Yearly Archives: 2019

2019 February

The fragrance of (my) life

2019-02-14T12:26:57+00:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

So I'm in the middle of Africa dining with a colleague and he declares, "That's great news about Jean. Congratulations!" Out comes his phone and all the details and I'm in the dark and feeling rather sheepish about it. My bride, the children's mother, in her natural humility, hadn't told me of her recent recognition as a Canadian

2019 February

Learning at the school of life

2019-02-01T17:15:56+00:00February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Andrew Thomas is the little boy who smiled and played with my hands the first time I met him outside the university guesthouse where, these days, I have my meals. There, from your side of the ocean, my own children, along with their mother, watched and said hello to Andrew through a video screen.

2019 January

Seeing some things half clearly

2019-02-01T14:47:12+00:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

"I see you're aging gracefully." This is what he, an old Canadian friend, now overseas, said after seeing my photo complete with beard and glasses. Oh, come on. Already? Now? So soon? Aging gracefully? Really? In truth, the beard comes and goes like pages of a calendar. I shave. I don't shave. My bride, that is my young looking wife, comments on this.