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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

Orange-Oatmeal Walnut-Date Brownies... Vegan, No Poured Oils

These whole food, plant-based orange walnut brownies are yummy, and compared to other brownies, pretty healthy. Here are the list of Ingredients: 1 C.      Pitted Medjool Dates 3/4 C.  Hot Water 1 C.      Rolled Oats 1/2 C.    Walnut Pieces 1/2 C.   Cocoa Powder 1/2 tsp . Baking Powder 3 T.        Maple Syrup 2 tsp.     Orange Extract (or Vanilla if you wish) Pinch    Sea Salt METHOD: Preheat oven to 350F/175C Pour hot water over the dates and let them sit in a bowl for about 10 minutes Drain the water off and then blend up the dates in a food processor, scraping down as you go Add oatmeal, walnuts, cocoa, baking powder, maple syrup, and sea salt. Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl as you go. In an 8"x8" pan, cover bottom with parchment paper and press in brownies Bake 20 minutes Let cool, and then cut into 16 pieces You may store the brownies for up to 5 days in the fridge (in an airtight container) Using the information at FitnessP