About this time of day, one year ago today, we were about to leave for AMTRAK station in St. Paul Minnesota, enroute to 14 days beginning at Seattle, south to Davis, California then back via Denver. It was a memorable trip, celebrating six months out from major heart surgery December 4, 2018.
There are trainloads of wonderful memories, and lots of photos. My preference is to not pick and choose what to publicize from that trip.
It was a very different time, then, before COVID-19, and everything else that troubles our country at this time in our history.
May there be better news next year at this time.
Have a great day.
I do offer a wonderful short video received today from a friend who is a retired teacher, sent to her by another retired teacher. It’s about 3 minutes, a powerful lesson. Watch to the end….
If you haven’t visited lately, the last four posts of May were about the George Floyd tragedy, May 27, 29, 30, 31, 2020. There will doubtless be more: the George Floyd killing is a crucial issue in my 80 years living in this country. Check back once in awhile.
JUNE 3, 2020: UPDATE
I drove down Lake Street right before noon. Quiet. Still closed at 29th. Still all boarded up. The burned out remains of Walgreens at about 31st is the first destroyed building. This time I went a block south when diverted, rather than north, and the adjoining east/west street was very busy around Holy Trinity Church which seems a local epicenter for aid. Lots of people carrying lots of bottled water. Peaceful. Orderly. Holy Trinity is a block southeast, as the crow flies, from Gandhi Mahal site.
This afternoon, I learned that my church, Basilica of St.Mary, had incurred some fire bomb damage on Thursday. The Pastor describes the incident here. Luckily there was relatively little damage.
I will endeavor to give brief updates each day, here. Continuing comments are welcome. I’m adding one comment received today at the end of this blog.
JUNE 2, 2020: MORNING
In my e-mail, overnight, presented strictly as received:
Two of four photos yesterday at Gandhi Mahal, 27th at Lake Street, Minneapolis from my daughter, Lauri.
from my long-time friend, June, retired university professor: Hi Dick, These are scary times. I hope we make it through this. I have been sharing the post below. I hope your day is a good one.
originator, Gene, May 31, 20220:
I’m doing a lot of reading of posts on Facebook from around the Twin Cities.
One person posted that they were on a plane filled with white supremacists who were all openly discussing their plans.
Some one else stated that she heard that at least eight thousand are trying to or planning to get to Minneapolis by Tuesday.
Someone else said that there are a lot of Vigilantes holing up in hotels and motels out in The Burbs and driving into the city.
Evidently, cars are being stolen and that’s why there are no license plates on a lot of these brand new SUVs and trucks. Where they are stealing them from, I have no idea. But I also know that not everyone is stealing SUVs / trucks and many are just plain driving up here from places like Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin… Just to name three states that keep coming up over and over as well as, of course, Minnesota.
Someone I went to High School with reported that people were driving through her neighborhood threatening to kill everyone. I’ve heard a lot of reports like that all over Facebook… People talking about groups of people driving through their neighborhood threatening people and traveling with a lot of weapons. (I know that there has been push- back on people over this curfew issue… Some people just wanting to sit on their porches and sit on the steps, others who believe quite naively that just because they are peaceful that they can still continue to protest and walk around– in light of all of these terrorists driving around and threatening folks, it’s better to adhere to the curfew and stay indoors if you are not patrolling your neighborhood)
One person spoke of reporting to the authorities that she had seen people who had stopped somewhere and she was able to see that their truck was filled with all sorts of flammable chemicals.
These folks are not playing! They are hell-bent on either taking over the city or taking us down completely! The trouble is that we’re not the only city; they’re hitting other cities at the same time as they are hitting ours. It really is a game of whack-a-mole!
To those people who don’t believe me, like a couple of people I know who really feel that I’m being overdramatic, you have no idea… This is a f****** nightmare and I guess we going to be awake for a long time trying to figure out how we’re going to counteract all of this.
And just so you know, if you think because you live in the suburbs or some of these small towns, that this violence is not going to touch you, you better think again. They’ve already made their way up to Northern Minnesota… Bemidji, Iron Range, Duluth… They’re even hitting places like Rochester… Even Fargo\Moorhead area… No One Is Safe!
The protest against George Floyd, of course has nothing to do with any of this … These folks have been training and planning this for a very long time looking for an opening and they found one!
The good side of this is that we are all going to have to come together in order to save our city and to save our state! Did you hear what I said??? We are all going to have to come together in order to save us all!
Just Above Sunset, Finally Losing It All, The President declares war…on who?
Heather Cox Richardson, Letters from an American, June 1, 2020
The 2019 West Coast Trip: we arrived in Seattle late morning June 3, a year ago. Later in June I’ll post with a summary of the 13 days ‘on the road’. Check back once in awhile.
from Carole, a long-time trusted friend:
from Darleen: I thought you’d be getting a closer view and a view for yourself. I appreciate your insights.
June 3, from Mary in Rochester NY: And the beat goes on!! But becoming a bit more focused on purpose and less on wanton destruction, Rochester is one of the cities on curfew and one of the cities where there is a lot of local commentary and justification. Too many answers, too few questions, too little accountability.