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How to Believe in Your Elf

The Lens of Science There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.

Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed—and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be “sense, shortness, and salt.”  May Howell’s cry resound through this present present collection of maxims on believing in one’s elf.


“How could you not love this most unique and original book?  I look forward to sharing this book with everyone I know.”  —A.

“Delightfully whimsical!  Perfect for a fun and unusual gift for your elf or others.”  —James L. McKnight

“So witty, fun and clever.  I adore the play on words and found myself laughing out loud while reading it.”  —R. Bakhtiari

“This book makes me muse about myself and my life and makes me smile at the same time.  I’m a nut for off beat playfulness that balances between nonsense and seriousness.  This book (as well as most book by Prof. Oddfellow) does just that.  Obviously the ‘One’s elf/Oneself’ is the running theme here.  I can see how you can look at it as lame wordplay.  To me it isn’t.  Something weird happens if you place your personality traits, ego and whatnot in the elf of your choice.  One separates one’s elf from oneself.  Distancing yourself from yourself is always a good way to see bigger pictures and wonder about why you’re behaving the way you’re behaving.  It opens up new possibilities and ideas.

Some examples:
What you do not wish done to your elf, do not to another.
Maturity consists of no longer being taken in by one’s elf.
If you be not pleased, put your hand in your pocket and please your elf.
Listen at the key hole, and you’ll hear news of your elf.

Can’t help it, I just like this kind of lighthearted play with words, sense and nonsense that sometimes strikes an unexpected chord.”  George Parker, author of The Big Book of Creativity

About the Author

Craig Conley is a magic enthusiast and scholar.  Recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation,” his intensive and eccentric research has led him to compile a true masterwork entitled Magic Words: A Dictionary.  He has also authored One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, among other strange and unusual lexicons, and is a regular columnist for Pentacle magazine.  Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time.  He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan.  His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size.

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