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Magic at Work, Be Patient

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Did you find magic last weekend? Perhaps this week? You were looking, right?

If you didn't find magic, keep looking. Magic is at work all around you. You'll find it.

If you did find magic, hold on to that sense of excitement you felt and keep looking. There is always more magic to be found.

And remember...
“It doesn't stop being magick just because you know how it works.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

What magic did you find this week? What magic will you find this weekend?

Interview: Marla Stahl

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

I'm so excited this week to have Marla Stahl as my guest. I've known Marla since I was a little girl. In all of that time I've never seen her without a smile on her face. She is one of the most upbeat, fearless women I know. Her blog, the Warm Sunshine Blog, is among my favorites.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

There was a sweet little angel-- a baby girl -- in church Sunday who was all dressed up in her little white gown before church, waiting to be baptized. She was plopped in front of the altar and just sat there with the most sweet, innocent, absolutely angelic look on her face! Everyone fell in love with her--there was a collective, "Awwwww!" She took my breath away! I was wonderstruck by her angelic-ness (is that a word?), her sweetness, her trusting soul, …

Missing

Yesterday was a weird day. I couldn't pinpoint why; it just felt weird- disconnected.

Throughout the day, several small but cherished things went missing. I'm not sure if the disconnected feeling was a result of that or if it was just all around that kind of day.

The first thing I noticed to be gone was my lotion. Sure, this sounds like a trivial thing, but I love that lotion. I bought it a month ago when LUSH opened in a mall near me. I've loved LUSH from afar for years, so getting one I can actually go to was an huge.

Since then their Karma Kream has been sitting on my bathroom counter for easy access. That's what makes this disappearance even weirder. How did it leave the countertop?

Later things turned worse as I sat down to update my list of gifts. Last month I started a master file on my computer to collect wonderstruck moments as I count to 1,000. My computer file held the first 87, which I had collected throughout the past year.

Yesterday I went to update the list (…

Magic

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I took this photo at home. Are there fairies in my house? I'll never tell. But I will leave you with this simple thought...

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― William Butler Yeats

Open your senses. What magic might you find this weekend?

Interview: Alina Sayre

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week our interviewee is Alina Sayre. When she’s not correcting other people’s grammar or teaching 7th-graders to love Shakespeare, she’s probably working on her first book, a children’s novel for middle grade readers.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Lately I’ve been blown away by the goodness of friends. The familiar quotation may seem trite, but I’ve found it so true, especially over the last few weeks: "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." Sometimes it’s an anonymous bag of homegrown veggies on my doorstep; sometimes it’s the offer to listen without having to "fix" me. That people who aren’t related to me should care so selflessly, so disinterestedly for me touches me deeply.

What part of your day are …

Interview: Judythe Morgan

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week we are visited Judythe Morgan, an author, an antiques dealer, a former public school teacher and one time Department of Army Civilian (DAC). When she's not writing, you’ll find her reading, browsing antique shops or walking her dogs--a very large Old English sheepdog named Tobias Bear (aka Toby) and an equally tiny Maltese named Buster.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Every summer I am wonderstruck anew by the majesty and wonder of creation. Our summer home is in the heart of Rio Grande National Forest. As we walk the trails or drive the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, the rivers, the waterfalls, the steep passes, everything reminds me how awesome our world is.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I’m up early every morning and out walking my dogs between five and six a.…

Summer May Be Over, But Life Isn't

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It's Labor Day here in the United States. Officially it's a day intended to celebrate the contributions of workers, traditionally by giving them a day off from that work.

Unofficially, it's the end of summer. School starts this week and for most people (at least those with children), it marks the end of vacation. Crowds at the beach will dwindle as kids and parents buckle down and focus on responsibility.

I bored myself just typing that.

Here's what I'll be remembering as we slide into the next season:

Life is not over. Sure, it will now involve homework and tighter schedules, but weekends aren't going anywhere.
For now the weather remains hot. Blech. But, that means I can still wear flip-flops.
The grill still works. It's brand new in my case. I've enjoyed cooking on it for the last few weeks and will continue doing so until it's too cold to stand outside.

My advice is to take those things you love about summer and keep working them in to your life. Keep …