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01. Introducing Michael's Magic Box
Michael's Magic Box is a fictional story about a young girl named Isabella who gets a magic box that plays messages from Michael Jackson in an effort to help her live a life of love. It begins with her as a seven year old and follows her throughout her life as she receives and applies the messages she gets from him. She experiences challenges such as bullying, heartbreak, and unscrupulous people who lie about her. The magic box gives her messages along the way that teach her how to deal with these challenges from a place of love. She then goes on and uses the magic box to help others do the same. The book is now finished and all 12 chapters have been posted under the tab called "Magic." If you want to receive updates about future endeavors with Michael’s Magic Box please subscribe by filling out the form below.I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.  Thank you,  Linda HigginsDirector of Community...
05. Sneak Peek at Chapter 5
Here is a sneak peek at what to expect in Chapter 5  Read the Introduction to Michael's Magic Box and Chapters 1-4 HERE. Note: You must be logged in to comment.   
Chapter 1 - A Special Gift
Isabella was sitting on her special princess bed – the one Grandma Allen gave to her for her 7th birthday a few months ago – knees pulled up close to her chest, arms wrapped tightly around them. Her chocolate brown curly hair was pulled back in a pony tail while tears filled her big, beautiful blue eyes. It wasn’t very long ago that the two of them were laughing, singing and dancing. Michael Jackson was Grandma Allen’s favorite entertainer and she taught Isabella many of his songs. They would sit together in their favorite chair and watch Thriller with excitement. Neither one of them could contain themselves when the music started to play. They would jump up and immediately start dancing.As she sat on her bed, Isabella drifted off in her memory, thinking about what happened seven days ago…“Isabella! Isabella! Grandma Allen wants to speak to you!” her mom declared. “She’s awake!” Isabella exclaimed. “Yes, and she wants to talk to you. Hurry and...
Chapter 10 - For All Time
Isabella sat on the tan leather couch with her feet slightly hanging off the edge, talking to her mom on the phone. The large window behind her revealed a sky covered in dark clouds, looking as if it were going to rain any minute. In front of her was a brown coffee table with a marble top, holding a fancy bowl of fruit in the center and two of her favorite books on each side; Moonwalk and Dancing the Dream, both written by Michael Jackson.“We all have such busy lives now, mom. Gracie is seventeen years old, and Spencer is fourteen. Can you believe that?”“My how time has flown by” Her mother replied.“I know, and they always have something going on; whether it’s school, friends or extracurricular activities.”“How is Nathan doing?”“He’s doing great. His orthopedic practice has grown so much that he’s never home either. He’s extremely successful, but with that comes a price. He works way too much. Or maybe it just seems that way because I’m in between film...
Chapter 11 - A Major Love Bomb
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning. Isabella stood on the porch outside in the backyard of their large two-story house taking it all in. The sky was crystal clear, the rays bouncing off the pool as it glistened. An orange basketball lay still at the bottom of the court, almost as if it was resting, knowing that soon the crowd would be putting it in to action. "Today is the day." She mumbled to herself. "I've got the food being delivered at 1:00. Nathan is getting the drinks. I think we're good to go. Now I just hope all our neighbors show up." Isabella and Nathan were throwing a party, a neighborhood get together. She believed very strongly in having a sense of community amongst neighbors. Therefore, every so often she would throw a party to get everyone together. They were particularly good friends with the Mills family down the street. He's a fireman. She is a homemaker. They have two kids; a 20-year old girl named Vienna and a 17-year old boy named...
Chapter 12 - Goodbye for Now
Isabella sat on the steel park bench facing the brightly colored playground where her grandson was playing. Jack was the light of her life. Gracie and her husband had been through so much to adopt him. They couldn't have children of their own. When they vacationed in Africa they were introduced to him and fell in love. The playground was covered in tan colored bark. The plastic slides were bright green. There were three of them; a spiral slide, a small curved slide and a long straight slide. On the ground next to her was Maggie, her faithful golden retriever. A welcome addition to her family since Nathan had passed away. On the bench beside her was Michael's Magic Box. "Grandma watch me!" The little boy shouted with glee. He was standing at the top of the long slide smiling as he was about to slide down. Dressed in tan pants and a blue shirt, his dark brown curly hair glistened in the sun. "Okay," Isabella shouted back, not taking her eyes off of him. He...
