RULES FOR THE SUMMER

These rules were designed and decreed by wife Ruth in summer 1972 when she was employed outside the home. I was the househusband in charge of four daughters;  Catherine 11, Elizabeth 9, Anastasia 8, Stephanie 5.  Two older siblings, Victoria 19 and Fred 17, were beyond a rule framework and had the run of the city. Summer Rules were written on poster board and posted in the kitchen.  Here they are and bring merriment Continue reading “RULES FOR THE SUMMER”

DOWNSIZING’S IMPERATIVE – “TRAVEL LIGHT”

Downsizing our household became imperative prior when moving to our new home,  Becketwood Cooperative.  A major project involved changing approximately twenty-five slide carousels to DVD discs. Recently we spent an evening reviewing the contents of several boxes of memorabilia and “treasures”  we brought along from our separate offices to our Cooperative home. Little survived the scrutiny and true treasures were almost nonexistent. “Supposed treasures”Continue reading “DOWNSIZING’S IMPERATIVE – “TRAVEL LIGHT””

VISITING HO CHI MINH’S HOME AND MAUSOLEUM

 (January  1993 I was a member of the COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE AT HANOI UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF  HO CHI MINH CITY. A few Journal notes follow)

Wednesday, Jnuary 6, 1993   This day provided events I had wished to encounter for some yearsContinue reading “VISITING HO CHI MINH’S HOME AND MAUSOLEUM”

TRAILING CLOUDS OF GLORY DO WE COME

September 8, 2011

A secluded and private space at Becketwood Cooperative is Fernwood Glen. Gigantic century old mature oaks shelter a sprawling wild-flower garden  greet the eye. Bench provided offers a place for quiet contemplation. Often I visit here to enjoy the opportunity for private musing and thought. Immediately adjoining is the playground of Minnehaha Academy’s lower grade  school.  Recently at 12 noon found me at my quiet retreat when noon hour recess released the entire student body for play and exercise.  Immediately my ears experienced Continue reading “TRAILING CLOUDS OF GLORY DO WE COME”

LAOS AND CAMBODIA ENGULFED BY AMERICA’S VIETNAM WAR

September 4, 2011

(See blog of August 29, 2011: “America’s Involvement in Vietnam, etc.” for the broader context of struggle in Indochina that includes Laos and Cambodia 

America’s Vietnam War  inevitably engulfed Laos and Cambodia  resulting  in the Third Vietnam War. The final outcome determined Vietnamese hegemony over both Laos and Cambodia with each in a “special relationship” with Vietnam.Continue reading “LAOS AND CAMBODIA ENGULFED BY AMERICA’S VIETNAM WAR”

TEA PARTY 2011 INAPPROPRIATELY NAMED

The historic context of the Boston Tea Party in 1773  makes clear that the  so-called  Tea Party in 2011  has a misapplied name. The roots of the Boston Tea Party lies in the last of  four 18th century great European and intercolonial wars. Britain and France each with allies were pitted againstContinue reading “TEA PARTY 2011 INAPPROPRIATELY NAMED”

AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN VIETNAM IN THE CONTEXT OF VIETNAMESE HISTORY

August 29, 2011

The Tet Offensive in 1968 was a turning point for a nation at war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  For most Americans the “Vietnam War” began in 1965. For most, too, it was something that took place in Vietnam, not really including Laos  and Cambodia.  A longer view of the history of Indochina gives a different slant to the story. Continue reading “AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN VIETNAM IN THE CONTEXT OF VIETNAMESE HISTORY”

HELP WANTED – MAIDS OF HONOR and “KILLERS of the DREAM”

August 21, 2011

Yesterday a bumper sticker caught my attention  which read:   ” no one is free where others are oppressed”.  This is particularly relevant regarding the current  reviews of the four star movie “Help” based upon Kathryn Stockett’s best selling novel of 2009.Continue reading “HELP WANTED – MAIDS OF HONOR and “KILLERS of the DREAM””

PASSIONATE OPINION – LACK OF RATIONAL CONVICTION

July 22, 2011

The  Opinion Page of the Startribune (7-18) printed a political commentary you don’t say  by L k. Hanson. My attention riveted on his quoting Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)  – British philosopher and mathematician. “The opinions that are held with passion are always those of which no good ground exists: indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction.”  Continue reading “PASSIONATE OPINION – LACK OF RATIONAL CONVICTION”

POLITICAL TALK – THREAT TO FRIENDSHIPS

My wife and I are residents at Becketwood Cooperative in Minneapolis. Daily mid-morning and mid-afternoon about five to ten gentlemen meet in the basement workroom for coffee, talk, and snacks.  All of these men are in their mid-eighties to lower-nineties. Almost without exception they are WWII veterans and received their education under the GI Bill. Continue reading “POLITICAL TALK – THREAT TO FRIENDSHIPS”