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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

Top Ten Florals for Valentine's Day

  Valentine's Day floral arrangements often feature a variety of flowers and foliage chosen for their romantic symbolism, vibrant colors, and pleasing fragrances. While the specific flowers may vary depending on personal preference and regional availability, here are ten popular choices commonly included in Valentine's Day floral arrangements: Roses: As the quintessential symbol of love and romance, roses are a staple in Valentine's Day arrangements. Red roses, in particular, convey deep love and passion, but other colors like pink, white, and lavender can also be used to represent different sentiments. Tulips: With their elegant simplicity and wide range of colors, tulips are another popular choice for Valentine's Day bouquets. Red tulips symbolize perfect love, while other hues like pink, purple, and white can convey admiration and affection. Lilies: Lilies are known for their graceful beauty and intoxicating fragrance, making them a lovely addition to Valentine