Froese family history

2020 February

Settling for only the best

2020-03-07T13:37:58-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ This column is about UCU’s new, yet-to-be-named vice- chancellor. But first let me tell you about the Ugandan who was happy to tell me about his recent marriage.“ Congratulations,” I said, before asking, “How old are you?” “Thirty.” I said congratulations again. “That’s a good age.” Then, like a good counsellor, I shared my own

2019 May

The holiness of motherhood

2019-08-04T21:35:04-04:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

There’s something holy about motherhood. My father’s tears remind me. My wife’s steadiness reminds me. Even my mother, in her long absence, reminds me.There we are sitting in a meadow in Berlin. A large book is on my lap. My mother is teaching me to read. We’re enjoying each other. She tickles me.My pant suspenders – I always laugh when

2018 July

The summer my family made the news

2018-07-15T17:02:19-04:00July 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

2017-12-18T22:22:04-05:00December 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

2017-10-30T10:42:03-04:00September 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

2018-07-22T21:54:39-04:00April 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!’

2017-05-12T20:43:35-04:00February 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

2017-04-13T13:47:30-04:00September 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 [...]