Entries by dickbernard

Ukraine, and more

POSTNOTE Dec. 26, 2022:  The following paragraphs basically summarize events the last few days before Christmas.  Here are two commentaries which I think you’d find of interest, received today: Letters from an American Dec 25; The Weekly Sift, Dec.  26.  The “Patriots” are all of us who saved the country from the invasion Jan. 6, […]


About noon my time, today, Dec. 19, 2022, the Jan. 6 Select Committee convenes in Washington D.C.  I will watch, as I have watched every one of the public hearings of the committee thus far. (The official website of the committee does not show any scheduled hearing; most public channels will carry the proceedings live.) […]

“A Stick and a Rock”

PRENOTE: Today is Beethoven’s birthday.  Thanks to Molly for this.  Molly: Celebrate with this (or other) rendition of the 4th movement of his 9th Symphony! * This morning I awoke with one of those unfinished dreams: I was at a conference somewhere and the leader had given us an assignment, to come to the closing […]

Sandy Hook and other Symbols

POSTNOTE Dec 17: Jan. 6 Committee: Mon and Wed Dec 19&21.  These may be televised. Ten years ago today (Dec 14, 2012) I was at a Twin Cities Shopping Mall where grandson Spencer and Middle School classmates were giving a concert.  Here’s Spencer (at left, in black, with Trombone) and classmates.  Spencer was 12. Concert […]


All best wishes for good Christmas holiday and New Year in 2023. Nov. 9-13 we were in New York State to help celebrate my sisters 80th birthday. On a drizzly Nov. 11 seven of us took a day to see part of the Finger Lakes region.  Nearing Ithaca, a sign beckoned a short side trip […]

Frank Bernard

Today is the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  Dad’s brother, my Uncle Frank, was one of those killed aboard the USS Arizona. Best I know, at this writing, there are only two USS Arizona survivors still living.  Frank died at 26, he would be 107 if still alive.  He […]

Labor Relations

Dec. 2, a bill was signed by President Biden ending a threatened strike by railroad workers nationwide.  For anyone with any interest in Labor Relations generally, this is an opportunity to get a notion of issues and how they are resolved.  The railroad legislation is well summarized here. As one whose full-time job was Labor […]

Mauna Loa

from cousin Georgine overnight: This is the view of the new eruption from the Lanai of the Kawaihae House. The house is about a mile from the Mauna Kea resort. The eruption is actually close to 36 miles away and there is no threat to the house. It does create a new nighttime view.  The lava […]


Today in my religious tradition is the First Sunday of Advent. This seems a good day to introduce three topically related items for your reflection, if you are interested: 1) Journeying Towards Healing through Listening and Truth-Telling; 2) the new film, Till; 3) Frank Kroncke, “Captive and Captor” Johan van Parys, Basilica’s Director of Liturgy […]

Thanksgiving 2022

All best wishes for a good Thanksgiving.  I have a great deal to be thankful for this year.  I hope the same for you. from Rich, this morning: You might enjoy remembering reading this proclamation! ! It seems poignant today! And another, from Heather Cox Richardson, here. Friend Molly likes to send poetry selections to […]