A lighter moment….

Some while back , I heard the 45th occupant of our U.S. White House practices to perfect his angry demeanor.  He is an actor, after all, and fancies that his loyal subjects like him to display anger, about everything, always, so it makes sense.  No, I can’t prove this, so no need to ask.  It […]


POSTNOTE July 11, 2020: from the July 9 New York Times, well worth your time. * Racism is part of me.  It is part of all of us – all of us. I started to come to grips with this years ago.  The first ‘evidence’ is this little piece I did in January, 1995, for […]

Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse

Postnote July 6, 2020: “Largely Imaginary Foes” * The last time I was at Mt. Rushmore was May 21, 2004.  The same day we stopped at Crazy Horse, across the way a few miles.  That day was my 5th visit to Mt. Rushmore; my third to Crazy Horse. (The first visit was 1971.)  On one […]


Four months – 126 days – from now, Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day. My “bio” is at right on this page.  The bio fits who I am, personally, politically. Each and every one of us who are eligible to vote in this country are “politics”.  Period.  There is  nobody, nothing, else.  WE ARE ALL ‘POLITICS’, […]


Check this space for my personal observations about July 1, 2020. COVID-19: Tuesday, June 23, my Dentist, mentioned an excellent webcast he had watched recently about COVID-19.  I’ve listened to it, and I concur.  Here it is.  It’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford Medical, on the webcast Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson.  Do take the […]

Dad’s Day

Last Dad’s Day was June 16, 2019.  It was a very good day.  This one promises to be as well.  Of course, there will be big differences.  One year ago none of us could have imagined COVID-19.  The other major societal stresses impacting our lives today could have been imagined, but not with precision.  This […]

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace

A year ago, we were on the final leg of a memorable two weeks in America’s northwest.  There were all sorts of high points.  We arrived home this date, the Saturday before Father’s Day. Early in the journey I decided to observe something called “Servant Leadership” which my friend Judy Maghakian had asked me to […]


Wednesday nights TV news reported on the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. Yesterday, I went over to see for myself.  I didn’t even know the statue existed, and after inquiry finally found the site, directly across Cedar St from the present Judicial Center, which years ago was […]


Tuesday night I joined a webcast of MN Interfaith Power and Light, a strong local activist group.  There were near 100 participants, and the meeting was organized in the usual way our society does things.  It was a very well run meeting, on Zoom, as is typical these days.  I chose to be a listener, […]

June 5, 2019

A year ago today we were in Seattle, visiting Pike Place, a short walk from our hotel.  My “iconic” photo there was not the famed Pike Place Fish Market featuring the famous fish toss, but the Gum Wall not far away, with a couple of kids having a good time (the young lady pointing out […]