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P&J (Peace and Justice) flows out of a long running e-mail listserv which began with P&J#1 in late September, 2001, and has shared information between a group of friends almost every day since. The e-list continues separate from this blog. As of March 25, 2009, the list had received some mailing on 1940 days, thus P&J#1940.

Ideally, this website will publish one original essay or musing each day, ideally written by a large variety of people who ordinarily do not write for publication. This includes you, the reader.

The intent of this site is to publish positive pieces which convey hope and possibility, with thoughts about building a better future for our world and everyone in it. This is a work in progress.

The intended focus of this site is Peace, Justice, Environment, Sustainability, Global Cooperation and related issues.

The owner/editor of this blog, Dick Bernard, is a retired person, and a grandfather of 9, who believes in the value of dialogue. He is a lifelong mid-westerner, with deep roots in rural North Dakota, who has spent most of his adult life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He considers himself a moderate pragmatic Democrat, with a great interest in Peace and Justice and related issues.

For more information:

Dick_ BernardATmsnDOTcom

Or

Dick Bernard

6905 Romeo Road

Woodbury MN 55125-2421

16 Comments so far ↓

  1. Hi, Just happened on your website.
    My mother also was an at-will employee in Arkansas and Illinois and I hate to bring this up, but she was subjected to all kinds of abuse from school boards, administrative personnel and parents. A school principal once referred to her as a “damn yankee.” When she spoke up a PTA meeting regarding the extra expense incurred by converting a chicken coop to an classroom and hiring a teacher so the only African american child in the district could be taught separately, we got death threats and our porch was set on fire. At another school district she was refused a raise because “no damn woman is worth 10,000 a year.” This was after she had earned two master’s degrees. I do remember, however, when I went to college and my Mom and I lunched together, we would constantly be interrupted by kids both black and white who wanted to thank her for encouraging their dreams for a better life. I don’t think my Mom would support unions, but after watching what she went through, I certainly do. By the way, I am not a teacher.

  2. Eliza Rose Way says:

    Hands Together, Dick Bernard! Mine joined to yours, and both of ours reaching out, mystically embracing and upholding the work of Fr. Tom Hagan in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was one year ago, July 25, 2011, when I heard him speak at St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish in North East, Pennsylvania. I kept that week’s bulletin because I didn’t want to forget him or the Message of Prayer and Justice-in-Process — of which, I’m in the process of counting out pennies, quarters, dimes, and nickels that have accummulated in coffee cups around the Hillhouse. When I finish, I’ll double the amount and donate to HandsTogether. [handstogether.org] It’s the highly rated non-profit that supports Fr. Tom’s work in Haiti.

    Blessings to you and on your word work. [Words are so powerful they should only be used to heal, to bless, and to prosper. — ancient Jewish proverb.]

  3. Ken Miller says:

    I just “image Googled” Cooper Avenue, Grafton ND, and the first image that appeared was an old car. A really old car. I think it’s a car I used to get rides on. In the early 1940s my family lived at, I think, 730 Cooper Avenue, next door to Henry Bennard. He and his wife made wonderful neighbors. I was 11 years old and I just about worshipped Henry B. I was not alone.
    I notice you spell your name BERNARD, so there is the possibility that you are not who I think you are. It’s also my memory for names is fallible.
    Anyway, If you are a descendant of Henry and Josephine, please let me hear from you.

  4. Bob Barkley says:

    Dick:

    Your thoughts regarding Saul Alinsky are right on target.

    I was never trained in his methods but those of us in the teacher organizing of the 1960’s and 1970’s were disciples even if we didn’t know it. I started in 1966 had often quite unconsciously followed the Alinksy model over and over.

    And quite ironically, I had it applied against me when I became “management” within our union.

    Needless to say, it works. And it is the centerpiece of much that is done today by the very folks who criticize it so vehemently. The GOP right wing uses Alinsky methods to criticize Saul Alinsky. How ironic.

  5. Bob Zimmerman says:

    It’s good to hear from you again, Dick! It’s okay if you and others want to send e-mail to me at: Bobz@uark.edu. Lois Nunn Zimmerman and I willl be married 50 years on June 3, 2012. We were vacationing at South Padre Island, TX, from 2/12/12 to 2/26/12. I met Myron (Ike) Luttschwager there for lunch. I will be retiring from my position as Associate Vice Chancellor for IT at the University of Arkansas on June 30, 2012. We hope to spend some time in SD, ND, and MN this summer. Best wisher to all! Lois and Bob

  6. Bob Zimmerman says:

    Lois and I had a conversation with Bob and Deann Horne about a month ago. They have moved to Fargo from Minot. Their home in Minot was severely damaged by the floods in Minot. We will visit my brother, Allan Zimmerman and his wife, Carol Schmidtz Zimmerman in Fargo. Buddy Schmidtz is a brother to Carol.

  7. Bob Zimmerman says:

    I had a recent letter from Bob and Marge Nutz Sogn. Bob and Marge Sogn sent pictures with David Thielman and his new wife. The Sogns live in Tuscon, AZ. Dave lives in Palm Springs, CA, in the winter. I have not seen Dave and Bob for many years and I hope to find them and some other long lost pals again. Bob

  8. Shirley Bruhn Lindsay says:

    It is with an overflowing heart that I reply to you re the messages about my dad, Lou Bruhn. It is such a lovely tribute to him – a man who loved people (especially the students) and the town fo Valley City more than he could ever really express. He served on the City Commission for several years and ultimately served as Mayor. A fond memory for our family is of the “Lou Bruhn Day” the city declared when he retired as Mayor.
    My dad died late October 1988. He and my mother, Mabel, moved to the Sheyenne Care Center several years earlier after she suffered a severe stroke. They had a wonderful quality of life in SCC and continued their enjoyment of people in the town they both loved.
    Thank you for these tributes and memories. I have shared them with my brother Dave’s family.
    My parents moved to VC in 1938 to “try it out for a few years”…they never left. Isn’t that a tribute to the town and state of North Dakota?

