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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Actually Toto, we may still be in Kansas after all

Oz, like most fantasy lands, are only strange on the surface. When you dig below the surface, they usually turn out to be our world dressed up in a bizarre outfit, and maybe just a little drunk.

Which is only to be expected. We may enjoy the novelty of visiting a strange place, but nothing beats the thrill of looking at ourselves in a whole new way.We are an endless source of fascination to ourselves.

The key to reading the Wizard of Oz (made painfully explicit in the movie), is to realize that Oz will always turn out to have been Kansas after all whenever we visit with Dorothy.

So it is with blogs. I said last time that I had made decisions on what this blog would be about. Well, it's about me and my life. But at the same time, it will be about you and your life. If it isn't, at least in part, you won't read it for very long.

In the finest traditions of Oz, Wonderland, Neverland, Erewhon, Freedonia and other fantastic places, we'll sometimes be looking at ourselves and the things we find interesting through a series of kaleidoscopes and fun house mirrors - and sometimes we'll be looking at them straight on.

Next time, we'll start with a precious gem and a discussion of my struggle not to repeat myself.

Until then, there's no place like home!

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