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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

Vancouver-- A Living Choice

  You're young. You're single. You are looking at places you would like to live. Vancouver, British Columbia is one of your "first dream choices".   Here are some of the pros and cons to making a move to Vancouver: Pros: Natural Beauty: Vancouver is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including mountains, forests, and ocean views. The city’s beauty is unparalleled. Outdoor Activities: You can enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and water sports all year round. Stanley Park, with its seawall and beaches, offers endless outdoor recreation. Cultural Diversity: Vancouver is a Sea Port and a melting pot of cultures, languages, and cuisines. You’ll find a rich tapestry of people from around the world. Education: Vancouver has excellent post-secondary schools and universities. Simon Fraser University (SFU) sits on top of a mountain in Burnaby. The University of British Columbia (UBC) is renowned for its academic programs. Healthcare: Canada’s universal healthcare system

Food Wars on the Island

Our smallish Canadian city (12,000 souls) is a battleground for the grocery big stores: Costco, Walmart, Superstore, and Sobey's (via Thrifty's, that used to be a Vancouver Island chain in the not-distant-past). Safeway will be closing May 2014. Read more HERE Safeway recently opted out, or was opted out when Sobey's failed to follow through on the purchase.  Target (or Tar-jay as I hear it called by the 30somethings who shop there) also has a grocery section, but it is nothing much, mostly American brands we've seen on TV for years and already know are poison. We have another large store in town called Quality Foods, and in 2012 (I think) it won a national grocery store award.  However, over the last couple of years QF has been receiving  injections of support from the rival SaveOnFoods cartel (aka Jimmy Pattison).  The irony is that QFcame in and set up in the same mall location that had been vacated by SaveOnFoods.  A greater irony is that another rumor ha