Some events, people, and things appear magical because their occurrence and presence resist explanation by commonplace means. Other happenings, objects, and personalities are not magical even though their appearance and existence superficially militate against interpretations other than through extraordinary measures. Peninsular Italy’s most grandmotherly witch can be considered an authority in both regards since she employs magic lotions, potions, remedies, and spells only after the failure of:
• Hard work;
• Herbal remedies;
• Human nature.
For example, she deems life as a miracle which ensues from and provides for its own magic. That deep truth emerges from what she knows based upon her experiences and those of her mentor, Grandma Concetta, in “Brava, Strega Nona!: A Heartwarming Pop-up Book.”