Category Archives: Just Stuff

Stumbling In

Took a deep breath and signed up with STUMBLEUPON!  That’s right, you can now connect with me at this URL

I have A LOT to LEARN about using this site, so please grow with me there. Let me know you are FOLLOWING ME and what YOUR  StumbleUpon URL is so that I can FOLLOW YOU!

A couple of the INTERESTS I chose to Stumble into are ANIMALS, BOOKS, and COFFEE!

We Love it When The Magic Happens

You are invited to fall in love with the February 2017 Edition of The Magic Happens

Our digital magazine features writer from around the world who contribute articles on a myriad of topics. This month, the writers chose from  SNOWFLAKECAPABLE and WATCH as the topic for a THEME ARTICLE.  What did I choose? Well, take a look at my collage and see if you can figure that out…


Say Thank You on the Fives

Let’s have some fun  in the month of February!  It may be the shortest month of the year but we can make the most of the time. I am initiating an activity called Say Thank You on the Fives. This activity is designed to uplift your energy and indirectly, it lifts the energy of the entire world. Of course, you may wonder how this can happen. So, let me explain the activity.


Anytime you see the time on a clock and that number ends in 5, smile and say “Thank You”. You can say it silently or out loud, it doesn’t matter. It can be anytime and any time. For instance, it could be 12:05, 4:35, 2:25 or even 6:45; as long as the last number is a 5.

I have been doing this for a while and let me tell you what, I feel terrific and especially for saying thank you for no apparent reason at all! My energy has soared. Because my energy is what I sending out into the Universe, the Universe always sends back something for me to be thankful for.

Why invite others to do this? Because the law of averages says that at some point there will at least two people looking at their clocks and saying thank you at the same time, which makes that energy even stronger. It simply happens by default and this is the beauty of the activity. You can do it once or several times. You can think about doing it or even mention this to someone else and still be a part of the activity!

Share this, spread the word to people all over the world. We will be doing this the entire month of February. Let’s all feel good!  Say Thank You, on the Fives!  The passive activity that activates the energy of gratitude!

The Magic Happens in January 2017

Wake the town and tell the people!!  We have our first edition of The Magic Happens for 2017 available to entertain and delight!

Believe it or not, we have been able to say this for just about ten years now. We look forward to welcoming you to yet another new year of wit and wisdom for quite some time.

I am honored to be one of the Editors for this monthly digital magazine as well as tmhcollage0117one of the contributing writers.  Here is a collage of my four submissions to January 2017. I thank you, in advance, for reading what I have written and leaving a wee comment (if you are so inclined). Also, feel free to use the SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS at the top of each article, to SHARE everywhere you are hanging out these days.

One of the things I am personally looking forward to accomplishing this year, is to add a vocal component to my articles. In other words, to post me reading the article. Many of the other authors have been recording their works, it’s on;y a matter of time before we are all offering both the written and spoken words.

As always, thank you for your support for our community of #HumanityThrivingOutLoud.  It’s where the Magic Happens!!

Light and Love,

Annette Rochelle Aben

Live in Gratitude Daily

Hear Ye!  Hear ye!  A new book has been birthed!!


I am honored to be a co-author in Denise Joy Thompson’s new book, Live in Gratitude Daily, The Key to Abundance, Joy & Love, which is a 365-date book/journal.

Denise, and over 80 co-authors, support you each day with their stories or testimonies about living in gratitude. There are also quotes and tips from inspirational and transformational leaders. Naturally, there is plenty of space for you to document your journey as you discover how to live a life filled with gratitude!  Be sure to let me know, when you find my page…

It has been documented that gratitude is ‘key’ to helping us achieve a life of happiness in all areas.

This book will be a terrific addition to your resolve to live the best life starting in 2017 and beyond.  And for those who purchase the paperback during our launch (December 28 -31, 2016) Denise is offering a 5-week course she has titled: Jumpstart to Gratitude. Simply email her at thealliancecoach (at) gmail (dot) com  Let her know you bought the book and that you are interested in the course, she will respond with the details!

This is YOUR YEAR to cultivate a life where you Live in Gratitude Daily

Let There Be…

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“It’s time to string the lights!”

Is the phrase I dread the most

I can handle the shopping, and wrapping, even playing the congenial host

But when the tree is standing ready, its boughs so regal, yet bare

I know my family lives to observe the further greying of my hair

What began as one small string has grown to fill a box

That could easily be used to house a cart pulled by an ox

Beginning oh so patiently, I strive to find the end

I remind myself that it is really only ONE NIGHT I will spend

Wrestling with a ball of wire just to please the little nippers

Who don’t realize I could finish much quicker if I had a pair of snippers

The harder I work, the bigger the mess taking over our living room floor

One by one, I see the family disappear through the dining room door

It’s just me and them now, those little holiday twinkles

And I plot a cunning strategy, my determined brow wrinkles

Slowly, it begins to dawn, a plan so simple and sweet

I have the power to stop this madness, in my leather covered feet

First, I rise quietly and pace about the room

Then I slip into the closet and fetch myself the broom

I sweep the teeny, tiny pieces into a paper sack

Then yell as I run out the door, “In a minute, I’ll be back!”

Off to the store I race with but one goal in sight

To enjoy the beauty of our tree without wasting another night

Hundreds of little boxes are waiting there for me

Each with a die cut cardboard holding instant brilliance for our tree

My laughter is easy and free, as I slide through the parking lot

Let those tiny twinkles get me down any longer…  I think not

For I vow that even if it means buying stock in the company

From this point forward, every year, we’ll put brand new lights upon our tree!

(c) 2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

When You Deck Your Halls, The Magic Happens

Fa- la – la- la – la and all that jazz!!

The December 2016 Edition of the digital magazine, The Magic Happens is filled with the wit and wisdom of many of our talented writers.

Working with  the prompt words of GIGGLETECHNOLOGY and OPENHEARTED, articles have been presented with joy and panache.

Of course you can stuff your stockings with many other wonderful reads not only in this edition, but in our archives as well.

Take the time to visit our BOOKSTORE to find a gift that will make anyone on your list smile!  

Here are my offerings this month, and I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments.


Wish you the brightest of holidays and the happiest of New Years, from everyone at The Magic Happens