Tag: L Frank Baum

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 5: Why so much Oz?

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 5: Why so much Oz?

Why are so many people captivated by the world of Oz?  I wrote about the impact of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz earlier. Children were charmed by the Land of Oz decades before the MGM movie came along. The film heightened the intrigue---for children and adults alike.  If...Read More
My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 4: The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 4: The Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas

Anticipating a road trip to Kansas while bombarded with weather reports about tornadoes is disconcerting. Especially when you’re planning to visit the Oz Museum.  Yup, that’s how it was in May. Every morning the week before my trip, I turned on the news to more flooding and tornadoes across Oklahoma,...Read More
My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 3: The International Wizard of Oz Club

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 3: The International Wizard of Oz Club

When I casually mention The International Wizard of Oz Club (IWOC) to the average person, I get a range of responses, but most fall into these two categories: giggles and astonishment.  Most folks don’t know about all the dedicated Oz fans out there. Most folks never heard of the scholarly...Read More
My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 2: Meet Jane

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 2: Meet Jane

Today---August 12---is the 80th anniversary of MGM’s 1939 The Wizard of Oz premiere. A big day in the world of Oz fans. Including Jane Albright, president of the International Wizard of Oz Club. After Jane read my blog posts about L. Frank Baum and my visit to the All Things...Read More
My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 1: The Real Dorothy

My Journey to Oz & Kansas—Part 1: The Real Dorothy

August 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the MGM movie premiere of The Wizard of Oz in 1939. Little known fact---about a half hour from my house in Wisconsin, the movie premiered in the tiny town of Oconomowoc on August 12, 1939, three days before Hollywood’s Graumann Theater showing. Oconomowoc...Read More
Monday Metaphor Musings #6: It’s So Cold

Monday Metaphor Musings #6: It’s So Cold

Here’s my gripe about Florida people. If you’re one of them, take this with a grain of salt.  Literally--sidewalk salt for ice. Or with a few snowflakes . . . Up here in frigid Wisconsin, my husband Tim and I send texts about the weather to our Florida relatives. Something...Read More
Sing a Song of Sixpence: an Ode to Mother Goose

Sing a Song of Sixpence: an Ode to Mother Goose

How many of these nursery rhymes do you know? Can you finish any of them? • Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall . . . • Sing a song of sixpence . . . • Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater . . . [caption id="attachment_1728" align="aligncenter" width="411"] Via the Greenwich Workshop.[/caption]...Read More
We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 4: The Man Behind the Curtain, continued

We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 4: The Man Behind the Curtain, continued

Do you recall the resume in my last post? We left off with L. Frank Baum leaving Aberdeen--broke, disappointed, and disillusioned---with a wife and four kids to feed. Chicago---The Lean Years and New Beginnings (1890s) The Baums arrived in Chicago in time for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, a time of...Read More
We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 3: The Man Behind the Curtain

We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 3: The Man Behind the Curtain

Would you hire this guy? So....is this guy a wizard or a humbug? Would you hire him? I suppose it depends on what you need. And how you measure success. The thing that L. Frank Baum is best known for---writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz---didn’t occur until he was 44...Read More
We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 2: The Road to All Things Oz

We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 2: The Road to All Things Oz

The small town of Chittenango, New York is proud to embrace their hometown boy, L. Frank Baum. He spent his first five years in Chittenango, his birthplace. Later, he grew accustomed to seeing the yellowed hemlock plank road that carried salt barrels to Salina, possibly the inspiration for Oz’s Yellow...Read More
We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 1: The Wizard of Chittenango & the Magic of Oz

We’re off to See the Wizard, Part 1: The Wizard of Chittenango & the Magic of Oz

Recognize any of these phrases? • “Some people without brains do any awful lot of talking.” • “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” • “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” • “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” • “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” •...Read More
Why was Einstein so brilliant?

Why was Einstein so brilliant?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Albert Einstein? The theory of relativity? The atomic bomb? An image of a wild-haired genius? How about fairy tales? Seriously. He was a huge fan. Here’s what he said . . . ************************** "If you want your children...Read More
The Ruby Slippers

The Ruby Slippers

“Today the ruby slippers went on auction,” I wrote to my college-aged daughter in November, 2011. “They’re expected to be sold for 2 or 3 million dollars!” [caption id="attachment_334" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Photo credit: twm1340 on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA[/caption] Audrey and I share a love of old movies, including The...Read More