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June 15, 2013

To Dad, With Love: Give gifts of experiences, presents from the heart


Father-friendly fare like homemade pretzels may be a way to get Dad into the kitchen, instead of keeping him out, on this holiday. Art-educator-turned-artisan-baker Anne Gohorel of the Andes bakery Bread Fellows suggested this easy baking project as being suitable for many different ages. Whether you bring Dad in on the fun of creating these edible, versatile and universally loved snacks, or just treat him to the finished result, he’ll be sure to appreciate it. If pretzels aren’t Dad’s thing, there are plenty of other baking projects to consider, such as pita bread, Gohorel suggests. 

A tribute can take on many forms, but poet and teacher Bertha Rogers, founder of the Bright Hill Center in Franklin, spoke about the power of written words to express gratitude, admiration and love. 

Rogers described how the process of writing a poem for one’s father creates a tribute that goes far beyond the sentiments of a store-bought card. To get the creative juices flowing, Rogers suggests having a picture of father near by. Catch hold of a memory of him when you were a certain age — a specific day or even a moment in time. Remember where you both were, what kind of weather it was, what were you both wearing. 

Bertha offered this poem, which she wrote for her father, Kenneth, as an example of how words can carry memories and emotion far beyond the combination of letters on paper.

The Lesson 

I see him often now, carrying empty washed pails, his faded green jacket fitted close to his collar, his brown-billed cap down, half-hiding serious eyes.

It is cold out there, where he walks, and November.

He passes out of sight, shows from between red buildings, opens barn doors, offering steam to the chill.

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