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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

25 Ways To Recycle, Repurpose or Reuse Old CDs

    Here are 25 creative ways to repurpose, recycle, or reuse old CDs (compact discs): Coasters : Use the shiny side of the CD as a coaster. You can decorate the non-shiny side with artwork or photos. Mosaic Art: Break CDs into small pieces and create mosaic designs on various surfaces, such as flower pots, picture frames, or mirrors Reflective Bird Scare: Hang old CDs in your garden to create reflective surfaces that scare away birds and protect your plants   Desk Ornaments: Decorate your desk by using CDs as the base for small sculptures or decorative items Spinners or Mobiles: Create hanging decorations by stringing together CDs with fishing line. Hang them near windows for a sparkling effect. Jewelry: Cut CDs into small, interesting shapes and turn them into unique jewelry pieces like earrings or pendants. Gift Tags: Cut small shapes from old CDs to make shiny and reflective gift tags. Christmas Ornaments: Cut CDs into festive shapes and hang them on your Christmas tree for a