2013 September

Attracting partnerships and fresh thinking in Africa

2015-01-13T19:12:57-05:00September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

(The UCU Standard – Monday, September 23, 2013) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ The old Yiddish joke goes like this. ‘Do you know what makes God laugh? People making plans.’ This is the mystery of it, of the Gospel itself, really. Even our lives, fragile and short as they are, are not ours to over-script. No, we need to open them to possibilities outside ourselves, and when we do, surely good surprises will come along the way. It’s as true for any person as it is for an institution like UCU. I was reminded of this while around the dinner table – twice – during my family’s recent season back in North America.

2003 October

Ugandans willing to face their problems

2012-10-24T01:39:07-04:00October 18th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This country is one of contrasts. Red-dirt roads cross lush- green landscapes. People familiar with war smile easily and greet you genuinely. Beauty meets ugliness, plenty meets want, and life meets death here. Uganda may be, as Winston Churchill said, the Pearl of Africa. But, if so, it's a tarnished jewel.

2003 May

Tell your mother you love her

2012-10-30T02:01:17-04:00May 9th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sunday is Mother's Day, and I'm reminded that I've never held my mother, looked into her eyes and told her that I love her. I've never offered a soft kiss on her cheek. I've never even given my mother flowers. My mom died before I got the chance.

2003 January

Three died ‘sacrificially’

2012-10-30T03:32:33-04:00January 17th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Jarring images of how an Islamic extremist burst into, of all places, a hospital in the last days of 2002, to fire bullets from his Kalishnikov into the heads of our friends will linger for a while. My wife Jean and I and some colleagues are still laying to rest what has become known across Yemen as 'The Jibla Tragedy.'