Two Christmas Gifts

(click to enlarge illustrations) Tuesday brought an unexpected assignment: the kind that goes along with the general category of “honey, do….” Ellen, my spouse’s long-time friend, needed a ride to a doctors appointment, and there was a schedule conflict. I volunteered. Ellen is a long-time U.S. citizen, of African descent, whose accent betrays her growing […]

Dick Bernard: Two Gentle Books for Peaceful People….

The old ballad comes to mind as I begin this post: “Home, home on the range, where the deer and the Antelope play, where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day.” As this latest round of “daily dismal” – the 2016 election season – nears an end, I’d […]

#1164 – Dick Bernard: A Friend, Annelee Woodstrom, turns 90

Today, up in Ada, MN, there will be a little party for our friend, Annelee (Anneliese Soelch) Woodstrom, who is about to turn 90. I say “little”, facetiously. When someone has lived in a town for 57 years; was a longtime teacher in the area public schools (Twin Valley); is a well known author, still […]

#1114 – Dick Bernard: Bienvenue Canada, the Trudeaus & French-Canadians

Much more information about the French in Minnesota available here and here. What is your heritage? What is your story? Comment/Questions/Stories are welcome: dick_bernardATmsnDOTcom. (For many more stories, simply put the words Collette or Bernard in the search box of this blog.) I’m in the midst of updating the index of a small French-Canadian newsletter, […]

#1112 – Dick Bernard: Welcoming Refugees

POSTNOTE March 7: Here is a powerful video from Kathy, who says: “Here is a short video recently completed under IARP [Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project Minnesota] guidance. A refugee story of recent reluctant Iraqi refugee. Ali lives here in Mpls. now. I find his telling of his story quite impactful.” PRE-NOTE: If you haven’t […]

#1111 – Dick Bernard: An Ask: Help "Green Card Voices" reach its goal and continue its mission

March 1 an e-mail from Tea Rozman-Clark, Executive Director of Green Card Voices announced a fundraiser which ends Sunday night. I enthusiastically support this fundraiser for this wonderful, indeed essential, organization whose purpose is to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United States (thus “Green Card”). You can contribute here. I just looked at […]

#1094 – Dick Bernard: A Homily to begin a New Year

See also Jan 11 and Jan 20, 2016 My Christmas message here, Dec. 17, 2015. Aloha. We just returned from nineteen days in Hawaii, most of which time was a wonderful visit with my cousin, Georgine, and her circle, as well as the use of her home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mahalo! Only […]

#1091 – Jerome Meyer* and Dick Bernard: At Christmas Season 2015. The Old Red Barn; and The Cottonwood Tree

As 2015 ends, all best wishes for peace and kindness embracing everyone, everywhere. As sung so movingly at Pope Francis’ visit to the Twin Towers Memorial in NYC some months ago, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” Here are two stories to help bring perspective as 2015 comes towards […]

#1090 – Dick Bernard: Muslims

“Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood“; Stephen Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. (click on photos to enlarge them) My growing up was in the tiniest of communities in various parts of North Dakota. The population density of ND, then, was roughly ten persons per square mile. Today it is really not […]

#1086 – Dick Bernard: "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream…A Million Copies Made"

Eight years ago – it was June of 2007 – I decided to drop in on the annual meeting of World Citizen, one of the member groups of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, of which I was then President. During this meeting, an elderly man, Lynn Elling, who turned out to be the person who […]