The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 14

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 14

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 14

“Up, up, and away, in my beautiful balloon” The Fifth Dimension sang in 1967. The Jimmy Webb song was very popular for awhile and Dorothy was quite disappointed that she missed the ballon ride, but Glenda the Good Witch informed her that she had had her own personal ticket to ride all along. Three clicks of those magic slippers and repeating the mantra, “There’s no place like home” was all it took.

I am reminded of a poem that I memorized as a boy that begins:

Sir Walter Scott, the Scott poet, penned those lines of his beloved Scotland and having myself spent almost two months there I can appreciate his inspiration. But as the fruit fly who spent his entire life in a pickle jar said of his home, it was the sweetest place on earth, so most of us feel about our home wherever it may be. I have been in all fifty of the United States and eleven other countries and I can say there is something lovely about each and all of them.

I believe home and heaven is inside us and that we carry the idea of it with us always wherever we go. For some home and heaven are most evident in another, a friend or a lover, but that idea too is an extension of the One true self that blesses and possesses us all.

Dorothy’s all consuming desire to find her way back home is in us all. Randy Newman’s words, “Feels like home to me” are words we all can appreciate, huh Dorothy?

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Feels Like Home To Me

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