Eternity in A Single Moment

Of all possible magic powers, I would like the ability to stop time. Sometimes you’re having the most wonderful moment or a really awesome day, and it would be nice to slow things down just a bit, to enjoy it all the more.

I would also like the ability to rewind time. Sometimes when you make a mistake, it would be nice to be able to go back in time and correct a few errors here and there.

This very magical power was explored in a recent graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Seconds is the story of Katie, a restaurateur who stumbles upon a magical being who provides her with the ability to do-over key moments of her life.


As the graphic novel progresses, we learn that there is a dark side to having such a magical power. The more things that Katie tries to correct, the more she ends up losing control of her life. Her magical abilities spiral out of control, causing random changes in other unexpected areas of her life.

I suppose the moral of the story is that you can’t have it all. If you could go back in time and change your life, you might end up losing some of the most valuable things that you have in your life right now. So, maybe it’s a lesson in contentment, and in the perils of wish fulfillment.

But, back to magical powers. I think I’d like to go back to 1995 and correct a few errors on that one test I took that one time.

Daily Prompt: “Do you Believe in┬áMagic?.”


An Ode to Pop Music

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the contributions you have made to the world of popular music.

Truth be told, I am a bit of a music snob. I would never publicly acknowledge the excitement I feel when “Dark Horse” comes on the radio, the way I dance around in my car when “22” is playing, or the depth of enjoyment that I experience upon hearing the opening notes to “Fancy.” Until now.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s great enjoyment to be had in listening to melancholy indie bands such as Arcade Fire, The National, or Radiohead. There’s something to be said for their musical talent and their eloquent songwriting abilities.

However, there’s also something to be said for the carefree nature of top 40 music, the ability of certain songs to lift you out of a dark mood and remind you about the fun things in life. Sometimes, all you need to dispel a bad mood is to spend 2-3 minutes belting out the lyrics to your favorite pop song, and–voila! Instant stress relief.