The Nobel Peace Prize Forum

PRE-NOTE: Yesterdays post now includes details about Ken Burns 17-hour, 10 day film about The Vietnam War. You can check the schedule and get other information here. * The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg University, Minneapolis, convenes this Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16. All details are here. The Peace Prize Forum […]

Ken Burns “The Vietnam War” film series on PBS September 17-28 ; plus other notes

We saw the one-hour Preview of Ken Burns Vietnam Thursday night, September 7. Twenty four hours later, I attended a rather remarkable event at Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, where a distinguished speaker, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and a distinguished responder panel talked about “The Past as Prologue: the […]

Dick Bernard – A look at immigration, past….

POSTNOTE: Flo offered this comment on Sep 6: “Stand for your principals, but actively seek to understand. And don’t give up.” My position, too, though it’s mighty hard to understand an opposing position when it conflicts with so much of what I understand to be the truth!”. Dick: In a way, this mornings Just Above […]

Beginning a New School Year…and a “Sha Na Na”….

Thursday I dropped off a small gift for my daughter, Principal of a Middle School in the school district I live in. It was a 2017-18 computer produced calendar from the always popular Education Minnesota booth at the Minnesota State Fair. “Happy New Year” I said. Teacher workshop week was about over, and school begins […]

#1290 – Dick Bernard: “Judge not….”

POSTNOTE Sep 7: Kathy recommends this article by Neal Gabler, “The Conversation We Should Be Having”. Today’s newsletter at Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis had this headline: (click to enlarge) After Mass, I told the writer I considered the column a “home run”. You can read it here, and come to your own conclusions: […]

Sustaining compassion – nearing the end of a week….

Prior posts on Houston flood: here and here. * This mornings e-mail included a photo with very brief text from Sean in Houston at 6:48 a.m. (click to enlarge) The message was terse: “18 wheeler loaded w fans at Home Depot at 6:45 a.m. Thirty people in line.” As Sean was sending the photo, I […]

Houston at Day Four; and an unrelated “heads up” for Ecumenical Christians….

Nephew Sean sent a couple of photos taken on his Houston street today. You can view them here. At the end of that post he answers a question of mine, “how can we help?”. (More on that below the graphic.) The two photos in Sean’s neighborhood suggest a normalcy that isn’t…. That neighborhood, Houston and […]

“And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37) – Houston and TX

UPDATE from Sean, 3:30 a.m. Tue Aug 29 – see end of post UPDATE from Sean, 2:02 p.m. Wed Aug 30: Have had 4 sets of people randomly walk up to help. Two photos of the street today. * Yesterday was a very pleasant day here. There was some rain, but it was of short […]

Donald Trump/Charlottesville; Woodrow Wilson/Birth of a Nation

In memory of Heather Heyer, fatality at Charlottesville, and the other injured at Charlottesville VA. Recommended reading: The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra. * Sometimes it may be useful to consider a problem from a different perspective. With all the justifiable horror of Charlottesville, I have been noticing, within my own circles, increasing attention […]

On Losing Hope…Don’t….

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” (Proverb, uncertain origin) As the awful days of 2017 drag on, I am very tempted to give up. Why bother? There seems little reason to hope for any improvement in our increasingly awful status quo – a fate we freely chose last November. If you watch […]