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2021 February

Even the Son of God had family complications

2021-02-21T09:03:17-05:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |6 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 Riel Day.  Just saying.

2021 February

Holding travel, and life, with loose hands

2021-02-07T09:02:57-05:00February 7th, 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 …?’

2021-01-24T09:08:00-05:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |6 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.

2021 January

If nothing else, be kind to yourself in 2021 – not everyone else will

2021-01-10T09:33:11-05:00January 10th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |7 Comments

I’d like to take a minute here to talk about something I know nothing about, namely your brain. But you’ll be happy to know that on this January day we’ll consider other exciting things too, like, let’s say, oh, I don’t know. The beach? Sure, let’s talk about the beach too.

2020 December

On 2020, the God of Christmas, and paying attention

2021-01-10T08:45:36-05:00December 19th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |18 Comments

It’s been a year of sadness. Not to bum you out. I’m just saying. And a year of vulnerability. Vulnerable. This was the man outside my house. His name is Victor. He’d walked across the city for some hours, pushing a cart of bottles collected along the way for money.

2020 December

And what about the vulnerable among us?

2021-01-10T08:46:51-05:00December 5th, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Today is a good day to talk about the vulnerable among us – the mentally ill and the disabled – and doctor-assisted death. Worldwide, only about five per cent of 195 nations allow what’s known in Canada as MAiD, or Medical Assistance in Dying. The World Medical Association also

2020 November

If women ruled the world

2020-12-16T13:57:17-05:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

You have to wonder what life would be like if women ruled the world. Or at least America. Consider the planet and all of its shades. Would it be a kinder, gentler place? One with more peace? A world with easier, more gracious, transitions of power? You have to wonder, too, how little Ruby Bridges felt on that November

2020 October

America votes. Again. What would Lincoln say?

2020-11-01T12:28:07-05:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |18 Comments

Of course, the party would not be complete without Abraham Lincoln. And it’s a good day to ask America’s 16th president what he thinks of it all, Tuesday’s big vote. As I write, on a window sill behind my desk sits a bust of Lincoln, otherwise known as Honest Abe.