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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

Shopping for Gifts at Thrift Shops

Gift shopping at thrift stores can be a unique and sustainable way to find thoughtful presents. Here are some ideas, presented in point form: Second-hand Gifts: Vintage Clothing: Unique clothing items from different eras. Retro t-shirts, jackets, or dresses. Books: Classic novels or special editions. Coffee table books on specific interests. Home Decor: Vintage or antique furniture pieces. Decorative items like vases, frames, or candle holders. Collectibles: Vinyl records or vintage toys. Antique figurines or collectible items. Accessories: Second-hand jewelry, including vintage pieces. Handbags or wallets in good condition. Board Games/Puzzles: Classic board games or unique puzzles. Limited edition or vintage game sets. Artwork: Framed vintage posters or paintings. Handcrafted items from local artists. Kitchenware: Vintage dishes, glassware, or cutlery. Unique kitchen gadgets or serving pieces. Up-cycling Potential: Furniture: Old chairs or tables can be refurbished or painted. Rep