Annette Noyes TarotJuly 2018

5 of pentacles - reversed
In Tarot Land, 5's represent change; the suit of Pentacles represents the physical plane, which includes business, your physical body, money, house, and all the other nuts and bolts of actual physical life.

We've come to a turning point on the material plane, and it's time to make some changes to better facilitate any new possibilities. In fact, opportunities that have thus far been hidden suddenly become available to you. For example, you may have the chance to cross-train or take advantage of a seminar that will advance your career. But to take part, you're going to need someone to watch the kids in the evening. A new car loan may be granted; now you have to rearrange your budget to cover the loan payments. Look for the "OOO! I wanna do that!" moments and then make space for them in your life. Click to Tweet

You'll be required to take a different approach to get things to work for you. Tried and true methods are no longer possible. Suck it up and adjust...besides, the new methods will probably be better in the long run. Believe it or not, relationships with colleagues, family, friends, etc. will improve as you reorder your life and accept new dynamic energy. That's because when you're at your best, you're happier. A happy camper is more attractive to others, and therefore, fun is had by all!

Annette Noyes
The Emerald Box Turtle

"I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way."
~Neale Donald Walsch

Rev. Rivera’s insight on this quote:

Rev. Marjorie Rivera KainThere is a very important turning point on every person’s Spiritual path when they may choose to begin to take responsibility for themself and become willing to change themself. At the beginning stages of every journey, people still have some insecurity, so they look for spiritual teachings that make them feel good, tell them what they want to hear and don’t challenge their existing beliefs too much. I mean, come on let’s face it, we ALL like to be comfortable. Comfort seeking is natural, but I feel there is a limit to how much you can grow as long as you maintain this approach.

As you become a more mature seeker, you may begin to realize the fundamental mechanism behind all true channelings/messages. The simple fact is that there are in existence, beings that have a higher state of consciousness than you do. Thus, your advantage of studying teachings that challenge you can help you see what your ego does not want you to see, or hear what your ego does not want to hear.

I feel that  mature seekers deliberately seek out teachings that challenge their most cherished beliefs. As you mature, you begin to realize that the divine teachings challenge your beliefs, thus compelling you to reach beyond the ego’s dualistic understanding. As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience.

When I talk about challenging your beliefs, you may find that there are many more truths that connect ALL beings, regardless of your Spiritual path, political path, ethnicity, or sexual identity. Truths that unite us rather than divide us. I ask you to seek higher truths in your personal progression and on the path of your soul’s evolution so that we ALL may become closer and more accepting of one another. Click to Tweet

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

JoeThorntonHappy June everybody! Summer is really coming!

In May we celebrated our wonderful mothers. June is the month in which we collectively celebrate our fathers; the other half of our DNA. If you don’t mind, I would like to share a little something about my father.

My father, whom I call Papa, was always an incredibly hard-working, don’t-sit-still kind of guy. He truly worked all the time. And that trait began in his childhood.


Papa in the Marines

Papa began his days with his paper route before heading to our family’s church where he was an altar boy and assisted with mass seven mornings a week for many years. Then he headed to school where, all through school, he was on the football team and the basketball team. During high school he also added ROTC to his schedule and by the time he graduated was a sergeant in the Marines. On the rare occasion he was home, he naturally did chores around the house. He never stopped.


My First Birthday

After graduating he joined the Marines full-time and before his discharge, was an embassy guard in El Salvador.

Upon his return home, Papa immediately got a job at the B.F. Goodrich, where my grandfather worked all his life.

Soon thereafter, he met my mother and they married. She had three daughters from a previous marriage and was pregnant with me. With five-mouths to feed and another on the way, he went out and got a second full-time job and a third job working part-time.

Eventually my parents divorced, but Papa was awarded custody of me and before long, he got his dream job in law enforcement and he remarried. In the 1960’s the Sheriff’s department didn’t allow deputies to work other jobs, but at least this one paid well enough he could support his much smaller family.


Papa & my Step-Mother

Papa would have grown bored having only one job, but luckily, my stepmother owned her own flower shop. Papa was the built-in handyman and deliveryman.

On the rare occasions that Papa had a day off, he would relax by grabbing a cycle and felling a field of weeds. Somehow that gave him the rest he needed.

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Our Wedding

No matter what in life, Papa always put my stepmother and me before himself and gave us a solid home life.

