Yearly Archives: 2017

2017 August

Don’t tell the kids, but we bought a new house

2018-07-22T21:43:32-04:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

So, the children’s mother and I bought a house. “Let’s not tell the children,” she said. “Okay,” I replied. So we didn’t. Now before I share why, let me say that we all have a relationship with our houses, and in my family I’m the one with a sort of longsuffering in this union. This is the story.

2017 June

Wherever we are, we all need grace in our lives

2017-07-24T23:05:32-04:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m a white Canadian. But I easily imagine myself as a dark Arabian. A Muslim. There, on the streets with a kufiya on my head. Or there, I’m a Muslim woman with a beautiful, but hidden, face, walking along the beach. I’m just telling you. I mean, what if I was born in, say, Yemen.

2017 June

Many Ontario doctors caught in euthanasia dilemma

2017-09-29T11:21:44-04:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

He’s a friend. A doctor. His name is Stuart. I stood at the front door of his home, my son beside me. Stuart is the keeper of the children’s bicycles while we’re abroad. We swung by to make arrangements to get them. That’s all it was, an ordinary May evening. But the world was somehow different. Its axis had shifted. At least for Stuart. He’d just returned from Queen’s Park, he informed me, with other doctors lobbying for a

2017 May

Saving mothers, one modest step at a time

2017-07-24T22:00:36-04:00May 12th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In sub-Saharan Africa they call childbirth “war.” If you’re a woman about to deliver a child in that part of the world, this is your fate. Imagine it. You’re young. (Younger than most Canadians can imagine.) You're poor. You're alone.

2017 April

Returning to Hamilton, Ugandan treasure beside us

2018-07-22T21:54:39-04:00April 15th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

I will miss the light of Africa as much as I will miss anything. I will miss the water too. This, even as I’ll miss Africa itself, the birthplace of our youngest daughter, the place where the light shines so beautifully on her skin.