Save the Mothers

2019 May

The holiness of motherhood

2019-05-12T00:18:23-04:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

There’s something holy about motherhood. My father’s tears remind me. My wife’s steadiness reminds me. Even my mother, in her long absence, reminds me.There we are sitting in a meadow in Berlin. A large book is on my lap. My mother is teaching me to read. We’re enjoying each other. She tickles me.

2017 May

Saving mothers, one modest step at a time

2017-07-24T22:00:36-04:00May 12th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In sub-Saharan Africa they call childbirth “war.” If you’re a woman about to deliver a child in that part of the world, this is your fate. Imagine it. You’re young. (Younger than most Canadians can imagine.) You're poor. You're alone.

2016 May

You know you’re home when …

2017-04-13T15:34:11-04:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The one thing that always helps us as a family re-acclimatize to life back in Canada is Save the Mothers’ annual Steps for Change walk. It unfolded in 15 municipalities across North America on Saturday. The kids’ roller blades and bikes and whatever else is needed, after being in Canadian storage for eight months, have [...]

2015 November

A gala you won’t forget. A prayer (I hope) you remember.

2017-07-18T01:59:02-04:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Before you read today’s post, please set aside a few minutes to view this remarkable link. It’s on the war (and it is a war) of maternal death in places like sub-Saharan Africa. Then take a few minutes to read the rest of this post, and, if you’re inclined, you’ll need a minute or two [...]

2015 June

‘Hey, you’re on TV!’

2017-07-18T02:20:04-04:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s the other day in Pittsburgh and a friend emails with the news … “Hey, you’re on TV!” A couple of nights later I got around to watching online. I wanted to see this brief interview, quite honestly, by myself. TV is not my thing. I felt somewhat embarrassed about it all. My Bride, some [...]

2015 March

Big dogs, trouble, and the Balm of Gilead

2017-07-18T02:36:17-04:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was last evening. “Dad,” she said. “Can I hold the leash?” “No.” “Please,” she said. “No.” Zack, our big-as-a house German Shepherd, has been a little disobedient on his walks lately, chasing the monkeys and whatnot. Liz wouldn’t be able to hold him. “Zack has given even Mum a hard time lately,” I said. “You [...]

2014 June

On being loved widely. And deeply. (And, oh yeah, receiving the Order of Canada.)

2017-07-19T01:02:13-04:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

We’re in the van on a long drive and we’re talking about being loved and just what on earth this means. Liz is only 11, but she’s there, she can talk about it and engage and we get on the topic of Mom, who we both love and who is also, if you didn’t know, [...]

2014 May

A job that’s not for the faint of heart

2017-07-19T01:20:37-04:00May 11th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Liz: Dad, I have a riddle for you. Okay. Liz: You have to guess what it is. Uhuh. Liz: This is a job. It's a job where you work all the time. You can never get any rest from it.  You just keep going all the time. Right. Liz: Yeah, it’s 24-7. Especially at first. You have to work [...]