Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Atomium

Thinking ahead to summer. Thought I would share this post again, one of the highlights of our 2014 European trip. I had seen it in the distance when I visited Brussels briefly in 2009. The building fascinated me, but with only a few hours to sightsee I concentrated on the downtown core, not having the […]

The Debate

It must be a week since I last wrote about Donald Trump, who is so close to sewing up the Republican Party nomination for the US presidency that he can almost taste it. Rather than write something new, I thought it fitting to re-post this piece from last August, the first time “The Donald” graced […]

First Kite

When my children were younger I wrote a weekly column, “Modern Parenting” for The Pembroke Observer newspaper. Being a stay-at-home dad was rare in our small town in 1991; people wanted to hear about my adventures. When I started this blog I promised to republish some of those old pieces, then I got sidetracked.   Over […]

The Theologian and the Rock Star

A new short documentary film was released on the internet yesterday. By happenstance I was one of the first to watch it. Today I’m sharing it with you. The theologian in question in Eugene Peterson. He’s a pastor, author and teacher who a few years ago published his own translation of The Bible, which he […]

Unintended Consequences

Anyone with half a brain could have seen it coming. That no-one did is probably because there were politicians involved. A couple of years back the Ontario government decided that sick leave for teachers was costing the province way too much. Change the system, the experts said, and reap the savings. Under the old system […]

The Lawyer

The posts of the past couple of days have brought back some memories of time pent living and working in Pembroke. That’s probably why I recognized the name in the obituaries, someone I hadn’t thought about in years. He was a lawyer, and like any small-town lawyer he had a mixed practice. Civil, criminal, real […]

The Athlete

When my children were younger I wrote a weekly column, “Modern Parenting” for The Pembroke Observer newspaper. Being a stay-at-home dad was rare in our small town in 1991; people wanted to hear about my adventures. When I started this blog I promised to republish some of those old pieces, then I got sidetracked.   Over […]