Entries by dickbernard

Celebrating death

I learned of the death of Baghdadi late this morning.   I’ve included the wiki article about him under his name.  The Wiki entry acknowledges at the very beginning that this article will be edited as more facts become known.   (Over the years, I’ve come to trust more and more wikipedia’s attention to accuracy […]


For the last several weeks, we’d wonder, would we see Clarence at 9:30 Mass for his usual  duty as usher.  He died Oct. 14.  Monday, several hundred of us bade farewell to our friend at Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis. Two or three months ago, some time after Clarence had told a number of us […]


This post is really about Ukraine, and Kurdistan (not a country)…. First, here is the geographical environment (pdf is a map of the larger region surrounding Ukraine): Ukraine area.  Ukraine is slightly smaller than Texas, and 47th largest country in the world.  The map is the National Geographic Atlas of the World, 7th Edition, 1999, […]

Don Singley: Kudos

NOTE:  After the Wednesday debates, Don Singley sent a personal commentary which he headed “Kudos”.  I asked permission to share it as a blog post, which he granted, and I published under “Don Singley: Kudos” on October 16.  All was well, except the copy would not double space, as on the original.  So, the original […]

Heart Matter

PRE-NOTE: An outstanding film we saw yesterday: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice * My friend, Emmett, sent a note overnight: “Hope your heart appointment went well.  Please let me know what the results were.”  The note jogs this post, which I was going to do anyway. People I know, all know I had […]

Star Wars

POSTNOTE Oct 12: A surprise comment from Carole, writing from Amman Jordan.   “I might have even flown out to protest — had I been home. But, a do a lot of that in [Washington] DC!  [Here], for fun, is a shot of the hunter moon rising tonight in Wadi Rum. POSTNOTE Oct 10:  Here is […]


Today, October 2,  is the 150th birthday of Gandhi.    Simply put his name in your internet search box for any information you may wish to seek. This morning a friend gave me this pin in honor of Gandhi: A few minutes earlier (we were all at a meeting), another friend suggested a book club […]

Impeachment Inquiry

One or two readers might be interested in my position on the current matter in Washington. Here is the relevant part of a single page letter I hand-delivered to the office of my Congressperson on September 2, 2019: “IMPEACHMENT: (SUPPORT) I strongly believe that the House of Representatives needs to deal aggressively with the impeachment… […]

Waging Peace

PRE-NOTE:  I didn’t pre-plan my blogs, but the ones for 9-11-19, 9-20-19 and 9-23-19 fit together with todays.  “Long ago” (two weeks) I didn’t factor in the phenomenal 8-night Ken Burns series on Country Music; nor the opening of the UN this week, and the Presidents dismissive comments on globalism in favor of nationalism (which […]

The United Nations 75th Year

The 75th year of the UN is 2019-2020. On October 23, at the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue, is a very special event.  Details here: The Future We Want001.  Make it a point to attend.  Reservations needed.  Best advice: reserve soon.  Space is limited.  https://www.globalminnesota.org/event/the-future-we-want-the-un-we-need/.   RELATED NOTE: You may have already seen […]