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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

A Tapestry of New Year Celebrations: Exploring Cultural Traditions Across the Globe

  As the world bids farewell to the old and welcomes the new, New Year celebrations manifest in a tapestry of diverse traditions across the globe. This article explores 10 distinct cultural New Year celebrations, delving into the rich history, unique rituals, and the fascinating ways in which different societies mark the passage of time. New Year's in Times Square, December 31-January 1st North American New Year Celebrations: In North America, New Year's Eve celebrations have become synonymous with parties, fireworks, and the iconic Times Square ball drop in New York City. The tradition of counting down to midnight dates back to the 19th century, with the first New Year's Eve ball drop occurring in 1907. The celebration marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, symbolizing a fresh start. In the New World, New Year's Eve celebrations began with the arrival of European settlers. The date was initially observed by religious services and social gatherings.