Small Magic and Halloween

Yesterday was Halloween. That officially marks the start of the holiday season. Today, we’ll start seeing Christmas decorations go up and we’ll all have visions of yummy roasted turkey in our heads (well, except the vegans and vegetarians). That’s ok. I decided this year I’d do the holidays on my own schedule. This year has […]


The last month has been challenging to say the least. Between hurricanes, earthquakes, and shootings, there’s a lot more bad in our newsfeeds, on our TVs, and in our conversations. I don’t know the answers. What I do know is that we should all make an extra effort to be kind to each other. God […]

Dame Un Besito

For the longest time, when I was a kid, I thought my grandmother’s name was “Sito.” Every time she’d see me, she’d throw her arms wide open and say “Dame un besito!” I thought that meant come to Sito and for years I called her that. It actually means “give me a kiss!” Grandma was […]

SMALL MAGIC and Unconditional Love

Something my mom taught all of us kids (she has four girls and two boys) at a very early age was the small magic of unconditional love. Now, let’s define with that means in our family. That doesn’t mean that we don’t get scolded, sent to our rooms or spanked with a paddle from a paddleball […]

Where Did SMALL MAGIC Start?

Meet Sandra Chewning. She is my 5’1″, 70-something Cuban mom (She’s the one in the middle). She got married at 19 and had me at 20. In those days, women got married, had babies, and stayed at home. That was the plan. When I was 18, my parents divorced, and my mother, who’s whole education […]

Don’t Believe The Hype

… Or don’t get seduced by attention. Last week, I talked about being on a roller coaster (still on it and screaming like a little girl the whole way) AND learning to embrace it. The parts of the roller coaster ride but I really do enjoy are the swings back up and get a get […]

The SMALL MAGIC of Vulnerability

The definition of vulnerable is “susceptible to physical or emotional attack on harm.” DISCLAIMER: no one was physically attacked or harmed during the writing of this post. Who wants to be vulnerable? No one! No one in their right mind wants to knowingly make themselves susceptible to any kind of attack or harm. BUT… living […]

Small Magic and Forgiveness

In the last few years, I realize I have “let” several people back into my life. While on the surface that may not sound like anything worthy of sharing, they were people who hurt me and significantly impacted my life. Why am I writing about it here? Because forgiveness is a wonderful thing. Forgiveness has […]

The Practice of Small Magic

If you’ve been following my “small magic” journey, you know performing it requires no equipment, special training or preparation. It does, however, take PRACTICE. There are plenty of days I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or something distracts me or derails my day right from the time I wake up. Why? […]