Chapter 2 - The Bully
Note: If you haven't read Chapter 1 yet, read it first HERE. Isabella stopped to smell the bright red and yellow tulips that adorned her neighbor’s yard, as she walked to school on a crisp, clear day at the beginning of spring. They were Grandma Allen’s favorite kind of flowers and seeing them always brought a smile to her face. She couldn’t believe it had already been 7 years since her grandma had passed away.Now 12 years old, Isabella’s mind drifted to the good old days of being in elementary school, where she spent the entire day being taught by her favorite teacher, Miss Judy.  She snickered to herself as she remembered how Miss Judy would always tell a joke first thing in the morning. That was her favorite part of the school day.  Isabella thought about how hard it is to have seven different teachers, one for each class, now that she is in junior high school. It was much too impersonal.  Gone are the days when she could be with her best...
Chapter 3 - Best Friends Forever
 In Memory of Whitney Houston 1963 – 2012 If you haven't read Chapter 2 yet, read that first. Chapter 3 – Best Friends ForeverIsabella stood in front of the bathroom mirror curling her gorgeous long brown hair with a big barrel curling iron.  Dressed in jeans and a white shirt with a red flower on it that bore one shoulder, she was ready to dance! “Where are you going?” her mom asked as she approached the bathroom. “Paige is taking me to the dance club for my birthday.” “Oh, that’s nice. I can’t believe you’re 17 already. That makes me feel old.” Isabella’s mom giggled.“I know! Can you believe I will be graduating high school in a few months? Time flies!”  “Yes it does,” her mom said shaking her head. “It seems like just yesterday you were a 7-year-old girl dancing around with Grandma Allen. Honk! Honk! “Oh, there’s Paige!” Isabella exclaimed. “I gotta go.” “Okay, you know the...
Chapter 4 - Whispers from your Soul
If you haven't read Chapter 3 yet, read that first HERE. Isabella. Marie. Richardson. Those were the words Isabella heard over the loudspeaker as she stood in line to receive her high school diploma. Dressed in a royal blue graduation gown with a white and blue tassel hanging from her cap, she accepted her diploma. As she shook the hand of the principal, a photo was snapped. Walking back to her seat, she recalled the message she had received from Michael’s Magic Box upon waking that morning. I wish for you to learn about perseverance and confidence and the true meaning of success, which is love.   Love… the true meaning of success? Isabella wondered, shaking her head slightly. That’s not what she was feeling about her future. Although she felt the accomplishment of graduating, she also felt a twinge of sadness. Life as she knew it was about to change. In the fall, she would be going to college to get a degree in business, something her father...
Chapter 5 - BE A STAR
If you haven't read chapter 4 yet, read it first here. Chapter 5 - BE A STAR“Your assignment,” Professor Williams instructed, “is to create a 7-minute film that in some way promotes positive change throughout the world.”Isabella’s eyes widened with delight. She moved around excitedly in her chair, looking at the other students, with a huge smile on her face. This is a subject close to her heart.“Each student is to direct their own film and participate as crew members on two other student projects. All films will be screened at our local film festival in 1 month. The audience will vote on each film. The student whose film wins the title ‘Best Short Film’ will have their film shown at the National Film Festival.”Isabella could hardly contain her excitement. My first film, she thought excitedly, envisioning it being shown at the film festival in front of hundreds and maybe thousands of people, if she won.“We’re also going to make this fun,” Professor...
Chapter 6 - I Choose L.O.V.E.
The long mirror reflected back an image of beauty as Isabella looked at herself dressed in a white satin strapless wedding gown and small white flowers placed throughout her hair. I can’t believe I am actually getting married, she thought. Nathan asked her to marry him after they both graduated college. She smiled as she looked at herself in the mirror, her thoughts filled with hopes for the future.“Hi, Isabella!” Kristina said, walking into the dressing room.“Hi, sis! How are ya?” she responded, giving her a hug.“I’m great. Are you getting excited?”“Yes, I am!”“I bet. I can’t believe that in one hour you are going to be a married woman.”“I know. It seems like just yesterday we were kids. Time goes by so fast.”“True,” Kristina said, nodding her head. “I can’t believe Jayden is already 5 years old.”“I’ve actually wanted to talk to you about him,” Isabella said as she gently grabbed her sister’s hands. “I want you to know how proud I...
