Autobiography of A Fairy – A True Story

For generations, the story of fairy life and lore has been told by those who witnessed or heard about it.  Now, I am telling the true story, the story only a fairy can tell.  Time has come to dispel the myths and reveal the truths of my people.  I have been scribbling notes on every leaf, rock, and tree I can find.  I will soon be sharing all of this, with you, dear reader…

What The Fairies Have Been Up To In 2011

A Visitor

This was a year of making “Fairyariums” for others, revitalizing a forest, establishing The International Fairy Historical Society, and working on The Autobiography of A Fairy.  Much more to come on all of those activities in 2012!  Happy New Year!

A School For Dream Makers

Last week, The Fairy Lady had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful school for young creative minds in Portland, Oregon.  Currently located at the Northwest Children’s Theater (1819 NW Everett St.), A Renaissance School of Arts & Sciences is a magical place to learn (see photos below).   I was completely enchanted as I walked into a classroom full of children who were happily focused on projects ranging from building fairy houses, to creating electrical connections from batteries for lighting  their constructions, to planting, observing, and recording the growth of plants.  The school is a combination art studio, exploratorium, and design technology workshop.  It is a year-round school, with a month-long break in August. Students use projects in art, design, engineering, and the sciences to explore the K-8 curriculum.  I have worked at, and visited, many schools as an author and teacher and have never seen the focus, joy, collaborative spirit, and independence that I witnessed at the Renaissance School.  If you have school age children, I encourage you to find out more about the Renaissance School.  Fairyosity Guaranteed!

Are Fairies Real?

The Fairy Lady is often asked if fairies are real.  Like many of the magical mysteries of this world, fairies show themselves in subtle ways.  I always look for signs of fairies – sparkles on the water, petal paths, rings of flowers in the grass.  You will know if you’ve seen a fairy by the excitement you feel when light flickers quickly through the air and your heart skips a beat.  Here’s a photo taken by Jeff Wallin, the brother of Wendy Wallin Malinow, who illustrated our  Fairy Box Books.  We were at a signing at the famous Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.  A little girl asked if fairies were real.  At that moment, she peeked inside a fairy box and Jeff snapped a picture.  He managed to capture one of those  magical moments I’m talking about.  Look at the lower right hand side of the photo.  There is a little girl looking down into a fairy box.  Do you see the light coming out of the top of the box.  Now ask yourself, are fairies real?

Fairy In Box!

Ask The Fairy Lady

Do you have a question about fairies?  Ask The Fairy Lady.

Dear Fairy Lady,

Are fairies real?

Signed,

Wondering


Dear Wondering:

This is a question I am frequently asked.  I always answer it with another question (I can’t help it, it’s the fairyologist in me).  Have you ever seen something flitter by out of the corner of your eye?  Perhaps you’ve noticed, for an instant, a tiny burst of light.  These are fairy sightings!  They happen frequently and quickly. When we are too busy rushing from one place to another, we often don’t stop long enough to even register that we’ve noticed something.  Slow down a little bit!  The next time you see something flash by, make note.  You have probably just seen a fairy!!!

Best Wishes,

The Fairy Lady

Dear Fairy Lady:

What do fairies eat?

Yours Truly,

Curious


Dear Curious:

Fairies like to eat many of the same things humans do.  They love sunflower seeds and berries.  They nibble on nuts and mint leaves.  I often leave a few goodies for them on a flat rock in my garden:  tiny alpine strawberries, a few pistachios, an acorn cup of water.  By the next day, the food is almost always gone.  Sometimes they’ll even leave me a little flower petal as a “thank you.”  Try it!

Best Wishes,

The Fairy Lady

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