Berlin

2015 June

Yesterday’s stories. Grandparents. Beauty deep inside.

2017-01-31T23:17:05-04:00June 27th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was a view from a porch or two but there was a third porch I sat on right around the same time, this front porch at home where I grew up, an old manor in Niagara that dates back to the 1870s,  where Opa Froese, that is my father, still lives. It was my [...]

2014 November

25 years after The Wall fell

2014-12-15T07:22:00-04:00November 19th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, November 15, 2014) KAMPALA, UGANDA -- It was still morning in Berlin on this Sunday when candles at the Church of Reconciliation were lit to honour yesteryear’s dead, the brave souls who ran from the uniforms and helmets and strong-armed authorities, who ran for freedom that was torn away, even as their flesh would be torn by barbed-wire and vicious dogs and bullets at that wall.

2014 July

Germany wins! But my face is still so (im)perfect

2017-07-19T01:00:14-04:00July 9th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was the Ungame and this time the question was for Jon: “Describe your father in three words.” “Big nose,” he started out. The other two words, I somehow blocked out. Then I had to answer the same question about my own father. “Old. Tough. German.” Which is what Jon will be facing, someday. So, careful son. [...]

2012 April

Not with a bang but a whimper

2012-12-11T18:23:28-04:00April 28th, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

BERLIN – So Hitler was called to lurk among us. And never showed. Not even in Germany. This regarding Kony 2012, the strange and shrinking campaign that in its posters — now hung virtually nowhere — features Hitler idling behind warlord Joseph Kony and Osama bin Laden. The square-moustached megalomaniac has made a bigger splash online. On YouTube, an impersonator of the führer is enraged over the world’s apparent inaction against Kony. “Get my laptop,” he tells his generals, with English subtitles, in this satirical video with a million views.

1997 May

Can this Pied Piper lead us to the Promised Land?

2012-10-30T05:36:46-04:00May 31st, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On a warm day on a busy walkway in a large square in Berlin, a young man sits playing his flute for a pocketful of change. His hair is spiked like the Statue of Liberty and he wears a dark tank top. I draw near to him and see his shirt's message: "Jesus didn't die for my sins. He died for His own."