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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Delightful Crunchy Sunflower Seed Pesto Recipe

Looking for a delicious way to use your yummy fresh garden basil  but almost had a heart attack when you saw the cost of pine nuts for the pesto recipe?   Subbing home-toasted sunflower seeds will give you a very tasty crunchy pesto for a fraction of the cost of pine nuts!  Ingredients 1 C. raw, organic, shelled Sunflower seeds 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt 3 - 4 Garlic cloves 2+ tsp. fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice 4 C. lightly-packed Basil leaves 1/2 C. extra virgin Olive oil Method In a skillet over medium heat, combine Seeds and Salt, and stirring throughout, toast until most seeds are golden (careful not to burn!).  Remove from heat and cool. Alternatively , toast seeds in your toaster oven at 300-325 degrees for 5-15 minutes. Watch carefully not to burn. Cool. Combine all ingredients --except olive oil-- in a food processor. Process while drizzling olive oil through the top opening. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.  Makes about 2 C. Delicious on pasta, pizza, crackers, brioc