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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

Seven Plant-based Shortbread Recipes for the Holidays

 I had grannies with Scottish backgrounds, so shortbread was always "a thing" in my growing up Christmases. It was also the first cookie recipe I remember experimenting with baking-- I read the recipe wrong and used a pound block of butter vs. the cup that was called for. My mother kindly referred to my gaff by saying, "These are delicious-- very rich!"  Evergreen whispers, Vegan shortbread gently bakes, Christmas joy unfolds. I still like to experiment with recipes. I hope that you maybe try one that you haven't tried before and let me know what you think in the comments below. Feel free to do your own innovations on these recipes and let me know what worked for you!  1. Classic Scottish Shortbread 2. No-bake Almond Shortbread 3. Carob Shortbread 4. Oatmeal Shortbread 5. Gluten-free Almond Flour Shortbread 6. Peppermint Shortbread 7. Ginger Shortbread 8. How to make Powdered Sugar 9. A Simple Vanilla Glaze 10. Quick Chocolate Dip Scroll for the s even plant-ba