On Your Father's Side

Gillette cutting deep

Jan 16, 2019 / 3:00 pm

Is your masculinity so fragile that you feel threatened by a television commercial? Is your sense of manhood so attached to some bygone notion that you threaten...

Teaching kids about money

Jan 10, 2019 / 3:07 pm

Our seven-year-old daughter has been a madwoman lately around the house: La-la is cooking, cleaning and helping with her sisters. She ran upstairs yesterday and...

Christmas building blocks

Jan 2, 2019 / 11:00 am

For three days, Jingles the Elf needed a sabbatical from our three daughters. Whining, complaining and fighting were how we prepared for the holidays—and...

Be an angel this Christmas

Dec 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

Jessica walked into our meeting much how a mother bear might have. She seemed to stay close to the wall and near the exit, surveying the small room at the...

Digital-age and DJ dads

Dec 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

The first person who came to mind when I was asked to write about “modern dads” was Jeff Hay. Most of you know him better as DJ Haymaker. My wife...

Warning: trigger warnings

Nov 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

More American theatre companies are offering “trigger warnings,” and I understand why after attending Opera Kelowna’s presentation of Carmen...

Screen time Jeopardy

Nov 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

Who would’ve guessed I’d be binge watching Jeopardy reruns on Netflix, but here we are. I’ve watched the quiz show since Alex Trebek’s...

Vegas going to pot

Nov 7, 2018 / 5:48 am

How hilarious is it? I flew all the way to Las Vegas to buy legal cannabis for the first time? I mean, I didn’t fly to Las Vegas just to buy weed. We were...

To Vegas, or not

Oct 31, 2018 / 11:00 am

My wife stumbled out of bed about 2 a.m. and headed downstairs hoping to ease her mind about our pending trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10th anniversary....

Message to new council

Oct 24, 2018 / 11:00 am

Congratulations to Kelowna’s mayor and councillors for accomplishing something that must require more work than anyone can imagine. Door knocking,...

Short story cheat sheet

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

CBC’s writing contests are a little like the lottery. Buying a ticket is cheap. The odds of winning … well, let’s not talk about that. I...

Pedals, pebbles: Bam-bam!

Oct 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

When I say my mountain bike is rock solid, it has nothing to do with racing downhill at Silver Star, leaping over boulders. It’s actually about the...

'Grumpy' grocery shopper

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

One of my dad’s first jobs growing up in Southey, Sask., was to pick rocks. Yes, that was a thing back then. Farmers hired Rick, my uncle Jerry, and all...

Dad's kindergarten anxiety

Sep 5, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Baby Betty needs to eat by 4:45 p.m. or she turns into Rosemary’s Baby. It’s always been our tried-and-true explanation for sudden, unexplained...

Birthday's slippery slope

Aug 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

Canadians spent an average of $1,500 each at Christmas last year – from gas and groceries to presents and trips — meaning the winter holiday season...

A father's lament

Aug 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

When I took my oldest daughter’s hand and walked upstairs, time suddenly came rushing up behind me in one furious stroke. I’d walked the stairs at...

Overcoming the blocks

Jul 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. Creative catastrophe? Maybe. Energy vortex? Sure, why not. Grammatical pinch point? Uh, seems unlikely, but...

Marshmallows and skeeters

Jul 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

Within 18 minutes of our arrival, the children had shed most of their clothes, disappeared into the forest around Blanket Creek Provincial Park and elected a...

Kids' author scores an idea

Jun 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

This is how you watch World Cup soccer with your family. First, find a comfy place on the couch. Adjust the TV volume accordingly. If you have kids, “Jet...

Recipe for getting published

Jun 20, 2018 / 6:00 am

I don’t have one of those “stories” about getting published for the first time. I didn’t slave away at the keyboard until my eyes turned...