POSTNOTE SEPTEMBER 21:  This mornings “Walk for Planet Peace” faces threatening weather, but I think I’m going to try it.  Here’s the flier: Walk for Planet Peace005.  This is part of the 10 Days Free from Violence program: 10 Days002.  Participate if you can, not only within the 10 Days, but ongoing.   * Posted […]


I viewed the new film “Official Secrets” on Saturday afternoon at the Edina Theater.  It is a film that is engrossing, and its topic is the run-up to ‘shock and awe’ in Iraq which began about the first day of spring in 2003 – a day that should live in infamy for all of us. […]

10 Days Free From Violence

Beginning on Friday, September 20, 2019 Linked here are three fliers for a now-annual event beginning next Friday, September 20, 2019.  Please open them, share them, and commit to participating in their events.  All information is available from the Twin City Nonviolent Website. 10 Days002; Twin Cities Nonviolent003; Walk for Planet Peace005 POSTNOTE from Sep […]

The 18th Birthday of 9-11-01

September 11, 2019, is the 18th birthday for a large number of Americans.  I have not yet come across specific data on how many new 18 year olds there are today.   My best guess, based on the information I can find, I estimate that these new 18-year old adults number about 10,000, and are […]

Labor Day

Yesterday afternoon we decided to take in a movie at the local theater.  Our pick was “The Peanut Butter Falcon”, as described in the paper: “(PG-13, 96 min.) A young disabled man runs away from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.”  It turned out to be an absolutely marvelous choice. […]


POSTNOTE, Thursday: Seen this morning, a great t-shirt “Immigrants Make America Great”  Simply search by name, and you’ll find lots of variety. * Monday I helped to represent the DFL Senior Caucus at the DFL booth at the State Fair. Generally – I’m not a regular volunteer at, nor am I unfamiliar with, the DFL […]

Weekend Reading

Yesterday began the annual Minnesota State Fair.  It is stiff competition, especially if the weather is nice, which it apparently will be.  I’ll be going on Monday myself. But, not everybody goes, nor does everybody live in Minnesota, and if you happen to have the time read Nikole Hannah-Jones 20-page New York Times essay on […]

The Assassin.

Maps are from Grandma Bernard’s Catholic bible, 1906.  All of the maps in this Bible can be seen here: Bible 1906005.  Each pdf map can be enlarged substantially. Each time, the outrages get worse, so I won’t say we’ve seen it all. The most recent, with this most recent resident of the White House, is […]


It’s been a long week. Eight months ago I was starting the process of recuperation from heart surgery, and among the very kind visitors were Donna and Rich Krisch, good friends from Basilica and activists in the cause for decent treatment of those have come to be called ‘illegals’ from anywhere. They brought me a […]


To my recollection, this is the first time in 10 years and near 1500 posts, that I’ve used this space to fundraise for anything or anyone.  Today, in behalf of KFAI, is unique).  KFAI is truly “public radio” with a long history of service in this community, broadcasting since 1978 You can listen to KFAI […]