2021 October

Read like your life depends on it

2021-10-24T08:21:43-04:00October 24th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today let’s talk about Holden Caulfield and kids and newspapers, along with reading in general. After all, it’s Reading Week, or at least it’s Reading Week season. Ontario’s universities scatter these weeks at different times through the fall. It’s important. Because, as long as you’re not reading “Acme’s How to Blow Up the World in 10 Easy Steps,” reading helps you become more

2021 April

The beauty and blessing of books in our lives

2021-06-01T19:11:48-04:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

“Healing place for the soul,” is what the ancient Greeks wrote at the doorways to their libraries. You don’t get that sacredness when you visit, say, YouTube. Or Netflix. Or your handy smartphone. “In the beginning was the Word,” is what the ancients also declared. Not “In the beginning was the microchip.” It’s something to think about this upcoming week, our ongoing relationship, or lack

2018 June

Take your shoes off. Read a book.

2018-07-15T16:57:08-04:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

My children get a kick out of it, my barefooted ways. I just don’t like to wear shoes. Even when I drive. Too many years in Africa, I suppose. Now that it’s summer, all the more. It reminds me of our relationship with books. There’s a holiness there. Or there should be. But are we losing the sense of it? I think we are.

2013 February

I love to work at Nothing all day

2017-01-31T23:16:33-05:00February 1st, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

There is an art to doing Nothing. You can’t really try to do Nothing. The very act of trying means you’ll do a rotten job on it all. This is one of the reasons I love Hannah. Because of all the book characters that she could have been today, she chose Winnie the Pooh, the [...]

2013 January

Is parenting your highest calling?

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00January 17th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Of all the myths of parenthood, one of the biggest has to be that children can make you happy and fulfilled. This, from Leslie Leyland Fields, author of ‘Parenting Is Your Highest Calling (and 8 other myths that trap us in worry and guilt.)' The title should give any parent some pause and relief. As [...]

2012 December

Liars, criminals … friends

2017-01-31T23:15:18-05:00December 7th, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It’s early in the morning on the elliptical with Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op. 3 – it’s always Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op. 3 on the elliptical in the mornings – playing as loud as possible with the windows open, one more reason I am such a top contender for the Neighbour of the Year Award. I’m [...]