Froese family history

2018 July

The summer my family made the news

2018-07-15T17:02:19+00:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |10 Comments

So, it's my 50th, that time to remember. And celebrate. No, not that 50th. Not my 50th birthday. That day came and went three years ago today. It was something else. On that day, the children – God bless them – decided to crack open their savings, walk to a local party store

2017 December

For the love of a handwritten letter

2017-12-18T22:22:04+00:00December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Today’s rumination is about the art of writing. Cursive. For the children out there, you’ll want to ask your parents or grandparents what this is, and how it all works, and why on God’s good earth anyone would involve themselves in it. I feel like a Neanderthal for even mentioning it, but since I’m older than I look I’ll tell you that when I

2017 September

Facing death and seeing the heroic nature of life

2017-10-30T10:42:03+00:00September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I don’t believe in war. In name and in family heritage, I’m Mennonite. In spirit, I’m pacifist. But children, it seems to me, should have a working knowledge of war. Because in war there’s not only darkness and fear, there’s light and courage. There’s humanity. There’s humility.

2017 April

Returning to Hamilton, Ugandan treasure beside us

2018-07-22T21:54:39+00:00April 15th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

I will miss the light of Africa as much as I will miss anything. I will miss the water too. This, even as I’ll miss Africa itself, the birthplace of our youngest daughter, the place where the light shines so beautifully on her skin.

2017 February

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

2017-05-12T20:43:35+00:00February 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 September

Answering the tough questions

2017-04-13T13:47:30+00:00September 27th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Children’s Mother has returned from Tanzania which means, besides the addition of some fresh flowers in the house, I can focus anew on what it is that I do. When you discover what this is, please tell me. Ah, yes, it’s answering questions. From the kids. Interesting questions. A full-time job, for sure, but [...]

2016 January

The hands of the old and the young

2017-07-18T01:38:28+00:00January 16th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The last note in this space was that life is a gift and life is a mystery, both clichés and both true. The other truth, as true as the sun rising every morning, is that we're not made to live forever. The children’s Papa, their grandfather on their mother’s side, said this to me right around [...]

2015 October

The boy in the striped pajamas, and a 12-year-old girl

2017-07-18T02:00:42+00:00October 16th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

We were sitting around the couch the other evening and Liz, all 12 years of her, like she was pulling it out the empty space around her, said the sort of thing that can linger in a room a lifetime. “You know,” she said. “World War II was just awful.” I suspect she meant that [...]