My local coffee shop, Caribou at City Centre, Woodbury, has recently partially re-opened tables, to what seems 25% capacity.  During Covid-19 Caribou suffered much like the rest of us.  I visited two or three times a week for to-go.  It was support for the local business, where I’d been an almost daily early-morning customer for […]


Monday was just a nice weather day in Minnesota.  I took my usual “abstract random” drive in the general area of home.  This particular day I broadened my reach somewhat, going across the river to Hastings to reach a park I knew existed, Spring Lake Regional Park, about had visited only one time, and then […]

Two Special Events on-line

Two events, available where you are! Special event Tue. April 6, 2021: Special FairVote Minnesota zoom event, Women Leading Democracy Forward, on April 6th from 5 – 6pm CT. The event will bring together Professor Danielle Allen – renowned political theorist and Director of Harvard’s Center for Ethics – State Senator Melisa Franzen and State Representative Kelly Morrison for an important discussion […]


Today is Holy Thursday and this is Easter week. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a church sort of guy.  Church has always been important to me. Like everyone else to my right or left, ahead of me or behind, regardless of denomination, whether a believer or not, I’m far from perfect. Easter has its […]

Framing – George Floyd

This morning the trial of Derek Chauvin begins in downtown Minneapolis. Just now, 5 a.m. CDT, March 29, 2021, I browsed my photo files for the first and last pictures I took during the past 10 months which related to the killing of George Floyd at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, MN, May 25, 2020. […]

Right to Vote

POSTNOTE March 29: Heather Cox Richardson has an excellent commentary on voting rights in the U.S.  It’s for March 28.  You can read it here. For your weekend.  First, please note a couple of on-line programs in the next couple of weeks, here. I note this is my 1,678th blog since I began blogging in […]

On-line Programs

Some on-line learning ideas, March 30 and April 7: Human Rights and World Health Day. Citizens for Global Solutions – Minnesota, is sponsoring an online Human Rights Forum at 10-11 a.m. CDT Tuesday, March 30.  The complete announcement is here: HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM – announcement – March 30 2021 (click to enlarge). This conversation will feature Female […]

Boulder CO

Boulder CO is on my normal route.  But the afternoon of June 13, 2019, we were in Boulder for a tourist visit with son Tom, who lives in suburban Denver, and whose first stop when he headed west in March, 1985, was Boulder.  He’s been a Coloradan ever since. As I write this, a public […]


This post is about voting rights: the frontal assault on these rights in many of the 50 states – a commonly used number is 250 proposals to amend rights to vote in assorted ways, by the Republican Party.  In the other corner is HR 1, a Congressional initiative by the Democrats to at minimum secure […]

Grey Cloud Island

Today is the first day of Spring.  Let’s hope that Spring ushers in a better year than the one just passed with Covid-19. * Truth be told, I’d like to do most of my writing about topics like the following…but the political thread is extremely important in these divided days, and that will remain an […]