Cranberries Singer Dolores ORiordan Dead at 46

London (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46.

The singer-songwriter's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording,

"No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that O'Riordan's family was "devastated" by the news.

Her Cranberries bandmates — Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergus Lawler — tweeted that O'Riordan "was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life."

London's Metropolitan Police force said officers were called just after 9 a.m. Monday to a hotel where a woman in her 40s was found dead. The police force said the death was being treated as "unexplained."

The Hilton hotel in London's Park Lane confirmed that a guest had died on the premises.

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins said O'Riordan and The Cranberries "had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally."

O'Riordan was born on Sept. 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, southwest Ireland. In 1990, she answered an ad from a local band in nearby Limerick city — then called The Cranberry Saw Us — that was looking for a lead singer.

A name change and a confluence of factors turned The Cranberries into international stars. Their guitar-based sound had an alternative-rock edge at a time when grunge was storming the music scene.

The band's songs — on which O'Riordan was chief lyricist and co-songwriter — had a Celtic-infused tunefulness. And in O'Riordan the group had a charismatic lead singer with a distinctively powerful voice.

Heavy play on MTV for their debut single "Dream" and the singles that followed helped bring the group to the attention of a mass audience.

The Cranberries' 1993 debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", sold millions of copies and produced the hit single "Linger."

The follow-up, "No Need to Argue," sold in even greater numbers and contained "Zombie," a visceral howl against Northern Ireland's violent Troubles that topped singles charts in several countries.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar tweeted Monday that "for anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of a generation. As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been Limerick's greatest ever rock star. RIP."

The band released three more studio albums before splitting up in 2003. O'Riordan released a solo album, "Are You Listening," in 2007, and another, "No Baggage," in 2009.

The Cranberries also reunited that year, resulting in the album "Roses" in 2012.

For a time, O'Riordan was one of Ireland's richest women, but she struggled with both physical and mental health problems.

The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($6,600.)

Medical records given to the court indicated she was mentally ill at the time of the altercation. After her court hearing O'Riordan urged other people suffering mental illness to seek help.

She told London's Metro newspaper last year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she spoke to the Irish News about her battles with depression.

O'Riordan said depression "is one of the worst things to go through," but that "I've also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children."

"You get ups as well as downs. Sure, isn't that what life's all about?" she said.

O'Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, the former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.

    Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/urgent-cranberries-singer-dolores-o-riordan-dead-at-46

    Heartbreaking: This Elderly Womans Family Thinks Shes Lying About The Fact That ALF Is A Janitor At Her Nursing Home And Sometimes Bullies Her

    Between the loneliness, the health issues, and the loss of independence, life for residents of eldercare facilities can often be demoralizing. And it can be even more demoralizing when one’s most vital support systems fail them in their time of need, which is why this story is so devastating: This elderly woman’s family thinks she’s lying about the fact that ALF is a janitor at her nursing home and that he sometimes bullies her.

    Wow. It really breaks your heart to hear stories like this.

    Since moving into Heritage Manor Nursing Center four months ago, 92-year-old Virginia Robkin has been receiving regular—and often upsetting—visits from a custodian named ALF, an extraterrestrial creature with a sardonic and twisted sense of humor. Robkin frequently calls her family members to complain about the janitor, who has inexplicably taken a cruel interest in her and often finds little ways to harass or intimidate her, like shrieking his grotesque alien mating call right into her ear when she’s trying to sleep, but her complaints fall on deaf ears. No matter what concerns she raises, whether it’s about ALF putting her treasured belongings on a high shelf so she can’t reach them, purposefully neglecting to restock her toilet paper, or eating her beloved cat, Sprinkles, right in front of her, Robkin’s cries for help are always immediately dismissed by her family as senile delusions, despite the fact that she is still of sharp mind in her old age.

    “When I told my daughter, Gloria, what was happening, she acted like I was losing my marbles and tried to get me to go to a doctor, even though I showed her proof that ALF works here,” said Robkin, explaining that she had previously linked her daughter to the staff page on the nursing home’s website, on which ALF is indeed listed, yet her daughter hadn’t even bothered to look. “She thinks I’m just being an old racist coot and calling my Haitian nurse ALF, but I would never say anything derogatory about Josué. ALF works here, and he bullies me, and it saddens me that no one will believe me.”

    “Just this morning I called my son, David, and told him about how last night ALF came into my room while I was sleeping and whispered, ‘I’m gonna fuck up your tub, bitch,’ before going into the bathroom, shaving himself head to toe, and stuffing all his fur down my shower drain,” she continued. “And David hung up on me! He thought I was just rambling and got fed up. And now I don’t know who to turn to for help with my tub, because when I brought up the issue with the facility manager here, guess who he sent to unclog the drain? That’s right, ALF. I just feel so helpless.”

    Sadly, Robkin’s complaints about ALF have seemingly affected her family’s willingness to engage with her, as it has been over a month since any outside visitors have come to see her. And, unfortunately, this isolation has only emboldened ALF to behave more aggressively toward her, as he recently woke Robkin up in the middle of the night to let her know that when he finishes the spaceship he’s nearly done building, he is going to take her to his home planet of Melmac and sell her to a zoo where ALF’s “thousands of children” will go every day to throw firecrackers at her.

    Tragically, stories like Robkin’s are increasingly common in America, as all too often elderly individuals are neglected by loved ones who see them as burdens. We can only hope that Robkin’s family realizes that she’s not lying before ALF takes his bullying any further, because nobody—especially not a woman in her nineties—deserves to be treated this way.

    Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/heartbreaking-elderly-womans-family-thinks-shes-ly-7191

    Everything You Need to Know About the GOP Tax Bill

    Here are key changes to U.S. tax law for individuals and businesses that have emerged from the final Republican bill that’s headed for votes in the House and Senate next week.

    Individual Tax Rates

    (Note: Individual rate cuts would expire after 2025.)

    Current law:

    • Seven rates, starting at 10 percent and reaching 39.6 percent for incomes above $418,401 for singles and $470,701 for married, joint filers.

