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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

All Things Gingerbread-House

 Christmas is a time when even the most austere iconoclasts have at least one or two pretty little traditions they hark back to. Everything from purchasing expensive tree ornaments to serving the homeless the big public dinner on the day. Some individuals and families have taken up building a yearly Gingerbread House. Generally a cute, creative, fun event with a lot of baking and sticky globs of icing involved. For those who want to go a step further with their Gingerbread House tradition, here are several ideas that you can pull out next Christmas: Include a Grandma or two in this party! 1. Gingerbread House Decorating Parties: Gather friends or family to decorate gingerbread houses together. 2. Gingerbread House Competitions: Host a friendly competition to see who can create the most elaborate or festive gingerbread house. 3. Gingerbread House Workshops: Attend workshops where experts teach techniques for creating stunning gingerbread houses. If you can't attend the workshops