2021 May

Mothers and their babies living in risky times

2021-05-09T09:00:11-04:00May 9th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

So Darling Doctor Wife, otherwise known as Dr. Jean, recently came home from an off-duty visit to labour and delivery to see Hosanna Froese, a preemie who arrived in this world eight weeks early. Hosanna’s mother, with COVID-19, isolated at home while tiny Hosanna, all 4.1 pounds of her, started life not at her mother’s breast, but in neonatal intensive care at St. Joe’s Hospital.

2021 April

The beauty and blessing of books in our lives

2021-04-18T08:51:27-04:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

“Healing place for the soul,” is what the ancient Greeks wrote at the doorways to their libraries. You don’t get that sacredness when you visit, say, YouTube. Or Netflix. Or your handy smartphone. “In the beginning was the Word,” is what the ancients also declared. Not “In the beginning was the microchip.” It’s something to think about this upcoming week, our ongoing relationship, or lack

2021 April

The place of Easter in our modern world

2021-04-03T09:53:00-04:00April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Rabbits are wonderful animals to bring a smile to any child, especially chocolate rabbits, but you’d never place much hope for peace on the Easter Bunny. Not that a rabbit can’t speak to Easter. It can. Once my little girl’s rabbit went into eternity, so to speak, in Uganda, after the neighbour boy experimented with how many times it might spin in midair.

2021 March

There’s a certain grace in loving Grace

2021-04-20T12:28:58-04:00March 20th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Today in this space we continue to explore the most pressing issues of our time, now with the difficult question that’s on everyone’s mind: should we let dogs teach in our universities? My own view is that if my dog, Grace, taught, say, my literature class, she’d do fine. “Today,” she’d say, sitting in front of her class, crossing one furry leg over the other, “we’ll look at grace.”

2021 March

Yemen needs food and medicine, not guns

2021-03-21T02:16:14-04:00March 6th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |2 Comments

If you want to see the children of Yemen, you don’t need to go far. Pull up a chair. Here they are, children of war and disease and famine. There’s one, skin wrapped tight over bone, bloodied under bandages covering her wounds. There’s another, looking up at us, a boy with no leg.  And another girl, alive, apparently, on a bed of sorts.

2021 February

Even the Son of God had family complications

2021-03-21T02:14:36-04:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

It’s the other day and I’m on the phone with a friend in the Cayman Islands. The conversation turns to family. Family, what we celebrated earlier this week. Of course, some of us might as well celebrate the finer points of being an executed outlaw. Sort of like in Manitoba, where, in place of February’s Family Day, they celebrate Louis

2021 February

Holding travel, and life, with loose hands

2021-03-21T02:15:29-04:00February 6th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Now we’re going to look at some important new developments in the world of travel, namely that if you have plans, well, good luck. Even if you fly off to nowhere, you might not get back home easily. This is the latest from the Ministry of Miserable Pandemic Affairs. Don’t make travel

2021 January

‘Hey man, where are the sticks, the sticks, the sticks …?’

2021-03-21T02:19:00-04:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |8 Comments

When I die, I want my obituary to read as follows: “Thomas Froese is dead. Mr. Froese’s biggest accomplishment was bringing hockey to Africa, where it’s now enjoyed by pretty well everyone.” Today, here’s my progress report. In short, I can’t die any time soon.