    Proposed: 

    • Seven rates, starting at 10 percent and reaching 37 percent for incomes above $500,000 for singles and $600,000 for married, joint filers.
      For joint filers:
      • 10 percent: $0 to $19,050
      • 12 percent: $19,050 to $77,400
      • 22 percent: $77,400 to $165,000
      • 24 percent: $165,000 to $315,000
      • 32 percent: $315,000 to $400,000
      • 35 percent: $400,000 to $600,000
      • 37 percent: $600,000 and above

      For single filers:

      • 10 percent: $0 to $9,525
      • 12 percent: $9,525 to $38,700
      • 22 percent: $38,700 to $82,500
      • 24 percent: $82,500 to $157,500
      • 32 percent: $157,500 to $200,000
      • 35 percent: $200,000 to $500,000
      • 37 percent: $500,000 and above

    Corporate Tax Rate

    Current law: 35 percent

    Proposed: 21 percent, beginning in 2018.

    Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax

    Current law: Applies a 20 percent rate as part of a parallel tax system that limits tax benefits to prevent large-scale tax avoidance. Companies must calculate their ordinary tax and AMT tax, and pay whichever is higher.

    Proposed: Repealed.

    Individual Alternative Minimum Tax

    Current law: Individual AMT can apply after exemption level of $54,300 for singles and $84,500 for married, joint filers, and the exemptions phase out at higher incomes.

    Proposed: Increase the exemption to $70,300 for singles and $109,400 for joint filers. Increase the phase-out threshold to $500,000 for singles and $1 million for joint filers. The higher limits would expire on Jan. 1, 2026.

    Expensing Equipment

    Current law: Businesses must take depreciation, spreading the recognition of their equipment costs for tax purposes over several years.

    Proposed: Businesses could fully and immediately deduct the cost of certain equipment purchased after Sept. 27, 2017 and before Jan. 1, 2023. After that, the percentage of cost that could be immediately deducted would gradually phase down.

    Repatriation

    Current law: The U.S. taxes multinationals on their global earnings at the corporate rate of 35 percent, but allows them to defer taxes on those foreign earnings until they bring them back to the U.S., or “repatriate” them.

    Proposed: U.S. companies’ overseas income held as cash would be subject to a 15.5 percent rate, while non-cash holdings would face an 8 percent rate.

    Pass-Through Deduction

    Current law: Pass-through businesses, which include partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations and sole proprietorships, pass their income to their owners, who pay tax at their individual rates.

    Proposed: Owners could apply a 20 percent deduction to their business income, subject to limits that would begin at $315,000 for married couples (or half that for single taxpayers).

    Obamacare Individual Mandate

    Current law: An individual who fails to buy health insurance must pay penalties of $695 (higher for families) or 2.5 percent of their household income — whichever is higher, but capped at the national average cost of the most basic, low-premium, high-deductible plan.

    Proposed: Repeal the penalties.

    Standard Deduction and Personal Exemptions

    Current law: $6,350 standard deduction for single taxpayers and $12,700 for married couples, filing jointly. Personal exemptions of $4,050 allowed for each family member.

    Proposed: $12,000 standard deduction for single taxpayers and $24,000 for married couples, filing jointly. Personal exemptions repealed.

    Individual State and Local Tax Deductions

    Current law: Individuals can deduct the state and local taxes they pay, but the value is subject to certain limits for high earners.

    Proposed: Individuals can deduct no more than $10,000 worth of the deductions, which could include a combination of property taxes and either sales or income taxes.

    Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Current law: Deductible mortgage interest is capped at loans of $1 million.

    Proposed: Deductible mortgage interest for new purchases of first or second homes would be capped at loans of $750,000 starting on Jan. 1, 2018.

    Medical Expense Deduction

    Current law: Qualified medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income are deductible.

    Proposed: Reduce the threshold to 7.5 percent of AGI for 2017 and 2018.

    Child Tax Credit

    Current law: A $1,000 credit for each child under 17. The credit begins phasing out for couples earning more than $110,000. The credit is at least partially refundable to qualified taxpayers who earned more than $3,000.

    Proposed: Double the credit to $2,000 and provide it for each child under 18 through 2024. Raise the phase-out amount to $500,000, and cap the refundable portion at $1,400 in 2018.

    Estate Tax

    Current law: Applies a 40 percent levy on estates worth more than $5.49 million for individuals and $10.98 million for couples.

    Proposed: Double the thresholds so the levy applies to fewer estates. The higher thresholds would sunset in 2026.

      Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-gop-tax-overhaul-bill

      The ‘masculine mystique’ why men can’t ditch the baggage of being a bloke

      Far from embracing the school run, most men are still trapped by rigid cultural notions of being strong, dominant and successful. Is it leading to an epidemic of unhappiness similar to the one felt by Betty Friedans 50s housewives?

      Back in the 90s, it was all going to be so different. Not for our generation the lopsided approach of our parents, with their quaint postwar notions of father-breadwinners and mother-homemakers. We would be equal; interchangeable. Our young women would run companies, embassies, hospitals and schools, while our young men, no slouches themselves, would punctuate their careers with long, halcyon spells dandling babies and teaching toddlers how to make tiny volcanoes out of vinegar and baking soda.

      That equality would have formidable knock-on effects. The gender pay gap would narrow. Sexual harassment wouldnt disappear, but decoupling professional power from gender would do a lot to erase it from the workplace.

      A generation or so later, it is clear: this is the revolution that never happened, at least not in the UK. The home-dad pioneers among us who once blazed a trail, now look on aghast as successive waves of men scurry past and say: Right. Back to work.

      What happened? Latest statistics for England show more than 80% of fathers still work full time, rising to almost 85% for dads of very young children. This rate has barely changed for 20 years. The ratio of part-timers has flatlined just above 6% throughout this decade (having soared through the 90s and early 00s). Just 1.6% of men have given up work altogether to take care of the family home. New rights for fathers to share parental leave with mothers have poor take-up rates.

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      You can glimpse this paternity gap at 3.30pm on weekday afternoons at school gates up and down the country. Far from being overrun with gaggles of enlightened men in clothes covered with baby sick and badges saying Worlds greatest dad, the father quota is, in my own limited experience, disappointing. There are often more grandparents doing the pickup than dads.

      At the same time, there is no shortage of surveys finding legions of men saying they want to find more time for family life. So what is stopping them?

