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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

Navigating the Digital Waves: Stay Safe and Connected Online in January and February

As the New Year arrives, icy winds may not be the only chill in the air. January and February bring unique online currents for seniors, with a mix of exciting opportunities and lurking dangers. From festive scams to health-focused resources, staying informed and navigating these trends safely is key to enjoying the vibrant, ever-evolving digital world. Guarding Yourself Against the Digital Undertow: Scam Savvy: The holiday hangover doesn't always end with decorations. January sees a surge in online scams, preying on the optimism of New Year's resolutions and the generosity of the season. Fake weight-loss apps, bogus financial schemes, and phishing emails masquerading as legitimate companies can easily snare the unwary. Exercise skepticism against unsolicited offers, especially those promising "quick fixes" or large returns. Remind yourself to stick to trusted websites, verify sender information, and avoid clicking on suspicious links. Beware the Valentine's Day Ph