DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a free box of magic instruction books and magic tricks for the amateur or aspiring magician. I can be contacted at 783-3935. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: This is so nice of you! I gave my grandson a magic trick kit when he was 9 years old and he got many hours of entertainment out of it and so did the rest of us. He loved putting on magic shows and the experience gave him more confidence. Now, even though he’s almost 20, he still recalls his time as a magician with much pride and enthusiasm. May this gift that you’re passing on go to someone who embraces the “magic.”

If you have no takers, perhaps you could donate it the library or a school. Let us know what happens.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for recommendations for Reiki therapists in the area. I would really appreciate hearing from other readers, rather than just a list, but if you have a few names in your Rolodex, that would be great, too. — Sarah, no town

ANSWER: Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing, a type of alternative medicine. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

In the Rolodex, I have The Reiki Room Lewiston (, 740-8530); The Sanctuary Maine in Lewiston (, 754-6284), Sarah Goodrich, LMT—Renew You! In Lewiston (, 713-0638; and Sage & Spice Health & Wellness Center in Auburn (, 577-5728).


Ms. Sun Spots is always looking for recommendations for all kinds of things and services so always feel free to email me about them then when a question comes my way, I’ll have the answer and additional information at the ready. That’s how things work in Sun Spots Land. You all keep this running like a well-oiled machine. Keep up the good work!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want to thank the person or people who left a laundry basket filled with groceries and cleaning supplies on my doorstep this past weekend. There was laundry detergent and dish soap, bar soap, canned goods, pasta, crackers and bread, as well as a separate large bag of fresh fruit and vegetables — even a watermelon and a pineapple!

I’m a single mom with two small children and we have been struggling. There was a handwritten note with a $50 gift card to Walmart in the envelope. Although it wasn’t signed, I expect this was made possible by the generosity of a local church group, but I can’t be sure.

I cried tears of gratitude and wanted to let this kind person know I took my kids to Walmart that very day to buy items for a picnic then on Sunday we went to Range Pond State Park. It was the first outing for us this summer and it was beyond wonderful. I hope to pay it forward to another family soon. — Luanne, no town

ANSWER: It’s always a privilege to print these thank you notes. Look around you and notice who you can help in some way. As you can see, kindness matters.

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