      In 1963, The Feminine Mystique, a seminal book by Betty Friedan, helped launch the second wave of feminism by positing that American women faced a problem that has no name: they had essentially become typecast as uber-feminine mothers, home-makers, cake bakers and sexual slaves to their husbands. Forcing women to live up to this idea of femininity left an entire generation depressed, frustrated or hooked on Valium.

      The question is this: 50 years later, are men facing their own problem with no name, a masculine mystique which imposes rigid cultural notions of what it is to be male superior, dominant, hierarchical, sexually assertive to the point of abuse even though society is screaming out for manhood to be something very different?

      Men who do change their working lives to accommodate their children generally say it can feel tough, lonely, incongruous, even emasculating. When, 15 years ago, I gave up work altogether for a year to do childcare, it took a while to get used to being the only dad in the park; the strange man arguing with a difficult child outside the library on a damp Tuesday morning. People stared.

      David
      David Early and his son Jonah There is a stigma when people see you doing a role that isnt traditional.

      Little has changed. Father-of-two David Early, 31, from Glasgow, says he still feels in a minority when he is out and about with his toddlers. When Im with the children, and I have her in the sling and him in the buggy, I have people looking and thinking: Whats that guy doing with two kids strapped to him? says Early. There is a stigma when people see you doing a role that isnt traditional. It can impact on your professional life.

      For Early, it certainly did. When he asked for additional parental leave after his first child was born, his managers for his data management job were not impressed. He eventually quit and found work elsewhere to be able to balance his work and family in the way he wanted.

      Paul Cudby, 36, was luckier. A business analyst for the National Grid in Leicestershire, he found his manager more receptive, and worked out a highly flexible work pattern that leaves him free to do the afternoon school run before turning the laptop back on again in the evening. There comes a moment in every dads life when theres a choice. Youll find yourself missing something at home and the question is: what do you do about the emotional pain? Do you say: Im just going to have to suck it up, or do you say: Somethings got to change?

      I get plenty of little jibes about being a part-timer. They are well meaning, but I can understand how some people get offended. I think there possibly is a knock-on effect on my career.

      And thats just it men are finding out what women have known for years: that parenting properly will certainly upend your career. For many men, so thoroughly programmed to identify who they are with the work they do, this can seem like an existential threat.

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      Tormod Sund The traditional man breadwinner those kind of ideas are rooted in the past. Photograph: Mark Rice-Oxley for the Guardian

      Tormod Sund, 42, is a father, an anthropologist, a charity worker, a Norwegian and a Londoner and has been the primary carer for his son for more than 10 years. He says he still feels like a bit of an oddity in a society that still expects men to be alpha.

      The traditional man breadwinner those kind of ideas are rooted in the past, but you dont get rid of them in one or two generations, Sund says. Those ideas are still quite strong socially.

      When you meet new people, the first thing they ask is: What do you do? I would say: I work from home. The idea of what is successful and normal if youre a man is that you should have a career. Its less acceptable for a man to say: Im staying at home with the children. We work. Our identity is connected to that.

      The barriers are not just psychological. They are professional and financial as well. Jasmine Kelland, a human resource studies lecturer at Plymouth University, interviewed scores of fathers and managers, trying to find out more about the male reluctance to reduce hours. She found that of all the working permutations part-time, full-time, men, women the part-time man was held in lowest regard on a range of metrics including competence, commitment and even ability.

      In the workplace, fathers do not get as much support as mums, Kelland says. When they say, for example, that they need time off because a child is unwell, organisations are less supportive. There are quite a lot of negative perceptions about fathers who want to work part-time.

      Dr Alpesh Maisuria has experienced this first-hand. The 37-year-old London-based academic says that even in more enlightened parts of the economy, bosses are not always understanding. My value as a bloke in this country is to do with my productivity and output, much more than being a father, he says. I would suggest in many instances, even as an academic, the fact that Im a father might be a hindrance to my bosses.

      The part-time paternal penalty is not just a British peculiarity. A 2013 US study found that men who engaged in childcare risked a workplace backlash. Men who lack complete focus on, and dedication to, their work and who do the low-status feminine work of childcare and housework are likely to be seen both as failed men and as bad workers, the report found. At the other end of the scale, however, Sweden incentivises all fathers to take at least three months paid paternity leave. The result has been a far more even-handed approach to latte pappas.

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      Dr Alpesh Maisuria The fact that Im a father might be a hindrance to my bosses. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

      When I take him out to playgroups or cafes in the UK, Im usually the only bloke in there, says Maisuria. In Sweden, youll find a whole load of these blokes alongside you.

      There are, of course, financial considerations: a great many households wont be able to afford to sacrifice even part of a fathers salary. With the gender pay gap persisting, the default position tends to be men working full-time while women do the childcare and perhaps work part-time.

      Involved fatherhood is quite a middle-class concept, says Dr Helen Norman at Manchester Universitys school of social sciences. Its only really accessible to middle-class men who can afford to change their work; the fathers on lower incomes dont have that [option].

      A support worker with a housing association in the West Midlands, Richard Watkins, 32, worked all the hours he could, until separation from his partner and problems with their children forced a rethink. Now, his six-year-old son lives with him and Watkins felt he had to cut back his hours to nurture his child. We came very close to relying on food banks, he says. The only way I can survive doing this on my budget is to have it [all] mapped out for the next two years.

      Ultimately, he says, he will have to go back to work full-time. Which is a shame. The benefits of full-on fathering the dad dividend if you like are both obvious and subtle. There are no end of advocates agitating for progress, from Fathers Network Scotland and its Dad Up campaign to Working Families and the Fatherhood Institute.

      Martin Doyle, 37, a Bristol-based communications manager for Lloyds bank, noticed that, after he went part-time, there was a big a difference in the son that he and his husband had adopted. Its been massively beneficial our son is a lot more settled and a lot more relaxed than he was, he says. His confidence has grown, his self-belief has grown. Ive been able to be there to support him.

      Engaged fathers can also liberate women to resume careers indeed women will never get close to true equality until men bend over backwards to meet them halfway. And according to Norman, there can be a positive effect on relationships, too: in households where men do sole childcare a few times a week in the early years, this will have a positive effect on the relationship over time, she says.

