By Elaine Hutchison

ELAINE HUTCHISON is a writer, soap maker, French history fan, friend to all animals, and lover of the old ways. She lives on a small farm outside of Sultan, WA, where she serves as staff to her dog, cats, horses, and parrots. When she grows up, she wants to be an amazing old woman who lives at the end of a road, making magical salves and surrounded by unicorns.

The impossible possibility of leprechauns

A photo of me sits on the corner of my desk, a photo in which my five-year-old self looks smilingly into the sun of some 1960 summer morning, certain that anything was possible. I look at this photo and think that this younger me was right. It has taken decades to return to that truth,…