suffering

2016 February

How a world with assisted suicide would look

2017-07-18T01:22:39-04:00February 1st, 2016|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Monday, February 1, 2016) It's 2049 and I'm an old man. I've made my decision. (At least I thought I made it.) It's for release. I've been given a choice in a pleasant manner for an injection or capsules. Soon this will all be over, another release into elsewhere, into eternity. They're out there, opinion polls on this procedure, on "release," what in your day was called "doctor-assisted suicide." Apparently most people are in favour. You have to wonder, though, about the questions.

2015 October

The boy in the striped pajamas, and a 12-year-old girl

2017-07-18T02:00:42-04:00October 16th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

We were sitting around the couch the other evening and Liz, all 12 years of her, like she was pulling it out the empty space around her, said the sort of thing that can linger in a room a lifetime. “You know,” she said. “World War II was just awful.” I suspect she meant that [...]

2015 September

Of lions, children and innocence of lives given

2017-04-06T22:21:31-04:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, August 29, 2015) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ If you were a lion you’d have little in common with any little girl, unless it’s the summer of 2015 when you could both die horrible deaths on the other side of the ocean and people on this side would know.

2015 May

Wrestling with angels

2015-08-22T13:58:15-04:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - May 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was an unremarkable day, birds and the African sunshine, the sound of a distant lawnmower, the dog laying quiet in back, shoes nearby, tea, a half-eaten yogurt, when fear washed over me like a river. Nightmares, yes, can come anytime.

2015 May

Formal wear at Rideau Hall, naked in Dachau

2017-07-18T02:26:15-04:00May 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 May

Where angels and devils collide

2015-06-27T16:50:52-04:00May 7th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

(Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, May 2, 2015) DACHAU, GERMANY ✦ I may be a ghost you don’t even believe exists, but before I get there let me tell you about this scene in the Arthur Miller play “Incident at Vichy,” where there’s a well-to-do professional, (like I was when I lived), standing before the Nazi authority now in town. The man, dignified with degrees and references and these sorts of things, presents what he has to the Nazi who then asks, “Is this all you have?” The man nods. “Good,” says the Nazi, throwing it all into the garbage. “Now you have nothing.”