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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

A Yummy Gyro-- Plant-based, Gluten-Free

Wonderful, yummy, messy, spicy, tasty, creamy, crunchy, crisp, chewy, savory, plant-based, gluten-free Gyro   Our son, Philip, went on a high school trip in 1988 to Greece. He came back exuberant and so happy to share all the details of his trip with us, even the experience of eating in a country that did not impose alcohol restrictions on minor-age boys in the various eateries they visited.  What he did enjoy was the Greek food, particularly the simple, delicious pita sandwich of beef or lamb on a bed of fresh sliced onions, and tomato, and laced with creamy tzatziki sauce. He was so enthused he actually took a Greek cooking class.  I think he ate quite a few gyros (pronounced either Jee-rrroh or Yee-rrroh depending on the speaker's background) during his University days and until his marriage.   We also loved the gyro he introduced us to. It is so wonderful to know that it is possible to eat the meaty food we enjoyed in a kinder form. This post contains three recipes, two th