#34 – Bruce Fisher, Carol Ashley: The Conversation about Climate Change

A reader comment follows this post. Note from Moderator: On the local evening news on June 1, the weatherman noted that May, 2009, was one of the driest on record, exceeded only by May, 1934, a year of great drought.  Is May, 2009, just an unusual month of weather, or a looming manifestation of serious […]

#33 – Dick Bernard: Susan Boyle goes back to her village

A reader comment follows this post. Saturday night, May 30, 2009, Susan Boyle’s dream ended…or did it just begin? In blogpost #8, published April 16,2009, I wrote about the astonishing clip I saw of this lady singing on Britain’s Got Talent competition in mid-April.  “The rest of the story” of that happening is accessible there.  […]

#32 – Dick Bernard: Health Care Reform ("Good Morning Vietnam")

Yesterday was spent with a group of about twenty persons.  We were having our annual meeting.  It could be fairly said that with very few exceptions, we all knew each other reasonably well. Someone observing us from the outside would quickly note that we were about the same age.  We would appear to be homogeneous […]

#29 – Dick Bernard: Memorial Day 2009: A snapshot of the last year of WWII as experienced by two ND farm families

Taps:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw Today is Memorial Day, with all the varied meanings attached to it, all of which are deemed by their interpreters to be the proper meaning, all of which commemorate the tragedy of war.  An e-mail from Mel in California on Friday, May 23, led me back to a treasure trove of copies of […]

#27 – Dick Bernard: The Webinar on Fear, and related happenings, May 21, 2009

 In #26, May 21, 2009, I mentioned an adventure on which I was about to embark: hooking into something called a webinar on “The Fear Factor: A briefing on communication and messaging from U.S. in the World”.   This session was taking place in some conference room in Washington D.C. Apparently at roughly the same time, […]

#26 – Dick Bernard: NIMBY – Are we killing ourselves through "fear itself"?

Shortly I will join a webinar sponsored by the Connect US Fund (www.connectusfund.org).  The title of the session “The Fear Factor: A briefing on communication and messaging from U.S. In The World”.   The  suggested readings are listed at the end of this posting.  They are very interesting.   I write intentionally before that session convenes.  […]

#25 – Dick Bernard: Thoughts at 25

#25 – Dick Bernard: Thoughts at 25   Today is an anniversary of sorts: I’ve reached the quarter century mark in the world of blogging.  Twenty-five posts is tiny, nonetheless, a good time to do an initial review…and encourage people like you to become contributors of your words.   Today is the 57th day this […]

#24 – Bob Barkley: Power vs Force

As the transition from Bush to Obama continues, the differences between the reliance of power versus force, while subtle, are still quite substantive. I believe it is best explained in a piece I wrote in the midst of the Bush incompetence. The tension between power and force is great and often misunderstood. Much of the […]

#23 – Dick Bernard: President Obama at Notre Dame University May 17, 2009

A beautiful Sunday afternoon was very tempting for a good long walk, but I knew that the long anticipated appearance of Barack Obama at Notre Dame was soon to begin, so I delayed the walk and watched the proceedings live on Notre Dame’s website, from the procession of graduates into the fieldhouse, to the remarks […]

#22 – Dick Bernard: Johnny, Carl and Elmer L.

Yesterday’s post on Heather (#21, May 13) got me to thinking back to those “good old days” about which people my age tend to recall so fondly as we face these troubled times. “Wouldn’t it be nice”, we tend to say, “if only we could be transported back into those good old times when life […]