Displaced Homemakers

A woman who, after managing a household for years, is forced by financial necessity to find a wage-paying job. This blog is intended for the women who feel that their lives have been hit by a tornado, their tomorrows may experience a hurricane and their nights are sleepless. This blog is for the women who need to rebuild their lives, no matter the age and no matter the circumstance and for the women who needs to find resources, gather support to feel that they are not alone.

Monday, January 7, 2013

After The War: Join Farmers vs. Monsanto

After The War: Join Farmers vs. Monsanto

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Most Jobs Don't Require A College Education

This is for all of us who are women, struggling to survive.  This information is important.  Gone are the days....

Sunday, November 18, 2012

How do they get up again and move on?

17 November 2012

This blog was an attempt to both encourage myself and others who find themselves in the same shoes.
Instead, I have continued to "search for my identity" as the time flickers by me.  I have seen some women find that new "nitch" after feeling left stranded in the middle of a blowing desert staring at the wind blowing the dust around them.

I ask myself every day (since I started this blog about three years ago) how do they do it?

I decided on a few things:

  1. They just remain strong.  It seems that they plow through whatever obstacle that is before them and keeps their eyes looking forward.  
  2. They keep their determination to plow through that new road.  It is almost as though they do not look left or right.
  3. They put all of their energy into one thing, that thing of focus.
  4. They seem to never give up.
And whollah!  They have obtained their goal, at least of survival...paying the rent, buying food, keeping the car in good shape.

Now I don't know if anyone really reads this blog.  Like really uses all the stuff I put in here, links, health, and more health.  So I decided to taint things on the more personal side of life.  Sometimes, I have found that if I feel a certain way others do to and then I do not feel so alone in my own struggles.  The struggles are mostly of the mind.

Yes, I have been focusing on health, that is a big part when your world seems to be falling apart.  Imagine if the health were to go to, oh what a pain that would be.  I have been lucky in that respect of this new and what seems to be a very long road for me.  A road that will never end.

The important part is to remain strong.  I remember when I was a war photojournalist (another long story of why did I do that?) I was covering a story in Bethlehem after a 40 day incursion of the Israeli's Defense Force (IDF).  This was a time in history where the IDF surrounded almost all of the West Bank towns and imposed curfews, turned off water, shut down the electricity and buzzed the streets with bulldozers, tanks, jeeps and guns.  They also would talk over peoples homes on the high ground and created lookout posts as places to shoot from if they saw any movement in the streets.

The time was horrible and it was dangerous for journalists as well.  So, I waited until they were pulling out and I went in to see the damage.  That is another story.  I interviewed a woman who was what I would call "held hostage" for 40 days.  Her home was right across from the Nativity Church, where they say that Jesus was born.  She lived on the top floor.  I spoke with her and she was lucky that the soldiers that were in her home were decent...or shall I say more decent than others had experienced.

One soldier gave her a cake before they left as a good-bye.  She had not realized the reality of her situation by the time I spoke with her.  It was only a few hours after the IDF left.  She was more concerned about giving me some cake, some tea and showing me her panoramic view from the roof.

In politeness, I had some cake and tea then went to see the panoramic view.  We walked outside onto her veranda and she pointed to a frail ladder and pointed then looked up.  I quickly realized that she wanted me to climb that ladder to see the view.  I became nervous for my own safety, not of bullets but from falling down that ladder.

She looked at me and shook her head and started climbing.  This woman was about 70 years old remind you.  I just looked at her and watched her climb right up that ladder, no frets, no fear but with determination.  I told myself , "If she can do it, then I can...umm do it!"

At that moment, I saw her strength that seemed boundless and fearless solid like a deeply planted stone into the earth.  It was then that I had deep respect for the women who had to suffer in wars under horrible conditions and remained very strong with a smile and hospitality.  "Amazing" I said to myself.

It was that moment that I decided that I too needed to be strong and then remain strong.  The woman of war taught me something very valuable.  We too can be like that woman.  We too can climb that ladder.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Winters coming! Boost your immune system

Susan Brannon American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is known to help boost your immune system, and has been used for centuries. It helps to prevent upper respiratory infection when taken for several months. However! When you buy the traditional Chinese ginseng, do not take it when you have a cold because the products vary in potency. “Indian echinacea,” can help to reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms, and it also might help prevent upper respiratory infections, It also appears to help boost your immune system. The average dosage is 400mg per day. Echinacea many studies support the fact that echinacea is an effective aid for preventing and treating colds, flu and other infections. It can help to fight infections by stimulating your immune cells. It works best when taken frequently at the first sign of infection: 30 to 60 drops of liquid extract or 1 to 2 capsules (300 to 400 mg each) every two hours for the first 24 to 48 hours, followed by the same dosage four times daily for three days after symptoms disappear. Don't forget vitamin C! about500 mg per day. Have a nice winter