      But could it be that the biggest beneficiary of all would be men themselves?

      From his office overlooking the Royal Festival Hall terrace in London, Ted Hodgkinson is putting the finishing touches to a festival that is all about the male predicament.

      The Being a Man festival, running from 24-26 November, aims to get under the skin of the masculine identity, prod it around a little, see if it falls apart. The furore over sexual harassment will tinge some segments, particularly a session called Standing Up for Her Rights.

      But the event aims to be far broader than a single news story. Writers, actors and performers, including Robert Webb, Alan Hollinghurst and Simon Amstell, will explore the relentless levels of expectation heaped on men and assess whether this is responsible for statistics that suggest it is truly dismal these days to have a Y chromosome.

      Suicide is a predominantly male tragedy (a man takes his life every minute somewhere in the world). Ditto gambling, drug overdoses, rough sleeping or just disappearing. Rape, murder, terrorism, war, people trafficking and domestic violence: all are predominantly masculine disgraces. Wherever you go in the world, men always make up more than 90% of jail populations. Flick through todays newspaper and the chances are it will be full of all the bad things that men are doing. Of course, recent weeks have been dominated by sexual harassment, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Mass shootings and sickening murders, not to mention terror attacks and the brutality of war.

      Then there are our role models: misogynist presidents, groping politicians, narcissistic sports stars, self-satisfied billionaires, airbrushed actors, heroic superheroes, alpha men, all of them. Even the average shape of a man has changed in 20 years: guns, pecs and necks wider than heads in some cases. There is no room for the winsome, the vulnerable, the uncertain.

      I ask Hodgkinson if he thinks a masculine mystique a cultural insistence on strong, dominant, successful types as the only valid manifestation of manhood is making us unhappy in the same way that the feminine mystique depressed women in the 50s and 60s.

      In one sense it seems as though men are holding all the cards, he says, but the statistics show otherwise: three out of four suicides are men, 73% of adults who go missing are men. They feel they have to walk out of their own lives for one reason or another. We have to look at what masculinity means to understand this. Often it equates showing emotion with weakness. There is a bottling up of shame; not wanting to let people down.

      The good news is there is no shortage of books, documentaries, artists working to challenge old patriarchal notions, from Professor Greens acclaimed documentary about men and suicide to Grayson Perrys 2016 book The Descent of Man. (The downside: two-thirds of men say they dont read much.)

      There is an awakening around these things. There is a shift there, says Hodgkinson.

      Jonny Benjamin agrees. He became a mental health campaigner after contemplating his own suicide on Waterloo Bridge and being talked down by a stranger. He says he sees changes coming through in the new young generation.

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      Jonny Benjamin We need more sports stars, more footballers to talk about their vulnerabilities. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

      The good thing is that now its being questioned, he observes from his own work talking to young people about mental health. There is work in schools challenging this whole kind of big-boys-dont-cry attitude.

      Benjamin says it is notions of pride, shame and honour that still do men such harm. Men need to know that its OK to show vulnerability, subjugate every now and then, lose, cry, express their emotional turmoil. Its not just women who suffer from comparing themselves to the perfection they see in the public space.

      We need more sports stars, more footballers to talk about their vulnerabilities, he says. Just to say: I do struggle sometimes, I do get anxious. Life isnt all money and cars.

      There are nascent campaigns calling for a more honest dialogue about the links between maleness, depression and suicide, most notably the work done by the Campaign Against Living Miserably and the Movember foundation.

      But will that ever build into a full-blown movement that reforms maleness from the inside and changes its relationship with the world? Its hard to say. Thus far masculinism has manifested itself principally in niche areas such as custody law or male victims of violence, or simply as strident misogynist voices pushing back at feminism.

      And its hard to see how to make a movement when you are essentially still in control of much of society. As Sund says, we are not a minority who are oppressed in any shape or form, so its hard to find that moral space.

      The crisis of manhood, if it exists, is very different from that faced by women in the 50s and 60s. In some senses, its a mirror image. Women some at least were saying: Some of us might want to work. Men some at least are saying: Some of us might want to work less. Women were saying: We want to be taken seriously in public life. Men some at least are saying: We want to be taken seriously in our private life.

      Both sexes are trying to live up to cultural projections rather than satisfy their own complex human needs. Men today may have greater choice than women did half a century ago, but that doesnt make it easy.

      Women had an oppression to rail against; the outcome was a broad awakening that would not be subdued. The oppression of men is far more subtle, even self-inflicted.

      The awakening has barely begun.

      Being a Man festival runs from 24-26 November at Southbank Centre. More info and tickets available here: southbankcentre.co.uk/being-a-man

      In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

      Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/nov/21/the-masculine-mystique-why-men-cant-ditch-the-baggage-of-being-a-bloke

      Malcolm Young, AC/DC Founder Who Rocked to the Top, Dies at 64

      Malcolm Young, the AC/DC founder whose driving guitar rhythms and musical direction helped the Scottish-Australian band earn a place among the most successful in rock history with albums such as “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell,” has died. He was 64.

      Young died in Sydney after suffering from dementia for several years, his family said in a statement. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother,” his family said.

      For more than four decades, Young provided the raw backing to the lead breaks and on-stage antics of younger brother Angus, instantly recognizable in his schoolboy’s uniform. Together, they created a signature sound and brand name that made AC/DC one of the top five best-selling bands ever in the U.S. and pushed the group’s global record sales to more than 200 million. They entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

      “As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man,” the band said in a statement on its Facebook page. “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.”

      Provocative Lyrics

      Supported by charismatic front-man Bon Scott and his successor, Brian Johnson, the Young brothers matched catchy melodies with provocative lyrics while churning out hard-rock classics, including “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” “Hell’s Bells,” “Thunderstruck” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” all of which Malcolm Young co-wrote.

      “Sometimes I look at Malcolm while he’s playing and I’m completely awestruck by the sheer power of it,” Angus Young said in a January 2014 interview with Guitar World magazine. “He’s doing something much more unique than what I do, with that raw, natural sound of his.”

