Family Literacy Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Gather around the table. Pull over sized pillows into a circle in front of the fireplace. Sit down in comfy chair and put a little one on your lap. What ever you decide to do, these are some suggestions to set the scene for sharing a time-honored tradition of reading to the children in your life! As November is National Family Literacy Month, what better time to establish a routine of sharing books with each other, than right now.

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Living in the Greatest Nation – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Imagine, that your imagination was created to allow you to give wings to your dreams. Imagine that your dreams come to life because you imagine that they are possible. Imagine you have the power of an imagination because you are the incarnation of a dream’s dream to realize itself.

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Every Heart is filled with ART – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Show the world your ART!
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October is National Arts and Humanities Month and has been since 1993. This is the largest celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.
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Do you create art? Are you a patron of the arts? Perhaps you are an art whisperer and encourage businesses and organizations to support the arts. If so, this is your time to shine. If not, this is your time to become involved.

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Save the Flamingos – by Annette Rochelle Aben


“I’m going to turn your flamingos into vultures for Halloween!”
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What? Did I hear that right? My wonderful little sister, who bought me the flamingos, so I’d have something cheery to look at when I glanced out my office window, was now going to violate my lovely pink distractions? Horrors!

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Kid Tested Mother Approved – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Hats. I grew up wearing hats. Not just for protection from the elements but for making a fashion statement. There are even photos of me (somewhere) wearing whatever was handy as a hat if one could not be found. Diapers, shoes and pillows were all fair game. Keep in mind that I was only a child with a wild imagination.

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Wow Look What I Got Here – by Annette Rochelle Aben


We wake one day, look about us and question, “How did I get here?” As if our circumstances sprang up around us like sneaky dandelions in our otherwise perfectly green lawn. And what is even more amazing, is that we shall spend so much time lost in thought over the vision, that we neglect what brought us there in the first place, our imagination!

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Citizen Ken – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I have a conversation with my dad every Saturday night at six in the evening. This has been going on for years. In fact, my step mother laughs that they could set their watches by my calls. I love it. It makes my week to be able to touch base, find out how he is doing and learn things about him that I never learned while we lived together. Who thinks to do that when you’re growing up anyway? Your parents are busy taking care of you and you are busy making them old before their time.

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The Magical Ice Cream Man – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Funny, where I live, we are in the throes of summer, a very hot summer to boot. Hot summers have always conjured up visions of swimming, sun bathing and ice cream! That’s right, when I was younger, you would find me in the pool or laying on a towel baking my body in the direct sunlight (what was I thinking there) and invariably, I ended the day with some sort of ice cream treat.

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Invitation Issued – by Annette Rochelle Aben


You are invited! That’s right, YOU are invited to create this moment. You are invited to create this moment to be the best moment of your life thus far.
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Bet you never thought you had the power. Bet you never realized that deciding whether or not a moment was good, was under your control. Bet you maybe didn’t consider that your choices in life mattered.

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Going Om – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Back in the day, when I first began a journey of spiritual awakening, I learned about something called a CHAKRA. As it was explained to me, a chakra is an energy entrance point for our bodies. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates as wheel or disc. I was taught to imagine that these wheels were spinning and that spinning charkas were a good thing.

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I Hear a Symphony – by Annette Rochelle Aben Editor


Silence may be golden, but so is the symphony of nature. Sitting here at my desk, I can hear the birds chirping to one another. We have a variety of nests around and they are filled with either eggs or babies. The adult birds are talking to each other or cooing to their little ones. It is delightful.

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The Wings of Summer – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Seven months into the year already. Where does the time go? Seems like summer is flying by. Wasn’t it only yesterday, we were welcoming a brand-new year and looking forward to all the differences we were going to make in our lives? You know what? There is still plenty of time to make some major differences in your life this year. In fact, you may even make a few differences in the lives of others simultaneously.

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National Mutt Day – by Annette Rochelle Aben


“In every heart, there is a hole. In every shelter, there is love in which to fill it.” This famous quote is from Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, who created National Mutt Day, in 2005. Ms. Paige’s efforts, raise awareness of the need of mixed breed, shelter dogs to find loving homes.

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