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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

Mother's Day Tribute from Alyza to her Mother...

or watch on Youtube   My Mom She has a large shaped heart  in a pint sized body. She has a warm smile on a cold day. She is a hard worker with soft hands. She laughs at my jokes and  cries when I'm hurt. She's tattooed in my heart and  in my thoughts forever. I love my mom. ©Alyza2017 Purchase at Amazon

Cranberry-Orange-Chia Muffin Recipe, Vegan, Whole Food, Delicious!

Cranberry-Orange-Chia Muffin Recipe Back in the day when people arrived at your door with baked muffins (does that happen any more?) I remember replicating a delectable recipe for orange-date muffins that involved cutting up a whole orange-- skin and all-- and putting it in my blender with those dates that came in hard little blocks from the Co-op, and of course, sugar, eggs, raisins, and oil and probably milk. I got a craving for that fruity, yummy muffin.  I wondered if such a recipe existed for a vegan, oil free muffin with similar ingredients and taste.  Well, I did find a similar yummy-looking muffin recipe from the Vegan Richa blog, and made a few adjustments to get some of the "old" longed-for texture and taste in the recipe below.  See what you think! INGREDIENTS:  1 C.+ 2 T.  organic seedless Orange Juice and Pulp Peel from 1/2 organic Orange 4 T.  Chia Seeds 1/2 C. Sugar (I used organic brown sugar) 1/2 tsp. Vanilla (I didn't have Vanilla, b

Yummy Chocolate-Avocado-Chia-Banana Pudding Parfait (Vegan, Whole Food, Plant-Based)

Chocolate-Avocado-Chia-Banana Pudding Parfait Spent some time in the garden prepping the soil for planting and needed a bit of a treat for the hard dirty work (ha) so decided to try this lovely chocolate chia pudding recipe.  Then, to amp it up a little for people who love banana cream-chocolate parfait or pie, I decided to add a few layers of really ripe banana.  Hope you like it as much as I do! Makes about 4 Parfaits INGREDIENTS: 4 T. Chia Seeds 1 C. Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice) Flesh of 2 Ripe Avocados 4 T. Organic Cocoa Powder (or Raw Cacao Powder) 4-6 T. Maple Syrup 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon 1 Ripe Organic Banana METHOD: Assemble ingredients and measure out in advance (or, if less OCD than I, skip this step) Stir chia seeds and almond milk together in the canister of your blender. Let sit 20 minutes. Add other ingredients (except the Banana) and blend until silky smooth Layer Banana and chocolate-chia pudding and garnish with fruit, nuts, or