Molly’s Minstrels: The Spirit of Wand-making


Life is short and opportunities are rare. And we have to be vigilant in protecting them, and not only the opportunities to succeed, but the opportunity to laugh, to see the enchantment and to live. Because life doesn’t owe us anything, in fact I think we owe something to the world.—Haley James Scott

Molly Kaplan's handmade wands

Molly Kaplan’s handmade wands

The night before my grandmother left this world I had a very powerful dream.

I saw sweet Bubbe being lifted upward in a chariot covered with her fabrics and pulled by all her minstrels.

They were joyful… she was elated as she tossed her Magic Wands into the world. Her colorful chariot heading towards the heavens.

I woke up startled from this dream. It felt realer than real, a prophetic vision.

I got dressed and hastened to the nursing home. It was around 6:00am in the morning so all was still.  A hushed, silent time before the hustle and bustle of this institution started its daily rounds.

Quietly, I slipped into bed to put my arms around my beloved Bubbe. She looked up at me and took her last breath. Within that quiet whisper and a wink the course of my life changed. I realized that I had been given a special gift. The wands being tossed into the world symbolized for me the next leg of my journey.


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These magic wands that she so lovingly created out of old chopsticks and the last sparkling remnants of her material world were imbued with the gift of enchantment.

Not your every day inheritance.

Through the years I have taken bags of materials for wand making to hospitals, foreign countries, schools, street fairs, and parties. I am always amazed and delighted to see how creating your own magic wand thrills people of all ages.

Wand making with wonder

Wand making with wonder


Serious thought goes into wand making

Serious thought goes into wand making

The wand making table was action packed

The wand making table was action packed

This last week I had the honor of being invited to a day of Magic in the Garden, which was a heartfelt collaboration between Kidzu Children’s Museum and The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.

The fields were aflutter with fairy wings and flights of fancy. All ages. All sizes, partook in the art of enchantment, creating their own wands, crowns, and fairy houses.

Young and old delighted

Young and old delighted

Families made wands together

Families made wands together

Not in a land far, far away.

But in a state of mind and in a place in the heart that can be explored on a daily basis.

Yours for taking.

Not only for children under the age of 8.

We can all sprinkle a bit of delight into our lives and the lives of others.

Thank you, Bubbe, for being so enchanting, and passing it on so generously.

Imagination ignited...

Imagination ignited…


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What captivates you?
Where can you add a bit of enchantment in your world or in someone else’s?
When what the last time you sensed a feeling of something magical?


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Writer and curator of Molly’s Minstrels, asks you to ask yourself… “What would be possible if you folded up a fear and put it away?”


  • Reply October 19, 2013

    Lynne Jaffe

    Enchantments…Grandmother and granddaughter…Bridge of wands. I love this “story”!

  • Reply October 27, 2013


    so thankful to be a small part of this life giving experience, it takes every small part of beauty to reflect love…..

  • Reply October 27, 2013

    Betty Reynolds

    Thanks for bringing so much magic and love into our lives.

  • Reply October 27, 2013


    Butterflys…wands….magic…..enchantment….thank you for sharing the rest of the story about “Bubbe’s” last breath….the dream….the “legacy of love”,
    Blessings, Cali

  • Reply November 24, 2013


    Kidzu and I would like to thank you for making Magic in the Garden magical. You were such a wonderful fairy godmother to the children, helping them transform into magical beings! Thank you for sharing this amazing gift from your grandmother with all of us!

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