April 8, 2022

Been a while since I posted here. If you’re in a place, missing your mom, wishing you could feel better, connect somehow, try this one. (It’s almost ten years! Can you believe it….) Open to chats anytime. It’s Holy Week coming up; gets a bit heavy in there, and often kinda guilt-trippy. Most people remember, talk about, somebody’s life, not dwell on their death. Doesn’t make either better or wrong. We each get what we need to feed our soul and and grow somehow. Glad I don’t have to orchestrate it. Love you always. – Anne

September 30, 2020

Drum track from weekend’s morning meditation (Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Mycelium Mysteries).  Found that first.  Then found 30-minute drumming; second video ‘Journey to the Heart of the World,’ she talks about setting intention; a third video from same teacher, she introduces shamanism… a word that might not be familiar, and yet some things she talks about may feel very familiar.  Very cool.  Enjoy.  Breathe.  Relax.

Trust your gut, instincts, interests, always…

Love you! So much…

July 31, 2020

Thought to try out, about you, from another resource I enjoy:

Relative to … any … with whom we would interact, our one dominant intention would be to give them a conscious understanding of how powerful and important and valuable and perfect they are. Every word that would come out of our mouths would be a word that would be offered with the desire to help this individual know that they are powerful. It would be a word of empowerment. We would set the Tone for upliftment and understand that everything will gravitate to that Tone if we would maintain it consistently.

Excerpted from Chicago, IL on 7/19/97 |

February 11, 2019

Green Sheet story on Henry Winkler, ‘the Fonz’ from Happy Days show, now author of 29 children’s books.

Quote / theme: No matter how hard school is, it has nothing to do with intelligence.  (Henry Winkler, author)

Interesting guy and humble too…

February 10, 2019

IDEAS LAB article in today’s paper on Wisconsin teens and mental health challenges.  They use dis-ease  and medical terms (suicide prevention and depression); and my brain goes to a Love-Your-Life series (different health-creating words) I put together once that maybe could be re-purposed for teens.  This is where you and maybe some of your friends too, could be a creative-advisory team.

Love-Your-Life Talks with / for Teens?  or something better we come up with.

I have some more writing to do on this.  Like, Why would any young people be interested in listening to me?  I’m not even a mom; I’m an aunt.  I can listen; I can share; and learn; and I can answer questions in different ways than others around you might.

Why I care about teens

February 6, 2019

I think of you often, especially when I come across stuff I’d love to share with you, and just listen to your thoughts.  Like this youtube video on the afterlife my friend Kathy friend told me about and emailed me last week.  A close friend she loved died unexpectedly last year, and this one resonated with her experiences of him afterwards.  For me, it had some new information as well…and I’ve been studying this stuff for quite awhile now, and mediums like this are people I know personally.  I sent this link to your dad too. Don’t know if he was interested in seeing it.  (His deceased wife’s sister is, after all, a bit colorful and different in some people’s opinion.  Might have been an eye-roll and deleted.  I don’t know and it doesn’t matter.  There’s an old Buddha saying,  What someone else thinks of me is none of my business.  Remind myself of that one when I have to be me, regardless of how another might or might not like it or me… 🙂 There’s always a reason for relationships, even if it’s contrast to bring clarity about our own preferences.  P.I.T.A.s are like that.)  Hope you’ve figured out what P.I.T.A. is and that you’re giggling. 🙂

On another side, when religion classes on Wednesdays make no sense or feel off or wrong, I’m probably the only one in our family who’s going to give you outside-the-box material like this to add to your pieces of truth you’re putting together for yourself.   Spoiler alert:  stuff like this leads to different questions and curiosities.  It did for me, and that’s what’s fun, excites and energizes me.  We’re not cookie cutouts; we’re designed to be curious, ask questions, grow (invisible) wings.  Love you!  Austin too.

July 22, 2018

A book Motherless Daughters in hard-cover, in a resale shop this afternoon, got my attention.  Of course I thought of you, and especially this week.

