Boxing Champ – by Annette Rochelle Aben


It’s the shortest month of the year yet, there’s so much to be done in February. Don’t you feel that way? I do. I look about and see piles of trash and treasures that need to be dealt with. I see things that I swept out of view to make room for holiday decorations or I have even acquired so many new things, that I truly need to reorganize.

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January is National Mentoring Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


When you were growing up, was there someone you looked to for guidance?  Perhaps, you were simply mesmerized by a teacher and the way they were able to command the classroom. Maybe, the neighbor who knew everything there was to know about gardening, was a person you found yourself shadowing. One might say that you were mentored by these folks, intentionally or otherwise. Mentors are an important part of our culture, without them there is an incredible amount of information that would be lost. To pass along what we know how to do, to the next generation, helps to ensure that traditions can live beyond our lifespan. But it’s more than that. When someone takes another under their wing, they are not only doing so to share information but to aid the underling in the absorption, processing and utilization of said information. There are strong bonds being built through those connections.  We teach each other to value each other.

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How to create a magic new year – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Life is full of cycles. The day, month and year are all determined by the movements of the Earth, Moon and the Sun.
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All cycles have a beginning, a growth, a maximum, a decline and an end. We are now starting a new year and new beginnings. Let it be a magic beginning by giving it the little extra.

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How To Make Good Basmati Rice – by Marie Pollnow


Inspired to make good Basmati Rice? Well here ya go …
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1 Cup – Basmati Rice
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1 and 3/4 Cups – Water
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Rinse the rice.  Put the rice in a bowl and pour cold water into it.  Take your fingers and swish the water around.  You will see a cloudy white substance.  This is the starch.  You do not want this in your rice.  I rinse my rice a total of three times, making sure not to lose rice in the sink.

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The magic of repetition – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Indigenous music sometimes seem simple in its structure with its on-going repeating themes. Despite that it has a power to pull you into a deeper state of mind. Some people need to rock themselves or we rock the baby in repeated rhythm to rest or fall asleep. The ability of repetition to take you both deeper and higher has been under estimated.

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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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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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Take off your blinders! – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


.Today information is perishable, becoming more superficial and changes frequently. News, facts and research are updated within hours, weeks or months. Journalists focus on the sensational aspects that give them readers, traffic and “likes”. Less sensational information is drowning and becomes more difficult to find.

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Problem Solver Number One by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Every now and then, we are faced with challenges, trouble, and discomfort, which are problems we need to solve. Sometimes, our sense of well being is strong and we feel we can face any problem, other times we have been hit again and again. The challenges seem too many or too stuck.

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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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