suffering

2015 March

Big dogs, trouble, and the Balm of Gilead

2017-07-18T02:36:17-05:00March 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 [...]

2015 February

“If you can’t feel, what’s the point?”

2017-01-31T23:19:04-05:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Daddy, it’s The Giver!” Liz said when we found the DVD for a thousand shillings, about 40 Canadian cents, at a hole-in-the-wall movie stand across the road from the edge of the university. At home, we saw it even worked, never a guarantee with these sorts of Ugandan movie outlets. For those not familiar with [...]

2015 February

One day, my story could be yours

2015-03-23T08:17:03-05:00February 21st, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, February 21, 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ He was Swiss and we were talking over coffee and he said he’d just read my story about Canada’s new look at assisted suicide. He spoke as if I’d written on this, which I had not, or maybe he called it my story simply because I’m Canadian. He said he didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Europe, after all, liberated itself from any shameful baggage on assisted suicide long ago. If you want to die, he explained, you can easily go to places and doctors for help.

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – Complete address

2015-03-26T13:52:03-05:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  In November 2014 I returned from my African home to speak at the Hamilton Convention Centre on the theme of The Nature of Peace. This was on the invitation of the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford, which holds an annual Peace Medal Breakfast to honour the people of Hamilton region who work towards peace. Following is [...]

2015 February

The Nature of Peace – 6 – Breaking and suffering

2015-02-17T09:06:01-05:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This is the sixth and final excerpt from an address I gave in Hamilton, Canada in November 2014 on the Nature of Peace. Excerpt #1 is here and #2 is here and #3 is here and #4 is here and #5 is here. + This is what the nature of peace is like. It’s a long, hard journey. Peace is a marathon. [...]

2015 January

Cradle-to-grave without free choice

2015-02-10T18:45:13-05:00January 24th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, January 24, 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ He goes by a false name so he’s not found and killed. I just met him. I’ll call him Ahmed in this, his story. He recently shared it around our dinner table.

2014 November

25 years after The Wall fell

2014-12-15T07:22:00-05:00November 19th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, November 15, 2014) KAMPALA, UGANDA -- It was still morning in Berlin on this Sunday when candles at the Church of Reconciliation were lit to honour yesteryear’s dead, the brave souls who ran from the uniforms and helmets and strong-armed authorities, who ran for freedom that was torn away, even as their flesh would be torn by barbed-wire and vicious dogs and bullets at that wall.

2014 October

Someday the last will be first. Someday.

2017-07-19T00:24:10-05:00October 29th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s been Hannah in the news here lately, with this post at Thanksgiving and, the other day, this photo, a photo that prompted a Ugandan university student to write me and say a big thank you to our entire family for adopting Hannah. ("thanx for adopting our ugandan girl who cant help her self....") This sort of [...]