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2022 October

My own funeral? Imagine.

2022-10-16T00:00:22-04:00October 15th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |2 Comments

“Be well.” This is what I said to my students. It was after a recent class. Then they left for the various corners of their lives. We’d just unpacked “Cathedral,” a story by Raymond Carver. He often wrote about broken characters, broken in ways that Carver himself was broken. “Be well.” Then they were gone.

2022 August

The wonder of the great outdoors

2022-08-22T19:00:16-04:00August 6th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

According to my phone GPS, two of the three children are gone. I asked their mother about this. “Yes, Number Two and Number Three,” she said. “Oh,” I said. When did they leave? “Early summer.” “Yes, of course. To where?” “Camp.” Only Child Number One, the Mac nursing student who’s working in a nearby seniors home, sleeps

2014 August

Training the cats and loving our neighbours

2017-07-19T00:46:27-04:00August 29th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

It’s been a mad dash these days to pack up the house – again – for our annual return to Uganda. The plane flies this holiday weekend. One of the cats at our African home – she was a kitten not long ago – has apparently given birth in our absence. We've been sent video [...]

1997 August

Common decency needn’t be a difficult concept

2012-10-30T05:32:13-04:00August 9th, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have had an opportunity to see the recent move of 33 rooming-house residents from Toronto to Aylmer, a transfer equated by some as Toronto "dumping its trash" into rural Ontario, through the eyes of personal experience. My family owned and operated a private rest home for the better part of 20 years, with tenants, patients as we called them, very similar to those at the Aylmer home run by Anne Borden Maxwell.

1997 May

A thorny, red rose

2013-05-25T15:31:33-04:00May 10th, 1997|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The London Free Press – Saturday, May 10, 1997) "We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer. Together we exist. And forever will re-create each other." — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century French philosopher ST. THOMAS, CANADA – Tomorrow is Mother's Day, the one day of the year I'm vividly reminded I have never held my mother, looked into her eyes and told her I love her. I have never offered a soft kiss on her cheek. I have never even given her flowers.