Entries by dickbernard

Memorial Day

See also, here.  This post includes a May 24 Letter from an American that deals specifically with the 100,000 casualties, thus far, from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Peter Barus’ May 22 post, here, has much food for thought for all of us, relating to the current state of our country and the globe itself.  Take the […]

Vets for Peace Memorial Day 2020

Friend Molly occasionally sends around a few friends on her mailing list.  Here’s the weekend version, less than a page: Molly May 23, 2020 (click on image to enlarge it) May 24: from Joyce, Letter from an American. * This is not an ordinary Memorial Day. This year there will be no in-person gathering:no permit for […]


Message on back of work uniform at local McDonald’s: “Keep calm, wash your hands” – an apparent and appropriate message for both customer and server. Last year, September 11, 2019, I observed and commented that the children born on Sep 11, 2001, were all having their 18th birthday.  It is now about nine months later, […]

Jonathan MN: A Place in Time

Last week, enroute to an auto tour of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, I took a wrong turn and found myself in another neighborhood of Chaska, the 1960s era new town of Jonathan, now a large neighborhood of Chaska. I first saw this development about 1970, when we drove down from rural Anoka to […]


For another, and excellent, view of Mothers Day, read Heather Cox Richardson, here.  (See in addition Bob’s comment at the end of this post.) * There are an infinite variety of Moms (which I choose to leave without boundaries of gender, age or marital status).  I’ve been thinking about “Moms”, and I invite you to […]

Another War President

This post has four  segments:  1) War President; 2) Portions of a Family Letter; 3) Thoughts after my 80th birthday; 4) Comments on International Nurses Day. * It is almost axiomatic that in America it is useful to be called a “war president”; it’s almost guaranteed to be a generator of votes.  An enemy to […]


Today is my 80th birthday. Before a few comments about that, here’s to Grandson Parker, who is also a birthday boy, 18 years old today.  Like all in his cohort, his end-of-senior year will not be traditional: there is no senior baseball, his sport.  He’s very good.  From an early time (see below photo) I […]


Yesterday afternoon I decided to look up the casualty count for the U.S. in the Vietnam War,  The apparent official number is 58,220. An hour or so later the CBS news update showed over 1,000,000 COVID-19 cases, and over 58,300 deaths from the disease.  Of course the worldwide figures are much higher.  And this is […]


This is the day of the inauguration of the Great Emancipation from the chains of COVID-19.  There have been a dribble of preview events; today seems more the big deal here and there across the nation. I think about another such event on May 4, 2003, when President Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” over the Saddam […]