Entries by dickbernard

“…Fear itself….”

POSTNOTE: I began doing continuing updates on my own feelings about the Coronavirus here (Mar. 6), updated frequently.  Your comments are welcome as well. March 15, I begin a new post on this topic, titled “COVID19: Speaking personally“, on this same topic, also March 17 and continuing. * Yesterday, I was talking with my friend, Padre Johnson, […]


POSTNOTE 2, March 11:  A highly pertinent column related to yesterdays Presidential Primary contests and the fiscal crisis and the coronavirus can be read here, “About That Revolution”.  The “ball” is in every single one of our “courts”. POSTNOTE: This post is intended to hopefully help start a conversation.  Also, note continuing updates on Coronavirus […]


POSTNOTE, March 15: Beginning today, I will continue the conversation about the Coronavirus Crisis here, titled Speaking personally.   Note also, my post on March 13, “Fear itself“,  March 15, 17 and continuing POSTNOTE early a.m. March 14:  In this early morning batch of e-mails was a letter to subscribers from Executive Editor Martin Baron. […]


Tone, defined, for the purpose of this blogpost: “Noun, 2. the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.” Tomorrow (Tues, March 3) is the Minnesota Primary Election.  There are 16 Democrats on the DFL ballot; there is one candidate on the Republican ballot.  Two other parties have chosen not to participate […]

Primary Election

Tuesday is the Minnesota Primary Election.  Lots of interesting information, including candidates, here. You will note that the DFL (Democrat) ballot includes 15 names; the Republican only one, even though at the time of filing there were at least two other national Republican who expressed an interest in challenging the incumbent. Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, on […]

“I Speak for Democracy”

Today is son Tom’s 56th birthday.  His Mom, my wife, Barbara, died in 1965 at 22, when he was one. Last night was precinct caucus night in Minnesota.  I attended as I always do.  I’ll write more about this later in conjunction with an unusual Primary election which was set up by MN law in […]


Tomorrow (Tuesday Feb 25) is caucus night in Minnesota.  I will be there, as I have been to many caucuses over the years.  Next week will be Minnesota Primary Election.  I’ll participate in that, too.  That is a much more recent addition to the political menu in Minnesota.  We shall see how it works.  (Complete […]


February 19, I was watching Family Feud, a favorite escape. For those unacquainted, family feud teams compete to guess how 100 persons answer questions on topics familiar to most everyone of us.  One of the questions host Steve Harvey asked this night: “What is one species you wouldn’t mind to see extinct?”  One of the […]


Related post:  Jesus, here. Today we stayed after Mass for a talk by a founder of a national group called “Better Angels“, which bills itself as “a working alliance to depolarize America”.  There were about 75 of us in attendance, and it was a very stimulating hour with Bill Doherty.   We’ll join.  I encourage […]


Last weekend I spent at a Men’s Retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake.  I’m now a regular there, since 2014, I think.  From Friday night to Sunday afternoon there’s time to reflect.  It is good. This year, the day before the Retreat, was the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.  …. During […]