R is for…


 My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


I found this great Roald Dahl quote in 365 Days of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. 

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. 

What magic is he talking about? Are we talking witches and wizards? Probably not, though after reading (and loving) Harry Potter, I would be okay with that if it was Rowling’s wizarding world. Have I mentioned I really wanna go to Hogwarts? Oh like 50 times? Oops, my bad! πŸ˜€ But, hey, I really do! πŸ˜‰

I think Dahl is probably speaking of a different kind of magic. Magic that can be found in all the beautiful details he tells us to be sure to keep our eyes open for as we explore this world. 

Haven’t you ever had the magic of a late summer afternoon sitting on a patio with friends laughing and relaxed and worry free for a time? No, I’m not just talking about the margarita you had on that patio, though the margarita could’ve been quite magical, too.πŸ˜€

What about the magic of a moment watching a child joyfully blowing bubbles at the park with friends? Does it get any better than bubbles for kids sometimes? Pure happiness right there. 

How about the magic of discovering a new place, or a new song, or a new book that sets your heart on fire? 

I’m sure Dahl had his many imaginative types of magic, but his argument that we must believe in some magic to be able to find it is a good reminder – a reminder to be open to the magic all around us. 

What is magic to you? 

7 thoughts on “R is for…

  1. I really enjoyed this post. The magic is everywhere, we just have to open ourselves to it, a difficult thing to do sometimes. My most recent magic involves the uninhibited laughs of my two children as they play together-that out of control hysterical laugh that makes my heart melt:)

    1. Thank you! And I absolutely agree – the wild laughter of my kids can be incredibly magical – and infectious. Very good for my sometimes weary soul πŸ˜ƒ

  2. Roald Dahl was a magical writer in so many ways. Yes you are correct in that magic is all around and in the smallest places. Just a glance, just a phrase. I’ve always said to look up – you can see so many things that way – different angles.

  3. Magic is… walking through a light sprinkle of rain that doesn’t make you wish you had an umbrella… or the little gadgets we’ve gotten used to carrying our pockets that can entertain, inform, connect, and educate us in lots of different ways!

  4. Beautiful post. Magic is when you put down the pen and read something you had written and have no idea why it worked so well – it just did!!

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