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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

Celebrate Galentine's Day!

  Looking to celebrate Galentine's Day in style this year? Gather your gal pals and indulge in a variety of fun activities that celebrate friendship and independence. Apparently, February 13th is usually set aside for this, but why not ANY day in February? Talk to your buds and see what day/night works for them! From a fun-filled brunch to a relaxing spa day, a movie marathon featuring empowering films, or an ART night, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Get creative with DIY crafts, embark on outdoor adventures, or host a game night filled with laughter and friendly competition. Whether you're exchanging self-care tips, dancing the night away, or giving back to the community through volunteer work, Galentine's Day is all about cherishing the bonds of female friendship. Galentine's Brunch: Host a brunch at your place or a favorite spot where you and your gal pals can enjoy delicious food, and each other's company. Spa Day: Treat yourselves to a relaxing