2022 January

Our life isn’t meant to be safe

2022-01-16T09:54:33-05:00January 15th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |0 Comments

So here we are in a shiny new year – Happy New Year, by the way – and what comes to mind but the darn cemetery. It’s a fine cemetery, really, historic and beautifully-terraced and a refreshing morning walk. Most mornings I’m there with the dog. There we go through the park, past the rink

2021 December

Anger is the story of 2021

2021-12-12T08:55:06-05:00December 12th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

She’s a friend, a literary academic who’s learned and gracious, a woman of faith who –  while the pandemic continues to spin and dance out there – often foregoes going out. This, in order to protect her vulnerable husband. We talked about the vaccine – she’s fully vaccinated – and about

2021 November

Stories from a Ticats superfan

2021-12-25T01:16:13-05:00November 27th, 2021|Categories: Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |0 Comments

One day Paul Cicero’s dad bought him a Hamilton Ticats hat and sat the boy in Ivor Wynne Stadium to watch a game. Then TC, the Ticats’ mascot, came by, took the hat, and pretended to consume Paul’s head, before leading the stadium in a roaring cheer. It was 1987. Paul was six. It’s just one Ticats story – Paul is full of them – that runs deep and alongside stories of Paul’s family.

2021 November

I’ve been alive for about 20,000 sunrises, and how many have I really seen?

2021-11-28T08:27:46-05:00November 6th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Today is a good day to consider the light. Because it’s easy to walk around the light, or through the light, or even in the light while still being oblivious to it. A student of mine recently reminded me. We were looking at a story. This

2021 October

Read like your life depends on it

2021-10-24T08:21:43-04:00October 24th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today let’s talk about Holden Caulfield and kids and newspapers, along with reading in general. After all, it’s Reading Week, or at least it’s Reading Week season. Ontario’s universities scatter these weeks at different times through the fall. It’s important. Because, as long as you’re not reading “Acme’s How to Blow Up the World in 10 Easy Steps,” reading helps you become more

2021 October

Hockey and the tapestry of our lives

2021-11-06T23:12:30-04:00October 9th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |10 Comments

I would be a Leafs fan, I suppose, but when I was seven years old someone put a woolly Montreal Canadiens sweater on me, with the rest of my hockey gear, skates and all, before snapping a Polaroid of me standing in the living room. My allegiance was somehow set. Paul, my best friend, was a Leafs fan. His mother made sandwiches and cookies

2021 September

“Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.”

2021-09-29T07:17:46-04:00September 25th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Once again parents are celebrating September and their kids’ return to school, and I, for one, am enjoying the new freedom to reflect more on how to be the world’s worst dad. First, this. The exasperated school principal. I recently watched the poor guy – it’s a thankless job – with his tie and blazer and jowls and arms all flailing and