#498 – Dick Bernard: Haiti. Thoughts on the second anniversary of the earthquake

There are, of course, many perspectives about realities in Haiti. Following are three for the second anniversary of the earthquake, January 12, 2010. Comments are solicited. Access at the end of this post. The Haiti micro-finance Fonkoze had a very interesting one hour Webinar on the situation ‘on the ground’ in Haiti on January 11, […]

#459 -Dick Bernard: Heritage. Michif Language and Music; Haitian Family Story and Food. Thoughts of Booyah and Culture, generally.

An October theme for this writer came to be the topic of Heritage. Previous posts on this topic are here and here and here. October 18, found me in a classroom with multi-cultural students of French at Macalester College in St. Paul MN. We were listening to Professor of French and French in America scholar […]

#438 – Dick Bernard: Some nice news about Haiti

I’m a regular usher at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. It is an enjoyable task, and on occasion I see something unusual, as was the case this morning. I was walking down the outside aisle on the downtown side of the Basilica, and saw a display case with a piece of sculpture (click […]

#339 – Dick Bernard: Part 9. The Rich

Pretty clearly, the Rich have won, at least temporarily. Not the ordinary rich, but the Filthy Rich. Take a moment to look at what “rich” means, thanks to a series of charts published in Mother Jones magazine. Then, there’s an interesting commentary entitled “Koch Dreams” which refers to a David Koch piece in the Wall […]

#317 – Dick Bernard: Some thoughts on Haiti, Duvalier, Aristide, reconstructing the deconstructing….

Baby Doc Duvalier materialized in Port-au-Prince about a week ago. You’d be led to think Duvalier’s trip was a surprise to the international community. Reading the media, it almost seems as if he just jumped on a plane and flew home after 25 years in France. The odds of Duvalier’s trip to Haiti being unknown […]

#316 – Bells for Haiti Committee: Final Report on the One Year Anniversary Project Remembering 35 seconds in Haiti, 3:53 p.m. CST January 12, 2010

The Bells for Haiti Committee is grateful for the response around the United States to the one year anniversary project which culminated with bell-ringing and other events on or surrounding January 12, 2011. The Committee met to debrief the activity on January 20, 2011, and following is its report. GENERAL: 1. The project evolved over […]

#315 – Dick Bernard: Haiti. Duvalier. The Punishment and Justice Narrative…and the Reconciliation Possibility

I woke early in the morning of Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2011. The purpose was to publish #314, which is here. In front of me was a note from my spouse from a couple hours earlier. It deserves to be presented as I saw it: On screen were a couple of e-mails about […]

#314 – Dick Bernard: Meeting Martin Luther King Jr in Minneapolis, yesterday

I met Martin Luther King yesterday, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I sat near him in the Choir Stall at Basilica of St. Mary yesterday afternoon. He appeared there in the body of two women sitting next to each other. Mary Johnson and Janice Andersen. Janice is the tireless and remarkable Christian Life Director at the Basilica […]

#312 – "The first rough draft" post-Bells for Haiti, January 12, 2011

I always remember my first visit to the then-brand new Newseum in Arlington VA. It was sometime in the late 90s, and I happened to be at the right place at the right time to catch a shuttle to the new, and then free, Museum to print and visual media. A prominent quote, there, was […]

#310 – Dick Bernard: Haiti, 35 seconds and a year later

Today several of us will gather at the bridge which connects Loring Park and the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis for the 3:53 p.m. CST ringing of the bells for Haiti. Up to date details about Bells for Haiti are here. Here is a song, sent via Ezili Danto of Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network a couple […]