Thousands Flocked to Northern California

If by chance you catch the essence of Northern California and would like to visit, it is among the most awesome in the world. Miles of forests, ocean bluffs with painfully beautiful views, clean magical beaches backed up to forests to romp and play in, an irresistible backdrop for a novel. By the 1990’s thousands of young people with back-to-the-land ideas had Gone North.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the satirical novel Gone North. Available here:

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Thousands of young people fled the cities for Northern California.

Praying is like Pot Latching

Opening up oneself to the flow of goodwill, either from someone whose warm hand you hold or the spirit of illuminate beings is… well… healing. Who wouldn’t want to grab that current? When I woke this morning, I lay in bed thinking and praying, pleased that there were millions of people also praying. Yes, sometimes we pray for posterity, always for health for our loved ones and ourselves and millions of people continually pray for world peace. If you are one of those, please continue. One of these days enough humans will accept the current of peace and we’ll have it. We’re on our way; it’s just a numbers game.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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A Vegetarian Cookbook for Poor People, Rich People, All People.

Tired Of Getting Sick?

Are you tired of picking up every bug there is? Those whose occupations bring them into close contact with small children seem to be the most vulnerable. I was a sub-teacher for many years and it was as if I was getting paid to get sick. “Can you come down and get sick today?” seemed the question. The teacher and half the kids were out sick, the other half were coming down with it. But they needed me. One day I realized I wasn’t getting enough vitamin A, so I made an attempt to eat more green and leafy vegetables and yellow ones too. Today I no longer sub-teach but I make sure, I eat a lot of yams. They are tasty without butter if you are calorie conscious and they’re filling. They are not very expensive either. Tell your friends and don’t forget to tell the kids!

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Suellen Ocean is the author of Poor Jonny’s Cookbook available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

Sprouted Wheat Bread is the Staff of Life – NOT white bread

I love crusty French bread but that is absolutely, positively not what the ancients meant when they said bread is the staff of life. They took the wheat berries and soaked them in warm water until they began to sprout then they ground them and shaped them into a loaf and steamed them. You can make this bread too and it will improve your health by leaps and bounds if you eat it instead of white bread. You can also add raisins and nuts to it before steaming it. You could put olives in it, etc. It really is tasty. I used to make it by grinding the sprouted wheat berries in an old meat grinder but now I’ve found if I get the blender going first, then throw the wheat berries into the little hole at the top, it works. But be careful, they come flying back out again; they could hit you in the eye if you weren’t careful. After they’re ground, they will shape into a loaf that you can put on a plate. Don’t try steaming in the oven; I think that may dry them out. Elevate the plate over water in a kettle, then cover it and steam for 5 or 10 minutes. Let it cool then keep it wrapped in plastic. Don’t let it dry out.

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Why Write About People from Northern California? Because They’re “Interesting”

I wrote Gone North while living in Mendocino County. It was my second novel. The story is fictional but I must admit it’s based on a collage of interesting characters I met who came from all over the US to enjoy the peace and quiet of “Mendo Land.” I settled on Mendocino County after I made my way north from Santa Cruz, then Petaluma and for a while I was a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. One day I brought home table scraps for a friend’s puppy. A woman who was living in a cabin in the woods came up to me later and said, “Hey, I’d like some of those scraps.” There was always an interesting personality in the back woods. And never underestimate the intelligence of those same backwoods folks. More often than not they were from well-educated, prominent families and they were always willing to help their neighbors.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the satirical novel Gone North. Available here:

Gone North: http://www.amazon.com/Gone-North-Long-After-Summer/dp/1484094360

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What’s a “Poor Jonny’s Weekend”?

It’s what I’m going to have come Friday night when the bills and mortgage are due and I have company coming. If I run to the store and stock up, my bank account will run short. So instead of going out on a limb and “puttin’ on the dog,” I’m going to pull out my Poor Jonny’s Cookbook and plan old-fashioned meals that will nourish and bring back memories of the good ‘ol days. Because I had a garden this summer, I have pumpkins so I’ll make some “Corn Pumpkin Harvest Bread.” I’ll get some wheat berries sprouted so I can fix a “Spicy Sprouted Wheat berry Dish” and then for desert I’ll bake a “Coconut Walnut Five Spice Cake.” We’ll sit around the fire and drink hot tea with the spice cake, laugh and talk about life and the good times it brings.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

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Chubbiness Runs in my Family

When I went to New Orleans last summer to visit my father’s family, they all kept calling me “Chubby’s daughter.” Chubby this and Chubby that, even at one point my cousin said, “You don’t mind if we call him Chubby do you? That’s what we all called him.” No I didn’t mind except it made me feel a little chubby myself, after a fashion, but my father was a jolly guy, the good Lord didn’t make many like him and probably never will. But it kinda makes you wonder about the way chubbiness runs in families. “I don’t eat very much,” I hear family members say, to which I roll my eyes, after all, I’m the one that just saw them order at the last restaurant and after they ordered quite a bit they looked at me and said the same thing, “I don’t eat very much.” My father used to think it was hilarious the way my sister and I gobbed butter on our French bread when out in restaurants during the 1960’s, “You want bread on your butter?” he used to say teasingly, as if admiring our extravagant taste, either that or proud that we were just like him. But times have changed. Technology allows us to see what gobs of butter does to our heart. Bad habits are hard to break but when my husband went to the doctor and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, the doctor had some great advice, “Don’t eat butter.” So we don’t and ya know what, it took awhile to get used to it but olive oil works for me. But next time you see my brother, try to explain to him that just because those who consume olive oil tend to suffer less strokes, does not mean that you pour it all over your food … butter and all. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

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Hold out for your shade of crazy.

Motivation To Exercise (get off the couch)

Ah ha! You’re hoping I have the magic elixir, maybe I do. Maybe you do too. It’s called “action.” I don’t know who said it but a few years back I read the phrase, “Action precedes motivation.” And I found it works. Don’t make yourself any promises, motivation or not, just get up and start going through the motions. The motivation will come later. Your mind and body will experience a change. Your blood will get going and your mind will become stimulated. It begins when you first stand up. It’s hard when the weather is dreary, the news is bad, we’re recuperating from the flu or that it is just so comfortable to be on that couch. But whoever said, “Action proceeds motivation” was correct. You get active, you get motivated. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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