Spiritual Literacy Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


What does it mean to be spiritually literate? Have you ever thought about this? I didn’t until I was checking out the handy dandy listings online of celebrations held in the month of December. While there are many National and Internationally designated days for worthy causes listed, this is what caught my eye.

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Random Acts of Glitter – by Annette Rochelle Aben


December!  The very mention of the word can strike fear into the hearts and minds of millions. Why? Because people dread having to see the end to a year in which they promised to accomplish all those things that they said they’d accomplish all those years past.  Fiddle sticks, I say!  December is getting a bad rap and I believe it’s about time we give December a break.

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Eats a Feastival – by Annette Rochelle Aben


At this time of year, many fill their larders with ingredients which they will turn into sumptuous creations upon which to feast. The traditional desserts, dinners and drinks that make the season merrier shall appear in abundance. Even our family has a rather lengthy list of that which would be conspicuous by its absence.  Every year, we maintain a festive atmosphere which includes laying out a delicious spread for family and friends. It’s what we like to do and as such, we always have a good time.

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Operation Santa Paws – by Annette Rochelle Aben


As you are putting together your shopping lists for this meal and that function, for this person and that family, here is another “family” to consider. Your local animal shelters. That’s right because 2017 is the 16th year for a project known as Operation Santa Paws. http://www.hautedogs.org/santapaws.html (pronounced  Hot Dogs, how cute is that) Originally started by Jason Rudd, in California, this auspicious time was designated to “gift” the shelters as well as the workers in honor of Christmas itself.  The campaign runs from December 1st – December 24th each year.

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No Time But the Present – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I recently received word that a dear friend of mine was in trouble. It seems she has been named in a lawsuit alleging that she contributed to the untimely death of a mutual friend of ours. Of course, this news rocked my world and I can only imagine what it was doing to her and her family. As of this writing, that is all I know for sure, but I am aware this is only the beginning of what will prove to be her darkest night of the soul.

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Giving Thanks for November Memories – by Annette Rochelle Aben


As a child, in our home, November always brought great excitement. There was a great holiday feast, for which to prepare. On Thanksgiving Day, itself, downtown Detroit, held their magnificent Santa parade to welcome the jolly elf to our fair City. There were floats and music, balloons and lots of excited children there with their fathers while their mothers stayed home to start the dinner. We’d shiver in our winter togs, holding steaming cups of hot chocolate and feeling our little faces freeze bright red. It only got better when we would put up our Christmas tree, the day after Thanksgiving!  Ah yes, December may be the month of Christmas but for us, November was the start of it all!

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Everyday Heroes – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I believe there are everyday heroes. Those people who go about their lives as though no one else is paying attention. The ones who get up when they’d rather sleep in late, gather their energy and head out into their day because that’s all part of the plan. When that day is over, they come back to their homes and prepare to do it all again the next day. Of course, that is what you see but it’s what you do not see that makes them heroic.

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Using Our Real Eyes – by Annette Rochelle Aben


When she was little, my sister’s favorite gift to receive was a rock. That’s right, a plain old, find it in the driveway, rock. She’d “ooh” and “ahh” while cuddling it and giving it wee kisses. Whatever did this little girl “see” in this rock?  Something that others could not!  There were no dazzling colors, special designs or natural shapes such as a heart to encourage her favor. All we can conclude, is that she was seeing the beauty and worth of the rock, through her “real eyes”, the eyes of her soul.

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October Warm Up – by Annette Rochelle Aben


October has such a warm energy. The leaves on many of our trees turn from familiar shades of green to a rainbow of blazing red hues.  Apple cider mills are active selling jugs of pressed, sweet liquid, donuts and pumpkins. And don’t forget the hay rides. We wrap ourselves in thicker clothing not only when we go outside but inside our homes, in the hopes of staving off the inevitable need to crank on the furnace.

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Louise L. Hay The Eternal Light – by Annette Rochelle Aben


On August 30, 2017, Louise L. Hay made her transition from the physical world into spirit. To many, this will mean nothing, for some, this will take their breath away as they saw Louise a guru. For me, this is bittersweet news as I believe Louise Hay lived as there was no such thing as death; death of the spirit that is.  The only thing that could harm our spiritual selves, would be ourselves. She found that by using love to bolster our energy, we could free our spirits to soar! So, the woman who shared the story of her embattled physical existence though her writings, most notably, You Can Heal Your Life, carries on her enthusiastic work unencumbered by a physical body.

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Lighten Up in September – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Let’s see, 30 days hath September, right? Of course, and that means there are 30 days for you to embrace a wonderful opportunity.  Take each of the days of September and free yourself of something you no longer require. This could mean something physical such as clothing you no longer wear or jewelry that has been hanging around the jewelry box but hasn’t seen the light of day in ages. This could also be something intangible such as a worry or emotional attachment that seems to leave you more distressed than happy. Naturally, the last suggestion may be a bit harder to accomplish but it is possible.

Why would you want to do this, using September as a month of pitching and purging? Why not? No time like the present. You have been ripping and running throughout the summer. In and out of your vehicle, office, home and possibly even a vacation spot. The focus has been more on the task at hand be it work or fun, so who has had time to manage the “up keep” of your surroundings?  We’ve got lots of holidays on the horizon, which means loads of things to accomplish during those times, leaving very little time for much else.

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Seeds of Strength – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Ever watch someone struggle with a decision? They aren’t sure how they’ll get through their ordeal or what choices to make, so it appears they are standing still. It looks, all the world, like they are in denial or are zoning out instead of taking appropriate action. Yet, I tell you, there is something magical going on inside of them, something so powerful that once we see it, we will be enchanted.

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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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