I Have Re-discovered Waxed Paper

I’m the chef around my house… I enjoy cooking. And I make sandwiches for my husband five days a week. But being the environmentalist that I am, I hate wrapping them in plastic. Every time I use a plastic bag I think about the horrendous video I watched on Facebook about seabirds who ingest our cast away plastic bags and tons of other plastic items. Even though I recycle bread wrappers, etc., it is still plastic and winds up in the garbage eventually. I bought a big roll of waxed paper for only $1.50 and this morning, the sandwiches wrapped up really well in them. It was kinda fun using it. I looked all over the box for the “ingredients.” I couldn’t find anything. I “heard” that waxed paper is more ecological because it breaks down. I think it’s a step up from plastic and I’m pleased so far. On the box, it had several other uses for it but for now, I think I’ll just stick with a new, old-fashioned way to wrap up sandwiches for my hard-working fellow. (He’s a surveyor in the Sierras… he climbs mountains.)CreatespaceAcornsAndEat'emFRONTCOVER

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

Getting Enough Sleep, Taking Walks… Just Do It!

CreatespaceAcornsAndEat'emFRONTCOVERThere is tremendous scientific evidence that taking a walk in nature has a positive effect on our brain. It helps it rejuvenate. I have lived in nature for forty years and I’m glad to hear it. I’m also pleased that the medical field is teaching us how important it is to sleep. I hate to say, I told you so, but I knew back in the 80’s and 90’s that people were working too hard and pushing themselves too far. I remember seeing a new campaign at one of the big grocery chain stores. One day, all the checkers had big red buttons affixed to their shirts that read, Just Do It. One of the checkers wearing the button had been in my speech class in college and I knew her well enough to know that she did not appreciate having to wear that slogan. What does that even mean? Just do it? Even if it kills you, do it anyway? Even if it will harm someone else, do it anyway? Needless to say, the buttons didn’t last long.

With so much at stake, we must eat as best we can, get the sleep that we need and take those walks into nature. While you’re out there, lost in the tree canopy, keep an eye out for the first signs of spring on the oak. This summer the acorns will start to form. Those acorns are a reminder that the earth continues to provide for the creatures that live at its roots. And even if the wind someday blows it over, animals will make homes in the holes and caves of the roots. Life regenerates. And as the scientific evidence shows, so do our minds when we walk in nature.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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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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We Need To Lower Our Standards of Housekeeping

We need to lower our standards of housekeeping so we can all relax. I don’t mean to the extent that cockroaches are dancing across the countertops, not filth, just a stylishly Bohemian mix of dust yesterday’s winds blew in and a pile of unwashed dishes from last night’s delicious Pasta Primavera. Muddy boots in the corner also look nice as well as gardening hats complete with muddy fingerprint stains from sticking beet seeds into the ground. And windows? Oh geez, somehow we have got to make dirty windows fashionable. Cobwebs too – keep up with them? No can do. Still working on that one.

We must start the movement or revive it, modeled somewhere between Nirvana Grunge and the 60’s “F*** Housework” poster that jolted me as a teenager. Our children and grandchildren need us to read books to them and have time to walk in the park. I’m going back to relax with a hot cup of cocoa and read. I wouldn’t want someone to come by and find my house clean and tidy. That’s no longer fashionable. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

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Our Dog Warmed Our Hearts But Ruined Our House

First my cute, sweet little elderly mother passed after ninety-three wonderful years. That was sad. Then our dog died three weeks later, also elderly. My husband and I needed some cheering up – we needed puppy power. So I found a puppy, half purebred collie and half lab mix and as anyone who has had a puppy knows, they are so cute and fun. She made us laugh instead of cry. We began devoting our lives to seeing that her needs were met (you want some more room on that couch? How ’bout a walk? More food?). But she ripped some of the plaster off the wall and when we bring kindling into the house she thinks they’re HER sticks, all ten of them and proceeds to shred them all over the floor. And my windows look like she wrote Chinese on them with her wet, sticky nose. But she has warmed our hearts at a time when our smiles had turned upside down. I call her our “Forever Puppy” and as I gaze at her spread out in front of the fire, her black fur all sleek and shiny, I have no regrets. Broken heart? Get a dog.

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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