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Lynn Elling, World War II and Korea Veteran, Businessman, World Citizen

NOTE: This post originated in November, 2007, titled LYNN ELLING: A MILLION COPIES MADE: Visioning a New Declaration of World Citizenship, by Dick Bernard.  Originally published Nov. 5, 2007 at Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, of which Dick Bernard was then President, slightly revised February 3, 2011, and December 3, 2012, and has been updated by addition […]


#579 – Dick Bernard: Donna Elling

This afternoon Donna Elling, 88, will be remembered at First Universalist Church in south Minneapolis. We’ll be there, and I expect there’ll be a large crowd. She richly deserves a tribute. I can’t say I knew Donna well, except through others voices and memories. When I met her and her husband, Lynn, five years ago, […]


August 6&9, 1945: Reflecting

Aug. 9, 1945 was Nagasaki – 78 years ago.  Today’s post reflects briefly on “78”. First, Speaking personally: war is insanity, period.  It is never a solution.   The winner of one war, can expect another war to follow.  The saying “What goes around, comes around” comes to mind.  Having said that, there have always […]


A Letter from Japan, August 10, 1945

Sunday, August 6, is the 78th anniversary of Hiroshima and the Atom bomb.  Three days later, Nagasaki was target for the second bomb. The annual commemoration events are August 5, 6 and 8 in Minneapolis and St. Paul:  details here, (click on first tab under news and events). A year ago, I saw the Golden […]


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 […]


Lowell Erdahl

Rev. Lowell Erdahl died Dec. 14 at age 90.  He was very well known in Minnesota.  Details were in the Dec. 19 Minneapolis Star Tribune, which can be read here: Lowell Erdahl obituary Dec 19 2021. My particular connection to Rev. Erdahl was in the area of peace and justice.  As his obituary states, “throughout […]