  9. Shirley Bruhn Lindsay says:

    It is with an overflowing heart that I reply to you re the messages about my dad, Lou Bruhn. It is such a lovely tribute to him – a man who loved people (especially the students) and the town of Valley City more than he could ever really express. He served on the City Commission for several years and ultimately served as Mayor. A fond memory for our family is of the “Lou Bruhn Day” the city declared when he retired as Mayor.
    My dad died late October 1988. He and my mother, Mabel, moved to the Sheyenne Care Center several years earlier after she suffered a severe stroke. They had a wonderful quality of life in SCC and continued their enjoyment of people in the town they both loved.
    Thank you for these tributes and memories. I have shared them with my brother Dave’s family.
    My parents moved to VC in 1938 to “try it out for a few years”…they never left. Isn’t that a tribute to the town and state of North Dakota?

  10. Linda Miller says:

    I too stumbled across your blog and allowed myself time to enjoy some of your entries. I love this blog! Thanks for doing it. I found it while researching French Canadian family history for a client. I have been doing my own family history for 30 years and my other interest is in teaching people to write their personal and family stories. Your stories and thoughts made me so happy today. I was born in Grand Forks. My mother was from Pembina County, ND and my dad grew up not far away. Keep writing!

  11. Kitty Boitnott says:

    Dear Mr. Bernard:
    I am in receipt of your letter of May 8, 2012 and read of your surprise (and I am inferring, disappointment) that the NEA President was the only individual who acknowledged receipt of your letter of last year (May 3, 2011). I am acknowledging receipt of your letter of May 8th here. My only excuse for not acknowledging your letter last year is that as a state president, I normally restrict correspondence with members in my own state affiliate. Not that the fact that I don’t know you should preclude me from acknowledging you or your effort to reach out to me, but I receive many cold calls and as many letters of introduction across my desk and I admit that I am somewhat discriminating as to whom I decide to respond because of my time restrictions.
    Thank you for your letter and for directing me to your website.
    Kitty J. Boitnott, President, Virginia Education Association

  12. Cathy Lane says:

    Hi, Dick!
    I’m the sort of person who reads lists from bottom to top. I did that three or four times today once I got on your great site. Interesting stuff, especially during this crazy political season. (No, I did not read all of them.)
    The husband of a long-time friend informed me of your blog. We met for the first time yesterday, over a nice Chinese meal, while the gentleman in question and my own husband (named Dick) listened to a conversation between myself and his wife’s twin sister.
    As things panned out, John (above said gentlema) thought I would get a great deal of conversation out of your blog. He kindly introduced you to me and me to you via email today.
    John informed you of my disposition toward Catholicism, the sort of horror only a born and bred but disgusted former Roman Catholic can juggle with both hands while trying to live a full/meaningful life. I would very much like to join any discussion conducting itself among your bloggers based on shared experiences and thoughts about how the church has tried endlessly to distroy humanity’s love, hope and self-regard.
    That’s all I have to say today.
    Very nice to meet you, Dick. Many thanks to John for getting us together.

    Cathy Lane
    St Anthonly, MN

  13. Leslie Richards says:

    Dear Mr. Bernard: I too am apologizing for not acknowledging your letter last year. The problem in my case is that I was no longer President when you sent the letter and thus I did NOT receive the original mailing. I did however receive the letter you sent regretting my lack of response to the original letter.

    I am sorry I didn’t receive the first letter as I applaud your effort to get dialogue with a variety of people, especially those concerned about the plight of public education. I am one of those who is very concerned. It appears that this country is no longer invested in public services and that includes education. It appears that the rich want to privitize education make it only accessible to those who can pay for it.
    The Federal government is making it harder and harder to get student loans to finish college, and pre k-12 is focused on test scores to the exclusion of actual ability as expressed through other channels.

    Well, I got carried away, I am happy that President of NEA Dennis van Roekel acknowledged your letter. He speaks for all of us. We are lucky that you are a life member and will continue allow dialogue on those things important to our communities both collectively and individually.

  14. HI, My name is Isabel and I am a set designer. I am designing a small production of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and have been researching Eddie’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. I am having a difficult time finding interior images of the restaurant. I came across your blog about visiting August Wilson’s home and that restaurant and thought maybe you had some interior shots you would be willing to share. I know this is a long shot, just thought I would ask as I would really love to see the actual place. Thanks for your consideration.

  15. Anne M Dunn says:

    Dick, I wanted to submit something for the blog but can’t figure it out. Anne

  16. corkman7@comcast.net says:

    Hi Dick.
    Watching the MONEY MACHINES in action concerning the 2016 presidential election.
    $2.5 Billion for Hillary camp..

    $100,000,000 largest individual contributor for GOP candidate..

    TV personality contributed $1,000,000 to Obama campaign and will give $1,000,000 to Elizabeth Warren if she runs.
    Warren said she is NOT running for President.

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