anxiety

2015 November

Fear and childbirth in Uganda

2017-07-18T01:48:18-04:00November 12th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s morning and the sun is up, shining on the mud, and Zak, the dog, has left his bright orange ball to chase Tiblets. Tibs, as Liz is fond of calling him, is the poor cat who just took off into the bush. There is another way, though, and one of our cats, Mister Bubbles, [...]

2015 July

(I’m 50 now.) Inline skates? Yes. Smartphone? No.

2017-07-18T02:10:56-04:00July 25th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, July 25, 2015) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ The last time I peed in a bottle, my doctor looked it over, then looked me over, took my blood pressure and finally said, “Good God, man! How in the world do you manage to do it?” He told me that he thought I’d live to be 100, and then, if I remember correctly, (which I don’t always, anymore), he said something about putting a large poster of me in his clinic (or was it on the front of the building?) to encourage others of my, uh, vintage. I think that’s what he said, anyway.

2015 April

On being a kid, terrorism, and other fears

2017-07-18T02:31:56-04:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

She was Swiss and she stood at the front door this morning and told me how envious she was of my family’s set-up at the university compound we call home. I nodded. She had just driven the hour from her house in Kampala to drop off her daughter to play with Hannah when we talked [...]

2015 January

The Nature of Peace – 2 – Don’t let your inner peace be stolen

2015-01-29T05:07:51-04:00January 12th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Now there’s good news too and I want to get to the good news. But first, let me ask you a question. Generally speaking, very broadly now, in 2014 is the world a safe place? I’d like to see a show of hands. Who thinks we live in a safe world? And who thinks it’s not safe

2014 June

It’s a nutty world. Now giddy up, horsey.

2017-07-19T01:10:34-04:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s a nutty world, nutty when it comes to fear, which is why I just had to look at eight pages of permission forms so my son, Jon, could go on a class trip to a local pool. His Grade 3 class goes once or twice a year. So, eight pages. Five (5!) of my [...]

2013 May

Tim Bosma, dream house builder. Don’t let your heart be troubled.

2017-04-10T21:27:39-04:00May 15th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled,’ is what he said. ‘Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has plenty of room.’ This is what Jesus told his friends. That he was going to get things ready. That he’d come back to get his friends when things were all set. He’d have to [...]

2013 May

Praying for Tim Bosma. Growing young.

2017-07-20T00:27:51-04:00May 14th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was Mother’s Day, Day 7 of it all, Day 7 since Timothy Bosma left his Hamilton home for a quick test drive of his truck with a couple of strangers and then vanished. And it was my girls who prayed for him. ‘Dear Jesus,’ Liz said. We were on the 401, in the van, in the busyness of the [...]

2013 April

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. No, really. (With music by Fleetwood Mac)

2017-01-31T23:15:18-04:00April 17th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz has a pile of CDs in her lap and she's rotating the songs, all our favourites, and we’re driving and Fleetwood Mac’s old classic 'Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow' comes on and it's good, it's all so very good. It’s the sort of song that can say a lot at a wedding. In fact, not long after [...]