2019 November

Filling the house with the food of love

2020-05-09T17:07:55-04:00November 9th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

I live in a house filled with instruments. And not just instruments, but music. And while this may not be the most dramatic news of the day, it's the most reassuring news of my own day. I might live longer. I'll certainly live happier. Science confirms the truth that we sense.

2015 March

The music of my life

2017-07-18T02:33:02-04:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Some days I wish I was more musical, at least as musical as the rest of the family. I think the dog wishes the same for himself. Sensing this, yesterday I let Zack listen to Handel on my i-pod. It was Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op 3. I held the buds in his big German Shepherd dog ears. He [...]

2015 January

Sometimes children should be seen and not heard

2017-07-18T02:47:33-04:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was at the dinner table, Sunday evening, and the kids and Mom were telling me about the morning service where some brave Ugandan kid got up in front of hundreds of university students and adults too and boldly rhymed off a poem expressing his sincere wish that Ugandan parents would just listen to their [...]

2013 August

Why my wife will always be “My Bride”

2017-07-19T20:48:58-04:00August 14th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

It apparently came on the back of a friend's truck down the Ontario highway from Hamilton to London. It was the day My Lovely Bride and I married. The item was an electric piano, the sort that, at that time, wasn't so small. Even though I was handling most of the details of our wedding reception on that summer day, [...]

2013 April

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. No, really. (With music by Fleetwood Mac)

2017-01-31T23:15:18-05:00April 17th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz has a pile of CDs in her lap and she's rotating the songs, all our favourites, and we’re driving and Fleetwood Mac’s old classic 'Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow' comes on and it's good, it's all so very good. It’s the sort of song that can say a lot at a wedding. In fact, not long after [...]