humour / satire

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 April

A new holiday, just for talking animals. Really.

2017-05-12T19:55:37+00:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One day Adam woke up and looked around and the place was his. He saw the animals. “Lion,” he said, in a manner of speaking. Then “lamb.” And so forth. They all had good relationships. They were at peace, lying around together. It was Eden.

2017 January

No more kids! (But their birthday cakes? Hmm.)

2017-04-10T19:40:48+00:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It’s been the never ending birthday for our youngest, Hannah, who needs little introduction. She’s the girl who gets in the papers when she becomes a Canadian citizen, the girl who honestly give thanks for her life (and for bypassing the other life she could have had), the girl who Providence shines on in the [...]

2016 October

That’s it. I’m moving to Canada … or … The (lying, monstrous) Donald

2017-04-13T13:45:17+00:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Today’s offering is about Donald Trump. If you have limited time, please instead read this piece on the same subject matter by Michael Coren, in today’s Toronto Star. As I have just told Michael, what he has written is powerful, thoughtful and poignant. It deserves our attention. Thank you, again, Michael. + The New York [...]

2016 September

Talking to my dinner plate again

2017-04-13T13:59:36+00:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

So, it’s that time, Single Daddin’ It, again. As you might recall, this is when the children’s mother is out of country and I am left to look at my dinner plate and ask it certain existential questions, like, if I were an animal (I mean, in the furry or feathery sense), just what restaurant [...]

2016 June

Wrong seat. Wrong country. No phone. No mouse.

2017-05-03T17:24:15+00:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

So, I just filled out Canada’s most recent census, barely beating the May 31 deadline and thus staying out of jail and fulfilling this duty of those of us living in this great country. Before letting me go, the questionnaire asked if I or anyone in the family would mind if all the sordid details [...]

2016 April

Just call me The Daily Granddad

2017-07-18T01:00:48+00:00April 9th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’re taking the long way home. Through the UK. More to follow. Before this, through Athens. More to follow from here also. And before this, transiting through Brussels airport. Yes, that Brussels airport. And sure, more to follow from this (now) well-known spot as well. But first, it’s the pool, our final good-bye to Uganda [...]