2022 June

What, really, is in a name, after all?

2022-06-05T01:11:46-04:00June 4th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It was one of those funny things. My eldest was with me at a garage getting our car checked when she said, “Dad. Look!” I turned to see a set of summer tires, ready for some stranger’s car. “Guenter,” the unknown owner’s name, was written large on the four tires that were stacked like a question mark.

2013 September

How chummy sleepovers can go awry

2017-01-31T23:15:17-05:00September 19th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It was all set, I was told. Chris had invited me over for the night. Which was fine, because Chris was a cool dude, a buddy with a sort of bowl-cut who lived just down the hill, and, after that, just up the hill. We loved to play hockey together, so much that once I [...]

2013 January

Better to name your kids Ping and Pong

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00January 30th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Your child's name, of course, is very important and I’d suggest that Zeus or Apollo are fine choices for any boy, and Jezebel is not a bad option for the girls. If you have twins, you should also consider names that are complementary. Something like Ping and Pong, for example, could work quite well and give [...]

2003 June

A daughter of the world

2013-06-18T16:05:14-04:00June 20th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, June 20, 2003) Nobody knew. Prior to the birth of our first child, two weeks ago today at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Hamilton, Jean and I kept her name, Elizabeth top-secret from absolutely everyone. “It’s from the Bible and it’s not Dorcas,” is all I would reveal, before adding, “If and when we have a boy, we have a biblical name for him too. And it’s not Nimrod.” So imagine the confirmation we felt when, prior to our return to Canada for the delivery, some western friends in Yemen said good-bye to us by reading the biblical story of Elizabeth.