Patsie McCandless


I was born with magic. We all are. I believe in the flowing magic of childhood: in shining eyes, giggling laughter, wonder and wisdom; knowing we are the stuff of stars.

This is real. This magic. I want to hold it. Cherish it. Share it. Show others. Guide and shepherd our Magic. Keep this Magic burning bright throughout our lifetime – not just in our childhood!

I wrote Becoming Jesse: to invite and share that magic, even amid life’s ups & downs; because Jesse is guided to find – and become – and keep – his Magic Light.

"We all started with baby steps." © Patsie McCandless

I became an educator, artist, musician, wife, mother and grandmother. And now I am the author of the upcoming novel: Becoming Jesse ~ Celebrating the Every Day Magic of Childhood. My thirty years as a primary school teacher helped to infuse all my work with the joys of childhood.

I am an award-winning artist, and served as President of the Conanicut Island Art Association, Jamestown, RI; as well as on the Board of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, Florida. My paper art andminiatures ( are sold at Florida’s St.
Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, and are in the permanent collection the St. Petersburg Opera Company.

I also served on The Florida Orchestra Board ofConsultants. I am a composer, and played my flute composition (Jesse’s Song) for the St. Petersburg Opera audience, and introducing a string ensemble from the Philadelphia Orchestra.

I gave a TEDxTalk on ‘Saving the Magic of Childhood” –alerting parents and children to the dangers of cell phone addiction

Patsie McCandless