Chapter 7 - I Choose L.O.V.E. (Part 2)
If you haven't read I Choose L.O.V.E. part 1 (Chapter 6) read it first HERE.  Isabella stood in the kitchen of their small apartment, cutting up a red apple into slices while talking to Nathan. The juice from the apple squirted onto the dark granite countertop. Silver appliances trimmed in black shined in the background and sunflowers places in vases throughout the kitchen added just the right amount of color. The sound of chimes alerted her of a cell phone ringing. She grabbed her purse off of the counter and sifted through it until she found it. “Hi Kristina! Yeah, sure. I can come over in about an hour. Is that alright? Okay, see ya then.” She hung up the phone and looked at Nathan. “That was Kristina. I’m really worried about her,” she said, sitting down at the table. “It’s been over a year since Jayden’s death, and she doesn’t seem to be getting any better.” “Everyone moves through grief at difference paces though,...
Chapter 8 - Show Me What it Means to Love
Isabella quietly laid back the covers and carefully climbed out of bed so she wouldn’t wake up Nathan on an early Saturday morning. He had worked late at the hospital the night before, so she figured he would be sleeping for a while. After getting dressed in a pair of gray cotton shorts and a red tank top, she brushed her long brown hair, put on her black flip flops, then walked downstairs. She reached for the silver light next to her laptop, flicked it on and started her computer. While waiting for it to power up, she made a pot of coffee. “Let’s see what kind of emails I have today,” she said as she sat down at her computer and sipped her coffee. After a few moments, Nathan touched her shoulder. “Good morning.” Isabella jumped. “Oh, you scared me. Good morning,” she said, giving him a kiss. “I didn’t think you would be up so soon.” “Eh, I don’t like to sleep very late. You know that; makes me feel like I’m wasting the day.”He walked into the kitchen,...
Chapter 9 - Feed the Good
The long winding highway was lined with tall, lush, trees that were blowing in the breeze on both sides of the road. The white SUV approached the bend revealing a deep blue lake sparkling off to the right and small green hills off to the left. The sky was crystal clear blue with not a cloud in it. “I love this drive to your parent’s house” Isabella said looking over at Nathan. “I know. It’s so beautiful, isn’t it? He gazed at the incredible landscape as he drove the shiny white SUV down the road.Mesmerized by the scenery, Isabella sat in quiet contemplation, reflecting on all the changes that had taken place in the last ten years. Glancing back at her two kids, she smiled in appreciation. Gracie was the spitting image of Isabella. Now ten years old, she sat in the back seat listening to music, her seat belt securely fastened; curly brown hair bouncing about freely. Spencer was fast asleep. “Aw, what a precious little six-year old I have,” she said...
Final Thoughts
Yay, I finally finished Michael's Magic Box! Writing it was such an amazing experience. Many times I would feel like Michael was right there with me, inspiring me to be the best that I could be. I've often heard people who worked with him state that he challenged them to perform at a higher level. I felt that kind of pressure while writing this, but it was a good pressure, one that helped unleash my potential in a whole new way. Often, when I was in the middle of writing a chapter, I would be contemplating what "message" to use. I didn't plan which ones to use ahead of time. I let the story write itself, like he advised writers to do. Sometimes when I was frustrated that it wasn't coming together like I wanted, suddenly, it would hit me to use a certain message and the storyline would come together magnificently. In that moment, I would yell out, "Yes! Michael you are a genius," and I would run over to my laptop and get it all out as fast as my hands would...
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Update on Michael's Magic Box 6/2/2012
Due to personal reasons, I will not be posting a new chapter for Michael's Magic Box in June. I recently made a conscious decision to choose love in all areas of my life, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the fallout that comes with that kind of a decision. I quickly discovered that choosing love means that everything contributing to a lack of love in your life starts to go away, whether you are prepared for it or not. Therefore, my life as I know it is changing and that has left me in a position where I need to focus my attention on dealing with those changes. Joseph Campbell once said “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” That is what I am doing, so I humbly ask for your prayers, and love, while I go through this transition.  Use the month of June to catch up on any chapters you may not have read yet, or go back and re-read some of the chapters that touched your heart. I would also like to...
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