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A Thousand Miles With My Father

A Thousand Miles With My Father

When you walk a thousand miles with someone, you really get to know who they are. And so it was with my father, Alton Bernard, because  I walked with him. A lot. Throughout my childhood, I went where he went, and it was my pleasure to do so. There is no place on earth...

The Living Years

The Living Years

There was a concert I attended way back in the day. The band performed many songs, and my friends and I enjoyed them all. But, being so long ago, my memory of that night pretty much stops there. Many evenings in our lives are destined to be recalled like this, I...

The Race

The Race

Let’s get serious.  Let’s get ser-i-ooooous. Let’s get serious and fall in looove.   It is June of 1980 and the chorus from Jermaine Jackson’s latest hit is on auto play in my head.  Shaky and vulnerable as a newborn colt, I stand behind the starting line in my...

Take My Yoke

Take My Yoke

Some years ago, I asked my father what was his favourite scripture in the Bible. I didn’t know what to expect as an answer from him. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had somehow gently dismissed my question. At the time I was trying to connect with a man who was...