Thomas Froese

 author & journalist | life & letters

February 11, 2017
by Thomas Froese

Her lessons in chess are lessons in life

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, February 11, 2017)

KAMPALA, UGANDA – I’m not one to see a miracle around every corner. If things worked that way, the real deal would get awfully cheap.

But I got a haircut the other day. The gentleman cutting my hair – he informed me his name was Maxwell – said it was a miracle. Not my haircut. My question. Continue reading

January 27, 2017
by Thomas Froese

Our faces are doorways into our lives

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, January 27, 2017)

“Honestly, if I were two-faced would I be showing you this one?”

– Abraham Lincoln

KAMPALA, UGANDA — There was a time when I’d walk down the street and look at people’s faces.

Any city would do as long as it had a downtown drag of even modest substance. The first was Kitchener-Waterloo where I was a student living away from home for the first time. Continue reading

December 24, 2016
by Thomas Froese

Awe and joy on the journey

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, December 24, 2016)

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It was just past sunrise in Congo at a mission refugee camp. This is when I walked into it. It was a certain and gentle light. It was in a church. I was alone.

It wasn’t much of a church, just plain with a dirt floor and simple benches and open ceiling. The space was empty. Still. Voiceless. Continue reading

November 12, 2016
by Thomas Froese

How a simple skipping rope changed lives

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, November 12, 2016)

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It started with a skipping rope, a plain green skipping rope, the kind you’d find at any dollar store.

It was a simple investment. You’d be forgiven for opting to instead spend the money on your morning double-double. Continue reading

October 22, 2016
by Thomas Froese
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Belief, truth and monsters who are all too real

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, October 22, 2016)

KAMPALA, UGANDA – It’s hard to know what to make of it somedays, what to make of these remarkable matters like belief and truth and monsters.

I mean, when I was a young reporter I wrote about a monster that nobody believed in, and even that caused a stir. It was the so-called Lake Erie Monster, affectionately known as LEM. Continue reading

October 8, 2016
by Thomas Froese

On gardening, grace and writing

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, October 8, 2016)

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Someone (a writer, naturally) once said that writing is like prayer. Prayer, it seems to me, is like gardening. I’ve struggled with all three.

The small garden behind our African home is testament to this. Many seasons it’s been a disappointing annoyance. Nearby trees steal valuable sunlight and nutrients. I suppose the space should never have been chosen to start. Continue reading