2020 March

Longing for that long tomorrow

2020-04-18T23:43:56-04:00March 7th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The moment with my boy had nothing to do with coronavirus and all these anxieties. But there I was lounging on the couch, and there he was, beside me, playing his guitar and singing about the end of the world. It’s that JP Saxe song, If The World Was Ending. It’s a love song, really. One that asks, during the world’s final curtain call

2014 September

Good-bye. And God be with you.

2017-07-19T00:36:08-04:00September 29th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was 'good-bye mommy!' and 'good-bye daddy!' this morning with all the waves and smiles while bus after bus rolled out of the school parking lot. Hundreds of kids went one place or another, this direction and that into the Ugandan countryside – it can be strikingly beautiful – on several class trips. Our own three [...]

2013 December

Timothy Mugisha died in his mother’s arms

2017-07-19T20:17:50-04:00December 4th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

We arrived at the chapel to find Timothy’s casket sitting heavy at the entrance. This, yesterday morning when we had walked down the familiar green hill to the chapel, the university chapel of dark wood and century-old brick, a place the children have known as Sunday school for some years, a place now to say [...]

2013 April

It’s time

2017-01-31T23:18:42-05:00April 27th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Time is a funny thing. We tend to believe that we have more than we do but wish we had more even when we misuse what we’ve been given. Then there’s that strange sensation of going back in time, at least when flying through time zones from one side of the ocean to the other. [...]