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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

Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) and Spinach Patties- Burgers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This chickpea-spinach patty or burger recipe grew from some consternation with a commercial brand of chickpea-spinach burger that had more than a few ingredients, a few of which I felt could be excluded from a recipe and still have the same flavourful and 'kind' appeal without those ingredients.  Plus, as an ethical vegan, I was not crazy about the idea that the particular brand is just a side line for a longtime "meat packing company."  While I think it is wonderful that there are an amazing number of vegan "meats" hitting the market, I don't think that I am reduced to buying a product that is likely just a way for this company to capture some of the 'new' revenue coming in with vegan foods, while they continue to support the factory-farming of animals, their "inhumane" slaughter  (is there a humane way to kill a sentient being to eat?) and the ongoing other ethical and morale concerns perpetrated by the meat industries. So, y

Spelt-Caraway Scones - Vegan Recipe

Today would have been my Irishy Grandma's 115th birthday. She would have loved these.  Happy St. Paddy's Day!  INGREDIENTS 1 Flax Egg     (1 T (7 g) flaxseed meal + 2 ½ T(37 ml) Water beaten up together in small bowl) 3/4   cup  unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk such as Almond, Hemp or Oat Milk 3/4   cup   spelt flour  1 1/4   cups  U nbleached All-purpose Flour 1   T  B aking Powder 1/4   cup  Maple Syrup 1/2   tsp  S ea Salt 2 T. Caraway Seed 1/4 C. dried Currants 6   Tbsp   room temperature coconut oil  (scoopable, not liquid or frozen) (or vegan butter) Icing: 1 c. Icing sugar 2 T milk 1/4 tsp orange zest.   Method Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit Whisk in bowl: flax egg, non-dairy milk and maple syrup. Set aside. In another larger bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and sea salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the coconut oil until pea-sized clusters form Spill in caraway seeds and currants Add wet ingredients a