Category Archives: Just Stuff

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Mischief

Okay…  signed into my email this morning, fresh coffee by my side, ready to do the virtual cruise to the blogs I follow – and guess what?

I had BLOCKED EVERYONE AGAIN. Not a blog notification to be had.

Seriously?  Really?  

So, I refer everyone to a blog post of mine from last month, in which I explain how to remedy this hooey.

https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/reunited-and-it-feels-so-good/

Just to let you know, I am not ignoring anyone AND that I believe there must be some sort of wacky, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf thing going on, for as in the recent past, I never went anywhere near that crazy option.  

Anyway, carry on!  Have a terrific day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Cheers

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Ho Ho Ho It’s Magic

Ring out solstice bells and deck those halls with the words of a community of #HumanityThrivingOutLoud!  The December 2017 Edition of The Magic Happens Magazine is LIVE!!

Happy to fill your stockings with all our stuff, you are sure to find something that Santa suits you to a tee.  The Prompt Words each of the writers could choose to use were:

LET GOFEASTREAL 

So, ho, ho, I wonder what I chose…   Well, here are my contributions to this final edition for 2017.

Here are the DIRECT LINKS to those articles of mine:

Something Good Will Come of It

Spiritual Literacy Month

Eats a Feastival

Random Acts of Glitter

 Hop in that sleigh and make your way over to the magazine!  I, my-elf, am most appreciative of your on going support. 

 Wishing you and those who mean the most to you, a magical rest of this year!

Annette Rochelle Aben, EditorThe Magic Happens Magazine

 

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Well, it appears that I have been reunited with your wonderful blogs!

The man with the key was Ajay, a customer service expert at Word Press.  He guided me to the proper page, and sure enough, I found that a little box had been checked and as a result, I, I had BLOCKED ALL EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS from blogs I follow.

huh?

Of course I did NOT do that. Have NO idea how it happened, especially since I didn’t even know that this page existed.

Okay friends, here are the two pages for YOU to use should you ever find yourself exiled in similar fashion.

https://wordpress.com/me/notifications is where I found a page that had this at the top

NOTIFICATIONS   COMMENTS   UPDATES  

READER SUBSCRIPTIONS

CLICK ON the LAST ONE

You will see SUBSCRIPTION DELIVERY and at the bottom there was a little box next to the words BLOCK EMAILS (block all email updates from blogs you’re following on Word Press)

Yes, that was CHECKED.  I had no idea how it got that way, so I unchecked it.

Then I hit SAVE NOTIFICATION SETTINGS and I was good to go.  Sure enough, I began receiving emails of blog posts from a few bloggers.

Also, if you are still having troubles, or troubles of a different sort, with your Word Press account, here is another page to go to:

https://wordpress.com/help/contact 

That is where I hooked up with Ajay, by going to the space where it said I could talk to someone. I did keep that window open and checked it every few minutes. However, if you have to bail, they WILL email you to let you know someone has answered your question.

So, not that I am a pessimist, we will see how long this lasts. Obviously, more people blog earlier in the day, than in the evening.

I Used To Follow You

It is once again time to play another round of

I Used to Follow You 

 Thanks, WordPress…

That’s right, our favorite bored game has returned just in time to make my life that much more interesting.

believe me, this is NOT a requirement for MY happiness…

The lack of emails over the last few days, did have me wondering if you all were slacking on your blog posts. However, as I have been s-w-a-m-p-e-d with various and sundry tasks, I figured, I’d look into it today.  What I found is that it appears I have stopped following many of you.

what the… 

I did not stop following any of you, however your posts have ceased appearing in my emails.

*curse you, Red Baron

So, until this all gets sorted out, please know I am here.  I still love you and am making every attempt to show everyone’s blog some love in the meantime.

I actually thought you ALL might be doing that write a book in November thing… because I am…  (spoiler alert)

 

Giving Thanks for The Magic

 Wow, is it November 1st already?

Yes, yes it is and that means we have a brand spanking new Magic Happens Magazine for you to enjoy and share!

Of course there are many reasons to invite you to read, and my articles are but 5 of them.

No Time But The Present

Operation Santa Paws

Giving Thanks for November Memories

Everyday Heroes

A Review of The Enchanted Tarot

What were our prompt words this month?

