Hamilton Spectator

2019 November

So, about the lowly toilet

2019-12-05T21:38:39-05:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |0 Comments

There was a time when I wouldn’t think about the lowly toilet. Nor would I consider the lives that each of us are born into through no doing of our own. If anything, during these autumn days I’d think about John F. Kennedy, the former US president assassinated November 22, 1963. That was just before my time

2019 November

Filling the house with the food of love

2019-12-04T13:46:22-05:00November 9th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

I live in a house filled with instruments. And not just instruments, but music. And while this may not be the most dramatic news of the day, it's the most reassuring news of my own day. I might live longer. I'll certainly live happier. Science confirms the truth that we sense.

2019 October

This weekend, we should all wear turbans

2019-10-12T23:41:00-04:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns, Other|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

It was early this election season and the news came on TV and it was federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaking. Then this question from a certain young lady, a healthcare attendant beside me. She looked at the TV and with raised eyebrow said, “Is he running

2019 September

Finding your place in the garden

2019-09-17T22:35:03-04:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

He’s a painter, a tradesman, who never went to university because he started painting early in life and it made no sense to stop. He had steady money while his friends, after graduating from schools of higher learning, struggled as much as they saw any benefits of their money spent. He told me about it recently.

2019 September

On men, women, Red Green and a Saudi prince

2019-09-17T22:32:50-04:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Today let’s talk about men and women and everything I’ve learned about it all from Red Green. And from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. You’ll recall that Red Green ended every episode of his long-running TV show with that special moment from Possum Lodge, what Red affectionately called “The Men’s Prayer.”

2019 August

Happiness is right here

2019-08-04T21:30:10-04:00August 4th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |4 Comments

The funny thing is that it’s some of the ridiculously cold countries – the freeze the snot on your nose northern nations – that are the happiest. This is what they say. You know. “They.” I just read a report on it. I don’t know. I prefer the beach, myself. Child Number 2, the laughing boy, told me the other morning about a beach in Mexico. “I want to go there,” he said.

2019 July

Waking up to the shortness of life

2019-07-15T14:25:28-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

I’m gardening with my son, the cool, wet dirt between our fingers. I think of John, my friend, a fellow traveller, recently dead of cancer. He’s still somehow, seen. Still felt. Funny how that goes, how you often miss what’s right in front of you. Then, when you take the time to pause, the smelling salts of life get you to sit up and do what your mother always told you: pay attention!

2019 June

The upside of having your wallet stolen

2019-07-13T00:03:15-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The latest news from this corner is that my wallet, soggy and laden with earth beetles, was found in a neighbour’s rock garden. The phone call came. “Are you Thomas Froese?” “Yes.” “I have your wallet.” It was handed to me in a plastic bag. Hard to say if this is good news or bad. It’s like someone finding a body.