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About fathers, heroes, love and patience

Heroes don't need to fix things. They support their loved ones in their growth and healing

What I hope for you, maybe the greatest thing that a father can hope for his son, is that one day you will become a father yourself. And then you will know how much I truly love you.

– Henry Allen, to his son, Barry, in an episode of The Flash.

Family, circa 1980

WHEN I THINK OF BEING A FATHER and everything that means, I also think of being . . .

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January 17, 2020

I can appreciate now what my grandfather taught me

Grandpa helped me realize it's vital to appreciate life's simple pleasures

Grandfather walking with grandson on a farm

Image by A. Debus from Pixabay

This essay also appeared in The Globe and Mail.

I relish the quiet of a predawn run. I focus on the cadence of my footfalls, breathe the crisp morning air.

I pass the local technical college and notice an older gentleman, leaning on a pillar. He sports glasses; his frame, slight, thin; grey hair . . .

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June 14, 2019

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