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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

The Best Small Dog for Retirees

Terry-Berry Muffin in the Daffodils Choosing the best small dog for retirees involves considering various factors such as temperament, size, energy level, grooming needs, and companionship. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, several breeds stand out as excellent choices for retirees due to their adaptability to a quieter lifestyle and their ability to provide companionship and joy to their owners. Soft little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel One of the top contenders for retirees is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . This breed is renowned for its gentle and affectionate nature, making it an ideal companion for seniors. Cavaliers are small in size, typically weighing between 13 to 18 pounds, which makes them suitable for apartment living or smaller homes. They are known for their adaptability to various environments and their love for human companionship. Cavaliers are also relatively low-energy dogs, enjoying leisurely walks and cuddle sessions on the couch, making them p