Friday, April 10, 2015

Shadows of Oz, a Celebration of Oz 2015

When I first thought of the Shadows of Oz, I thought of them perhaps as characters in a story. Then my mind wandered to what would be lurking in the Shadows of Oz. But I just couldn't go there with my beloved Oz. While I have, like so many of you been startled as a child with the terror of the wicked witch and her relentless dogging of Dorothy and the others, as well as the melting end of said witch, along with the creepy trees in the forest, the dark feeling of the castle, it just wasn't the tone I think of when I look back on my impressions and fond memories of Oz.

I will forever be in the Shadows of Oz. Perhaps that's it, light being the creator of Shadow. The Light of Oz, without it there would be no shadow cast on my childhood and into my adulthood. Maybe Oz is such a dazzling source of light so bright a vision that the shadow of that light casts itself as the memories of all the hours spent reading, imagining and pretending that I am a part of the Land of Oz.

Reading the books and watching the Wizard of Oz is a part of who I am as a woman, wife, mother, Oma, friend and neighbor. I still want to join arms and skip down the yellow brick road. I still want to wander in the dark forest and find new creatures who can talk and interact with me. I still want to fly by being held by flying monkeys as transportation. I still want to be a friend to all who also have a heart granted them and influenced by the Wizard of Oz. That is a life changing shadow created by a wonderful warm and happy light.

Yes that's me "back in the day" being air lifted over Oz in a Paul Granger illustration

And you my lovelies are just that kind of friend.......thank you so much for 5 lovely years of Ozing. Thank you for all the friendships begun because of a shared love for Baum's stories, the forever best movie or all the modern adaptations of our beloved Ozian roots. It has been my joy to play along with you and with any luck at all, we will be joining together again to Celebrate Oz.








I have chosen for my giveaway a sugar and creamer set that comes in a collector's tin with great illustrations of Oz. Just leave a comment, tell me what you love so much about Oz and I'll be putting those names in a hat and choosing the winner on April 18. Oh and here's an extra bonus. If you can find out in which blog post of one of the other participants my face is part of their giveaway and come back and tell me, I'll give you 2 extra chances to win the collectors sugar and creamer set.

Good luck to you all.

Close your eyes, click your heels together and please go to the other contributors blogs listed in the right hand column and see what their thoughts are on the Shadows of Oz Celebration.

Ozian Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda

40 comments:

  1. Here is my entry, to get that out of the way: “Sister to Storm to Dirt to Flame”


    Now, mi Oma preciosa, thanks so much for hosting Celebrate Oz this year. We all know your health hasn't been nice or very respectful, so I know that although you enjoy the party to no end it is still a lot of work. Much love and gentle hugs. ♥

    About Oz... I've been in love with those books since I first read them. Then I fell for several adaptations, my favorite being Gregory Maguire's Wicked. The latter is what made me so happy when I learned the theme of this year's party: there are many characters in Oz who exists in the shadows (many times in the shadows of their own symbolism). It's wonderful of you to let us play in the dark a bit--the human condition needs exercising to stay balanced, after all!

    I hope you enjoy my entry. I had a blast and a half writing it.

    P.S. I shall be back after I figure out who has your face!

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    1. I love the phrase "shadows of their own symbolism". I haven't read but one entry yet but I am going to your blog first and see what wonderfulness you have shared with us. xoxo Oma

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  2. I invite all to visit my blog for my own rather dark shadowy vision of Oz.

    It be here: http://magicianofoz.blogspot.com/2015/04/homicidium-est-iocundum.html

    Word of warning though... Don't read it in the dark~

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  3. Oh My Oma! How could you bear to part with that lovely set??? Here is my Link for your fabulous party :D http://daydreambeliever-gina.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/think-before-you-speak-harshly-to-others.html XXX

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    1. Gina, to be perfectly honest.......when I saw this set, I ordered two. One for the giveaway and one for myself. This old broad takes care of herself too.

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  4. I love the flying monkeys! They are the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the Wizard of Oz.

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    1. Flying monkeys could be seen anywhere in print, or on screen and they do indeed symbolize WOZ for most everyone.

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  5. I think it's lovely that 'The Wizard of Oz' holds such a special place in your heart! And you look adorable flying through the air with those Winged Monkeys! :D Thank you for once again hosting this fun fest!

