soulfulness

2017 January

Our faces are doorways into our lives

January 27th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

There was a time when I’d walk down the street and look at people’s faces. Any city would do as long as it had a downtown drag of even modest substance. The first was Kitchener-Waterloo where I was a student living away from home for the first time.

2016 February

Winning and losing and other sacred moments

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 [...]

2015 May

Formal wear at Rideau Hall, naked in Dachau

May 7th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Barely in the country from our family holiday in Germany, and not really fully unpacked in our Hamilton condo, the kids continue to live in what is their never-ending Holiday Land. They’ve been back to school this week in Canada, sure, sure, but just for three days, before tomorrow morning, right around sunrise if Yours Truly is [...]

2015 April

Planes, trains, and not peeing our pants

April 24th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

We're  on the 6.46 am  train from Salzburg to Munich, somewhere near the German-Austrian border, with Bavarian countryside and snowy Alps and children curled up and asleep, The Children's Mother nodding off too, a couple of days to go in this family holiday, this, what has turned into an annual European respite while returning to Canada from Africa. [...]

2015 February

Singing in the heart of Africa

February 9th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s a beautiful morning in Africa, not just because the sun is rising and the birds are singing and the monkeys jumping, but because my daughter too is singing. She has been working on this piece for weeks – it’s an Adele song – and I will never tire of hearing it because there’s a [...]

2014 November

Heaven. Sainthood. Mister Bubbles

November 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz pulled out an old Bryan Adams CD on the school run this morning and the song Heaven came on and she liked it so much she played it again and pretended to sing it to Mister Bubbles, that is her cat. Huh. Once at the school, a friend came and sat for morning coffee. [...]

2014 October

On love and prayer outside of Eden

October 6th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Before My Babe came into my picture I had a dating life and, of course, she had also dated some guys before I sort of tripped into her world. (In fact sometime after the fact, My Babe told me that the wedding she had asked me to attend with her, the key date that changed [...]