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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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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