      After the Young family migrated to Sydney from Scotland when he was 10, the long-haired rhythm guitarist in jeans and tucked-in T-shirt used his 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird guitar to
      develop a distinct sound that earned industry recognition.

      In 2011, Malcolm Young joined Chuck Berry, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix among Guitar Player magazine’s 50 greatest rhythm guitarists.

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      “Learning an instrument has to be natural,” Young said. “If you stop to think about playing, the feeling just goes.”

      With an income stream from royalties, licensing and world tours, the Youngs — including eldest brother George, who co-produced or produced a half-dozen AC/DC albums — had assets of A$255 million ($238 million) in the rich Australian families list published by Business Review Weekly in July 2013.

      Their Black Ice tour, which ended in 2010 after about 170 stadium gigs over almost two years, was the third-highest grossing concert tour of all time, according to the magazine. Known for their relentless touring, the band once played to an audience of almost half a million in Rio de Janeiro in 1985.

      Founded in Sydney in 1973, AC/DC was remarkable for its enduring appeal, carving out a market niche for fans of different generations, some of whom weren’t even born when Scott, the band’s first lead vocalist, died of alcohol poisoning in 1980. After selling more than 22 million copies of “Back in Black,” the U.S.’s sixth-best-selling album ever, AC/DC won over young followers with “Stiff Upper Lip” (2000) and “Black Ice” (2008), which was nominated for a Grammy. Their soundtrack to “Iron Man 2” (2010) sold more than 2 million copies.

      ‘Talismanic Figure’

      “Malcolm was the founder and Angus became the image and talismanic figure,” biographer Malcolm Dome said in the 2013 documentary “The Story of AC/DC Dirty Deeds.” “And they’re very controlling; it’s very much their focus and their vision.”

      Malcolm Mitchell Young was born on Jan. 6, 1953, in Glasgow, Scotland, to parents William and Margaret Young. The family moved to Sydney in 1963.

      While attending Ashfield Boys High School, whose uniform his brother later wore on stage with AC/DC, Malcolm Young developed his guitar skills with the help of older brother George, who had his own success as a songwriter and member of the Australian band The Easybeats, known for its 1966 hit song “Friday on My Mind.”

      Malcolm then formed AC/DC and asked his brother Angus to join. The name of the band was taken from the sewing machine of his older sister, Margaret, equating the rock group’s sound with electrical currents.

      Sydney Bar Scene

      The Young brothers began playing in the bars of Sydney and tried out various band combinations before settling on the one that made them famous. Scottish-born Bon Scott, who played bagpipes on “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” replaced lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. English-born Cliff Williams became the bass player, and Phil Rudd, the only Australian-born band member in the final lineup, was the drummer.

      “Gettin’ robbed, gettin’ stoned, gettin’ beat up, broken boned, gettin’ had, gettin’ took, I tell you folks it’s harder than it looks, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll,” Malcolm Young wrote with his brother and Bon Scott in the 1975 anthem to every struggling rock musician.

      The band had its first successes in Australia with the albums “High Voltage” (1975), “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (1976), “Let There Be Rock” (1977) and “Powerage” (1978), and signed an international contract with Atlantic Records. Gaining worldwide recognition with “Highway to Hell” (1979), they followed up with “Back in Black,” with English-born Johnson as singer, only months after Scott’s death. They had their first No. 1 album in America with 1981’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” selling more than 1 million copies in the first week, according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website.

      Young was treated for alcohol addiction in 1988. In April 2014, AC/DC announced that Young was taking a break from the band for health reasons. In recent years Scott was cared for in a Sydney nursing home specializing in dementia..

      With his Irish wife, O’Linda, he had two children, Ross and Cara, and three grandchildren.

      “We’ve always been a true band,” Malcolm Young said. “You won’t find one any truer. AC/DC will always be AC/DC. Sometimes we’ll do well, sometimes not so well, but the music of AC/DC will always be the same.”

        Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-18/malcolm-young-ac-dc-founder-who-rocked-to-the-top-dies-at-64

        Aisling Bea: My fathers death has given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness

        The comedians father killed himself when she was three. She was plagued by the fact he made no mention of her or her sister in the letter he left. Then, 30 years after his death, a box arrived

        My father died when I was three years old and my sister was three months. For years, we thought he had died of some sort of back injury a story that we had never really investigated because we were just too busy with the Spice Girls and which one we were (I was a Geri/Mel B mix FYI). Then, on the 10th anniversary of his death, my mother sat us down and explained the concept of suicide. Sure, we knew about suicide. At 13, I had already known of too many young men from our town who had taken their own lives. Spoken about as inexplicable sadnesses for the families, spoken about but never really talked about terrible tragedy nobody knows why he did it. What we had not known until that day, was that our father had, 10 years beforehand, also taken his own life.

        When I was growing up, I idolised my father. I thought his ghost followed me around the house. I had been told how he adored me, how I was funny, just like him. Because of our lovely Catholic upbringing, I secretly assumed that he would eventually come back, like our good friend Jesus.

        My mother, being the wonder woman that she is, never held his death against him. When she looked into his coffin, she felt she saw the face of the man she had married: his stress lines had gone, he seemed free of the sadness that had been dogging him of late. But it was still tough for her to talk about. She didnt want to have to explain to a stranger in the middle of a party how he was not defined by his ending, but how loved he was, how cherished the charismatic, handsome vet in a small town had been. She didnt want his whole person being judged.

        Once she had told us, I did not want to talk about him. Ever again. I now hated him. He had not been taken from us, he had left. His suicide felt like the opposite of parenting. Abandonment. Selfishness. Taking us for granted.

        I didnt care that he had not been in his right mind, because if I had been important enough to him I would have put him back into his right mind before he did it. I didnt care that he had been in chronic pain and that men in Ireland dont talk about their feelings, so instead die of sadness. I didnt want him at peace. I wanted him struggling, but alive, so he could meet my boyfriends and give them a hard time, like in American movies. I wanted him to come to pick me up from discos, so my mother didnt have to go out alone in her pyjamas at night to get me.

        I look like him. For all of my teens and early 20s, I smothered my face in fake tan and bleached my hair blond so that elderly relatives would stop looking at me like I was the ghost of Christmas past whenever I did something funny. You look so like your father, they would say. And as much as people might think a teenage girl wants to be told that she looks like a dead man, she doesnt.

