Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese

2018 April

Letting go of fear, finding life’s sweet symmetry

2018-09-30T20:03:11+00:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Today’s rumination is about the flags of the world and the hope of the world and the fears of the world, (or at least some fears in Canada), even as it’s about how the children’s mother helped me get over some of my own fears. We live in a world that’s somehow naturally saddled with fear

2017 February

(Sixteen years ago today) she said ‘Yes!’

2017-05-12T20:43:35+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Sixteen years ago today, The Children’s Mother and I got engaged. Of course, at the time she was not The Children’s Mother. She was My Babe. I thought the world should know of the good news, so I blasted it all on the front page ...

2016 July

An anniversary wish to the music of my life

2016-09-21T10:17:32+00:00July 29th, 2016|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, July 29, 2016) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ It's a warm and ordinary day, warm and ordinary enough to run around in shorts and bare feet. The children's mother, your babe, that is your bride, is playing your song. The cats are in front and the dog's in back and the kids are doing homework and nothing much is happening, except this song from the piano in the other room, the piece that makes your blood jump every time.

2016 May

You know you’re home when …

2017-04-13T15:34:11+00:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The one thing that always helps us as a family re-acclimatize to life back in Canada is Save the Mothers’ annual Steps for Change walk. It unfolded in 15 municipalities across North America on Saturday. The kids’ roller blades and bikes and whatever else is needed, after being in Canadian storage for eight months, have [...]

2015 November

A gala you won’t forget. A prayer (I hope) you remember.

2017-07-18T01:59:02+00:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Before you read today’s post, please set aside a few minutes to view this remarkable link. It’s on the war (and it is a war) of maternal death in places like sub-Saharan Africa. Then take a few minutes to read the rest of this post, and, if you’re inclined, you’ll need a minute or two [...]

2015 June

‘Hey, you’re on TV!’

2017-07-18T02:20:04+00:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s the other day in Pittsburgh and a friend emails with the news … “Hey, you’re on TV!” A couple of nights later I got around to watching online. I wanted to see this brief interview, quite honestly, by myself. TV is not my thing. I felt somewhat embarrassed about it all. My Bride, some [...]

2015 May

White gloves, doppelgangers, and Glenn Gould’s piano in Ottawa

2017-07-18T02:23:38+00:00May 19th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

There’s little left to say about the theft of My Bride’s and my computers while in Ottawa, except that, as we all know, things can always be worse. Yesterday we learned that friends who work in Thailand had not only their laptops, but their passports (with critical visas), ID, wallets and anything else of any [...]

2015 March

The music of my life

2017-07-18T02:33:02+00:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Some days I wish I was more musical, at least as musical as the rest of the family. I think the dog wishes the same for himself. Sensing this, yesterday I let Zack listen to Handel on my i-pod. It was Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op 3. I held the buds in his big German Shepherd dog ears. He [...]