Yearly Archives: 1997

1997 December

Spirit of real St. Nick has much to teach us

December 22nd, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Dear Editor: I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?

1997 August

Common decency needn’t be a difficult concept

August 9th, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have had an opportunity to see the recent move of 33 rooming-house residents from Toronto to Aylmer, a transfer equated by some as Toronto "dumping its trash" into rural Ontario, through the eyes of personal experience. My family owned and operated a private rest home for the better part of 20 years, with tenants, patients as we called them, very similar to those at the Aylmer home run by Anne Borden Maxwell.

1997 June

People of faith must come out of the closet

June 28th, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have had an opportunity to see the recent move of 33 rooming-house residents from Toronto to Aylmer, a transfer equated by some as Toronto "dumping its trash" into rural Ontario, through the eyes of personal experience. My family owned and operated a private rest home for the better part of 20 years, with tenants, patients as we called them, very similar to those at the Aylmer home run by Anne Borden Maxwell.

1997 May

Can this Pied Piper lead us to the Promised Land?

May 31st, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On a warm day on a busy walkway in a large square in Berlin, a young man sits playing his flute for a pocketful of change. His hair is spiked like the Statue of Liberty and he wears a dark tank top. I draw near to him and see his shirt's message: "Jesus didn't die for my sins. He died for His own."

1997 May

A thorny, red rose

May 10th, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The London Free Press – Saturday, May 10, 1997) "We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer. Together we exist. And forever will re-create each other." — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century French philosopher ST. THOMAS, CANADA – Tomorrow is Mother's Day, the one day of the year I'm vividly reminded I have never held my mother, looked into her eyes and told her I love her. I have never offered a soft kiss on her cheek. I have never even given her flowers.