Hamilton Spectator

2020 January

The children of the Nile and a rhythm of rest

2020-04-18T23:43:01-04:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ So I'm back in this East African nation for a working visit. It's also a good time to get myself unplugged. You know, rested and rebooted. The warm days and the warm people and the children help. If you visit (and why don’t you, sometime?) you’ll know what I mean. The children of the Nile,

2019 December

Once upon a time there was you, and me

2020-01-31T14:43:34-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

The thing about those wild once-upon-a-time stories is that the good ones are always more true than we imagine. They can touch us profoundly. So here’s one: Once upon a time there was a little girl. A lost girl. Before I share more, though, let me say, as if it needs saying, that being lost is no fun.

2019 December

Waiting and living: an Advent reflection

2019-12-14T14:03:28-05:00December 7th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Eat. Read. Pray. Fly out the door. School mornings this is the routine in our home. A recent reading was about waiting. Cereal went into empty stomachs. I closed the book and made a comment about slowness. The children’s mother said, “But remember, with God a day is like

2019 November

So, about the lowly toilet

2020-02-13T08:20:55-05:00November 23rd, 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

2020-05-09T17:07:55-04:00November 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 August

On men, women, Red Green and a Saudi prince

2020-02-13T08:31:51-05:00August 31st, 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.”