fatherhood

2017 July

There’s bound to be some blood along the way

2017-07-24T23:03:41+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Today we’re going to talk about the boy. Child #2. My son. You may have a boy also. And if he hasn’t yet put his head inside the open mouth of an alligator, then, well, congratulations. My boy announced recently that he’s going to jump from a plane.

2016 October

(Flying around) a small world

2017-04-13T13:45:47+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s the other day and, unbeknownst to me, an old friend of mine, a Canadian we knew from Yemen way back in the day, is about to become a father. His name is Gabriel and, funny thing, I recently mentioned him in a column about my mother. (More on that in a minute.) Gabe’s wife [...]

2016 August

In honour of my father and his well-lived life

2016-09-21T10:16:18+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, August 27, 2016) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ It was a different time and place on the day I watched another human being die in my father’s arms. I was just a boy. Bert had epileptic seizures, medically uncontrollable then. Tall and lanky, he’d crumple and fall hard on the floor in the house, or outside under the apple tree, or in places between, shaking, convulsing, rigid as a board. I’d watch. All the time. Bert lived with us.

2014 August

A boy’s story

2017-07-19T00:49:22+00:00 August 19th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In the end, we are story as much as we are anything. This is one reason why it works so well, this movie, Boyhood, which follows in real time filming the life of a boy who, over the span of a dozen or so years, grows up. It’s a remarkable movie-making twist -- thank you Richard Linklater [...]

2014 June

It’s a privilege to be a father

2014-07-08T18:05:44+00:00 June 14th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, June 14, 2014) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ The sad truth is that the world is full of Charlie Gray sort of people who have listened to all the wrong voices and spent entire swaths of the only life they have doing things that haven’t mattered to them in the least, and, in the grand scheme of things, have mattered little to others also. They’re people like in John Marquand’s novel “Point of No Return,” where Charlie Gray, after years of apple-polishing, is finally named vice-president of that fancy little New York bank, the promotion that finally gives him and his family the security they need.

2013 December

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

2014-02-19T07:40:57+00:00 December 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.”

2012 November

Since you were gone

2017-01-31T23:18:29+00:00 November 26th, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , |0 Comments

Friends, this is the first official post of the new DADDIN’ IT TODAY! (not to be confused with Psychology Today, Christianity Today or the prestigious medical journal Babes Today). This is simply an outgrowth the very, very, very popular Single Daddin’ It, which is still expected to go viral sometime before Greece goes bankrupt (although [...]