2016 October

On gardening, grace and writing

2018-02-20T21:38:20-05:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, October 8, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Someone (a writer, naturally) once said that writing is like prayer. Prayer, it seems to me, is like gardening. I’ve struggled with all three. The small garden behind our African home is testament to this. Many seasons it’s been a disappointing annoyance. Nearby trees steal valuable sunlight and nutrients. I suppose the space should never have been chosen to start.

2015 February

A mouthful of Nutella from the garden

2017-07-18T02:39:18-04:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Next time we have Nutella -- a food item I allow my children to eat every 6th Monday of the month – we will have a moment of silence. This is to mark the rich contribution made by Michele Ferrero, the inventor of Nutella, who died this week. And not just Nutella, friends, but Kinder [...]

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – 6 – Breaking and suffering

2015-02-17T09:06:01-05:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This is the sixth and final excerpt from an address I gave in Hamilton, Canada in November 2014 on the Nature of Peace. Excerpt #1 is here and #2 is here and #3 is here and #4 is here and #5 is here. + This is what the nature of peace is like. It’s a long, hard journey. Peace is a marathon. [...]

2012 November

The gardener

2017-01-31T23:16:45-05:00November 13th, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It’s Day 4 of Single Daddin' It and we’re at the dinner table. Jon shows up with dirty hands. He was working in the garden, he tells me. His garden is not tiny. It has cucumbers and onions and cabbage and beans and more. You should see the tomatoes, he tells me. Jon, in fact, [...]