I took it off the shelf, debating…  And inside was an envelope with a card in it.  When I turned the envelope over, one word was written on it: Laura.

Coincidence?  or message?  I bought the book.  Of anything that could have been written on that envelope, it was your mom’s name.

I’ll give it to you next time I see you.   The book is yours to reference when you may need it.  It helped the person who wrote the note and gifted it to her friend.  So I’m passing it on to you.

I love you.  See you later this week.  Take care.

Hi Brianna,

I’m back.  2 things / thoughts today.

  1.  About Playing more VB Games.  You, unlike most kids who go to their parents and ask for things, have a mom with Angel Wings.  She’s always with you.  And I know that one of her Angel abilities is ‘Thought-Dropping’ … ideas she drops into one’s head and sparks inspirations.   So ask her, if it’s in the highest and best good of all, if she could inspire your coach to change his mind and let you play more games in these last two weeks. … This or something betterThank her ahead of time for whatever she can do to help, and let it go.  See what happens.  (HOW we get what we ask for is to be left completely OPEN to delightful surprises…)

I know your mom was and is all about her kids (even if they’re 14 now); and she never liked anyone being unfairly treated.   Talk to her; ask whatever you want to know, or for her help or insight.  Or maybe you’ll connect with her when you’re doing art, writing, music, dancing.  Answers come in interesting ways.  When we ask, we give those with angel wings permission to help.

2.  About Self-Confidence workshops – Advisory Team idea.  Your thoughts, insight, and advice?  If I offered something for teens, a ‘teen advisory team’ would be best, really.  You, of course.  Any of your friends who would be interested.

Some initial questions:

  • Are you interested? as in ‘Cool! This could be good.’  Or totally not so much?
  • … You’re direct and honest; and I appreciate that.  Thank you.
  • Is self-esteem, self-image, confidence an interesting / relevant topic you”d like to learn more about?
  • What related sub-topics would you like included?
  • What questions do you have?

Talk to you soon.  Always interested in your thoughts.  Thank you.

Love you – Aunt Anne |  March 13, 2018

And then there’s my friend, Jana Stanfield, the Queen of Positive Music (and she’s funny too.)  Her music career began with a CD of her 10 Most-Rejected Songs and gaving away CD Singles of a song called “I Were Brave.”  I got to meet her very early in her career, and most of her songs are in my collection.  She’s so real.  I giggle.  “When life hands you (her) stories, you (she) makes lyrics.”

Was thinking of your friend with these.

(It’s also been a week of not much eating for three days and almost passing out one morning because of it that reminded me too.)

Enough for now.  Love you!  – Aunt Anne – 2/21/2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Welcome to ‘Idea Hour,’ at Einstein’s today … 

This video and article were shared with me this morning; and I needed to share with you:

Combining art with therapy, Colleen Shannon gives grieving children a healthy way to process death.

Colleen Shannon story

It might inspire you in a future career–one that involves children, art, and helping kids deal with loss of a family member.  The room pictured in the article reminds me so much of your mom’s room at Camelot. 

Love you.  Talk soon.  – Aunt Annabelle

January 22, 2018

I keep seeing AA’s …

And my mind’s been playing with what that means.  Today’s thought was, maybe it’s ‘Aunt Annabelle’… my role as an aunt to you and my nephews.  So I messaged you this morning to say I love you, because I do–a lot. 

There was also an article in today’s paper about a young girl sharing her story–with the encouragement of her friend–of how cruel classmates had daily and repeatedly told her she was worthless and should not be living, that she was a waste of space.  

These are awful things to say to anyone; and teens, especially young women, start to question their value and worth.  I was one of those kids who was picked on and didn’t fit in.  Years later, I also once had a young woman confess she was thinking about ending her life because she thought she was gay.  You know how cruel teasing can be about that; and also that it’s a born-with thing, like blue eyes and foot size.  We talked for a long time.

