Hamilton Spectator

2018 March

From an instrument of pain to a symbol of healing power

2018-04-11T12:39:41+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

It was a Friday some 2,000 years ago and he was a hardened criminal with a sorry life. For what it was worth, that life must have played before his mind’s eye like a regrettable movie. He was dying by asphyxiation, lack of oxygen. This is how criminals, would-be

2018 March

A stitch in time

2018-04-11T12:45:30+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

I don’t know about this business tonight of moving to Daylight Saving Time. It doesn’t feel entirely right. Not complete. Not really. I’m with the Walrus from Alice in Wonderland. “If you knew time as well as I do, you wouldn’t be talking about wasting it,” is what the Walrus said.  And if you can't waste time

2018 March

Water, water everywhere and Day Zero approaching

2018-03-04T21:49:01+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

The shower is as good as any place, I suppose, to think about the end of the world. Or maybe the horsemen of the apocalypse will ride into town while we’re all somehow gathered at the world’s oceans, dying of thirst, with (apologies to Coleridge) water, water everywhere and nothing

2018 February

The demonization of touching in our times

2018-04-11T12:47:38+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Today we’ll talk about touch. And the California girl. The California girl was a beautiful girl – you can imagine her California hair and skin and eyes and all that – but she might as well have been a dog. She’d be better off as a dog. This is what she said. Then she’d get affection and

2018 February

Breathing clean air in a pit-latrine nation

2018-02-16T19:36:29+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |25 Comments

It’s Saturday morning and we’re in the newsroom of The Standard, talking – well, laughing – about Donald Trump’s most recent step into a cow patty. African nations, home to more than one billion of the world’s people, are in Trump’s alleged words, “shithole countries.” The president

2018 January

In celebration of Flying Dad Dudes

2018-01-13T11:59:37+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |6 Comments

I love my work. In fact, at the airport this morning a stranger approached me and said, “Excuse me. Are you the guy who writes about fatherhood stuff? I appreciate that so much. But really, how do you do it? Your kids, so well adjusted. Your wife, so remarkably hot. You, always on the mark. You’re one lucky dude!”

2017 December

Christmas is a time to look at the light in the darkness

2017-12-26T08:22:34+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |6 Comments

It’s only December but my thin bones already long for summer. For light. For warmth. Where’s Africa? It’s over the ocean. And I’m on this side, often chilled when I stand at the large window behind my bedroom desk. I look into the darkness, so deep and wide and without form.