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    1. It is my complete pleasure to draw together all of you lovelies to share thoughts about Oz. I am always thrilled at what others imagine about my fave Oz.

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  6. These are the posts that I have missed, since you were not posting. I have loved Dorothy most of all and Toto. I knew one day, because I had thought about it forever, that I would have a "Toto" of my very own. I dreamed about it, and felt the hunger in my heart for a very long time, until one day, I rescued a dog from city traffic and this was my Toto. The little dog was apparently lost in city traffic and trying to cross the street, much like being lost on the yellow brick road. I parked my car, lights flashing, put my hand up to stop traffic and scooped up the dog, before she knew what was happening. Back in the safety of the car, I handed this friendly "Toto" to my Mom and we took her home, feeling she was lost. I did the usual thing, advertised that I had found her and called the dog pound, saying I would keep her until we found an owner. After a week, I had not heard and thought the possibilities were coming to reality - I had found my Toto. Then the phone rang one day and there was a lady saying she thought I had found her dog. We went to her house and sure enough it was hers. I was so sad to lose the dog, but happy that this "elderly" person got her love back. I was disappointed of course and happy too. Many years later I did have my own Toto and my relationship to Dorothy is complete. We both have Toto. Toto - I dreamed about you as a little girl, I have cherished my books and read and re-read them many times, knowing one day I would have my own Toto to walk down that yellow brick road.
    Thank you Linda, I love your collection. Best of luck to all participants. Its so nice to have you posting again, for I have dearly missed you and you wise comments. ha,ha.lol eh

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    1. How dear of you to say such lovely things. I've missed posting too. Your story of the rescued puppy is such a poignant one. Everytime I see a photo of your "Jack" it reminds me of Toto. I love cairns, they are so funny and have a great sense of themselves. Thanks for visiting Oz with me again. xoxo Oma Linda

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  7. I wrote an essay earlier and some flying Monkey must have flown off with it!! so here I go again!! I loved what you said about Oz being a part of you...and the shades, without the shadow we wouldnt have the light....but like you I grew up with Oz, Narnia and the Middle Earth, these worlds have become a part of me and are where I go when I am both sad and happy...no doubt we we meet up on the yellow brick road one day....XOXOXO

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    1. You, Ms. April and I will surely trip down the YBR together.....because that magick just needs to happen. xoxo Oma Linda

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  8. I fear I have arrived late but like those stalwart Oz characters, I would do whatever it takes to visit on this special occasion. While I am sitting here surrounded by Ozish things, sadly I do not have a post to share. I am thinking of you all when my eyes flit over them though.
    I will be flying (like a monkey) to read every linked post and most likely will have the movie or at lest the soundtrack playing at some point this weekend.
    I know the pop song "Ding Dong" was not in the movie but it did capture my young heart. In fact, I think I will post it along with your links.

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    1. I did find you head.
      http://yeoldecronesgazette.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-ross-alias-henry-rott-and-angry.html

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    2. Laura, you are such a dear.......and I have given you extra entries, xoxo Oma Linda

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  9. On my travels down the yellow brick road, I have stopped here to have some tea. OH Gnoma, I wish we would have been friends when we were young. I, TOO, lived in Oz! I was always closest to Dorothy and I was sure I would go to Oz one day. I knew the magical beings of Oz knew all about me and watched over me. The scary things in my life could not truly harm me because OZ had my back! I had a doll house and Oz characters I had made. You and I could have done so much together. I LOVE the sugar and creamer!!! It must come from The Emerald City because I have NOT seen it in the normal world. I Love this Oz day and I Love you!!! Like Kim said, maybe one day we will ALL meet in Oz. We will see you being swept in by two flying monkeys and we will Cheer and HUG you tight!

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    1. I'm sure we shall meet up in Oz one day. I love your wonderful thoughts of Oz, you inspire me....xoxo Oma Linda

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  10. OK, I threw a little tribute together
    http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2015/04/shadows-of-oz-celebration.html

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    1. I was so excited when I saw this. How very lovely of you.....xoxo Oma Linda

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  11. OH!! Whoops! I forgot to say I KNOW where your photo is!! You'll have to trust me on that..don't want to give it away!! HAHHAHAHAHHA!!!

