Magical Moments

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”

-Nora Roberts

I've always been a sucker for magic. Anything flashy easily captures my attention. I'll gladly pay $5 extra for the Papyrus greeting card adorned with glitter, rhinestones and sequins. I even found edible glitter for the Martha Stewart sugar cookies Princess and I make. I will never ever turn down a date at the Magic Castle as I never tire of being mystified. I find it entertaining and fun, and I am not the only one as it is big business. I have a cousin who is pretty good at performing. He once passed a quarter through an empty beer bottle at one of our Labor Day parties, and I never did figure out how he pulled that off. Another friend did some amazing card tricks at our Thanksgiving dinner, and we are good friends with the amazing Father Blantz- a Catholic Priest who is also a renowned magician. He was disappointed when our twins were not identical. He used to make balancing cardboard birds using pennies for weights. You can put them on your nose or the very corner of the table and they will sway side to side without falling.

I like reading my astrological forecast after the day has passed to see if it was accurate, and I often save the fortunes from fortune cookies and put the names of the cookie pickers and the date on them. I toss them into a Chinese lacquered box and browse through them when the urge strikes. Handsome hubby likes to joke about the fortunes by adding the words, "in bed" after the fortune, for example, " You will be successful in business- in bed." And, " You will bring sunshine into someone's life- in bed." And, " A financial investment will yield returns beyond your wildest hopes-in bed."

I have a dear friend who analyses handwriting and she is spot on. She claims anyone can do it simply by looking at how the letters are formed and also how they are arranged on the paper. I must have many personalities as my writing often changes- though not as much as it used to.

Crystals, aromatherapy, fortune telling, mental telepathy, telekinesis, dream analysis, palm reading...anything to help unlock the secrets of the universe and expand my understanding. I am a seeker and so damn curious that it is always getting me into trouble. I want to be a know-it-all. I want to know everyone's past, present and future. I want to know why things are the way they are. In fact, I can handle most situations so long as I can understand why things are playing out the way they are. Even if I do not like the way they are playing out. One of my nicknames is the Owl because I am always asking "who??? who??? who??"

As a child I loved Magic Rocks, Sea Monkeys, Color Changing Markers, Mood Rings, Magic Sets, Silly Sand, Silly Putty, Magnets and Fairy Dust.. I like to listen to wind chimes and harp music, and to smell the scent of lavender and cloves.

I can be a realist, but I prefer to be a dreamer. I love it when weird things happen like when I just mentioned a geographical area, and then finished reading the article in the paper where the next paragraph mentioned the exact geographical area! Or when I am emailing someone and the phone me at the same moment. I understand that there is a higher likelihood of someone calling when I am emailing as obviously, we have a reason to communicate, but at the exact moment?

But lately, I am enjoying the magic of everyday life. It does not always involve glitter. For example, the fact that a tiny seed holds all of the information needed to grow into a flowering orchid. That a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. That chicks, snakes, fish and turtles all hatch out of eggs. The twinkle of a good friends eye. The enthusiasm of my dear Bubba Dog. The scent of fresh bread in the oven. The light streaming through the clouds. When the sum of the parts adds up to much more than the individual pieces. When the answers are derived without the necessary information. It is all magic, and I choose to believe and be constantly amazed.

Recipe: Confetti Salad

Ingedients for 8 servings:

5 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

3 tbsp grapeseed oil ( or whatever else you have on hand )

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 limes, juiced

1 tsp sugar

3/4 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound frozen corn, cooked

1 pound shelled edamame, cooked

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 15 oz can blac beans, rinsed and drained

Directions:

Mix together and and chill for at least 2 hours before serving, so that the flavors can blend. It is a beautiful salad / side.

More Quotes:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

-William Hutchinson Murray

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“To each his own magic.”

-Libba Bray

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“Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.”

-Aleister Crowley

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“If you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light.
But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.”

-Lauren Oliver

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“Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can't weave together a spell that you don't beleive in.”

-Jim Butcher

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“There's a lot of magic between you too, ain't no denying that. And magic makes forgettin' hard.”

-Nicholas Sparks

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“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...”

-Van Morrison

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“It's all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.”

-Charles de Lint

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“The magic of purpose and of love in its purest form. Not televison love, with its glare and hollow and sequined glint; not sex and allure, all high shoes and high drama, everything both too small and in too much excess, but just love. Love like rain, like the smell of a tangerine, like a surprise found in your pocket.”

-Deb Caletti

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“Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated ... Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible. ”

-Paulo Coelho

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“She's mad, but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire.”

-Charles Bukowski

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“Anytime you feel love for anything, be it stone, tree, lover, or child, you are touched by the Goddess's magick...

-Cate Tiernan

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“If magic was present, it moved under the skin of the world, beneath the ability of human eyes to catch sight of it.”

-Gregory Maguire

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“You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.”

-Aldous Huxley

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“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”

-Kate Douglas Wiggen

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“Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange, and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”

-Karl Marx

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“I've often thought that there isn't any "I" at all; that we are simply the means of expression of something else; that when we think we are ourselves, we are simply the victims of a delusion.”

