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There’s a sticker on my bulletin board that reads: “Magic Happens”. I have always thought of it as an inspirational motto, but in light of  recent events, I am beginning to think that the phrase is more a foreshadowing of life itself.

A good example of the saying “Magic Happens” is our next door neighbor, Mrs. Shunner. We just recently found out that she isn’t what she appears to be at first glance. If you saw her on the street, you would say that she was a short woman with sandy brown hair, about thirty something, and on the shy side.  Ask any of her neighbors they will tell you that she keeps mostly to herself and rarely goes out.

I know why she keeps to herself, it’s because she’s afraid that people will find out she’s a shape shifter from the faerie realm, hiding in the mortal world until she’s able to return and take control. Believe me, I know how this all sounds, but it’s true, Mrs. Shunner has become aware of the presence of  faeries in my backyard and her curiosity is compelling her to take chances that she might not otherwise take.

We stood at our window and watched as Mrs. Shunner came out her front door, held her arms wide, and morphed into a large black crow, flapping her wings to stay airborne as she shrank, the shining obsidian feathers reflecting the last of the suns light. I’d say that is about as magic as it gets. I can’t believe others haven’t seen her change, but then again, I have been living with faeries coming and going through the portal, I have experienced the realm on the other side, and I didn’t know she was anything except an odd little woman.

Arial says that the Shunners have placed invisibility charms around their property making it impossible for the neighbors to see anything mystical. She broke the field when she came snooping around our house, she didn’t know that I had faerie vision and that once the she set foot on our property, she would no longer  be able to hide her true identity from me.

When it comes to dealing with Mrs. Shunner there are two things that work in our favor. First is the fact that her power has been diminished. She has been away from her magical beginnings for so long that she can’t do much more  than change shape and keep the charms around her property in force. Now that we know she is so close, Arial and the guard will be able to defend against her attempts to gain access to the portal. Second, she doesn’t know that I can see what her abilities are.

There is a feeling of security that comes from having my faerie guard close by. Half of them are on the faerie side, keeping trolls and other dangerous creatures from being able to come across, and the others, including Arial, stay on this side, making sure that a certain level of normalcy is maintained, (like my life is normal!)

Tonight as I was closing the drapes, I glanced out the window, looking for any signs of Mrs. Shunner. Her house was dark, there were no signs of life but I had the errie feeling that she was in there, looking back, playing a waiting game. But waiting for what?…

Will Mrs. Shunner be abel to find the portal? What do the dogs think of all the mess Warren is making as he builds the new gnome home? Visit with us again for more news from the misty world of Arial Hollyberry.

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For those who would rather listen, you can find all of the audio post in one convenient place, just look under the tab "Faeries in word and song". These are arranged from earliest to most recent so that you will be caught up on all the adventures. Turn up your sound!

"Kind One?"
"Yes Arial..."
"You forgot something."
"I don't think so Arial, what are you talking about?"
"look at the bottom of the posts!"
"I still don't...wait a minute...oh of course! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, what ever would I do without you."

Arial wants me to point out that you can also listen to each post by playing the audio at the end of each posting.

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Fun Fairie Facts

You Know a Fairie is Present When...

You hear a whispering of leaves.
You see a whirlwind.
You feel a tingling sensation in your hair.
You have an unexplained loss of time.
You laugh uncontrollably, or feel exceptionally silly.
You see blades of grass bending when there
is no one around.

The Most Likely Place for Fairie Portals Are...

Lake shores
Glades in the forest
Where two roads intersect
Fences and border hedges (this is Arial's favorite)
Stairwells, hallways and landings
Tidal pools
Bends in a road


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I would like to give special thanks to Gail Schimmelpfennig for allowing me to put her wonderful poem "Seeking the Muse" on my site. You can read her poem in the fairy poetry section under "Fairies in Word and Song". Gail is Utah State Poetry Society's 2009 Poet of the Year, and I'm proud to say, a dear friend. You can find her on FaceBook where there is a group for the Utah poets.