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The Rules of Magic

This was a filling-the-well sort of weekend. Friday evening at the RI Philharmonic, listening to my favorite Mozart piano concerto and the Saint-Saëns organ symphony. Saturday at the RI Festival of Children’s Books during the day and playing games (Roll for the Galaxy, Cacao, and The Dresden Files cooperative card game) at Rivendell Books and Games in the evening. Sunday was for walking, our weekly everyone-in-the-kitchen family lunch, and tending to necessary weekly routines.

Over the weekend I also read The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman’s new book. It’s a prequel to her bestselling book, Practical Magic, and it’s wonderful. Reading a book like that is like listening to Renee Fleming sing: it shows you how much room you have to grow. That can be discouraging, but it can also leave you feeling energized by the possibilities ahead. Today, I choose the latter response.