        Aisling
        Aisling Bea with her father. Photograph: Aisling Bea

        And then there was the letter.

        My mother gave us the letter to read the day she told us, but, in it, he didnt mention my sister or me.

        I had not been adored. He had forgotten we existed. I didnt believe it at first. When I was 15, I took the letter out of my mothers Filofax and used the photocopying machine at my summer job to make a copy so I could really examine it. Like a CSI detective, I stared at it, desperate to see if there had been a trace of the start of an A anywhere.

        I would often fantasise that, if I ever killed myself, I would write a letter to every single person I had ever met, explaining why I was doing it. Every. Single. Person. Right down to the lad I struck up a conversation with once in a chip shop and the girl I met at summer camp when I was 12. No one would be left thinking: Why? I would be very non-selfish about it. When Facebook came in, I thought: Well, this will save me a fortune on stamps.

        Sometimes, in my less lucid moments, I was convinced that he had left a secret note for me somewhere. Maybe, on my 16th no, 18th no, 21st no, 30th birthday, a letter would arrive, like in Back to the Future. Aisling, I wanted to wait until you were old enough to understand. I was secretly a spy. That is why I did it. I love you. I love your sister, too. PS Heaven is real, your philosophy essay is wrong and I am totally still watching over you. Stop shoplifting.

        This summer was the 30th anniversary of his death. In that time, a few things have happened that have radically changed how I feel.

        Three years ago, Robin Williams took his own life. He was my comedy hero, my TV dad he had always reminded my mother of my father and his death spurred me to finally start opening up. I had always found it so hard to talk about. I think I had been afraid that if I ever did, my soul would fall out of my mouth and I would never get it back in again.

        Last year, I watched Grayson Perrys documentary All Man. It featured a woman whose son had ended his life. She thought that he probably hadnt wanted to die for ever, just on that day, when he had been in so much pain. A lightbulb moment it had never occurred to me that maybe suicide had seemed like the best option in that hour. In my head, my father had taken a clear decision, as my parent, to opt out for ever.

        My father had always seemed like an adult making adult decisions, but I suddenly found myself at almost his age, still feeling like a giant child. I looked at some of my male friends gorgeous idiots doing their gorgeous, idiotic best to bring up little daughters, just like he would have been.

        Finally, just after my 30th birthday, a box turned up.

        The miserable people he had worked for had found a box of his things filed away and rang my mother (30 years later) wondering whether she wanted them or whether they should just throw them in the bin.

        She waited for us to fly home and we opened it together three little women staring into an almost-abandoned cardboard box.

        Now, most of the box was horse ultrasounds which, Ill be honest, I am not into. But there was also his handwriting around the edges and, then, underneath the horse X-rays and files, there were the photographs.

        Any child who has lost a parent probably knows every single photograph in existence of that parent. I had pored over them all, trying to put together the person he might have been.

        The photos in the box had been collected from his desk after he had died. We had never seen them before. They were nearly all of me. He had had all of these photos stuck on his desk. I was probably the last thing he looked at before he died.

        My fathers death has given me a lot. It has given me a lifelong love of women, of their grittiness and hardness traits that we are not supposed to value as feminine. It has also given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness traits that we do not foster as masculine or allow ourselves to associate with masculinity.

        To Daddy, here is my note to you:

        Im sad you killed yourself, because I really think that, if you could see the life you left behind, you would regret it. You didnt get to see the Berlin wall fall or Ireland qualify for Italia 90. You didnt get to see all the encyclopedias that you bought for us to one day use at university get squashed into a CD and subsequently the internet. You have never got to hear your younger daughters voice it annoys me sometimes, but it has also said some of the most amazing things when drunk. I think you would have been proud to watch your daughter do standup at the O2 and sad to see my mother watching it on her own. Then again, if you hadnt died, I probably wouldnt have been mad enough to become a clown for a living. I am your daughter and I am really fucking funny, just like you. But, unlike you, Im going to stop being it for five minutes and write our story in the hope that it may help someone who didnt get to have a box turn up, or who may not feel in their right mind right now and needs a reminder to find hope.
        Aisling

        In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/04/aisling-bea-my-fathers-death-has-given-me-a-love-of-men-of-their-vulnerability-and-tenderness

        Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal Billionaire Heiress, Dies at 94

        Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, has died. She was 94.

        Her death was announced in a statement from Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive officer at L’Oreal Group. She died Wednesday at her home in Neuilly, a suburb west of Paris, according to a company spokesman. No cause was given.

        Liliane Bettencourt

        Photographer: Francois Durand/Getty Images

        Bettencourt, the only child of L’Oreal SA founder Eugene Schueller, owned about one-third of the company’s shares. During her lifetime, the Paris-based company grew from a small hair-dye supplier into the largest maker of beauty products with more than 30 brands including Lancome and Garnier sold in about 140 countries. In 2016 the company reported revenue of 25.8 billion euros ($27 billion).

        Bettencourt’s net worth was $42.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

        Her death will fuel speculation about Nestle SA’s 23 percent stake in L’Oreal, the second-largest holding after the Bettencourt family. The Swiss food company and the Bettencourt family have a shareholder agreement that limits either side from raising their respective stakes until six months after the death of Liliane Bettencourt, according to the company’s 2016 registration document. This restriction will now lift in March 2018. 

        L’Oreal in 2014 bought back 8 percent of its stock from the Swiss food company, which is free to sell the cosmetics company’s shares. Nestle’s website notes it will continue to act in concert with the Bettencourt family for the remaining duration of the shareholders’ agreement.

        “Friendship, taste for life, knowledge, health. I would say that these are the things that are the most valuable,” Bettencourt said in a rare interview with French literary magazine L’Egoiste in 1988. “Everything that isn’t measured is what matters most.”

        Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

        Photographer: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images

        After the death of Bettencourt’s husband, French conservative politician Andre Bettencourt, in 2007, the media-shy heiress spent her final years embroiled in a legal spat with their only child, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.

