fear

2016 March

So grab death and scream “Mine!” And what does it turn into?

2017-07-18T01:03:59+00:00March 20th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s bedtime. Liz needs to get to the kitchen to make her snack for the next day. “Dad!” she says. “I’m afraid to go out there. Something’s there. I can feel it in my bones!” “That’s arthritis.” + But, really, it’s the kids who often come up with the most though-provoking comments. Sometimes they’re funny. [...]

2015 November

Fear and childbirth in Uganda

2017-07-18T01:48:18+00:00November 12th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s morning and the sun is up, shining on the mud, and Zak, the dog, has left his bright orange ball to chase Tiblets. Tibs, as Liz is fond of calling him, is the poor cat who just took off into the bush. There is another way, though, and one of our cats, Mister Bubbles, [...]

2015 May

The end of the world and other fears

2017-07-18T02:22:43+00:00May 28th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

The world is supposed to end today. Yawn. (Or at least the end will finally get started.) According to those who believe in the so-called Global Coastal Event, there will be a massive earthquake in California. It’s a planetary alignment thing. Today. Thursday May 28, 2015. After the earthquake, all the other horrible stuff will [...]

2015 May

Wrestling with angels

2015-08-22T13:58:15+00:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - May 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was an unremarkable day, birds and the African sunshine, the sound of a distant lawnmower, the dog laying quiet in back, shoes nearby, tea, a half-eaten yogurt, when fear washed over me like a river. Nightmares, yes, can come anytime.

2015 April

On being a kid, terrorism, and other fears

2017-07-18T02:31:56+00:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

She was Swiss and she stood at the front door this morning and told me how envious she was of my family’s set-up at the university compound we call home. I nodded. She had just driven the hour from her house in Kampala to drop off her daughter to play with Hannah when we talked [...]

2015 January

Don’t let your inner peace be stolen (The Nature of Peace – #2)

2017-07-18T17:21:59+00:00January 12th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In November 2014 I returned from my African home to speak at the Hamilton Convention Centre on the theme of The Nature of Peace. This was on the invitation of the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford, which holds an annual Peace Medal Breakfast to honour the people of Hamilton region who work towards peace. Now, following the [...]

2014 September

Terrorism and fear … and is this a day off school?

2017-07-19T00:41:22+00:00September 17th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

So, a bunch of Somalis in a slum not far from here apparently wanted to blow something up, something big if they had it their way, which has happened in this corner of the world before. You'll recall what happened in Nairobi right around this time last year. (And if you've forgotten, read this, how a day of shopping turned [...]

2014 August

We’re told to love our neighbours

2014-08-29T11:01:14+00:00August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, August 23, 2014) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ He needs a home with others. Assisted living. There are options in Hamilton. He needs one before he’s destroyed by his uncertainty and fear, his black as midnight darkness. He’s not a star, not a celebrity, not, say, Robin Williams, whose suicide just shook us so deeply. He’s simply your neighbour. This is his story.