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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

Barley Porridge with Dates and Walnuts

Porridge made with barley is not familiar to everyone. This sweet porridge recipe comes from the Sacred Cookbook- Forgotten Healing Recipes of the Ancients . You will find other delicious, little-known old "ethnic" recipes from all over the world in this collection. Barley Porridge Serves 2-4 INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 cups organic barley flour 4 cups almond milk, or other milk of choice sea salt 6 large medjool dates , pitted and chopped 2/3 cups chopped walnuts 4 tablespoons raw honey (other sweetener, like maple syrup, for children under 1 year) METHOD: 1. Whisk the barley flour in the almond milk over medium heat in a medium size pot. Be sure to bring all the flour into play and stir until smooth and beginning to bubble. 2. Turn the heat down as boil begins and allow the porridge to simmer gently for about 5 minutes. (Watch to prevent burning, whisk if needed) 3. Remove from heat, salt to taste, and spoon porridge into bowls. Add the dates, walnuts and honey

Garlic-Ginger Eggplant

This delicious recipe for an Oriental dish, fried Garlic-Ginger Eggplant, is provided by my delightful Facebook friend, Rita Hinds . Here we go with Rita's recipe for Garlic-Ginger Eggplant : INGREDIENTS: 1 Eggplant 3 T. fresh ginger 3 T. Fresh garlic Green chili (I used red pepper flakes) Scallion onions 3 T. Non GMO Cornstarch 1 tsp. Organic Cane Sugar Soy sauce or Braggs Aminos Water INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Cut up eggplant in bite size pieces(put in bowl) sprinkle with salt and lemon juice. Let it sit for 15 minutes(this formula will draw out excess water) Pour out water/ rinse and pat dry with towel or paper towel. 2. Coat eggplant with cornstarch. This will depend on how much eggplant you have. 3. Fry eggplant until crispy(the cornstarch makes it crispy). Set aside. 4. Sauté onions, garlic, ginger 5. Add soy-sauce and sugar to the pan and then a little water (this will depend how much eggplant you have to cover with the sauce) then add water and some