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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

Review Comparing Atomic Habits with The Power of Habit

"Your habits are how you embody your identity." Atomic Habits , by James Clear My husband and I have been married for over fifty-three years. We have been relatively healthy for most of this time, but a health crisis in 2022 prompted us to learn more about changes we might need to make if we plan to avoid dementia, and particularly Alzheimer's Disease. We subscribed to an online group that focused on lifestyle medicine with scientifically-sound evidence base for the beliefs held by the group's neurologist leaders. We learned that our whole-food, plant-based diet was a good start to our plan to optimize our health by keeping our arteries clean and our microbiome in good working order. Exercise and stress management were also on the agenda, as well as reading and learning new skills, such as a foreign language or a musical instrument. The group hosted a Book Club for its online members. My husband was in the midst of treatments for cataracts, so I took on the role of re