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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

Spring Lettuces, Fall Broccolli

Just a start to the 2024 Gardening year. Our son Conrad is staying with us for a while and gardening is his passion, so we are getting some help. Although he does tend to be as 'creative' and 'experimental' (maybe more so) than I am, so it means a lot of divergences from the regular plan to try fresh new things... so we shall see what we shall see. I have noticed, however, that our last month's grocery bill was HORRENDOUSly high-- so it will be important to get some actual everyday vegetables going so that we don't have to keep buying them in town. Carrots. Potatoes. Greens. Tomatoes. Squash. Fresh herbs. And, of course, quite a lot of berries and plums and cherries and strawberries. "We" also planted more (sour) cherries and some raspberries this year, but they probably won't happen until next year. I also want to plant a number of flowers. Our yard looks quite depleted and stark. Conrad has been pep-talking about the need for better soil and has