Yearly Archives: 2020

2020 February

Some roads less travelled in Nigeria

2020-02-23T20:07:29-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

EGBE, NIGERIA — We're on our motorcycles — my friend Rick has offered me his for the afternoon — at a place called Prayer Rock. It's a lookout at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road near this historic town in Kogi province, a brown patch of earth in central Nigeria that's been touched by Canada. It's my last day here. The spot seems as suitable as any to finish my week in this West African nation. God knows the place needs prayer.

2020 February

Settling for only the best

2020-02-14T01:51:04-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

This column is about UCU’s new, yet-to-be-named vice- chancellor. But first let me tell you about the Ugandan who was happy to tell me about his recent marriage.“ Congratulations,” I said, before asking, “How old are you?” “Thirty.” I said congratulations again. “That’s a good age.” Then, like a good counsellor, I shared my own

2020 January

FaceTime during African sunrises and other musings

2020-02-14T13:48:37-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This morning I FaceTimed the family. Child Number 1, a musical girl, was having sinus pain. So I looked up there and noticed Taylor Swift and a hall of high school girls having a party. Looks like they'd moved from my daughter's inner ear. I suggested this may be

2020 January

The children of the Nile and a rhythm of rest

2020-01-27T18:25:20-05:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

So I'm back in this East African nation for a working visit. It's also a good time to get myself unplugged. You know, rested and rebooted. The warm days and the warm people and the children help. If you visit (and why don’t you, sometime?) you’ll know what I mean.