While attending a writing retreat in Joshua Tree, California, we took a field trip to enjoy a sound bath at “Integraton” — an unforgettable experience. In addition to a gift shop, multiple hammocks set up for guest naps, and hand-blown glass artwork hanging from the trees, they had other things to capture one’s attention.
In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy Gale’s house is carried by a cyclone from Kansas, over the rainbow, to the magical land of Oz, where it lands on and kills the Wicked Witch of the East who’s wearing Dorothy’s ruby red slippers.
Not a sight you see every day, this was double-take worthy!
Without question, my favorite character in the Wizard of Oz is the Tin Man:
When a man’s an empty kettle He should be on his mettle And yet I’m torn apart Just because I’m presumin’ That I could be a human If I only had a heart
When we lived in Crystal Lake, Illinois our home was about three blocks—as the crow flies—from a family-owned muffler shop, so we tend to pass their congenial “Tin Man” on a regular basis. For me, his presence serves as a thoughtful reminder to pause and reflect…what condition is my heart in?
I’d be tender, I’d be gentle And awful sentimental Regarding love and art I’d be friends with the sparrows And the boy that shoots the arrows If I only had a heart