Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese

2017 February

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

2017-05-12T20:43:35+00:00 February 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 March 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 [...]

2015 March

Big dogs, trouble, and the Balm of Gilead

2017-07-18T02:36:17+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was last evening. “Dad,” she said. “Can I hold the leash?” “No.” “Please,” she said. “No.” Zack, our big-as-a house German Shepherd, has been a little disobedient on his walks lately, chasing the monkeys and whatnot. Liz wouldn’t be able to hold him. “Zack has given even Mum a hard time lately,” I said. “You [...]