My father has always been my best friend; we have been tight my entire life. A few years after I moved to Arizona, my parents quit their jobs, sold their home and joined me in the desert. After my mom passed away and Papa retired, he wanted to return to Akron, OH to be near his siblings, though he wouldn’t move without me. Naturally, I came along. Now that I’m married and living in Youngstown, OH, Papa decided that my being an hour away was too far, so at 78 he sold his house and moved to Youngstown. Now he’s only one-mile from us.

Not surprisingly, I guess, Papa also instilled in me a strong work ethic.

I’m incredibly proud of my father and I’m grateful and proud to be his son. The lessons I’ve learned from him, and am still learning, are innumerable. He’s my best friend. He’s Papa. He’s my hero.

Happy Father’s Day.

We are thrilled to introduce a new Feature from longtime friend, teacher and Expo Reader Annette Noyes! Each month Annette will draw a card and give us her interpretation based on her extensive knowledge and studies.


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Nine of Cups, reversed (that means upside down, not a "bad thing" simply a change of energies):

Nines, generally speaking, represent completing a big project or endeavor. Examples of that would be graduating high school, college, a training program, military basic training, etc. You may be coming to the end of setting up a new business or have just bought a house after long searches and endless paper work. But even though you've worked very hard for something, and the end to all that toil is near, it's not time to rest on your laurels and coast. "Complacency" is the big message of this reversed Nine of Cups, and I want to stress that we don't want to park it with our feet up just yet.

There's more work to be done before it's Miller Time. In fact, through more hard work, something may come to light...a "D'oh!" moment where something you thought was settled turns out not to be. Maybe your new computer networking system goes down, or the gently used restaurant cooler you got for half price blows a gasket.

You're also going to figure out who your real friends are, and who are just beer buddies. Not that beer buddies have no place in our lives. They're great! But when you need real help, they're not the type to help you move houses in July. Into a building with no elevator. And you picked a fourth floor apartment.... Did you mention your brick collection?

Happy May all!
Annette Noyes
The Emerald Box Turtle


JoeThorntonHappy Spring! Yes, even here in NE Ohio, despite the start and stop and start and stop of the nice weather, Spring has officially arrived. Life is beginning anew. Just look out your windows and you’ll see the beauty of nature coming back into bloom. The earth is being renewed.

While the blossoming of a daffodil looks so gentle, not all growth and renewal is painless.

Like most people, I am trying to grow and renew my spirit all the time. I want to improve in all ways and I want to bloom. But it can be a very painful process at times.

We’re told that the best teacher is failure and it’s true. Sometimes the best way to learn a lesson and to grow is to stumble and fall. When that happens, you just have to get back up, brush yourself off and continue on.plumblossom Hopefully we have learned a lesson so we can avoid falling in quite the same way in the future.

We all fall. We all fail at times. But it’s what we do with that experience that determines whether or not we grow, or bloom. If we choose to examine what why it was that we tripped and stumbled, then we can learn a valuable lesson and grow.

But of equal importance is that we try to help each other to learn and to grow. When someone stumbles, we should offer a hand to help them up when possible. Together, we can ease the pain of learning hard lessons. And we can encourage each other to grow.

One thing I often see is jealousy or resentment. Both emotions are poisonous to our own soul. Rather than being envious and resenting that someone else succeeded and we haven’t, we should rejoice and celebrate their success. When we open our hearts and truly experience that joy, our opened hearts will allow more positivity and more success for ourselves.

The late and great Carrie Fisher once said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Exactly. Don’t poison yourself with that negativity. Positivity is what helps us to grow. The more positive we are, the more we are open to renewal, rejuvenation and growth.


This past January, the project to get Pat Montandon and Children as the Peacemakers to North Korea to meet with that country’s leader began in earnest. The goal is to be invited to there to discuss peace and nuclear disarmament.

Ms. Montandon wrote a letter to Kim Jong-Un, which is attached here:

Letter KimJong Un 

And look at what’s happening in the news now! Kim Jong-Un has agreed to declare peace between North Korea and South Korea and nuclear disarmament; a truly historic event!

Did Ms. Montandon’s letter bring this about? We don’t know. But the timing is incredible, don’t’ you think? And we’re hoping that with this renewed, kinder side of Kim Jong-Un may allow for that much desired invitation to North Korea that we’ve been hoping for.

I hope you’re all enjoying the springtime renewal. And I hope that you’re each experiencing great blossoming in your own lives.


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