2014 December

Hope in the food court

2015-01-13T10:28:18-05:00December 15th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

(Christian Week - December 2014) Today in the food court there was a piano. The pianist, wearing a red Santa hat (naturally), finished “Jingle Bells” through the dull roar of shoppers, their winter coats unzipped, hats aside, while they sat and talked and ate KFC or New York Fries or whatever they happened to have. Then a young woman, scarf thrown loosely over her shoulder, stood and put her cellphone to her ear. Strangely enough, she sang into the phone. And her voice, somehow, melodious and majestic, carried through the entire food court. Brows raised. Heads turned.

2013 December

We’ll be home for Christmas (for more than mere words)

2014-02-19T07:40:57-05:00December 21st, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, December 21, 2013) ENTEBBE, UGANDA ✦ It’s the end of another year of words. Words that have routinely informed us and words that have even sometimes, like summer snow, given a fresh look at everyday things. Like what happened recently in Africa during my children’s nightly reading, a story both troubling and reassuring. “You know,” I said, after, “things will happen in your life. Bad things. And nobody will be able to save you from them. I won’t be able to and neither will your mother. But let me tell you something. God loves to take these sorts of things and turn them into something good.”

2013 December

Hannah sees the judge, Nelson Mandela smiles at us

2017-07-19T20:12:50-04:00December 14th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s Entebbe, Uganda’s port of entry and departure, and we’re almost on a plane over the ocean and back to our home, the one where you can’t wear a t-shirt outside during this time of year. And on the table in front of me is an African news magazine with a picture of Nelson Mandela, [...]

2012 December

Summer snow

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00December 21st, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

(Cont'd from  yesterday) To finish the story of Gloria, the little Ugandan girl who is the thief –turned-family-friend, there’s not much more to say except that in the past days we have been robbed of items of far greater import than swimsuits and underwear. Twice. At Christmas in particular, thieves need to get on with [...]

2012 December

Once, there was a poor, young girl …

2020-04-19T01:04:51-04:00December 15th, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Once there was a little Ugandan girl who loved school. The girl, who had been an orphan when she was younger, loved learning new things and making new friends and pretty well everything about it, especially the stories. Maybe she loved school all the more because of her years as an orphan, which started in a hospital in Mbarara, in western Uganda, where she was left abandoned when she was barely larger than a cat. There she was given all she ever owned, her name, Hannah.

2012 December

Light and shadow and the cat

2017-01-31T23:19:24-05:00December 13th, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

So 12.12.12. came and went and the world didn’t end. No, the planet didn’t blow up, give up, or pack up its things and say, That’s All Folks! In Africa, our evening included our annual community carol sing. Liz sang Silent Night solo, Jon handed out candles when he wasn’t playing with the light, and [...]

2012 December

Say ‘Yes’ to inspiring others

2013-02-14T08:08:22-05:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We know little about them, these grandparents—if they came to babysit on Friday nights or if they maybe played checkers with the curly-haired, laughing boy while he grew in wisdom and stature.

2011 December

And lo! A child is saved from a brutal death

2013-05-11T00:31:41-04:00December 24th, 2011|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |0 Comments

(Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, December 24, 2011) KAMPALA, UGANDA — It’s late at night at the Ugandan-Kenyan border and a little Ugandan boy is about to disappear forever. Moses Kaloulou, all of seven years old, is crying hysterically. Not that he knows what’s going to happen, that he’ll likely soon die at the hands, and knife blade, of a witch doctor. All he knows is that it’s late — about midnight now — and very dark, and that some hours ago he was taken by strange men.