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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

The Blessing of the Fig Tree

In our yard we have a little green fig tree that has launched into an abundance of fruit-bearing over the recent past.  In its initial 8 or 9 years, it languished.  Its little buddy expired fairly early on (not unusual for fruit trees in our front yard soil, which could be described as a gravel bed with a slim overlay of topsoil. An idea of how many figs this tree is putting out-- every branch is laden like this with a couple of crops. And a shot of some of the 'baby' figs that will form the second crop later in the summer/early Fall. The same fig tree just four years ago-- barely hanging on, and only producing a few figs that year. We have fertilized/amended the soil around its roots with lime and rock phosphate.  Those mineral nutrients have made a huge difference. Here my d.h. is demonstrating that the tree is about 6' in breadth, not that the big one got away. What do you do with your harvest of figs?  I would appreciate some more ideas. Comment below

A Sunday Outing to the Cumberland Farmer's Market and a Seaside Edible Walk,

It could have been another day lounging around with the tablet on Facebook... but, twigged by something someone said (or inferred) about how lazy I am, I suggested to dear hubby that we might check out the new-ish Cumberland Farmer's Market .  It is open from 11am on Sundays throughout the summer.  Off we went. These gorgeous hydrangeas greeted us at the entrance to Village Square Park where the Cumberland Farmers' Market is located. I personally have never seen this sort of hydrangea before.  Have you?  It was gorgeous... The Cumberland Farmers Market at the Village Square Park, Dunsmuir Rd., Cumberland BC Sundays 11AM-2PM This is really a pretty little Farmers' Market -- it's new-ish (just opened this year) so really doesn't seem to have caught on yet.  The bonus is that it is a little less cheek-to-jowl with people and vendors, for those who prefer a bit of a stroll and a chat vs. a push and a shove and jostle for the coin.  The Market operates 11AM-2