Yearly Archives: 2002

2002 December

Santa: help us all find some horse sense

2012-10-30T04:29:24+00:00 December 20th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Dear Santa: Thanks for last year's gift, the Gulliver's Travels book. I enjoyed the Houyhnhnms, those horse-like characters. So bright. So noble. And those savage Yahoos. So dim. So lost. Poor Gulliver couldn't see himself in them. But Gulliver really was a traveller. Like you Santa. That's why I'm writing. Distribution problems down here are getting worse.

2002 November

Yemeni children need love, hope, honesty

2012-10-30T04:13:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2002|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The children. Oh, the children. The smallest hold tightly onto black, tent-like baltos that drape over their mothers. Others sing in a school courtyard near our home. But the beggar kids who run to our vehicle when it's stopped at intersections really get me.

2002 October

Kidnapping is a cultural event

2012-10-30T04:27:46+00:00 October 26th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Jean is back in Hamilton to put final touches on McMaster University's Nov. 8 symposium on international women's health. My wife has left me to fend for myself. But rather than take on our kitchen stove, I've decided it's better to get kidnapped.

2002 October

Get back, Osama, to where you ‘haunt’

2012-10-30T04:26:27+00:00 October 17th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Dear Osama: We've been back several weeks now and Jean and I are settling nicely in this ancient land of your ancestry. But we're still not sure where the old bin Laden family homestead is. And where, Osama, are you? Somewhere warm?

2002 October

Hamilton doctor battles deaths during childbirth

2012-10-30T04:51:10+00:00 October 5th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Folks who lined up to throw pies at the prime minister for his candid suggestion that 9/11 was linked with growing global disparities and Western greed may want to stop reading this. The rest of you may meet my wife, Jean, a woman I thank God for every day.

2002 September

The world is becoming more of a neighbourhood

2012-10-30T04:53:26+00:00 September 30th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It's daybreak and we're again travelling the dusty roads of Sanaa, Yemen's capital. After two days of travel, Jean and I are nearing home, a ground-level apartment on a street with no name. Thank you U-2.