May 15

O-Ee-Yoh! Eoh-Yoh!

Well here it is.  One of the all-time birthday of birthdays.  On May 15th in the year of 1856…     Frank L. Baum was born in New York.

He is… an American writer and best know for his novel-series….. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

Ahhh…. the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.   Because, because, because, because…..

Yep.  This is one my very favorite stories, and of course, best-of-the-best movies.  It is filled with the catchiest songs… and the winningest characters.  From opening curtain until the final credits roll.

The Scarecrow.  The Tin Woodman.  The Cowardly Lion.  Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West.  Oh.  And let’s not forget His Royal Cuteness….  Toto.

This is so much more than a Classical Children’s Tale.  It is a well orchestrated dance performed by a complexity of characters.  The number of underlying themes are innumerable.

Good vs. Evil.  Hope.  Tenacity.  Friendship.  Loyalty.  Dreams.  Ingenuity.  Resolve.  Truth.  Love.  Compassion.  And it has a Lollipop Guild.  C’mon.  What more could you want?

Yes.   The Wizard of Oz is the perfect coalition of virtue and decency. “Put ’em up…. Who’s afraid…. ?”

But here.  Here my friends… is the best part.

“Then I’m sure to get a brain…. a heart…. a home….. da noive!”
And there in lies the key to life, I think.  The four things we truly need to be good human beings.   A sincerity in each of each of these:  Mind, Heart, Soul, and Courage.

The main characters of the story implement their strengths to do the right thing.  They move through challenges and adversity… each one of them.

And in the end……   In the end, they uncover the answer to their questions.  They find that secret prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack Box.  And after a long journey… following their highest hopes …. they discover the true meaning of “home.”

So Happy Birthday Frank L. Baum.  Your creativity has been an inspiration to me.   I think you Rock Frank

…….Yes.  And your little dog too.

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
– Mary Oliver