Newspaper columns

2020 September

Finding Grace (and grace) in our lives

2020-09-06T07:52:15-04:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Grace, the Sheepadoodle, is a small dog with big feet who’s happiest when she’s running full-throttle, wild and wide-eyed, tripping over herself down some hill. She’s a dog who knows that life, even in dog years, is so short that there’s no time to waste, even if there’s no place to go

2020 August

I got a hole-in-one! (Or did I?)

2020-08-29T12:45:23-04:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |8 Comments

It was the first stroke on the first hole of the day, a chintzy Par 3 just under 100 yards, with a 7-iron. This is how I recently got a hole-in-one. It’s why I ran round and round, arms raised – hat, sunglasses and club thrown high – celebrating with everybody and nobody in particular.

2020 July

Freedom is a frame of mind

2020-07-18T14:36:00-04:00July 11th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |8 Comments

You can tell some kids just about anything, so if you’re bored this summer tell them that people couldn’t see colour until the 1960s. Before this, everything in the world looked black-and-white. I once told this to my own kids, which is probably one reason why their mother never asked me

2020 May

Pandemic wolf stalks developing world

2020-06-20T07:41:29-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |12 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

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.