2019 June

The upside of having your wallet stolen

2019-07-13T00:03:15-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The latest news from this corner is that my wallet, soggy and laden with earth beetles, was found in a neighbour’s rock garden. The phone call came. “Are you Thomas Froese?” “Yes.” “I have your wallet.” It was handed to me in a plastic bag. Hard to say if this is good news or bad. It’s like someone finding a body.

2016 December

On dogs, dreams and getting robbed … again

2017-04-03T22:48:00-04:00December 6th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Healing can come in any number of ways, of course, even through a dog. Our dog, Zak – he’s laying a few feet from me right now – has been this for me. If you’ve never met Zak, you can do so here, through these simple pleasures. Yes, Zak has been many things: guard dog, [...]

2015 August

Symbols and gold watches and those monsters on the lake

2017-07-18T02:08:28-04:00August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

A cross can be quite something, that is wearing a cross as a symbol of one’s love and devotion to the God-Man who hung on one 2000 years ago, and, in doing so, changed the course of history. And yet. + What I didn’t tell you recently, when I told you how my 10-year-old son [...]

2015 May

So what do you do with a couple of hot computers?

2017-07-18T02:24:36-04:00May 16th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

It’s the other morning and it's cool and Child #3, the African girl, is wearing purple mittens as we, all three children and I, walk down the sidewalk to school. Child #2, the boy, is wearing shorts, ready for the beach. Child #1, the other girl, the oldest, laughs at them both. The next day [...]

2013 January

Here is Africa. Don’t be afraid

2014-02-19T09:23:53-05:00January 25th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, January 25, 2013) ARUSHA, TANSANIA ✦ Edward should be fired. I can't trust Alice. And our piano and laptop won’t resurface any more than anyone will know what happened to that $13 million. This is how it’s going around here. Not right here, actually. I’m on business one country over, just southeast from my home in Uganda. At the moment I’m drinking a cider of sorts, what the gentleman beside me called 'rotten apples,' a pretty good name, I think, for my recent experiences.

2013 January

New security plan is a good start; more now needed

2015-01-13T10:46:54-05:00January 14th, 2013|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Tuesday, January 14, 2013) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It was the children. “Daddy, daddy,” they said, unable to sleep. “What if the thieves are still out there?” Yes, to add to the rotten tally of 2012, at year-end thieves stole our electric piano, the one my children loved. Six days later, thieves got my bride’s laptop plus valuables from her purse. Two violations in six days from inside our campus home. It took our breath away. Six days.

2013 January

We’ll always pay for our actions

2015-01-13T19:05:11-05:00January 14th, 2013|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The New Vision - Monday, January 14, 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ There are six of us around the table. We’re disturbed and talking about how to help. The place where we work and live and have friendships and worship with others is under attack. Through 2012, this place, an educational institution, became, as one Ugandan said, “a den of thieves.” Then the new year had barely arrived when a campus home was broken into and robbed while its Ugandan family slept.

2012 December

Summer snow

2017-01-31T23:18:43-05:00December 21st, 2012|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , |0 Comments

(Cont'd from  yesterday) To finish the story of Gloria, the little Ugandan girl who is the thief –turned-family-friend, there’s not much more to say except that in the past days we have been robbed of items of far greater import than swimsuits and underwear. Twice. At Christmas in particular, thieves need to get on with [...]