#931 – Dick Bernard: A new school year begins

In a few hours, most Minnesota students return to school for the 2014-15 school year. At this moment, more than 800,000 Minnesota public school students, and more than 100,000 more teachers, administrators, cooks, custodians, bus drivers, etc., are, regardless of their grade level, or number of years of experience, somewhat nervous about tomorrow. It is […]

#896 – Dick Bernard: Magnifique!* An evening with Mozart's last three symphonies

For subscribers (and all): here’s the May 3 “For Pete’s Sake” concert in honor of Pete Seeger. The originating post is here. My sister Mary Ann’s continuing posts from Vanuatu can be seen here. Scroll to the June 7, 2014 addition at the very end of the post. * While by no means an expert, […]

#887 – Dick Bernard: "What's up, Doc?" Warner Brothers Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

NOTE: The “Filing Cabinet” for items regarding the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout, including far more than past posts, can be found here. Supplements to the below post can be found at May 25, 2014, at the end of the Filing Cabinet. Feb 14, 2014, very shortly after the lock-out ended, I wrote a brief e-mail to […]

#883 – Dick Bernard: Fishing Opener/Mother's Day (or is it the other way around?)

Happy Mothers Day, all you Moms out there, whatever your role or gender. You know who you are. But…. Friday night the local CBS affiliate had its co-anchor and weatherman up in Nisswa MN for the soon-to-begin Fishing Opener in Minnesota. In the early segment, Governor Dayton was showing, with his hands, the length of […]

#879 – Dick Bernard: Beginning the Future; Passing the Torch to a New Generation.

(click on any photo to enlarge) It was about 6 p.m. on Thursday, about the time scheduled for people to gather at Gandhi Mahal for a meal at about 6:45, and a World Law Day program featuring a panel of young people scheduled for 7:15, speaking to elders about the following question: “How do you […]

#877 – Dick Bernard: A message to my 401 Friends on Facebook….

This afternoon my young friend, Raz, prodded me into action on getting out a Facebook notice about a special event on Thursday evening, May 1, at the Gandhi Mahal restaurant in south Minneapolis (27th at Lake Street). Here’s the Facebook entry (if you can access Facebook). This will be a very special event, probably of […]

#871 – Dick Bernard: "The Mountaintop", revisited

Sometimes seemingly unrelated events just fit together, like random pieces of a puzzle that together make a confusing mess make sense. For me, such a convergence happened on Friday in three bits; preceded by two larger and more publicized national events. I just happened to be at an intersection where they came together, connected, at […]

#867 – Dick Bernard: The Tar Sands Pipeline and other matters of the environment

A relevant and current addendum to this post is the 2014 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change accessible here. Last Sunday after church I stopped by a table staffed by two members of the environmental organization MN350. This day they were encouraging action against a proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline of […]

#865 – Dick Bernard: Uncle Vince, Aunt Edith and Dr. Borlaug

A week ago, out at LaMoure ND, I asked Uncle Vince if he’d like to go for a ride. I knew what his answer would be: “yes”. As long as I’ve known him, a ride in the country is like ice cream to a kid. Farmers like to take a gander at the countryside, regardless […]

#853 – Dick Bernard: An Opportunity to Talk With (not At, or Down to) Public Education, past, present, future

This morning, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I noted the Business Section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Leafing through it I came across an article by Chuck Slocum, about two personages involved in Public Education policy in Minnesota in the early 1980s. The article is headlined: Minnesota Education Duo: 3M CEO Lew […]