About Patsie McCandless

“We all started with baby steps.”

I believe in magic.

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.

Patsie McCandless

I am an author.

I became an educator, artist, musician, wife, mother and grandmother. And now I am the author of the 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.

Patsie McCandless with book "Becoming Jesse"

I am a speaker.

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

Patsie McCandless TEDx Speaker

I am an artist.

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 and miniatures (PaperSolo.com) are sold at Florida’s St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, and are in the permanent collection the St. Petersburg Opera Company.

Patsie McCandless PaperSolo show

I am a musician.

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 also served on The Florida Orchestra Board of Consultants.

Patsie McCandless with her flute