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:


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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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