God’s nature

2019 December

Once upon a time there was you, and me

2020-01-31T14:43:34-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

The thing about those wild once-upon-a-time stories is that the good ones are always more true than we imagine. They can touch us profoundly. So here’s one: Once upon a time there was a little girl. A lost girl. Before I share more, though, let me say, as if it needs saying, that being lost is no fun.

2018 December

A story about a king. (And you.)

2019-03-04T22:12:37-05:00December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Love, if it’s the real deal, can be an uneasy affair. Even for a king in a story like this one. It’s a story about his kingdom, and choice, and existentialism, even as it’s a story about these days. Yes, once there was this king who was in love: madly and deeply and hopelessly. His power was unrivaled, but his heart melted for a simple maiden in a poor village.

2018 March

From an instrument of pain to a symbol of healing power

2018-07-15T17:04:53-04:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

It was a Friday some 2,000 years ago and he was a hardened criminal with a sorry life. For what it was worth, that life must have played before his mind’s eye like a regrettable movie. He was dying by asphyxiation, lack of oxygen. This is how criminals, would-be revolutionaries

2016 March

Friends and family

2017-07-18T01:14:38-04:00March 11th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It was this morning and we had just left the kids at school. And we (my cousin and her husband, along with my wife’s cousin -- the three of them visiting from Canada) were at the club, in the entranceway going in, and he (a Swiss gentleman living in Uganda) was, by chance, coming down [...]

2015 December

The Pope is cool. He’s like a grandpa. Long live the Pope.

2017-07-18T01:43:52-04:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Hannah says "The Pope is cool” and Liz says “He’s like a grandpa.” Which means that he would have to be a Dad. Which means (let’s just pretend) that he would have to be married. Which leads me to a recent excerpt on said Pope, this excerpt from a recent column: In truth, I can easily picture [...]

2014 December

The Story – 2 – Under your loving wings

2017-07-18T17:41:26-04:00December 4th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We are a story, a living story, if we are anything, and this is one reason, maybe the best, why stories will never go out of fashion. In my own family, much of our time together revolves around stories. We read them every night and often the children read more on their beds, flashlights in hand, [...]

2014 August

Grieving Robin Williams. His bus rides home.

2017-07-19T00:51:49-04:00August 12th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

The scene is a snowy one and there is a bus travelling down the road. And as the bus roars along, these are the thoughts – you can hear them right inside his head – of the traveller aboard. He’s looking, with all his pain and hope too, out the bus window. “All of life [...]

2014 July

Celebrating an old life lost. And a young one with joy.

2017-07-19T00:57:45-04:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By the time I came home that day there were already six vehicles in front of the tiny condo that is our neighbour’s – an ambulance, a fire truck, two Emergency 911 vehicles and two paramedic trucks – but they could have brought every life-saving unit this side of the moon and it wouldn’t have mattered [...]