Graduation Ceremony – Harry’s Diary

Claudia and I left early Saturday for the Twin Cities with our grandsons. The occasion was the following day’s graduation ceremony for the United Theological Seminary. Claudia joined our son, Robb, as a master hers being a Master of Arts in Religious Leadership degree. Of course, our son expects to jump further ahead at the […]

Indian ghosts

I just keep adding more books to my reading list. The lastest is Killers of the Flower Moon. I’ve been catching reports on Public Radio for a presentation this week at the Fitzgerald Theater by its author David Grann. The book is about the murders of Osage Indians which took place south of Kansas in […]

Julius H. Barnes

Last night when I woke up in the middle of the night I picked up the book 1920 – The Year of the Six Presidents. Its an engaging book and so far most of the chapters have been excellent summaries of these past and yet-to-be Presidents. A long look at the bibliography and chapter notes […]

Shall We Dance?

I figure that I have several audiences of this blog. The one that is preeminent to me is – me. It’s not just the “Harry’s Diary” entries its all of them. I suspect some readers are interested in what I disclose about myself too although I doubt that this is a huge percentage. Interestingly, I […]

Bleeding Kansas

This is one of my Mother’s paintings. Its called “Lilly White Town.” She painted it to symbolize the new world we had moved to when we left Kansas and my Dad began teaching business law at Mankato State. It was a different world where some of my new school mates took to calling me “reb” […]

Family tidbits for my Birthday

On my birthday tomorrow I’ll take my grandsons on a Christmas Tree hunt. Claudia told the boys the other day that we would go out and “catch them” and to bring their nets. “Can they fly?” the Tan Man asked. Claudia said, “maybe.” Tanner then asked if he could shoot them. I just told that […]

Lapel Flag patriots

This NPR story about the thousands of “general discharges” handed out to veterans in recent years irked me this morning. These discharges protect the Military from the godawful medical costs of tending for the soldiers who fought our “War on Terror” while saddling them with a stain that prevents many from getting decent work after […]

The wrong lessons from our history

Donald Trump reads no books. His history is heavy with whatever lessons he learned at someone’s knees about the America First Committee which had no appetite for confronting Nazi Germany. His minions have raised the example of the internment of Japanese American Citizens in World War II as an example of how we might deal […]

Fear, Loathing, Loyalty, Sacrifice….

….Some of the things on my mind during my nine hour drive today. On Tuesday I’ll be headed into one of Donald Trump’s States, Kansas. That’s where I was born and my family was solidly Republican like the majority of Kansans. I will live with the results of this election however it turns out. If […]

Breach Birth of a Nation

There was an article on the movie title turned on its ear “Birth of a Nation” in yesterday’s DNT. The original “Birth” gave birth to modern Hollywood and also helped rebirth the Ku Klux Klan. DW. Griffith’s movie was unlike any movie audiences had ever seen and it made unprecedented scads of money. Think Star […]

More on my Grandfather

I have often written about my Grandfather, George Robb, both in the blog and in my old webpage www.snowbizz.com. Recently the coauthor of the definitive history of the Infantry Division that my Grandfather fought with, Jeffery Sammons, contacted me. He’d visited both my Grandfather’s old home, Salina, Kansas, and the Kansas State Historical Museum. He […]