2021 August

The bicycle is the great leveller

2021-08-17T22:17:12-04:00August 14th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

My relationship with the bicycle began as a love affair in my backyard on a small, grassy incline that might as well have been the Rockies. I was a boy, the bike was my blue bomber, and you can imagine the rest. Now, starting in Alberta and the Rockies, I’ve been showing Western Canada to my daughter, my eldest. The two of us are covering several provinces, including biking in

2021 July

If you think the pandemic was bad in Canada …

2021-07-04T08:53:22-04:00July 4th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

There are always gentle and innocent ways to have your heart ripped open. One way is to talk to someone who may or may not be alive the next time you think of them. In this case you’re talking with Paul, hands-free, on the road. It’s a sunny June day and there’s no cost, talking all the way to Uganda. It’s 21st-century living.