Big Magic Review

Big Magic Review

I promised a Big Magic Review so to not disappoint…I greatly enjoyed Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Big Magic is just that, magic! Liz has created an inspiring, interesting, thought provoking read. (I think she would be okay with me being personal and calling her Liz since we are best friends, though she possibly doesn’t know that…but doesn’t she evoke that feeling in a lot of us?) I especially like this book for us RAgers, because I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly feeling the speed of time these days and encouragement to live my creative life to it’s fullest is just what the doctor SHOULD order! The book is divided into seven parts. Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, Divinity and there are gems within each section for sure. In Courage, she explains why we need fear (got to keep ourselves safe) but that some fear is just what we do to ourselves, and so we have to get past it because “…life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here.” Yes I do! I also found the idea of working no matter if you fail or not, to be enlightening just because so many of us, including moi, are scared of failure. I’ve read some reviews that found the Enchantment section too “woo woo” for them, but hey, find the fun in life, don’t take things so seriously. Believe that maybe ideas are floating around out there and looking for some place to land, and maybe that idea will land with you!...
A bit of “Big Magic”

A bit of “Big Magic”

I have a bit of “Big Magic” to share with you today. I am in Salem, OR this week and my favorite place to visit when I am out here is the coast at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City: a big long stretch of beach;     a beautiful view of Chief Kiawanda Rock, one of three “haystack rocks” along the coast; and my favorite brew, MacPelican Ale, at the Pelican. A great trifecta! So what made the day magic? There was no wind, the sun was shining, and the temperature was in the low 70’s. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I arrived around 9:30 and immediately took off for a long walk on the beach. This beach is the only place I’ve ever found sand dollars and many years ago, I happened to find two that were intact, so I hoped to find one again. As I walked, I kept my eyes peeled for a dollar, but all I found were pieces. Lots and lots of pieces. I walked for a couple of miles and decided it was time to turn back. The tide was receding some, so I walked further out and still kept an eye out for a dollar, but no luck. Then I decided to sing to the ocean. I mean, what the heck, no one can hear you above the waves, and I love to sing when no one is listening, so I started singing just random songs, then I composed one for the ocean, sung to the tune of Mr. Sandman, and it went something like this: Oh missus...