Voting…Reflecting on Haiti and US.

PRE-NOTE: My 10/28 post about Robert Gates and Colin Powell relates to this post.  Two related, important, long, articles came via two readers on Wednesday: here and here.  Another came in Friday, October 29 mail, here, “An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy”, published simultaneously in two magazines long identified as Liberal and Conservative, the Bulwark […]

Robert Gates and Colin Powell

PRE-NOTE: I’m composing and completing this on Thursday afternoon, October 28, 2021.  As I write, the endless chatter is about whether or not or how much or who will make the President Biden package succeed or fail…while President Biden is enroute to Glasgow for CAP26.  When I click publish on this, I won’t know what […]


PRENOTE: Last Thursday I had a unique opportunity, which I want to share.  An organization I’ve long been part of has a Third Thursday Film each month, and the offering was the film “Worth”, a 2020 Netflix release starring Michael Keaton as Ken Feinberg, about compensating the survivors of 9-11-01 victims.  The ‘drill’ for Third […]


Tonight, October 19, Vets for Peace, 21st Peacestock, on Zoom.  Details here. Fresh Energy is a recognized leader in climate change, and J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, goes to CAP 26 in Glasgow.  She has a zoom session on October 20.  Pre-registration required.  Details here. Global Solutions MN has two interesting sessions, details for […]

The Teeter-Totter

Prenote: I encourage you to take a look at, and participate in, the upcoming Peacestock of the local Veterans for Peace.  It is next Tuesday evening.  Details here. * I published Louts a week ago, and a day later I was thinking about an old photo in the treasure trove at the ancestral farm in […]

Blessed Debt

There were a few interesting comments to my post on Louts.  Take a look, if you wish.  A Followup post, Teeter-Totter, will be this weekend. As I write, Wednesday morning, Oct 13, 2021, the chatter on the television is all from or about 90 year old William Shatner, just returned from his 3 minutes in […]

October 11, 2021

Today I was at the postoffice, simply to drop off a couple of letters.  Two ladies were wanting to do some business there, but the doors were locked, and they seemed confused.  It was Monday, after all.  I made a mindless quip: blame Columbus.  I hadn’t thought of the quip till the situation came up. […]


There are two links in this post which I hope you’ll read in their entirety. With all that is swirling around the “news” universe, this post is motivated by local action threatening local public education. This week was the week that the National School Boards Association, felt it necessary to sound the alarm to all […]