2014 April

A strange forgiveness

2014-07-08T18:11:16-04:00April 19th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, April 20, 2014 KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Forgive and forget is how the old saying goes, but you and I both know that it’s not worth spit, that we’ll never forget certain crimes committed against us, maybe even imagined crimes like those in a recent dream of mine. It was a nightmare with Africans carrying machetes. I looked out my window. The university grounds where I live was crawling with the killers. “We won’t kill anyone,” one said. He looked at me through a window of a bedroom where my 10-year-old daughter lay sleeping. “We’ll just cut your arm off.”

2014 April

Forgiving our fathers. And mothers. (What a load.)

2017-07-19T01:30:09-04:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

If there is one thing I’ve learned about fatherhood since the condition fell on me (like a piano out of a 4th-floor window) it’s that today’s fathers are perfect. Always. Yep. Every day. Sunup to sundown. And because today’s fathers, and mothers too, are perfect, they should be given great honour. I tell my kids this in subtle ways. For instance, [...]

2014 January


2017-07-19T20:07:09-04:00January 8th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: |1 Comment

We were in the car and Liz was looking rather thoughtful, the sort of look that kids have when you know they have something important on their minds, and she finally looked at me and said, “What if you and Mommy had a big fight. What would happen?” “We’d forgive each other,” I said. “Okay,” [...]

2012 December

Summer snow

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00December 21st, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

(Cont'd from  yesterday) To finish the story of Gloria, the little Ugandan girl who is the thief –turned-family-friend, there’s not much more to say except that in the past days we have been robbed of items of far greater import than swimsuits and underwear. Twice. At Christmas in particular, thieves need to get on with [...]

2012 December

For God so loved the world

2017-01-31T23:17:06-05:00December 20th, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

(Cont’d from yesterday) … So after spending the night at the precinct, the girls’ families were found and informed of their mischief. We thought this was more or less the end of it, until the one, Gloria, the little Ugandan girl who had previously just about tripped while running away with the stolen clothing falling [...]