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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

Breakfast Oat-Carrot Cake

Breakfast Oat-Carrot Cake with Lemon Curd I have had enough experiences with baked oatmeal to think that I could put together a really delicious carrot cake version-- and I believe I have nailed that with the following soft, pudding-y, yummy Breakfast oat-carrot cake.  Try it and see if you agree! Place in large mixing bowl: • 3 cups organic rolled oats In blender carafe add: • 2 apples cored and chopped • 1 cup shelled walnuts • 2 medium carrots, chopped • 6 pitted Medjool dates • 2-3 tablespoons chia seed gel • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt *Blend well until smooth. *Pour over oats and mix well. Let sit for 2 hours or over night. *Preheat oven to 350 F. *Pour batter into baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Cover with aluminum foil. (Remove foil to brown during last 5+ minutes) *Bake for 25-40 minutes. *Let cool and serve in squares topped with fruit like pineapple, berries and banana slices SEE Lemon-Coconut Oatme