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Posts from the ‘Observations’ Category

9
Sep

Art and Culture in Nazi Germany and New Deal America : Contrasting Values/1933-34

September 9, 2012

My current reading includes Richard J. Evans’ The Third Reich in Power  (2005), an account of peacetime Nazi rule  1933-39 emphasizing economic and cultural events.  This work is the second volume in Evan’s magisterial The Third Reich Trilogy (2003 -2008),  a work as one reviewer asserts,  “a masterpiece of historical scholarship”.  The Prologue sets the stage for explanation of  the rapid establishment of the totalitarian regime in 1933 known as the Third Reich.  Adolf Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in January 1933 led to the Nazi seizure of power and the dictatorship of one-party totalitarian control. Read more »

19
Jun

THE ART OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITING

June 19, 2012

A new computer made the transfer of files from the old computer to the new necessary.  In that process I came across a file dated 2/17/07. Curiosity was  aroused   by the title:  Phebe Hanson Document about myself.     It reads: “Written January 2004 at Gloria Dei Lutheran church.  Phebe Hanson, a prominent Minnesota poet and friend discussed how to write about oneself in the first person.  Read more »

30
Apr

CURE FOR ACADEMIC EXAMINATION PARALYSIS/ANXIETY

April 30, 2012

An Octogenarian Plus Four recalls himself as a grade school lad wonderfully coordinated athletically but little interested in the life of the mind or academic pursuit.  His anxious mother would say in asides:  “Er kann nicht lesen (German – ‘He can’t read’.  His teachers, it is recalled, almost yearly, it seemed suggested that, perhaps,  grade promotion should be postponed.  Needless to relate this lad approached the academic rigors of high school with self-doubt and lack of confidence. THE TRAP WAS SET. Read more »

21
Apr

TEPPANYAKI GRILL AND SUPREME BUFFET – Twin Cities Growing Ethnic Diversity

Recently we came upon the Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet (2216 E Lake St Minneapolis)  , purportedly Minnesota’s largest buffet.  Located in the Midtown/Phillips  area of Minneapolis, one of the city’s most ethnically diverse sections,  features Asian-Japanese cuisane.  Introduced after WWII  tappanyaki  restaurants and buffets specialize in Western influenced food. Read more »

2
Apr

TRAVEL IN PANAMA – IMRESSIONS REPLACE STEREOTYPE

April 2, 2012

My imagination was stimulated by standing where Balboa, hearing that Panama had another coast, crossed the narrow isthmus  of Panama and became the first European to gaze upon the Pacific Ocean.  This is the place where several centuries later the engineering masterpiece of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a canal was cut through the natural land bridge connecting  the Americas and became the economic oceanic crossroad of the world.  Where  Balboa stood today rises  majestic Panama City, my sharpest surprise,   a city in the midst of an economic boom with 100 skyscrapers  and 150 in process of building. The skyscraper view from oceanside rivals and in some respects overshadows  in expanse that of Manhattan or any American city skyline.  Visions of jungle and palm trees, visible enough, pale when considering  Panama City which alone has 80 banks and a Panamanian economy generating cash payment for canal transit of an economic stimulus of  some six billion dollars yearly.

The canal itself and its lock system is certainly one of the engineering feats of all time.  Ships are lifted from the Caribbean from sea level up 85 feet  to Gatum Lake created by a damned river providing  for ship passage and then again by lock system lowered back to sea level on the Pacific side.  process reversed carries ships from the Pacific to the Caribbean.  An extraordinary achievement is that a century after opening the lock system remains in near perfect operating  condition.  It is this canal lock system  that opens Panama to transit charges from world commerce  and supports  skyscraper Panama City and Panama’s economic boom.

Panama City and the canal itself  soon lead the visitor to reshape stereotypes  viewing Panama as a third world country of palm tress and jungle that just happens to have a canal.   Perhaps more regarding Panama another day.

22
Feb

BECKETWOOD COOPERATIVE – WELLINGTON GALLERY AND ART MUSEUM

February 22, 2012

Becketwood Cooperative’s resident art curator announced the fortieth consecutive monthly art exhibition for March.  Submitted art is to be accompanied with a descriptive statement of 75 words or less.

SENTIMENTAL TREASURES

PICTURES

OBJECTS Read more »

6
Feb

Grandma Schmidt’s Apple Kuchen Recipe

February 6, 2013

(See blog January 26, 2012 of which the following is a response by Grandma Schmidt’s relative. “‘Grandma Schmidt’s Apple Kuchen’ Disappears”.

Hi Folks!  After Prof. Bartling’s blog was published about the missing Apple Kuchen, people began requesting the recipe.  We believe the secret to be the mixing with the hands and the specifics about the pan size.  So, here it is for all to enjoy! We’d love to hear if yours is worth stealing as well.

Kuchen:

1 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 Cup Sugar, 1/2 tsp.salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 Cup cold butter, cut into small pieces, 2 egg yolks, 2 tsp. milk, 1/4 tsp. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced.

Streusel:

3/4 Cup sugar, 2 TB flour, 1/4 -1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 TB butter, cut into small pieces. Read more »

13
Jan

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – “We Shall Overcome” – HAVE WE?

January 13, 2012

The Civil Rights Decade is bracketed  by the Supreme Court Oliver Brown et. al . decision of 1954  ordering that schools were to be desegregated with “all due and deliberate speed”.  The decade’s bookend is marked by  the Civil Rights Act signed July 2, 1964 by President Johnson in the presence of Martin Luther King Jr. The decade is also remembered as Second Reconstruction,  The Black Revolution,  Second American Revolution, or The Death of Jim Crow.  A split in the Civil Rights movement occurred  ca. 1965 with the emergence of Black Nationalism  with a different strategy and tactic.  Rather than non-violent resistance  Black Nationalism placed emphasis on a proactive independent racial separation of self-determination. Most Americans with a scant grasp of American history were not aware Black Nationalism as strategy was as old as American History. Fear griped many non-black Americans.  The objectives of both approaches was the same, namely,  first class citizenship for the African-American.. One strain sought integration following the leadership of the NAACP, the Urban League, and Martin Luther King. The other fostered Black Nationalisn and leadership of Macomb X, Black Panthers, and such as Stokely Carmichael.  The  Civil Rights Era comes to a close with the conservative national direction chartered by the administration of Richard Nixon. Read more »

6
Dec

BUCKLEY – INDIVIDUALISM/CHRISTIANITY

A recent op ed  written by Carl Bogus (Startribune, 11/30/11) arrested my attention.  Bogas’ article is titled:  “Why all black and white,  no gray? For GOP it all starts with Buckley.”  The writer suggests the modern conservative movement began 60 years ago when Buckley published “God and Man at Yale”  Yale was criticized for two things, Read more »

22
Nov

LOCKEAN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND PARTISAN GRIDLOCK

The bipartisan committee of twelve lawmakers appointed by party leaders to trim $1.2 trillion of the national runaway debt over the next decade on the day their report is due have crumbled. Failing to reach a compromise  just how to lower the federal deficit is resulting in the gridlock  blame trading game. political parties  accuse one another for the failure. Republicans reject out of  hand any new taxes, especially any targeted on the affluent. Democrats , on the other hand, insist that there be no money changes in social programs such as Medicare, or Social Security.  A combination of  spending cuts and new tax revenue is their solution. How to meet this impasse? Read more »