Tag Archive: Parenting

October 3, 2017

Looking for a Life Companion?

___________________________________________ My wife and I saw both our kids off to University last month, our first taste of the ‘empty nest’. Naturally our thoughts turn to our children’s next stages of life. We hope that we have prepared them well, but as anyone who has either had or been a parent knows – parenting is never over. Rather we trade the worries we had when they were young for the worries of life’s next stage. During each stage we delude... View Article

November 1, 2016

What’s The Lesson?

  Whats the Lesson? The 2015 World Cup of Rugby final match was contested by two teams averaging six feet two inches in height, and 250 pounds of fast twitch muscle, playing 80 minutes of what to the uninitiated can best be described as football without the equipment or stoppages in play. If you do not know what you are looking for, it looks very much like extremely aggressive and athletic men repeatedly tackling each other at full speed. If... View Article

November 1, 2013

Nice to See You Again?

Mine is a family of first generation immigrants. My parents, like so many other Canadians, and the majority of my relatives, arrived in Canada shortly after World War Two. New immigrants of that time, as is probably still the case today, cleaved closely to each other for support in a strange new land. When they had kids, those children spent many holidays together with their cousins. My memories of childhood are of a close knit extended family. I loved when... View Article

August 1, 2013

Human Nature Comes to Ruins

This past summer, my family embarked on a wonderful trip which brought us to the Acropolis in Athens. It was a bucket list day to be sure, having the chance to see in person one of civilizations earliest and most impressive monuments. The monument did not disappoint. Unfortunately, just about everything else about the day did. As you may expect, we weren’t the only ones keen to visit the Parthenon. As luck would have it, 5 cruise ships, each with about... View Article

February 1, 2012

Grumpy Old Coot

     On a recent vacation that required the renting of a vehicle and visiting a couple different addresses, I brought with me my own GPS and preprogrammed the addresses we intended to visit.  The process was flawless, and left me with no doubt that technology on this occasion saved me considerable aggravation. I have never been afraid of maps, rather geography and directional skills were always the least of my weaknesses. Yet I cannot deny that the availability of... View Article

January 1, 2012

Toddlers and Hockey Pants

September is no man’s land for televised sports fans. The NFL is playing meaningless preseason games which are generally concussion-less affairs hardly worth televising. The PGA has completed all four of its majors and is stumbling through a contrived playoff format that requires a calculator and actuarial charts. The NHL season is a month away and baseball – well, it doesn’t really count. So with my usual sporting preferences not currently airing, I have resorted to channel surfing more than... View Article

January 1, 2012

Answering the Bell

The metaphoric relationship that exists between organized sports and real life is the reason many of us enroll our children into sports.  Through sports our children can learn discipline, the benefits of repeated practice and the wonderful example that together, we can accomplish more than the sum of our talents might suggest possible. They will also learn that despite their very best efforts the opposition through superior talent, harder work, or better luck, will sometimes win. Indeed perhaps the most... View Article

November 1, 2011

Growing Old

      Recently I’ve encountered more and more reminders that I am shifting from one generation to another. I look at people twenty years my junior and think that still ought to be me. Then I’ll catch a glimpse of my children walking through the house and think that I cannot possibly have kids that so closely resemble adults.  Though my body reminds me otherwise, I still feel like I should be in my twenties.  Yet the reminders that... View Article