Hamilton Spectator

2017 July

There’s bound to be some blood along the way

2017-07-24T23:03:41+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Today we’re going to talk about the boy. Child #2. My son. You may have a boy also. And if he hasn’t yet put his head inside the open mouth of an alligator, then, well, congratulations. My boy announced recently that he’s going to jump from a plane.

2017 June

Wherever we are, we all need grace in our lives

2017-07-24T23:05:32+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m a white Canadian. But I easily imagine myself as a dark Arabian. A Muslim. There, on the streets with a kufiya on my head. Or there, I’m a Muslim woman with a beautiful, but hidden, face, walking along the beach. I’m just telling you. I mean, what if I was born in, say, Yemen.

2017 June

For Gloria, the fatherless girl we left behind

2017-07-24T21:55:24+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

She's the Ugandan girl who we left behind in a part of the world where, this weekend, there is no Father's Day. And even if there was, this girl, our friend, has no father to honour on it. So while it's only suitable that so many fathers and children be given one day a year to consider how ...

2017 June

Many Ontario doctors caught in euthanasia dilemma

2017-07-24T23:01:41+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

He’s a friend. A doctor. His name is Stuart. I stood at the front door of his home, my son beside me. Stuart is the keeper of the children’s bicycles while we’re abroad. We swung by to make arrangements to get them. That’s all it was, an ordinary May evening. But the world was somehow different. Its axis had shifted. At least for Stuart. He’d just returned from Queen’s Park, he informed me, with other doctors lobbying for a private member’s bill, that of MPP Jeff Yurek, from Elgin-London-Middlesex.

2017 May

Saving mothers, one modest step at a time

2017-07-24T22:00:36+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In sub-Saharan Africa they call childbirth “war.” If you’re a woman about to deliver a child in that part of the world, this is your fate. Imagine it. You’re young. (Younger than most Canadians can imagine.) You're poor. You're alone.

2017 April

Returning to Hamilton, Ugandan treasure beside us

2017-04-19T20:15:24+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

I will miss the light of Africa as much as I will miss anything. I will miss the water too. This, even as I’ll miss Africa itself, the birthplace of our youngest daughter, the place where the light shines so beautifully on her skin.

2017 April

A new holiday, just for talking animals. Really.

2017-05-12T19:55:37+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One day Adam woke up and looked around and the place was his. He saw the animals. “Lion,” he said, in a manner of speaking. Then “lamb.” And so forth. They all had good relationships. They were at peace, lying around together. It was Eden.