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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Cuppa Reality – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Fake it until you make it!  Often tossed off as “the thing” to say to someone who appears to be struggling with achieving a goal. Most of those who say it, are merely repeating what they, themselves, heard or read somewhere.  This means that they may not have personally tried the FIUYMI approach, they are just trying to be supportive. In any case, you are hearing what you are supposed to hear at exactly the right time. Whether you embrace the words as a personal message or not, will depend upon how you define the words “fake” and “make”.

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When I Knew Better I Did Better – by Annette Rochelle Aben


When I Knew Better, I Did Better, ISBN 978-1-63177-539-0,  Mascot Books by Barbara Wood is the very personal story of a woman who found that by taking control over her life, she could finally be happy. Ms. Wood published this book in 2016 however it has been in the making for decades. While trying to come to grips with traumatic experiences dating back to her childhood, where she felt victimized, Ms. Wood realized that the choices she made reflected what she knew about life. What she grew up knowing, lead her to make adult choices that perpetuated a cycle of unhappiness and victimization. It took her over two decades of work to learn how to make better choices. In the process, she learned how to love herself, how to forgive and how to be happy.

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Game On – by Annette Rochelle Aben


What if today were the best day of your life thus far?  How would that feel?

Would it feel like the best birthday party you could ever have? Would it feel like the exhilaration of completing your education and be presented with a certificate to show to the world?

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Spotlight 2017 – by Annette Rochelle Aben Editor


2017 lay stretched out before us here at The Magic Happens Magazine. We’ve thought provoking themes for each month upon which an ever-expanding roster of interesting writers will create platforms to share their observations. We offer opportunities to the writers for personal reflections and room to present discoveries that may inspire you to expand your horizons. What more could an Editor ask for?

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Thank You for Your Support – by Annette Rochelle


Many heart-felt, year end thanks to everyone, who has contributed to the success of The Magic Happens Magazine. We have experienced so much growth since the beginning of this year that it sometimes doesn’t even seem real. It’s all good. We have filled our virtual pages with the wit and wisdom of generous writers. Those paging through the magazine have read, commented and otherwise encouraged us to keep moving forward. New features abound and many others are in the works.

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The Honor of Your Presence is Requested – by Annette Rochelle


They say there is no time like the present. Many people are scurrying about gathering presents to present to their kith and kin in celebration of a wide variety of holidays embraced world-wide. There’s a flurry of activity in the stores, on the home front and in our minds. Makes me wonder how we can be present when all we are thinking about are the presents…

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An Open Heart is the Key – by Annette Rochelle


What a world we would have if everyone considered the option of living their lives from a heart perspective. To take into consideration the strength of love when appreciating even the seemingly most insignificant gesture. Then to expand the energy of understanding into every aspect of life. We just might be pleasantly surprised, delighted and uplifted.

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Yeah we heard Annette was a player – by Annette


To be fully immersed in play is to be lost in a certain activity. Suspending all connection to the outside world. This is how I see it, anyway. And while I’ve not a great recollection of “play” where toys are concerned, I certainly do remember “play” with a deck of cards.

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