I Appreciate You, Boo! – Annette Rochelle Aben

The “magic” of summer is upon us!  Here, in the month of August, people are engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities such as picnics, water sports and that great, American past time, baseball. They are truly appreciating the opportunity to be “one” with their joys.

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Who View? – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Charles Swindoll has a famous quote: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” If we were to take this to heart, then our lives would be much easier. This quote encourages us to remember that the power is not in a situation, the power is in our mastery of ourselves in any given situation.

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I Brew, Do You? – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Ever hear of Turmeric? It’s a spice (member of the ginger family) native to Southeast Asia, which has been used for centuries to flavor as well as color food. If you are a prepared, yellow mustard fan, check the ingredients and you may find them to contain turmeric. So, other than making things bright like the sunshine, how does one or why does one use turmeric?

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Celebrate the Release – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Release that which no longer serves you. Picture yourself tying every thought to an imaginary balloon and setting it free. Allow it all to float away into the nether regions. Feel the freedom, the lightness of your being, as balloons shrink into mere specs on the horizon.

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Anti-Boredom Month – Annette Rochelle Aben

So, we are in the throes of summer here in the United States and that means there are a lot of kids out there looking for something to occupy their time. Now, you would think that having the chance to be free of the schedules of school, most kids would be busy, being busy, being kids!  Playing, sleeping, day dreaming and whatever else floats their boats. Nay, nay my optimistic reader. As having been one of those free-wee-people ages ago, I can tell you that many are in need of some inspiration.

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Color Me July – Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor


Consider the colors of a flame. Red, white and blue. We think that fire is merely red, but we can see so many other colors within the flame that we use terms such as “white hot” or “blue flame.” Is it any wonder why the colors red, white and blue are used to symbolize patriotism here in the United States? Passion burns high in the hearts of those who feel grateful to live in what they believe to be the greatest country in the world!

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Baptism by Being Fired – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Ever been fired from a job?  I was, twice.  Both times were when I worked in media. The first time, I was shattered, as I had never been fired from anything, not even a babysitting job, in my life. In fact, I went on a week-long drunk. Ah yes, during the first couple hours, I was so hot, I called the vocational school from which I had graduated, and pretty much told them all to go straight to hell! Naturally, I had consumed a massive quantity of “fire water” prior to dialing that phone. Let’s face it, I believed that this was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me and I was seeing RED!

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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 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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