 CLOCKS – COMPARE – WINGS

Should be interesting to see what everyone did with those.  Actually, I already know but I offer NO spoiler alerts here… 

Be sure to visit our Book Store because, after all, holiday shopping should be as easy as possible…

Consider joining our ranks, by contacting Kathleen Anne McCarthy (Kat) by ending her an email kat@themagichappens.com

Thank you for your continued support of our magazine, writers and advertisers.  We wouldn’t do this for anyone other than YOU!

Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor, The Magic Happens Magazine

Circumstances of Childhood

Circumstances of Childhood.

By John W. Howell

Click for Amazon Kindle

Shipping on October 1st. Priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

This is a different story for John. It is in the Family Life genre and tells the story of brotherly love, riches to rags, redemption and a little paranormal thrown in. Normally John writes thrillers but this time he has stepped into a different place. This book was written with love for the story and the hope it will be an enjoyable read.

Here is the blurb:

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of inspiration, riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

Here is an excerpt.

I look down at my drink and wonder what will happen tomorrow. My daughter Constance wants to come and visit. She lives in New York, and before all hell broke loose, we didn’t see each other often. I missed her so much, and it seemed as if I had to beg her even to talk on the phone. Now, it’s like she wants to be here every weekend. It’s only an hour’s flight by the shuttle or three by train, so she can come when she wants. I just can’t figure out why she got so clingy. I have my troubles, but it doesn’t have anything to do with her. No use in asking her husband either. Though a nice enough guy, I always wonder if he has someplace important to go when I visit. He never sits still and stays busy on the phone or at the computer. He makes a good living, but it seems a person could take an hour to sit and talk. I’d looked forward to some kind of relationship when he and Constance got married. It’ll never happen with him.

When I take another pull at my drink, I notice the burn feels less. It happens every time. First sip initiation, I call it. It’s like the first puff of a cigarette, hits hard then, after, nothing. I decide to let Constance pretty much have the agenda tomorrow. She and I have not had a chance to talk about anything deep for a while. It could just be that she blames me for her mother running off with that guy with the house on the Hudson. He has a title, and the old gal couldn’t resist, but I think the daughter always felt I should have done something. Her mother’s sleeping with another guy and what the hell can I do about that?

I’ll just go with the flow. If she wants to go out, we will. If she wants to stay in, we can do that too. I better think about getting some food in the house. Of course, we can always order take out. I need to move on to my drink and let this go. Tomorrow will be what it is. I remember the day she was born. I looked down at her in my arms and promised I would do anything for her. I love her more than life itself, and I hope we can somehow get to the root of whatever’s wrong. She sounded strange on the phone this morning, and I feel helpless to do anything about it. I hope she opens up when she gets here.

For some reason, I feel tired. Perhaps I’ll go ahead and finish my drink. Maybe I’ll just go home and forget the burger. First, though, I’ll just shut my eyes for a minute. My hands feel good when I put my head down.

“Hey, Greg,” Jerry says. I barely hear him. “What’s the matter? You taking a nap? Greg?” I can feel him shake me, but I have no interest in waking up. His voice gets further away, and I think he says, “Oh, my God, Sophie, call 911, quick.” Now the room goes silent.

Author Bio.

John's Bio

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The latest Circumstances of Childhood a family life story is available as of October 1st, 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

My Girl front His Revenge Our Justice

Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Pumpkin Spice Magic Happens

Got your attention, eh?

(lol)

Tis the season!  And you are invited to pour your favorite pumpkin spiced beverage and kick back with the October 2017 Edition of The Magic Happens Magazine

 We have a terrific collection of offerings from a world-wide family of writers.  They were provided the following prompt words, to stir their creative juices.

SKIPREALIZEWATER 

Of course, I will provide the links to my articles and I appreciate that you give them a read.  This month, I added a review for a yummy new cookbook so be sure to check it out!

October Warm Up

A Seasoned Life

Signs & Seasons An Astrology Cookbook

Using Our Real Eyes

October is National Book Month

Thank you for the support and remember, we’d LOVE to have YOUR contributions to our monthly presentations. Contact Kathleen Anne McCarthy, our fearless leader, by sending her an email at kat (at) themagichappens (dot) com

Cheers,

Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor, The Magic Happens Magazine