particular Sunday, a visiting Priest read the text which includes the phrase “thou […]

Voting 2020: A Potpourri

This post has numerous parts, thus “potpourri”.  Browse through, check out what you wish.   Pre-note 4:30 a.m. Nov. 6, 2020: Overnight, “Rage Against the Inevitable”.  As I noted yesterday, “my next election post will likely come after there is [some relatively reasonable] consensus on who is declared winner of the Presidential election.”   Blogging will […]


At this space, in my October 2 post, I said this: “It is my intention to take a vacation from this space for at least the next month (through the election)”.  As I began  this post (October 7), I was already finding this a difficult task.  There were 11 posts then to now.  I let […]