Bride incorporates late father’s ashes into wedding nails

Well, it’s certainly an original idea. A bride-to-be in the UK was so devastated at having lost her father to cancer just months before her August wedding that she decided to incorporate some of his ashes into her manicure on the big day. Charlotte Walton, of Staffordshire, England, cooked up the idea with her cousin…
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Father’s illness inspires nursing career

Watching nurses and her mother care for her ill father led Qing Zhou to nursing. “My father was always sick when I was little and often in the hospital because of rheumatoid arthritis. I saw what the nurses did to care for him,” said Zhou, who has worked at Kaiser Permanente for 21 years. “Also, my mother was a nurse. I was inspired by her compassion for her patients. She was well respected and loved by everyone. I knew when I was young that nursing was what I wanted to do.”

Now, Zhou, a registered nurse, is charge nurse and specialty coordinator in general surgery at the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Southern California.

“As a child, I saw nurses give my father shots, draw blood, give medication instructions, and talk to him about taking care of himself. I don’t think my father could have lived this long without their care.”

How does your work contribute to Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to transform health and health care?

As a nurse for Kaiser Permanente, quality care and safety are our top priorities. I initiated our participation in the Go Clear program from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. The goal is to create a smoke-free environment in surgery.  With support from our staff and leaders to reduce operating room smoke from surgical equipment, the rate of staff calling in sick decreased and we won the AORN Go Clear Silver Award in 2018. We were the first operating team in the state of California to win this award.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve done simultaneous translation between English and Chinese at AORN conferences for 10 years. I was born in China, went to nursing school there, and worked as a nurse there for 8 years. I came to the United States. when I was 25 — English is my second language. Working as a nurse in both China and the U.S. has helped tremendously when it comes to translating medical terms.

Describe one of your most memorable moments as a nurse.

Four years ago, a surgeon and I picked up a patient from the emergency room who had a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. He looked very pale and was unresponsive. His abdominal area was tender, which was a clear sign of internal bleeding. Based on our experiences, the patient was in critical condition and needed surgery immediately, so our entire team was mobilized — we ordered blood, collected surgical instruments, and got a graft ready. The anesthesiologist put the patient to sleep very quickly. Surgery started less than 10 minutes after we brought the patient into the operating room and lasted more than 3 hours. During that time, we gave the patient 20 units of blood. The patient survived. I still remember that day and the wonderful feeling of being part of our team efforts that saved a patient’s life.

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Michigan woman blames EEE for father’s death, could mark fourth in US from rare mosquito-borne virus

If confirmed, the man’s death would mark the second in the state and the fourth in the nation so far this year. 
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Jimmy Fallon Shares Viewers’ Funniest Dad Quotes For Father’s Day

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Stephen Colbert Reveals Trump’s Plot To Hijack Your Father’s Day

The president is planning to turn the holiday into the kickoff of his 2020 campaign, the “Late Show” host says.


10 Thoughtful (And Free) Father’s Day Gift Ideas

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, many of us are wondering what gift to get dad this year. Barbecue grills, TVs, and golf clubs are great, but sometimes all it takes is a message of appreciation, straight from the heart.While you can purchase a really cool gift (check out the Ultimate Buy Black Father’s Day Gift Guide for some ideas) there are other ways to honor fathers and father figures. These free Father’s Day gift ideas are some creative ways to honor dad.


Use your camera to film a short documentary. Ask siblings, kids, and extended family members to share their favorite stories and the best advice they’ve ever received from dad.

Host a Father’s Day Cook-off Competition. Invite family and friends over to recreate some or your dad’s favorite meals. Of course, dad is the judge and chooses the winner.

Create a customized coffee table book. Include family events such as weddings, graduations, and father-daughter-son moments from your childhood.

Sign Dad up for a class. If he’s been talking about learning how to fly a helicopter or paint, find a class and sign him up.

Write a short personal essay or poem. Talk about key events in your childhood or the influence your dad has had on your life. (E.g., 10 Life Lessons I Learned From Dad.)

Build something. Whether it’s a birdhouse, shed, or backyard deck, if your dad loves spending his free time making things, these are all great bonding experiences.

Make a playlist. Pick some of dad’s favorite songs and create a playlist for him. As an added touch, include a few songs that remind you of him and save them to a USB flash drive.

Volunteer in the community.While honoring your dad on Fathers Day, donate your time to helping others who are less fortunate.

Plan a Father’s Day Olympics. If your dad loves sports, a day of competitive activities, such as swimming, a relay race, or even basketball, will make his day.

Spend quality time. Nothing beats quality time with family. Whether it’s spending the day watching movies or barbecuing in the backyard, the memories made are priceless!


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Still the Most Ignored Demographic: Single, Black Fathers

One of the first articles I ever had published was a feature story I wrote many years ago on growing up with a single, black father. “Oprah doesn’t do stories on single, black dads,” I wrote. I complained about them being an ignored demographic.

To my surprise, I received several letters from black women angered by my article. I recall one stating that the single, black father was the exception, not the norm and why take focus off of black women who so often pull double duty as mother and father while working full time?

Those women deserve support and admiration. Yet, I said then as I say now: Black men with sole custody of their kids, comprise a small yet mighty group that deserves far more attention than received.