        Assigned Guardians

        Bettencourt Meyers claimed her mother was mentally unfit and had been manipulated by her entourage, especially one friend to whom she gave about 1 billion euros in gifts and cash. In 2011, a French judge assigned Bettencourt’s daughter and two grandsons as guardians over her interests.

        Liliane Bettencourt’s fortune now passes onto Bettencourt Meyers, 64, who heads the family’s investment company. An academic, she wrote books on Greek mythology and Jewish-Christian relations. As main guardian of the family’s assets, including its stake in L’Oreal, Bettencourt Meyers succeeds her mother as the world’s richest woman.

        Under French inheritance law — which dates from the Napoleonic era — Bettencourt Meyers, as the sole child, must receive at least 50 percent of her mother’s estate. She’s credited with the entire estate in Bloomberg’s analysis.

        In the 1988 magazine interview, Bettencourt discussed the role that wealth may have played in her personal relationships.

        Bettencourt with her husband Andre Bettencourt in Nov. 1973.

        Photographer: Alain Dejean/Sygma via Getty Images

        “Obviously, it’s surely more comfortable to be certain that you are loved for your soul,” she said. “But I didn’t have this concern.” She said when she sometimes wondered whether she was loved for her money, “I have smiled and said to myself, ‘If it’s more, so much the better.’”

        Secret recordings of Bettencourt, made by a former butler, spawned separate inquiries into allegations of campaign finance violations related to former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election. Bettencourt denied the reports. In 2013, French authorities dropped charges against Sarkozy.

        Bettencourt also lost money in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

        ‘Empty Pit’

        Liliane Henriette Betsy Schueller was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Paris. She was 5 years old when her mother, Louise, died, leaving Liliane with with what she called “an empty pit nothing could ever fill.” She was raised by Dominican nuns.

        Bettencourt described her childhood as dominated by a stern, workaholic father who woke up every day at 4 a.m. When she turned 15, she was sent to one of her father’s factories to glue labels on L’Oreal bottles.

        While providing his daughter with France’s biggest fortune, Eugene Schueller had embarrassed her by his politics. Before and during the World War II, he was a staunch supporter of La Cagoule, a fascist group with ties to the Nazi regime.

        During the 1930s Schueller hosted La Cagoule’s meetings at L’Oreal’s headquarters in Paris. Bettencourt’s daughter Francoise went on to marry the grandson of a rabbi who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

        L’Oreal owes its origins — and its name — to Aureole, a nontoxic hair colorant Schueller developed in 1907 and sold to Parisian beauty salons. Two years later, the young chemist registered his business under the name Safe Hair Dye Company of France.

        After her father’s death in 1957, Bettencourt entrusted L’Oreal to his best friend, Francois Dalle, who remained chief executive officer until 1984.

        Lindsay Owen-Jones, who became CEO in 1988, turned the company into the global cosmetics giant it is today.

        Bettencourt had two grandchildren. Her grandson, Jean-Victor Meyers, replaced her on L’Oreal’s board in 2012.

          Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-21/liliane-bettencourt-l-oreal-s-billionaire-heiress-dies-at-94

          25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

          Just under 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. That means that some 8 million parents welcome a new child into the world.

          And as those parents know, raising a kid is not an easy job. There are sleepless nights, stressful days, diaper changes, crying…the list goes on. As your little ones grow up, new challenges arise. That’s why it’s so important to have an edge.

          Take it from moms and dads who have been parents many times over — this insider knowledge is sure to make things easier on just about any new mother or father.

          1. Prevent your kid’s toys from floating away in the tub with an old laundry basket.

          2. Make a DIY sparkler hand protector out of a Solo cup.

          3. Change the bottle game by enabling your tot to feed themselves.

          4. Use a rubber band to teach your kids how to hold a pencil and write properly.

          5. Use disposable coffee cup tops to prevent messy popsicle drips.

          6. If your kids are afraid of monsters, spray their room with “Monster Spray.”

          7. Turn cleanup time into a fun game.

          8. Freeze Capri Sun overnight to make a delicious slushy.

          9. Give your kid a sweet playpen by inflating a pool indoors.

          10. Put padlocks on plugs so there’s no risk of your little tykes playing with them.

          11. Once your baby learns to crawl, put them in this adorable onesie — they’ll mop while they explore.

          12. Use a shoe organizer as a storage spot in your car.

          13. All you need is a strong sheet and a table to make a baby-friendly indoor hammock.

          14. An old camera bag can work as a new diaper bag.

          15. Use an old phone to make a monitor for your baby’s crib.

          16. Give your baby some shade and shield them from nasty bug bites by putting a crib sheet over their outdoor playpen.

          17. Disposable sauce containers are a great place to store pacifiers.

          18. Keep kids from making a mess while they eat in the car by bringing along shower totes.

          19. Use an old lotion bottle to make an easy water balloon pump.

          20. Fill a glove with beans to make it seem like you are holding your little one while they sleep.

          21. Make an awesome faucet extender with an old shampoo or body wash bottle.

          22. A large cardboard box can turn any stairway into a slide.

          23. This little hat will prevent tears while you bathe your baby.

          24. Let your kids know exactly how much toilet paper they should be using.

          25. And finally, for when you’ve got teens…use this trick to alert you if they try to sneak in after curfew.

          (via WooHome)

          Hopefully, these hacks will make your transition into parenthood a bit smoother. But above all, just enjoy the ride!

          Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/parenting-hacks/

          A moment that changed me: finding out that my dad was an Auschwitz baby | Namalee Bolle

          The discovery that my real grandparents died in the Holocaust helped me understand my father and made me determined to help others, says artist and writer Namalee Bolle

          Mum was sombre as she spoke, so I knew it was serious. Shes not the kind of mother who is unsmiling very often so when she is, its deeply unsettling. Her kind almond eyes were intense as she became the storyteller of the kind of drama you go to the movies for.

          Oma is not your real grandmother. In 1943 she pretended Dad was her own baby that she lost in a miscarriage. She risked her life and saved your dad from the Nazis. Her voice became quieter as she told the family secret.

          Your grandad handed Dad to her in the middle of the night with tears streaming down his face and never returned. Your real grandparents were Jews who died in Auschwitz.

