Not all heroes wear capes…

Not all heroes wear capes…

A few days ago, my good friend Zack called to ask if I’d mind doing some babysitting for him. While that may not sound too unusual, it might amuse you to know that Zack is 48 and his son is a teenager, well past the age where he needs supervision. It was, in fact,...
My son and Superman

My son and Superman

How the lessons we teach stick for life This year during the holidays, my wife Bridget and I realized that we have reached a stage where very soon, we are going to be the two shortest people in the house. Our two older sons are now well over six feet tall and soon...
Closing the Cottage

Closing the Cottage

Weathering the seasons of intergenerational cottage transfers, liabilities and the tax man. In the last few weeks, all across our country a great Canadian tradition has occurred — the winterizing of the family cottage. As long-time readers might recall, I grew...
The Spookiest Time of the Year

The Spookiest Time of the Year

Image courtesy of tausend und eins, fotografie   It’s that time of year again where people will dress up, disguise their identities and go knocking on your door, saying “Trick or Treat”.   The experience at the doorstep can be either very pleasant, or highly...
The Future Of Giving

The Future Of Giving

For so many of us, the nighttime sky represents peace and tranquility.  One night in London this past month was the exact opposite due to a massive gas explosion.  In the aftermath, our city’s generosity shows us the future of giving – and how our...