It’s All Good – by Annette Rochelle Aben


This year is winding down and I have taken some time for reflection. It’s all good. Not that everything that has happened this year is stuff I wish to repeat but in the here and now, I am no worse off for the wear. It’s all good.

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Building a Peace Bridge – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Let’s come together to set the intention of peace for the new year. Let’s build a peace bridge! We can do this. In fact, millions of others have been doing this sine 1995 for an entire hour. Not just any hour, but the hour that bridges the old year and the new year together. 11:30pm on December 31st through 12:30am January 1st is considered the Universal Hour of Peace.

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Shoulder to Shoulder – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Our mother passed from the physical world on Thanksgiving Day, of 2009. At that time, the responsibility of caring for the family home and all its assets, fell upon the shoulders of my sister, as she was legally in charge of the estate. It was a lot of hard work which my brother and I respected. This made her job that much easier.

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Family Literacy Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Gather around the table. Pull over sized pillows into a circle in front of the fireplace. Sit down in comfy chair and put a little one on your lap. What ever you decide to do, these are some suggestions to set the scene for sharing a time-honored tradition of reading to the children in your life! As November is National Family Literacy Month, what better time to establish a routine of sharing books with each other, than right now.

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Living in the Greatest Nation – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Imagine, that your imagination was created to allow you to give wings to your dreams. Imagine that your dreams come to life because you imagine that they are possible. Imagine you have the power of an imagination because you are the incarnation of a dream’s dream to realize itself.

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Every Heart is filled with ART – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Show the world your ART!
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October is National Arts and Humanities Month and has been since 1993. This is the largest celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.
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Do you create art? Are you a patron of the arts? Perhaps you are an art whisperer and encourage businesses and organizations to support the arts. If so, this is your time to shine. If not, this is your time to become involved.

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Save the Flamingos – by Annette Rochelle Aben


“I’m going to turn your flamingos into vultures for Halloween!”
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What? Did I hear that right? My wonderful little sister, who bought me the flamingos, so I’d have something cheery to look at when I glanced out my office window, was now going to violate my lovely pink distractions? Horrors!

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Kid Tested Mother Approved – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Hats. I grew up wearing hats. Not just for protection from the elements but for making a fashion statement. There are even photos of me (somewhere) wearing whatever was handy as a hat if one could not be found. Diapers, shoes and pillows were all fair game. Keep in mind that I was only a child with a wild imagination.

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Wow Look What I Got Here – by Annette Rochelle Aben


We wake one day, look about us and question, “How did I get here?” As if our circumstances sprang up around us like sneaky dandelions in our otherwise perfectly green lawn. And what is even more amazing, is that we shall spend so much time lost in thought over the vision, that we neglect what brought us there in the first place, our imagination!

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Citizen Ken – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I have a conversation with my dad every Saturday night at six in the evening. This has been going on for years. In fact, my step mother laughs that they could set their watches by my calls. I love it. It makes my week to be able to touch base, find out how he is doing and learn things about him that I never learned while we lived together. Who thinks to do that when you’re growing up anyway? Your parents are busy taking care of you and you are busy making them old before their time.

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The Magical Ice Cream Man – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Funny, where I live, we are in the throes of summer, a very hot summer to boot. Hot summers have always conjured up visions of swimming, sun bathing and ice cream! That’s right, when I was younger, you would find me in the pool or laying on a towel baking my body in the direct sunlight (what was I thinking there) and invariably, I ended the day with some sort of ice cream treat.

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Invitation Issued – by Annette Rochelle Aben


You are invited! That’s right, YOU are invited to create this moment. You are invited to create this moment to be the best moment of your life thus far.
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Bet you never thought you had the power. Bet you never realized that deciding whether or not a moment was good, was under your control. Bet you maybe didn’t consider that your choices in life mattered.

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Going Om – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Back in the day, when I first began a journey of spiritual awakening, I learned about something called a CHAKRA. As it was explained to me, a chakra is an energy entrance point for our bodies. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates as wheel or disc. I was taught to imagine that these wheels were spinning and that spinning charkas were a good thing.

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