-Aleister Crowlwy

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“Love isn't a decision. It's a feeling. If we could decide who we loved,it would be much simpler, but much less magical”

-Trey Parker

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“When you're touched by magic, nothing's ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They're too busy, or they just don't hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.”

-Charles de Lint

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“Magic is really only the utilization of the entire spectrum of the senses. Humans have cut themselves off from their senses. Now they see only a tiny portion of the visible spectrum, hear only the loudest of sounds, their sense of smell is shockingly poor and they can only distinguish the sweetest and sourest of tastes.”

-Michael Scott

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“The magician seemed to promise that something torn to bits might be mended without a seam, that what had vanished might reappear, that a scattered handful of doves or dust might be reunited by a word, that a paper rose consumed by fire could be made to bloom from a pile of ash. But everyone knew that it was only an illusion. The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.”

-Michael Chabon

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“Not only do we all have magic, it's all around us as well. We just don't pay attention to it. Every time we make something out of nothing, that's an act of magic. It doesn't matter if it's a painting or a garden, or an abuelo telling his grandchildren some tall tale. Every time we fix something that's broken, whether it's a car engine or a broken heart, that's an act of magic.

And what makes it magic is that we *choose* to create or help, just as we can choose to harm. But it's so easy to destroy and so much harder to make things better. That's why doing the right thing makes you stronger.

If we can only remember what we are and what we can do, nobody can bind us or control us.”

-Charles de Lint

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-Nora Roberts

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“Those who spell Magic with a K aren't.”

-Anton Szandor LaVey

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“There was a time when people accepted magical experiences as natural. There were no priests then, and no one went chasing after the secrets of the occult.”

-Paulo Coelho

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“Magic--that's just a label, you know. Completely meaningless. It wasn't so very long ago that people were saying that electricity was magic.”

-Robert Bloch

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“To my mind, ‘magic’ is the hard-to-define quality of the things that stir up mystical feelings like amazement, curiosity, imagination, and above all wonder.

Magic is that which renders something beautiful in a spiritual sense. It is that which makes one feel as if the world is more than it is presently understood to be, and yet at the same time the world is working itself out in a good and beautiful way.

Magic underlies the relationship between us, and the greater immensities of birth and death. Thus the experience of being in the presence of something magical is an empowering, uplifting experience. Magic, understood this way, contributes meaning to life.

-Brendan Myers

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Quotes:

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

-Stephen King

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

-Roald Dahl

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“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

-J.K. Rowling

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

-J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

-Laini Taylor

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

-W.B. Yeats

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“Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.”

-Tom Robbins

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

-Arthur C. Clarke

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It's so dark right now, I can't see any light around me.
That's because the light is coming from you. You can't see it but everyone else can.”

-Lang Leav

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“Children see magic because they look for it.”

-Christopher Moore

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“It's still magic even if you know how it's done.”

-Terry Pratchett

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“Magic
Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself.”

-Shel Silverstein

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“I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don't want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.”

-Charles de Lint

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“Music is the strongest form of magic.”

-Marilyn Manson

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“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic -- the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone.”

-Charles de Lint

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“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

-Walt Disney Company

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“Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.”

-Peter S. Beagle

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“Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”

-Terry Pratchett

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“Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never would.”

-Susanna Clarke

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“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Magnus raised his hands above his head and clapped once. The room flooded with light. "You see? You think that would be possible without magic?

"Actually," replied Simon, "It is. If you watched infomercials you'd know that.”

-Cassandra Clare

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“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

-R.A. Salvatore

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“There is darkness in light, there is pain in joy, and there are thorns on the rose.”

-Cate Tiernan

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“Magic can be found in stolen moments.”

-Francesca Lia Block

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“If you look up "charming" in the dictionary, you'll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?”

-Deb Caletti

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“That's the thing about magic; you've got to know it's still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.”

-Charles de Lint

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“Love is another kind of power, which shouldn't surprise you. Magic comes from emotions, among other things. And when two people are together, in that intimacy, when they really, selflessly love each other it changes them both. It lingers on in the energy of their lives, even when they are apart.”

-Jim Butcher

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“Science, you don't know, looks like magic.”

-Christopher Moore

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“I don't believe it,' Quince says with absolute certainty. ' I don't believe anything magical can make someone more in love.' [...] He looks me right in the eye as he says, 'Love is already the strongest magic in the world.”

-Tera Lynn Childs

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“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," he said wisely one day, "but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

-Frances Hodgson Burnett

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“But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real.”

-Katherine Howe

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“As I look out at all of you gathered here, I want to say that I don't see a room full of Parisians in top hats and diamonds and silk dresses. I don't see bankers and housewives and store clerks. No. I address you all tonight as you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.”

-Brian Selznick

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“The tension between what is, and what we dream of, is important. Not to discount what we have, but to hold onto that middle ground, because it's in there that the magic happens.”

-Susan Branch

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“The truth is more magical - in the best and most exciting sense of the word - than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality.”

-Richard Dawkins

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