Lifelines…. We get them; and sometimes we are one for someone else.  A someone who happens to be there and offer even a smile or an accepting, encouraging voice can be a lifeline and never know it.  One of mine was a little boy in second grade who smiled at me.  Thirty years later, I could google him, contact him, and thank him…

Writing, Self-worth, and Soul-loved

Self-Worth, Self-Esteem, and Coffee Mugs

Self-Loved and Soul Happy tool chest

self-worth and self-esteem, the difference,

Look for something to enjoy or a way to play in today’s moments.  You are loved,  and the universes has a sense of humor and divine timing.

Aunt Anne | January 22 2018

Good morning my beautiful goddess niece,

Happy Birthday

Your birthday’s coming, and I wish you all kinds of happiness and delightful adventures.

At 14, it’s helpful to have a ‘second set of parents,’ so-to-speak, not to replace yours; to add another set of someones you can talk to about stuff when you need to.

As much as one loves their mom and dad, teen years are self-defining ones, when our awareness is expanding and we’re exploring new ideas and perspectives; our brains are developing more and we’re thinking for ourselves; and sometimes coming to different opinions than our parents.  It’s a normal growing-up process.  Support systems and safe places to grow feel good and help.

Maybe the mom of one of your friends is someone it’s easy for you to talk to, confide in, or someone else you feel close to.  For me, it was Mr. & Mrs. Z.  They were life-lines for me in my teen years.

I wrote about it here: Enjoy the read in the section called Mom, the Gang, and Janet Jackson.

Love you always.  Happy Birthday.  … Of course I know it’s next week.  More to come.  Smile…  ♥

Aunt Annabelle – December 14, 2017

Talk to your mom

I know it’s not the same.  Even so …

Talk or write to her as if she’s there with you.  I’m pretty sure she is there with you, every time you think of her …because heaven for her has to include being with her kids.  That’s just your mom.

Do you ever hear her voice talking in your head?   Or you want to know something and the answer drops in?  Or something or someone reminds you of her, gets your attention, and makes you smile, or tear up?

I saw her spitting image once.  What a heart-jolt, and tears came–one of her special ways of letting me know she’s around.  All those other things, too.

Talk to your mom, or write to her, as if she’s there with you.  You’ll feel better.

Aunt Annabelle – December 14, 2017

We are watching an amazing story play out; a young American woman, Meghan Markle, will soon marry a prince… who, like you and your brother, lost an amazing mom (Princess Diana) way too soon.  This is his story, and that this young woman, playing out.

Video:  Above is Meghan Markle sharing a story of her 11-year-old self.  Sometimes we have to draw our own ‘boxes’ and leave lines blank.  Inspiration for today.

Be who you are.  Love you always.  – Aunt Annabelle  December 4, 2017

From Leonie Dawson

From Leonie Dawson 2018 Mini Goals Workbook

Leonie Dawson is an author, artist, and colorful creative soul who inspires me.  My first introduction was her book, 73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know.  I’ve been a follower ever since.

The 2018 Mini Goals Planner is a kids version of her full-size amazing life planner.  She’s now a mom of two young daughters, and they were a catalyst for making a much simpler version for kids–and she’s sharing it because so many have asked.

It’s 5 pages.  YOUR link is under the picture above.  Play — because the energy of Play is creating energy — and enjoy.

Much love always.  – Aunt Annabelle  |  Nov 20 201773 lessons every goddess must know by Leonie Dawson

Call, email, or message me anytime.  Happy Thanksgiving.


You came with initials that hold a powerful message in them:  B ME.

Be yourself.  There is something you can do better than any other.  Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.   (Unknown)

Nothing is really by chance in this life; there are connections everywhere, many we only see later.

B U.  Love U.

I already do, unconditionally.

This is your space too.

I am here for you. and your friends.

I don’t know it all; I do know and am connected to a lot of great women who know what I don’t though.  And exactly what’s needed always seems to drop in or show up.