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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

Pumpkin Pie Porridge (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

I love pumpkin pie and could eat it any day any time, but the fact is that pumpkin pie is generally pretty much off my dietary radar what with the custardy ingredients and pie crust.  So, how nice to know that there is a ' pumpkin pie "fix" that is healthy, vegan, gluten-free and a great breakfast item full of Vitamins A, B and fibre!  I have also included the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spice, a mixture you can make it bulk and then just add a spoonful to your future pumpkin porridge pie recipes.  Make your own with organic spices.   The spices will help to keep your LDL and triglycerides at normal levels. Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Ingredients: (for one pumpkin pie porridge recipe below)  1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon   1/4 teaspoons ground Ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground Nutmeg   1/8 teaspoon ground Allspice   1/2 teaspoon organic Stevia powder  Preparation: Combine all ingredients. If you make extra, store in an airtight container. Pumpkin Pie Porridge