Yearly Archives: 2020

2020 May

Pandemic wolf stalks developing world

2020-05-25T20:03:29-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |10 Comments

It’s your phone and you pull it out and it’s the other side of the world. This is what it says. Help. Help me. Help us. Precisely, “We are all home with the kids asking for what to eat, so help me get out of this situation, please.” It's Paul, from Uganda, in Africa. A photo of Paul and his children are among those

2020 May

This Mother’s Day consider the blessing

2020-05-09T13:47:10-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Today’s offering is about a dog. And children. And a couple of books and a movie. Seems like the right mix for Mother’s Day. The dog is Oscar, a friendly Shih Tzu Poodle wanting to be touched. There he is following me in the nearby cemetery where I often walk in the fresh morning light.

2020 April

Goodbye Superman

2020-04-19T01:49:30-04:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

My relationship with Superman is not what it used to be. I now feel closer to strangers on the news. Like that nurse. More on her in a minute. But when I was a boy, Superman was like God. Faster than any bullet. More powerful than a train. That’s Clark Kent, a shy Daily Planet reporter, secretly wearing that big, bold Super-S

2020 March

Longing for that long tomorrow

2020-04-18T23:43:56-04:00March 7th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The moment with my boy had nothing to do with coronavirus and all these anxieties. But there I was lounging on the couch, and there he was, beside me, playing his guitar and singing about the end of the world. It’s that JP Saxe song, If The World Was Ending. It’s a love song, really. One that asks, during the world’s final curtain call

2020 February

Some roads less travelled in Nigeria

2020-05-25T20:11:00-04:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 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

2020 February

Settling for only the best

2020-03-07T13:37:58-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ 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