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2017 June

For Gloria, the fatherless girl we left behind

June 17th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

She's the Ugandan girl who we left behind in a part of the world where, this weekend, there is no Father's Day. And even if there was, this girl, our friend, has no father to honour on it. So while it's only suitable that so many fathers and children be given one day a year to consider how inadequate we all are with this business of honouring each other, this is about a fatherless girl on just another fatherless day.

2017 June

Many Ontario doctors caught in euthanasia dilemma

June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |3 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 ...

2017 May

Saving mothers, one modest step at a time

May 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

April 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.

2017 April

A new holiday, just for talking animals. Really.

April 1st, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One day Adam woke up and looked around and the place was his. He saw the animals. “Lion,” he said, in a manner of speaking. Then “lamb.” And so forth. They all had good relationships. They were at peace, lying around together. It was Eden.