          As a 16-year-old teenager I was at my wits end about my erratic, volatile dad but suddenly it all made perfect sense. His rages, panic attacks and severe depression only seemed to worsen as the years went by, and he had an awful debilitating lung condition from which he struggled to breathe. Sometimes he was lovely comedic with a weird Dutch sense of humour that had us in stitches, but fun Dad didnt last long before he became gloomy Dad again.

          Intuitively I knew in my heart he loved us and I tried to reach out to him, but it was monumentally challenging because I was still a child, and he was psychologically abusive to me and my younger sister whom I was ferociously protective of. Our home felt like a war zone where Shirani and I were fighting for our own survival, against our father.

          My grandparents names were Leo and Hildegard Denneboom. My dads name was originally Leo too, but he was renamed Hans Bolle and grew up in Amsterdam. Jacoba Bolle, Dads heroic second mother, was married to Max Bolle, but he died of a heart attack when Dad was only 17.

          Years later I would discover psychosomatic connections between unhealed grief and respiratory problems, but I know Dad wouldnt have listened. He was in denial of the root cause of his problems and refused help. It was as if he felt he deserved to suffer for still being alive. I believe this survivors guilt is what eventually led to his own death five years ago this summer, four years after his adoptive mother Jacoba died at 96.

          Hans
          Intuitively I knew in my heart he loved us . Hans Bolle. Photograph: Namalee Bolle

          What dad really needed was a therapist like Dr Viktor Frankl, inventor of logotherapy, who was a Holocaust survivor himself, as documented in his brilliant book Mans Search for Meaning. Frankls existential method was highly relatable to our situation and he inspired me to train as a psychotherapist myself.

          I didnt start to fully acknowledge I was a second generation Holocaust survivor until I was in my late 20s and well into my fashion career, having cofounded my own magazine SUPERSUPER! The ultra-bright, relentlessly positive tone and hyper-colourful styling were in fact born of coping mechanisms of growing up with the overarching burden of death and my dads colossal pessimism about his past. I also became aware of epigenetic inheritance the transferral of trauma through DNA that makes it more likely for me to be affected by stress so I learned mindfulness meditation and reiki to self-soothe and protect myself.

          Dad simply did not know how to stop the pain spilling out of him and into us. He was tortured by his past and had no tools for dealing with it as emotional difficulties and mental health problems were not something a man felt comfortable admitting to at the time. Without the unconditional love of my incredible mother I do not believe he would have lasted as long as he did. I have thought endlessly about my grandmothers altruism in helping a baby in need while putting herself in grave danger. Thanks to her I would not think twice about adopting a child.

          The discovery of my true background has given me the deepest awareness to search with tremendous empathy when determining the link between PTSD and the mental and physical symptoms it creates. Now I am going to honour my family and our bittersweet tale by helping others with their healing too.

          Namalee Bolle is an artist and writer with a background in fashion and creative direction. Winner of the Guardian Jackie Moore award for fashion journalism, she was also fashion director for Sleazenation, co-founder of SUPERSUPER! magazine and has contributed to I-D, the Evening Standard and Vogue

          Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/11/a-moment-that-changed-me-mum-dad-auschwitz-baby

          What fathers do

          Some fathers do these things.

          Some fathers go to the Columbus Public Library used book sale in about 1980 and buy five big boxes of books on every topic. They place those books in a playroom and they result in a consistently relevant personal library for his kids. Every year they learn something new out of that room.

          Some fathers take their sons and daughters to Computer Express, a small computer shop, after taking you to Radio Shack and Sun TV and deciding the prices there are too high. Some fathers help you decide on an Atari 800XL with tape drive and they buy you River Raid to go with it.

          Some fathers buy you a modem and let you call BBSes all night.

          They take you to Boy Scouts and help you win the local Pinewood Derby. They drive you to Bell Labs where you learn UNIX and shell scripting.

          Some fathers sit with you and type in programs out of the back of ANTIC Magazine.

          They convince the family it wants a dog and picks a special breed, a Kerry Blue Terrier, because it doesnt shed.

          They get drunk at the Sheraton hotel bar happy hour and fall out of the car and turn you off alcohol until late in college. Thats when you really find you have a taste for it.

          Some fathers help you with your science fair projects and explore wind power with you by making balsa wood models of various generators.

          Some fathers give you phone wire, broken stereos, and a soldering iron and tell you to experiment. You do. Some fathers have a garage full of tools and show you how to cut wood and fix brakes and listen to NPR on a broken radio.

          Some fathers buy you a Packard Bell 286 and help you learn programming.

          Some fathers leave a basket of vinyl in the basement and in it you find Dylan, the Stones, and Janis Joplin, thereby making you the least pop-culturally-aware high schooler in Columbus.

          Some fathers work for 40 years at the same boring job to pay for a house and food.

          Some fathers take you to Europe and show you the magic of travel. They buy you Mad Magazine in German.

          They take you to Mad Magazines offices in Manhattan where you meet Dick DiBartolo, Nick Meglin, and Bill Gaines. That could inspire you to be a writer.

          They marvel at your new novel, The Tale of the White Worm, you write when youre twelve. They edit your school essays and, one night, they write an entire research paper about The Crucible for you because youre sick.

          Some fathers drive you from college to college looking for the right one. Then some fathers come drive you back from the right college every summer because you dont have a car.

          Some fathers help you sell your car when you move to Poland for work.

          Some fathers come to your wedding in Warsaw.

          They Skype you almost every day, leaving cryptic messages and posting links from Craigslist. Some fathers listen to Rush Limbaugh all day because hes a pleasant distraction.

          Some fathers drive twelve hours to visit you in Brooklyn.

          Some fathers get grumpy.

          Some fathers still make you laugh.

          Some fathers get lung cancer.

          Some fathers make you scared.

          Their failing health encourages you to run again and quit drinking because watching a man who looks so much like you get sick is frightening. But it also encourages you to reconnect with him.

          I know: Some fathers beat you. Some fathers leave you. Some fathers die early. Some fathers are cruel. Some fathers die inside.

          But some of us get lucky.

          Some fathers are great. Some fathers are kind. Some fathers educate, expand, and elucidate. Some fathers give all.

          Some of us get lucky.

          Happy Fathers Day.

          Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/18/what-fathers-do/