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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

Recipe for Chickpea Tofu: By Ally

A dear long-time friend has passed along this recipe for Chickpea Tofu for anyone who is sensitive or allergic to Tofu (soy). INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup "Raw" Chickpea Flour 1 1/2 cup Water Pinch of Turmeric METHOD: Dissolve 1/2 cup of Chickpea flour in 1/2 cup of the water.  Add a pinch of Turmeric powder for colour. Heat remaining cup of water over medium heat. Add in the Chickpea paste and whisk/stir, scraping sides down. When the mixture is boiling and thickened, pour into a pan and let it cool.   Cut into desired shapes after completely cool.  Ally also states that she often eats it with a Burmese Salad:   Fried Onions and Garlic along with Green Spring Onions, Tamarind Juice, chopped Cilantro and optional Chili pepper and Fish Sauce. You can even easily avoid a trip and expense of buying chickpea flour! Make your own in a Vitamix or food processor. A pound of dry garbanzo beans from your bulk food supplier will make 3 cups of flour in the Vitamix in a fe