Problems? We All Have Them…

Problems… there are no shortages. Everyone has them. It’s not unusual for friends and family to come to us with problems that need to be solved. Usually, adults find ways to solve their own problems, they just want someone to listen to them while they talk through them. It makes them feel that we care. Some of us have open arms and lend an ear, others find it rude that anyone would think of dumping their problems onto them. Don’t we have enough of our own? The former may adore her friend, the latter may find her friend “toxic.” Whichever personality type you are; venter, dumper, compassionate listener, irritated unable enabler, the reality remains the same. We all have problems.

What are problems? Webster’s dictionary defines a problem as a perplexing question, situation, or person. It’s an ancient Latin word, problema meaning to “throw forward.” So true. Problems present themselves, over and over again. Over time, we should become pros at solving them and in a sense, we do. But growing older oftentimes means our patience grows thinner, hence a double quandary.

Sometimes problems get so out of hand, spinning our life out of control, that we become frozen and petrified, which only makes things worse. And when multiple persons are involved (as is often the case in family matters) one feels that their once pleasant life may never return. This is the time that we turn to the garden (or nature in the form of a park, the local strip of woods, the backyard or if none of these are available, the local nursery). For it is in nature that we find peace and rejuvenation that give us the best chance of answering the questions that life’s problems present.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

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Our Lives Are Surrounded by War

In America, it’s easy to think that there is no war but I hear the sound of war when a fighter jet takes off from the nearby air force base. I’m very grateful for the peaceful existence I have in America and for those who “fought for our country,” but I see the damage done to our young soldiers when we watch the evening news and see how ill- treated many Vets are in hospitals created to take optimum care of them. We hear stories about friends and neighbors and how their lives were altered by war. And then I see it when I’m researching. Whether I’m researching genealogy or for a fiction I’m writing. Yesterday and today are surrounded by war. Can’t we get past it?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

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Secret Genealogy IV Cover

What’s the Best Four Letter Word for this Recession?

What’s the best four letter word for this recession? The “F” word or the “S” word? The “S” word, s-l-o-w, agonizingly so, uggh, dragging on and on, one day we are up the next day we are down. But that “F” word is applicable as well. Fast, which implies how fast one hundred dollars slips through our gritty little paws … a few groceries and a little gas and that C note is gone – gone – gone … never to be seen again and hard to find another one like it. But we will hang on to the other four letter words, hope, love, care, wait and stay (as in staycation). And the four letter word we really need through these difficult times is move as in get moving because that’s what it takes to plow through almost depression-era times. Get moving applies to getting up early to work on something (anything), gettin’ a move on with doing your own mechanics, house cleaning, cooking, etc. just like the old folks did when they had their normal routines. We are spoiled and most of us know it, which makes these times all the harder. And don’t forget another four-letter word, g-r-i-n and the other one b-e-a-r. We’ll be needing them for a little while longer.

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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Stock Up… Just In Case… But Stock Up On What?

Stock up on wholegrains like brown rice, wheat berries and corn. Both the wheat berries and the corn can be sprouted, increasing their nutrition and they are likely to stay uneaten in your pantry because, well, how many of us eat whole-wheat berries or whole kernel corn? If the time arises and you need your survival food, the wheat berries and kernel corn can be soaked and sprouted for a few days before steaming and eating. Brown rice definitely instead of white rice, do some research about the nutrition of white rice compared to brown and you will agree. Whole-wheat flour and cornmeal are also good foods for stashing away; flat chapatti-style breads can be made with these flours by adding water and cooking on a cast iron griddle. Sprout seeds are wonderful to have as you can make a nice meal with a chapatti covered in sprouts. Buy a bag of soybeans for your pantry too, they have lots of protein.

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

eBook through Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poor-jonnys-cookbook-suellen-ocean/1102338251?ean=2940016618609