People who know me know that I use the word “epicality” a lot. Most of the time, upon first hearing it, they give me a confused, “WTF, who even are you?” type look. And then I have to explain it.

So, what is epicality? It is a word I “made up” in ninth grade. Here are three fast and homemade photo illustrations examples, with explanation:

The moment this woman saw the thing that would change her life forever. Perhaps the sky is splitting open to reveal an alternate universe. A host of unexplainable objects. A wormhole. The magic that happens when imaginary stuff—if even just for a moment—feels real.

The first time this stunning creative achievement sat on my book shelf, complete, on July 21, 2007. These books are rife with epicality, to be sure, but the fact they even exist is why they are pictured here today.

The joy of a grandfather holding his first grandson (and my dear little nephew) for the first time. This is real life epicality, the strongest, most potent kind.

In my own words?

Epicality is that which gives a person tingles—the kind you can’t explain, the kind that make you feel as if you’re glimpsing something bigger.

So, there you have it. Epicality. It is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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