Entries by dickbernard

Weekend Reading

Yesterday began the annual Minnesota State Fair.  It is stiff competition, especially if the weather is nice, which it apparently will be.  I’ll be going on Monday myself. But, not everybody goes, nor does everybody live in Minnesota, and if you happen to have the time read Nikole Hannah-Jones 20-page New York Times essay on […]

The Assassin.

Maps are from Grandma Bernard’s Catholic bible, 1906.  All of the maps in this Bible can be seen here: Bible 1906005.  Each pdf map can be enlarged substantially. Each time, the outrages get worse, so I won’t say we’ve seen it all. The most recent, with this most recent resident of the White House, is […]


It’s been a long week. Eight months ago I was starting the process of recuperation from heart surgery, and among the very kind visitors were Donna and Rich Krisch, good friends from Basilica and activists in the cause for decent treatment of those have come to be called ‘illegals’ from anywhere. They brought me a […]


To my recollection, this is the first time in 10 years and near 1500 posts, that I’ve used this space to fundraise for anything or anyone.  Today, in behalf of KFAI, is unique).  KFAI is truly “public radio” with a long history of service in this community, broadcasting since 1978 You can listen to KFAI […]

El Paso, Dayton

POSTNOTE, Monday morning: a longer summary of national views, here.  A Bewildered Nation. * Another weekend; two more tragedies. Friday afternoon  we were on the way home from a few days at a lake in northern Minnesota.  At a stoplight, we ended up behind a car, whose decorations caught my attention: If you can’t read […]


POSTNOTE, SATURDAY, JULY 27:  If you read nothing else this weekend, read this.  Then decide where you fit in, and take action.  I will be offline from today through next week. * I am deliberately writing and posting this before the first official words are uttered at the long awaited Mueller appearance in Congress today. […]

Apollo 11, 50 years later

It was at almost exactly this same time of day, 2:10 p.m., July 20, 1969, that I pulled to the side of Highway 2 near Bagley MN to listen to the drama of touchdown of Apollo 11 on the moon.  Three days ago, I wrote about that event, and events before and after, here. The […]

Apollo 11

Saturday we were at a family get-together, and grandson Ryan was telling me about seeing the Omnimax film on Apollo 11 at the Science Museum in St. Paul.   Ryan, at the doorstep of 20, was enthusiastic about the film, but didn’t have the historical context, though I had taken he and his friend, Caleb, to […]

“And who is my neighbor?”

POSTNOTE:  See reference at last portion, here.  This was singularly one of the most powerful presentations I have experienced. * The Gospel on Sunday at Basilica of St. Mary was Luke 10:5-37 (as we saw it, open link below the picture).  “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus’ response is a direct and confrontive analysis in […]

Bennie’s Birthday

Grandson Bennie turned 14 on Friday, and the family celebrated by serving meals to guests at the Ronald McDonald House at Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis.  This afternoon was the family celebration in Woodbury. This was not a routine birthday.  One year ago today, Bennie was just beginning to come out of an induced comma, after […]