Yearly Archives: 2014

2014 December

“All we are now are memories for our children.”

2017-07-18T17:27:00+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I saw a movie the other day with one of those lines that will last a lifetime -- “All we are now are memories for our children." And what better memory can any child have than of Christmas morning? It’s now a few minutes past midnight in Uganda. We’re into Dec. 25 eight hours before [...]

2014 December

The paradox of Christmas

2017-07-18T17:31:29+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|0 Comments

I recently wrote here about bringing the children some Turkish Delight back from a trip to Istanbul, where I stopped for some writing fodder while travelling from Canada back to our African home. Some other thoughts from this strategic part of the world, and on peace this Christmas season, are in this Hamilton Spectator column from [...]

2014 December

The paradox of Christmas

2015-11-24T06:53:43+00:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, December 20, 2014) ISTANBUL, TURKEY ✦It was a Sunday, the first day of Advent, en route from Hamilton to my African home, when I toured the Old City here, a place where religions and cultures and empires have collided for centuries. This is when my guide for the day said what he did. I had asked him about some historic notes and holy relics in the Topkapi Palace Museum, items identified as thousands of years old from ancient Israel, but looking dubiously more modern and Ottoman-like, when he told me as plainly as if he was giving the weather report that, "It's all mythology anyway. Whatever you believe is true, that's the truth."

2014 December

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the funniest Froese of all?

2017-07-18T17:28:38+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The question came in the UnGame the other evening. “Who is the funniest member of your family?” We’d have to put it to a vote. Jon – “I am!” This from the boy who, when he scores a goal in soccer, pulls down his sports shorts and wiggle his, uh, rear. That is when he’s [...]

2014 December

Christmas is hope in the most common of places

2017-07-18T17:30:03+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The beauty of Christmas is that you don't have to have it all together to join the choir. In fact, it's more fitting if you're off-key, that is, if you're less than perfect, if you're common. In the most common of places, after all, is where the first Christmas was experienced. By the most common of people. [...]

2014 December

Hope in the food court

2015-01-13T10:28:18+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

(Christian Week - December 2014) Today in the food court there was a piano. The pianist, wearing a red Santa hat (naturally), finished “Jingle Bells” through the dull roar of shoppers, their winter coats unzipped, hats aside, while they sat and talked and ate KFC or New York Fries or whatever they happened to have. Then a young woman, scarf thrown loosely over her shoulder, stood and put her cellphone to her ear. Strangely enough, she sang into the phone. And her voice, somehow, melodious and majestic, carried through the entire food court. Brows raised. Heads turned.

2014 December

The Story – 5 – Living in the ‘now’

2017-07-18T17:32:29+00:00 December 13th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We are a story, a living story, if we are anything, and this is one reason, maybe the best, why stories will never go out of fashion. In my own family, much of our time together revolves around stories. We read them every night and often the children read more on their beds, flashlights in hand, [...]