2022 June

Being good at being single

2022-06-21T20:01:25-04:00June 18th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Most of us have no clue what we’re doing in these matters of the heart, but if you’re looking, and if it’s any help, here’s something for a summer day. It starts with a fine young lady, Corinna. Little Boy Hopeless, that’s me, hit her with a rock. In Grade 2. Seated behind her, I’d also pull her dark, silky hair. I liked her

2022 June

What, really, is in a name, after all?

2022-06-05T01:11:46-04:00June 4th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It was one of those funny things. My eldest was with me at a garage getting our car checked when she said, “Dad. Look!” I turned to see a set of summer tires, ready for some stranger’s car. “Guenter,” the unknown owner’s name, was written large on the four tires that were stacked like a question mark.

2022 March

We need water like we need air

2022-03-20T00:02:06-04:00March 19th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |6 Comments

We thirst. I was reminded of it in a recent email from a Hamilton friend in Nigeria. He shared how during dry season it’s hard to find clean water, whether in towns and cities or for the masses living in bush areas. He said it as plainly as anyone can. “Water is life.” It is. We need water

2022 February

What “living with it” looks like

2022-03-07T13:28:32-05:00February 26th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

It was on the streets of Uganda with shoppers scurrying to beat the rain when the masked woman with the colourful umbrella passed me, or I passed her, a moment, like 10 million others, that would already be forgotten if not for my handy phone camera. Later, in Kampala, reading a recent

2022 February

Love and all its absurdities

2022-02-27T23:35:50-05:00February 12th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Today, with Valentine’s rounding the corner, let’s talk about love and insanity. First, under the heading, “Everything I’ve Learned In Life, I’ve Learned From My Teenagers,” let me say that there are never a lack of new and exciting lessons. “You know, Dad,” my eldest said recently. “Don’t