raising children

2020 May

This Mother’s Day consider the blessing

2020-05-09T13:47:10-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Today’s offering is about a dog. And children. And a couple of books and a movie. Seems like the right mix for Mother’s Day. The dog is Oscar, a friendly Shih Tzu Poodle wanting to be touched. There he is following me in the nearby cemetery where I often walk in the fresh morning light.

2019 June

On funny ideas, stewardship, and the bambino’s Sweet 16th

2019-07-13T00:00:10-04:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

It was a gift from Oma and Opa, an outfit for the little bambino, the newborn, and this is what it said: “Property of Mommy and Daddy.” The photo landed in this space. Sixteen years ago. It’s like clothing announcing that you’re “Property of the Toronto Raptors.” Everyone knows you’re not, just like everyone knows that parents don’t own their