Fictional Character – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Some people believe that fiction is the opposite of fact. If we are to get to heart of a matter or learn the truth, then fiction holds little or no value. Yet, what can appear to be fictitious, may be someone’s way of stating what they wish were fact. For example, when you ask someone how they feel and their response is, “I feel great!” They may not really feel great, in fact, they may be in tremendous pain. However, they wish to convince themselves that they DO feel great so they tell you that is how they feel. They may also not wish to discuss their pain, so they head that potential discussion off at the pass. But is their statement really fiction? Could it be that they are merely attempting to create a more pleasurable reality by stating that which they wish were a fact?

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National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and all over the United States, people are stepping up to help each feline find a fur ever home. Why June, you may ask yourself. Well, spring is when many communities see a population explosion of cats, as kittens are being born everywhere. Some kittens are born into homes where more cats are wanted and welcomed. More often than not, they are born feral (wild) or are turned loose/dumped by those who are overwhelmed by so many felines. This causes an outrageous overcrowding situation in shelters.

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Invest in Your Now – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Invest in your now.  This statement is printed on a bookmark I have had for over twenty years. The bookmark is incased in plastic, so instead of using it for the intended purpose, I just keep it around to remind me of where to place my focus. Guess it IS helping me find my place, in a way.

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June is the New January – by Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor


While January signifies the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year, there by setting us up for new beginnings, June is no slouch in that department. Many people will become wed in June, starting new lives. Many students will graduate from school and find themselves standing on the threshold of a world of possibilities. And there is always that seasonal change thing. Depending upon which hemisphere you reside, you are welcoming either summer or winter this month.

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Well, what do you know – by Annette Rochelle Aben


…thought, alone, can change the body.” Dr. Candace Pert Ph. D.
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Dr. Pert was a neuroscientist, whose work in the field of brain chemistry was as legendary as was her work in the field of alternative medicine. The above quote was taken from an interview with her in the movie, What the BLEEP Do We Know. Basically, what Dr. Pert was telling us, is, that the words we tell ourselves, the thoughts we own, is what creates our bodies.

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May You Bloom – by Annette Rochelle Aben


It’s been quite the Spring, thus far in my part of the world. We have seen tropical storm worthy winds, knocking out the power to hundreds of thousands of people for at least a week.  The temperatures have been so cold that the trees and flowering bushes were timid about budding and blooming. Finally, it appears that the tide is turning and we are in full rebirth.

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One Day – by Annette Rochelle Aben


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anaiis Nin.
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One day, you will waken and be so focused upon your greater good, that anything other than, shall fade off into the distance.

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Who Was That, Mask Man? – Annette Rochelle Aben


The comedy and tragedy masks are symbols of theatre people world-wide and date back farther than our memories can even conceive. The idea of existing behind a mask is something actors are applauded for time and time again. Is this such a bad thing?

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The Imperfect Apostrophe – Annette Rochelle Aben


Have you ever had your imperfections pointed out? Ever read a magazine and seen an advertisement stating that unless you had this or that, there was something wrong? Ever had a person you wanted to spend time with reject you because you behaved a certain way?  These are a couple examples of how others think we can improve upon our imperfections.

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Whatever happened to crazy Annette? – by Annette Rochelle Aben

Yesterday, I had a conversation that I found confusing. Not only because of what was being said, but because of why I was even a part of the experience.  I believe I continued the conversation, long beyond the point of sensible, because I wanted to give it the opportunity to make sense. When it didn’t I even asked the other person to explain why they had reached out in the first place. His response? He had been chatting with a mutual friend and wondered whatever had happened to “crazy Annette.”

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Wired for Weird – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I’m wired for weird!  It’s true. I like dipping popcorn into mustard and prefer my tuna salad sandwiches made with balsamic vinegar as opposed to mayonnaise. I’d rather be alone than sit through a Johnny Depp film festival (no offense Mr. Depp).  I think in rhyme all the time and brew my coffee only to chill it and drink it cold every morning. I talk to trees and see ghosts. Yes sir, I am wired for weird.

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What the world needs now – by Annette Rochelle Aben


We’d meet for coffee after church on Sunday nights. Sometimes there’d be five of us and other times, we were dragging tables and chairs around to make sure we’d all be within earshot of each other. True, we’d have just left a weekly church service of close to two and a half hours but we really hadn’t had the opportunity to visit. There was plenty to talk about, from the sermon to the music to playing catch-up on our lives since the last time we were together.  We’d laugh, argue, whisper, apologize and even sing but regardless of how we were expressing ourselves, we were bonding over something more intense than religion, that being our need to dialogue.

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March into Spring – by Annette Rochelle Aben


In my neck of the woods, the month of March brings Spring!  Technically, it doesn’t arrive until the third week of the month. Still people will be eager to experience all the wonders of this season of renewal. The tender shoots poking through the slowly wakening earth. Lakes and rivers flowing after months of being frozen. Trees budding as they reach to the bluer skies.

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Go You some encouragement when you need it – by Annette Rochelle Aben


For quite a while now, I have been posting encouraging statements on my Facebook page every morning. It’s fun and designed to remind people that they have more going for themselves than they might remember. I end each of the collection of statements with the words: GO YOU!!  It’s like having a cheerleader giving you a pep talk! The responses have varied from those who flat out deny that they can relate, to the statements of emotional gratitude that someone cares. I would like to say that I originated this idea but I must give credit where credit is due.

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Power Company – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Let’s say you receive a call from an old friend who just happens to be lost. I don’t mean they are lost in the sense that their GPS no longer works, more that they are struggling with finding direction in their life. It can be very easy to get caught up in commiseration. Somehow, we feel that if we aren’t staying in the same place they are, that we aren’t showing that we care. To acknowledge what they are saying is one thing but what they require from that connection is a glimmer of hope. If both parties are wandering around in the dark, who is going to shine that light?

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Say Thank You on the Fives – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I was thinking about all the things I have, to be grateful for in my life. Sometimes it boggles my mind. What makes an even greater impression is how terrific that makes me feel, it is as though I cold float on air. Just a few minutes each day to place my focus on my blessings helps me get through the rest of the day. If I should encounter something during the day that could pull my focus into a place other than feeling blessed, I take a breath and focus back on my blessings.

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Super You – by Annette Rochelle Aben


You were born with a beautiful gift. No, not your lovely eyes. No, not the thick, amazing hair you had the moment you made your debut, either. You were born with the gift of being able to raise the vibration of the entire world! You little vibration raiser, you, what a fabulous energy you have there. Why, some may even call this a SUPER POWER!!

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Random Acts of Kindness Day – by Annette Rochelle Aben


February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAOK). What a wonderful way to go out of your way to make someone else’s day a bit brighter. As the name implies, it doesn’t have to be anything great or grand, or even necessarily planned. Many people find that the spur of the moment act gives even greater satisfaction because of its spontaneous nature.

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