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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 Healthy Workout for the Senior Mind: Caring for the Caregiver

Healthy Aging: An Oxymoron? A Healthy Brain Workout A while ago, a friend who was doing some at-home care-giving for her husband who had a terminal illness, called to invite me to go with her to a "workshop about brain health" that she read about in our local paper. Like many "boomers"-- that is, people born in the 1940s to early 1960s demographic-- I am interested in layman's "brain science" where it relates to my being able to make some practical lifestyle adjustments to extend the life span of my brain's health, and, I hope, forego dementia and Alzheimer's disease. I said "yes" to her offer. When we arrived I was surprised to find that the workshop was being presented by the local chapter of the British Columbia Alzheimer Society. I have older relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer's and thought that perhaps this would be a way to learn about how to avoid getting that dreadful aging disease. The brochures laid neatly out on one

Granny Tries the Keto-Flex 3/12 Diet

How does a woman who has faithfully followed and eaten Low Fat Vegan for health and ethical reasons, suddenly flip over to the "high fat" keto diet that she has always been told was invented and propagated for "big money" by the late Dr. Atkinson? If you have been following this blog, you know that I have faithfully extolled the virtues of a Low FAT Plant-Strong diet for a good hunk of my adult life .  Besides feeling very strongly that eating organically-grown fruit, veggies, whole grains and beans is the way to go, I have also heralded the low (and no) fat trends among vegans who listen to and love the agenda of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who almost all firmly condemn a "high fat" vegan diet.  How did this happen?                                       SEE THE KETOFLEX RECIPES I USE Well, a couple of things have happened to change my decision around the way I eat: 1. I am 67 years old at the time of this writing.  I have had