A look at the statistics: From the Pew Research center’s data from 2017; 36% of black children under 18-years-old live with married parents; 47% live with single mothers; 7% live with cohabitating partners; and 4% live with single fathers.

I was part of that scant percentage. My father had little-to-no resources when my mother just upped and left him with two pre-teen kids. He worked two, sometimes three jobs to keep paying the mortgage on the house he and my mother had just bought; and to provide for us. Although there was no time or money for vacations I cannot remember ever doing without lights, heat, air conditioning, school supplies, clothes—without any of the basic needs, really.

My father would come home from a two-hour commute every night just in time to make sure we were OK—fed, homework done—and then was back out the door two hours later—on yet another grueling two-hour train ride to his second job. Our lives ran that way for years until we kids were grown.

Still, I think my then-over-taxed father could have benefited with some support. In her book, “The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers,” associate professor of sociology at Marquette University Roberta L. Coles writes that “monies, scholarly research, and public debate have nearly entirely focused on non-custodial fathers or so-called ‘irresponsible fathers’ for which black fathers have become the poster child.”

In her research, which included interviews of single, black fathers, Coles discovered, “African American fathers struggle to extricate themselves from the negative and restrictive cultural baggage that attends the ‘black male’ identity in American society.”

As a child, and even today as an adult, I get defensive about the persistently negative portrayals of black men as fathers as I remember my own and how he did so much to raise us.

So, what is my point? Well, I guess I wish there were more single, black fathers highlighted in media. I wish there were more policies and organizations that advocated for fathers’ rights when the father is the more fit custodial parent.

But, my point is also to highlight the single, black fathers out there this Father’s Day. I remember so well when my father removed the drop leaf that extended our dining room table after my mother left, shrinking it down into a small, encompassing circle. “We were a family of four, now we are a family of three,” he said.

He was right then, and we still are a strong family of three. And Happy Father’s Day to all of the single, black fathers.

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Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani: How They Feel About The Kids Spending Father’s Day With Gavin Rossdale

As Father’s Day approaches, HL EXCLUSIVELY learned how Gwen Stefani & her ex Gavin Rossdale are managing to co-parent around the special day, despite Blake being a big part of the kids’ lives.

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Father’s Day gifts that he’ll actually like (and use)

Father’s day is just around the corner, so we’ve scouted out the best gift ideas…

Gifts For Him

Struggling to buy a gift this Father’s day? Well have no fear. We’ve rounded up the best Father’s day gifts to get your hands on. You’d think by now we would know what to get and would’ve made some notes from these stylish Christmas gifts for him or the ultimate men’s grooming gift guide – but it gets harder every year.

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and it gives us a chance every year to show our appreciation for the dads in our lives. And we all want to do our best to show just how much we really love them. Notoriously hard to shop for, dad’s big day is always a bit of struggle. But we’re here with a little help.

We know how important the first man in our life is to us, and sometimes nothing can seem good enough for our lovely dads. But to them it’s the thought that counts and we’ve put all the thought in for you. Whether he’s a sporty dad, more of a clean-cut type, a big ol’bearded guy or maybe he’s just become a father for the first time and could do with being spoiled, there’s something for everyone.

They taught us how to swim and how to ride a bike, and much to our mortification, probably had a good old talking to with our very first boyfriend. But we love them no matter what, and what better way to show it than to buy them a divine tie, a slick pair of shoes or a snazzy travel kit. From old school aviators’ to top of the range aftershaves, we’ve got it covered. Whether you want to splurge or save there’s lots of choices in our epic selection of Father’s day gifts.

Whatever your budget have a look at our edit of the best Father’s day gifts and be sure to take note to ensure he will have a huge grin on his face come Sunday!

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Ultimate Buy Black Father’s Day 2019 Gift Guide: Men’s Grooming, Health and Wellness

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Men’s Grooming/Health and Wellness Gifts

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The Cut Buddy is a beard- and hair-shaping tool for those wanting to feel that “fresh from the barbershop” confidence in between barber visits or if they can’t afford or get to the barber multiple times per month.

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Forgotten fathers: New dads also at risk for postpartum depression

A new study offers an in-depth view of new fathers’ experiences with postpartum depression (PPD). The study explores issues they encounter and how they can move beyond barriers they face in receiving diagnoses and treatment of the little-known phenomenon.
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Mothers prefer daughters and fathers prefer sons

A research group has studied whether parents’ gender preferences and investment in offspring are affected by their status, wealth, education or childhood environment. Instead, parental preferences were best predicted by their sex. These results help to make sense of the often contradictory findings on offspring sex preferences.
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Father’s nicotine use can cause cognitive problems in children and grandchildren

A father’s exposure to nicotine may cause cognitive deficits in his children and even grandchildren, according to a new study. The effect, which was not caused by direct secondhand exposure, may be due to epigenetic changes in key genes in the father’s sperm.
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Fathers’ postnatal hormone levels predict later caregiving

Dads whose cortisol levels were elevated while they held their newborns on the day of their birth — either skin-to-skin or clothed — were more likely to be involved with indirect care and play with their infants in the first months of their lives.
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