Hamilton Spectator

2018 February

The demonization of touching in our times

2018-02-13T23:48:07+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.

2017 December

The power and the truth in literary fiction

2018-01-06T01:36:18+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

My own view is that winter fathers and their kids should get free movie tickets on weekends. For Sunday matinees, free popcorn should be added. Yes, free movies for the winter fathers of the world. Someone should start a petition. Winter fathers are fathers who are separated or divorced

2017 December

For the love of a handwritten letter

2017-12-18T22:22:04+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Today’s rumination is about the art of writing. Cursive. For the children out there, you’ll want to ask your parents or grandparents what this is, and how it all works, and why on God’s good earth anyone would involve themselves in it. I feel like a Neanderthal for even mentioning it, but since I’m older than I look I’ll tell you that when I

2017 November

Unanswered prayers and the unexpected things in life

2017-11-13T12:20:46+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

The young lady was my heart’s desire. She was my long-time prayer. This, when I was a much younger version of myself. It was on the 11th day of the 11th month when her letter arrived. She wrote briefly and dispassionately. Her words drained the room of colour.

2017 October

Happy Death Day: here’s to getting clarity in life

2017-10-31T21:28:41+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

I walked through the cemetery today. I often do. It was me and the cold and the wet and my old umbrella. The umbrella is covered in deco of old newspaper headlines: the Jays won the World Series; Gorbachev was dismantling the USSR. My umbrella and I blew around like the news