school life

2016 October

That’s it. I’m moving to Canada … or … The (lying, monstrous) Donald

2017-04-13T13:45:17+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Today’s offering is about Donald Trump. If you have limited time, please instead read this piece on the same subject matter by Michael Coren, in today’s Toronto Star. As I have just told Michael, what he has written is powerful, thoughtful and poignant. It deserves our attention. Thank you, again, Michael. + The New York [...]

2016 September

Talking to my dinner plate again

2017-04-13T13:59:36+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

So, it’s that time, Single Daddin’ It, again. As you might recall, this is when the children’s mother is out of country and I am left to look at my dinner plate and ask it certain existential questions, like, if I were an animal (I mean, in the furry or feathery sense), just what restaurant [...]

2016 May

Crossing through Brussels. Staring down the principal.

2017-04-13T15:40:19+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So, it’s Day 5 of our official return to our own home, Day 4 of the kids’ return to school, that is their Canadian school, this, their annual routine here in Hamilton for the next couple of months. Of course, this is long enough to get new clothes (thank God for mothers willing to do [...]

2016 March

I’m under 11. I can play. No, really.

2017-07-18T01:13:48+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

When it’s all over (this two-lives-for-the-price-of-one business, this travel and observing and returning home, then leaving again and looking more and writing at least some of it down), it’s the traffic that I will miss the least. Of all the dangers and perceived dangers of the developing world that were ruminated on to the point [...]

2016 February

Bantleman’s nightmare, the Brownshirts, and Jesus for president

2016-02-25T17:15:11+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

I woke up this morning and, as I often do, told my wife what I dreamed. Just a dream. Then I read the morning news. That was the nightmare. Trump continues to … you know. Then another story, another nightmare. Burlington's Neil Bantleman is going back to jail, for 11 years apparently, this because Indonesia’s [...]

2016 February

Winning and losing and other sacred moments

2017-07-18T01:20:32+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s morning, just past sunrise, and the youngest, Child #3, gives me a big hug at the door. “Wish me luck, Daddy!” she says. Today is Track and Field Day at her school. She will run and jump and all that. It will be good for her body and her soul too, and I am [...]

2016 January

Want an educational trip? Go to Washington!

2017-07-18T01:37:42+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Monday morning coffee at the kids’ school, a privileged school if for no other reason than it sits in the middle of Africa’s sunshine and offers parents morning coffee. I wonder aloud about sending the kids to Washington. Snow, you know, is healthy for kids, and so is the bitter cold, and the snowier [...]

2015 November

The news of the week is good news

2017-07-18T01:46:42+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The news of the week is good news. Our family friend, Dorothy, a Ugandan who has filled this space from time to time, had a change of heart and mind and decided, with her husband Patrick, to get herself to a Kampala hospital for a planned caesarian section after all. You’ll recall the great concern [...]