grace

2020 September

Finding Grace (and grace) in our lives

2020-09-06T07:52:15-04:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Grace, the Sheepadoodle, is a small dog with big feet who’s happiest when she’s running full-throttle, wild and wide-eyed, tripping over herself down some hill. She’s a dog who knows that life, even in dog years, is so short that there’s no time to waste, even if there’s no place to go

2017 June

Wherever we are, we all need grace in our lives

2017-07-24T23:05:32-04:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m a white Canadian. But I easily imagine myself as a dark Arabian. A Muslim. There, on the streets with a kufiya on my head. Or there, I’m a Muslim woman with a beautiful, but hidden, face, walking along the beach. I’m just telling you. I mean, what if I was born in, say, Yemen.

2014 September

Growing up. Getting pregnant. Looking for grace.

2017-05-26T18:19:04-04:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

We left last time talking about pregnancy and birth and all that, especially at certain universities in Uganda. (Which brings me to this brief conversation between Hannah and Mom at the hospital just before we left Canada recently.) Mom: It was a busy night. We had 11 deliveries. We even had twins. One boy and one girl. [...]

2012 October

About cults and this unforced rhythm of grace

2012-12-13T05:48:14-05:00October 14th, 2012|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

There’s the guilt and fear. There’s the drama and emotion. There’s the conformity and the teaching of “Us versus Them.” Of course, there is also that feeling that you’re not good enough, that you have to somehow work your way into God’s love. These are hallmarks of cults, dangerous but strangely appealing religious groups like [...]