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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Hardwired for a Cushy Life – by Annette Rochelle Aben


The dictionary defines the word pillow, as a cushion. That makes sense to me, as I use a pillow to cushion my head while I sleep. Some people even have an item called a body pillow, which allows them to support the majority of their physical mass while sleeping. And what about those wee little “puffies” that we can slip under our feet when stretched out on the chaise? Guess most of us would agree that pillows are more than useful, for at times, they are necessary.

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The Long and The Short of June – by Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor


June, this is the month where the first three weeks contain the longest days of the year. Then, just as we flip into the summer season, those days start getting shorter. Yet, during this time of year, we go full out packing as much activity into every minute as we can. As summer progresses, we won’t even notice the sun setting a bit earlier each day and perhaps rising a minute or two later.

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Pitching National Camping Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Campfire stories shared by those with delightful imaginations. Floating down the lazy river on a raft. Sleeping under the stars and wondering if it gets any better. These are some of the reasons why people LOVE camping! Grab your tent, a bedroll, some trail mix and hit the road, even for a weekend this month, as June is National Camping Month.

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Yes I Have Fallen and I Got Back Up – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Yes, I have fallen, and I have gotten back up. It is not always pleasant to fall, in the literal sense anyway, It can be rather painful. It can also be most annoying to fall in the business world. One day you are at the top of your game and the next, you are hurling, at breakneck speed, down that ladder you just climbed. Now, one might argue that falling in love is a rather joyous experience, so perhaps this may be the one exception. Yet, the one thing we can all agree upon is that falling, under whatever condition, knocks us off balance.

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Once Miss. America, Always Miss. America – by Annette Rochelle Aben


What do you do for an encore after becoming a #1 Best Selling Author? That wasn’t exactly the way my dad asked the question. It was more like, “So, other than bragging rights, what good does it do you to have the title of #1 Best Selling Author?” I about fell over and for probably the second time in my life, I was speechless. I very quickly regained my composure and I fired back, “Well, why not ask Stephen King or Danielle Steel that same question.” Yeah, I told him, didn’t I. But inside, I was seriously pondering his question. Does the title have any value to anyone other than me? And, now, what do I do.

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Every Child a Reader – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Reading cannot only be fun but also something healthy!  Back in 1999, The Association of American Publishers launched National Get Caught Reading Month. Celebrated every May, the aim was to help children through the sharing of early language experiences. This would help their brains develop quicker, thus offering them the opportunity for a brighter future. These days, the guardianship of this program is being handled by Every Child a Reader http://www.everychildareader.net. Along with the support of the Children’s Book Council http://www.cbcbooks.org the aim is to inspire a life-long love of reading in young people of all ages.

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May Be Your Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben Editor

May has the fewest letters of any month in our calendar, yet it is packed with activity. We have weddings, graduations, Mother’s Day and of course, the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day. Farmer’s Markets are opening, garage sales are springing up like dandelions and folks are airing out their cabins and cottages for the coming vacation season. People take advantage of the sunshine to beautify the house and garden and if they own a boat, they are preparing it to take to the launch for some lazy days floating on the water. If you have nothing to do in the month of May, you aren’t paying attention.

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How Beautiful De Feet – by Annette Rochelle Aben


What part of a human body that most people would agree they dislike? Their feet! Not because of what the feet do for us but because of their looks. True stuff here. Most people would rather hide their feet in shoes, socks or slippers than to allow their tootsies to be visible.

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In Memory of a Caped Crusader – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I write this after reading about the sudden death of a man I have known for nearly 30 years. When we met, we were both in our early 30’s, in charge of the businesses that employed us and had worlds to conquer. Each of us swaggered when we walked, barked when we talked and felt completely invincible. The world was ours. For many, we were superheroes!

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Spring in My Step – by Annette Rochelle Aben Editor


I love me some April. We turn the corner from winter to spring and that means fresh, green and new all around. I can see the buds on the cherry tree in the front yard, wanting to burst forth and I know that one of these mornings, I will be greeted with the glory of nature’s joy!

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Into The Mystic – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I believe in the power of fire, because I have seen what it can do to food and forests. I believe in the reality of water for I have stood in my shower early in the morning and felt it washing over my body. But what about truths that go beyond intellect? Are there some mystical, magical powers in fire or water?  Energies that we cannot see but that we sense may exist?

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March is National Music in Our Schools Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


For as long as I can remember, music has played a significant role in my life. Not only were both my parents musically inclined but there was always some sort of music program in the schools I attended. This meant we were offered the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument or there was a vocal music class where every student participated in learning how to sing. Having music as part of my growing experience, enriched my life beyond what mere words can convey. To this day, I have a radio in every room of my home, and a collection of recorded music that includes everything except 8-track.

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Finding the Fountain of Youth – by Annette Rochelle Aben


As I was growing up, I used to hear people say, “Well, you learn something new, every day.” Of course, it generally followed an “ah-ha” moment for them and was a pretty clever way of them owning their humility by admitting they didn’t know everything there was to know. Naturally, I didn’t appreciate any of it until I reached an age when everyone expected I should pretty much know everything. After all, what are people in my age bracket doing on this earth if not to be a reputable source of wisdom and knowledge! How happy was I, now that I had everything all figured out!

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Do You Cotton – by Annette Rochelle Aben


I recon, there’s plenty I need to cotton to in this life. Now, there’s an expression one doesn’t hear too often. To “cotton to” something means to get to know more about it, or to understand. My research tells me that this expression does reference back to the cotton industry, yet I will need to dig deeper to fully understand how or why.

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