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The Crumbling Republic

by Susan on June 27, 2015

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I’m sorry, Mr. Franklin.  We didn’t keep it.


Warning! Warning! Susan’s going on a rant!


The issue for me is not gay marriage.


The issue is not vaccines – the ingredients, the schedule, etc.


The issue for me is that the Supreme Court can now legislate from the bench.


A group of UNELECTED persons can now legislate. What is next?


Suppose they vote that all children must attend state run schools? Those of us that homeschool or send our kids to private schools (we have done both) would be in trouble.


Suppose all citizens must adhere to vaccine schedules? We are now being forced to buy something (Obamacare) that we may or may not want to purchase.


The FDA regulates herbal remedies, including essential oils. As a distributor for Young Living, I cannot say that such and such oil is a good remedy for headaches, etc. The reason? Because over the counter drugs can be purchased for headaches/sleeplessness/you-name-it. If I am “caught” suggesting certain oils for certain issues, the FDA can shut down my blog/business. (That’s why I have not been posting about oils for a while. I am not playing this game anymore).


What’s next? Will gathering weeds in my yard to make tinctures and teas with be illegal soon?


We have Checks & Balances in our system of government (a REPUBLIC by the way, NOT a democracy) for a reason – to nip out of control governmental reach in the bud.


I believe it is safe for me to assume that everyone reading this (that is in the US) has some ancestors that came to this country to escape tyranny in some form or other. They came here because of the promise of freedom. Freedom to live as individuals. If individual rights are taken away in order to “benefit society at large” – there will be no where left on earth that is truly free.


I don’t care how you choose to live your life. We all will have to “give account” some day. However, I also don’t want someone else to dictate to ME how to live MY LIFE.


We are being led like sheep to the slaughter.


End of rant.


Where Has Susan Been??

by Susan on June 26, 2015

First please accept my apologies for not posting in several weeks.  Life has knocked me down at the moment.


My mother has been recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer.  She has 3 to 6 months, give or take, one way or the other.  She will be 80 at the end of August of this year.  She has decided against radiation, which would not have extended her life anyway, nor would it add to the quality of her remaining days.  Indeed, she has chosen the best path, which is to enjoy the remaining time she has.


So, I have spent the past few months being a wife, mother, teacher, and daughter, all at the same time.  There is only one me and so it’s not easy wearing all these hats.


June 26th was my parents’ 59th wedding anniversary.  59 years.  They were married in 1956 on a small island off the coast of Maine, Isle Au Haut, with only 4 people as witnesses – Mom’s parents and another couple, plus the officiating minister.  No fan fair.  No fancy dress.  No lavish reception or expensive honeymoon trip.  Yet, their love has deepened these past 59 years.


Not a day goes by that my father doesn’t visit mom at the nursing home (unless he’s ill) – twice – morning and evening.  Just before his visits Mom makes sure to comb her hair and apply lipstick because “Jerry’s coming”.   Dad sits beside her bed and they hold hands and talk about yesterday.  They laugh together.  Sometimes they cry together.  They live life together.


Probably because of the stress of mom’s health situation, I have recently had a recurrence of Chronic Fatigue symptoms.  I’m also beginning menopause and my thyroid gland is out of whack – hypo.  I have days when I feel like myself and am able to do all the things I love to do – garden, teach the girls, sew, go hiking…be me.  Then I have days when I literally can do nothing but rest on the sofa.  My body aches.  My head aches.  My thinking is fuzzy.  My heart pounds.  I’m losing some hair.  My monthly cycle is wonky.  I’m IRRITABLE.  grr.


I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and my FB/Twitter pages and all of you.  I’ve been wondering what on earth do I have to offer you in the current situation I’m in?  How can I possibly be a help to any of you when my own life is teetering?


So I decided to just say it the way it is.  This is my life right now.  I hope you don’t mind my being honest and saying that I can’t post as often for a while.  I’ll still post from time to time.  I’m drying herbs and making remedies – nettles/oatstraw infusion and red clover infusions are great for CF/Fibromyalgia and thyroid issues.  I’ve got the girls outside gathering “weeds” – dandelion greens, plantain, red clover tops, horsetail.  Today they’re going to pick rose petals for me to dry for rose oil.  I’ll post some how-to’s and recipes for all of the above for those of you who may be going through similar trials.


The FDA is cracking down on “nutritional supplement” companies, including essential oil companies like Young Living.  I’m not allowed to say certain things about oils anymore.  I don’t want to play this word game, so I am going to focus more on the plants themselves, their uses, how to prepare remedies.  I also need to go through the blog and type “This post contains affiliate links” on all the posts that have a link to my Young Living, Life Force, etc. pages.  I’ll get to it, but not right now.


I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Hug your family. Love them.  Remember, children spell love “T-I-M-E”.  Make time to do those things that you’ve been putting off.  MAKE THE TIME.  We all have 24 hours in a day.  There’s no such thing as “no time”.  Do it.  :)


God bless you all and thank you for your patience and understanding.  We truly love you all.  <3







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