Words that Work

My mother had a book I coveted. It was hard covered and had yellowed endpapers. It wasn’t particularly beautiful but it was the book I turned to most often for words that work. It was filled with synonyms and antonyms. It reminded me that words dance with each other, they define each other, they grow and change over time. The evidence for the definition of a word is best found in how it is used. Read that again: the definition of a word is not Continue reading →

EMPOWER: our monthly e-Newsletter

Making a living and making your community a better place to live have a wonderful symmetry.  My goal, as a speaker, a writer, and a consultant, is to serve those who lead social enterprises, non profits, and those who are building businesses where their desire for a profit exists intertwined with their commitment to build a strong, vibrant community, with high quality communications strategy, advice, content, and execution. Personally, I seek to live a life of meaning and adventure! Not a Pedestrian Life! As part Continue reading →

Win one of 8 copies of Military Spouse Magazine!

As part of being named Cannon AFB Military Spouse of the Year for 2016, I have 8 copies of Military Spouse Magazine to give away. Fill in the form to enter to win one of the copies! Entries close at 11:59pm on April 29 2016. ** Winners will be contacted to provide their address! _________________________________________ Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting. Join me on Facebook     Chat with me on Twitter    Connect on Instagram    More Photography Anna Blanch Rabe is an Australian-born writer and photographer.  Continue reading →

A Writer’s Manifesto

I’m a lateral thinker inclined to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. As my academic research found me immersed in the the writing about 19th century women poets and reflecting upon the challenges of their domestic lives in the midst of their creative pursuits. I became challenged by Joy Bennetts’s post reflecting on Billy Coffey’s thoughts on ‘naked writing.’ It got me thinking further about the function of my writing. As Billy Coffey quotes his writing instructor: “People write because they must. Because there is Continue reading →

Index of Missives

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading – an Index of missives This is the place that we meet. Under the tree where the goanna finds shade. This is the place we dream, and wander, and imagine. This is the place we hope and plan. This is the place we question and laugh and doubt. This is the place Continue reading →

Missive from under the goanna tree #5

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading! You can read the first missive here. And see a list of all the missives here. This is the place that we meet. Under the tree where the goanna finds shade. This is the place we dream, and wander, and imagine. This is the place we hope and plan. This is the Continue reading →

Press Release: Military Spouse of the Year 2016

Anna Rabe honored By 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Program ® as Cannon AFB Base Winner! PITTSBURGH, PA, (January 25) –  Anna Rabe was selected as the Cannon AFB Spouse of the Year®. Her bio can be found here: msoy.militaryspouse.com.  All Americans are invited to meet and learn more about the Base Military Spouses of the Year® at http://msoy.militaryspouse.com. In 2013, Military Spouse magazine expanded the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® program by introducing an installation echelon. Nominations Continue reading →