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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

Slap Dash Facebook Christmas Shortbread, GlutenFree or Regular Unbleached Flour Cookies

  Okay, this is a bit of an experiment (much of my baking is, alas) since I don't have the necessary ingredients as per my preferred recipe via google. So.... I begin by: (1) Boiling a small potato (peeled, cut in half) -- sounds goofy, but I learned about using spuds in all sorts of dessert recipes from a recipe book I brought back from Newfoundland and gave to my sister-in-law years ago-- wonder if she ever tried any of the spud recipes? (2) Cream together about 1 C. of Coconut Oil, 1 C. of Coconut Sugar, and the soft boiled spud (okay- the heck is boiled out of it-- no vitamins here, folks, just starch) Let's see if these become shortbread or just some yukky mess with potato in it.... if they are worth re-producing, I will silver-wrap you about 6 teeny little cookie gems-- the way they parcel them out in gluten-free sample shops... I'm just that exquisite with my baking... (sarcasm emoji) The stupid potato isn't really boiling-- what's with that? Put so