2004 September

The view from 50,000 feet

2012-12-14T08:43:25-05:00September 18th, 2004|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA ✦ I love my daughter, all 15 months of her, for many reasons. One is that she’s more like her mother than me. Especially while flying. My wife Jean and I continue to be aid workers in the Middle East and Africa, so this is often. In fact, diaper-clad Elizabeth Katherine has already been on more than dozen flights and four continents. The Squirt knows one word. Just one. It’s “hello.” But words can be powerful things.

2003 May

No wonder they claw their way out of jail

2012-12-14T08:57:15-05:00May 23rd, 2003|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SANA'A, YEMEN ✦ Dohhh! Just when the Yankee cat turns its back to focus on Iraq, the Yemeni mice go out to play. A gang of al-Qaeda-type jailbirds, including two held as key suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, have apparently vanished from a jail in Aden for good. Six weeks ago, they escaped in a style that outdid even the Great Escape from Alcatraz.