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    1. April.....you are the bees knees....................xoxo Gnoma

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  12. You're such a fan that you probably know the story about Frank Morgan (the actor playing OZ) and the coat he wore in the movie? He selected the coat at random in an MGM warehouse and when he got it home he noticed the tattered label inside: F. Baum.

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    1. I did not know that particular tidbit......thanks for giving me a new Oz moment Stephen. xoxo Oma Linda

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  13. Keeping with Your birthday celebration and Shadows of OZ! Thankyou! For All the Fun to usher in Spring! I would love to have tea with you one day, so keep the sugar bowl full! We could compare our OZ memories and Laugh till the flying Monkeys take us away!

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    1. It would be delightful to have tea with another "believer" of the magic of life. Thanks so much Debi, xoxo Oma Linda

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  14. I'm only familiar with the movie version. I adore the music and I love stories of journeying to other worlds. But everyone's enthusiasm has convinced me I need to hit the books. I read the first one ages ago.

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    1. Oh Rommy, I know you will love the books in a much deeper way now that you are grown. I go back and read my faves from time to time. The books are so old and tattered, I finally got them on my Kindle so that I wouldn't have to take a chance of destroying the ones from my childhood. Thanks for being a part of Celebrate Oz, xoxo Oma Linda

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  15. The Wizard of Oz brings back such fond memories of my childhood. It reminds me of sitting in a darkened living room at my grandparents' house, the blue light from the black and white screen reflected on our enchanted faces, then... Boom! The color! How exciting that was, and how fascinated (and a little terrified) I was with the Flying Monkeys. Though I was saddened by Dorothy's home-sickness and shared her sorrow at parting with her new friends, it was so joyful when she discovered that they were all right where she left them... there's no place like home!

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    1. Beverly, you said it so clearly ..... there most certainly is no place like home. It is the very essence of my Oz love. Not because of the physical home but the finding home in our own hearts. xoxo Oma Linda

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  16. Well as I (think) I have saved you my friend for my last read I do know where your beautiful face appeared on the very amusing post by "April Ross alias, Henry Rott and The Angry Gnome" and I must say your 'Dorothy do suits you ;)
    Now, as you know I have become an ardent OZ party poster of late, or is it just a 'late' Oz party poster over the last few years(?) either way, my favourite thing??? Well I love Toto (but it's not hime, and the heartless, brainless, courage-less trio, but they are no where near my fave, I thought it was Dorothy and her shoes that took her back to Kansas, and I could never choose which witch was my fave... so I am rather biased to the dear misguided monkeys, but no... have you guessed???
    It is you Oma, that is my favourite thing about OZ, how you reinvent each year, how your passion has ignited mine, and the delight when I am surprised & enchanted by all others that join the annual event, you Rock Oma, and as long as you keep throwing this awesome party, I'll keep bringing some bubbly, dip & crackers xoxo

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    1. You took my breathe away with your comment Ms. Shelle. I am humbled by your compliment. Love you too darling girl, xoxo Oma Linda

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  17. It's funny, I don't know why, but I started on the bottom of the list and worked my way up to you ;o) So, I know where your beautiful face is! LOL! In April's post ;o) She created a beautiful box, with you and some yummy chocolate fudge ;o)
    Your giveaway is so adorable! If I win, I will have to keep my mom's hands off of it! LOL!
    Why I love Oz so much? I think it's because there is so much in it! The mystery, the magic, the beautiful colours, the characters. Oz is where you can keep discovering ;o) Keep believing ;o)
    Thanks for another great year of Oz celebration Oma Linda ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. I'm glad you found my dobbleganger at Ms. April's. Oz is where you can keep discovering........my biggest joy is the discovery of like minded Oz lovers, like you.....xoxo Oma Linda

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  18. I don't remember a time without Oz. I saw the movie before my favorite grade school teacher started reading it to us after lunch in the 3rd grade. It always showed around the holidays, so it is forever a part of my holiday celebrations.When I got older and got involved with theatre, I was awakened anew to the magic in the sets, the make up and costumes, the whole visual treat that was Oz. My youngest daughter, the one that lives in Albuquerque, has collected Wizard of Oz things since she was in school! Thanks, again, for hosting such a great event! I am sad I missed the others!

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    1. It's lovely to know another Oz "nut" has been added to our ranks. So happy to have you with us in Oz. xoxo Oma Linda

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  19. The adventure and the feeling that every thing will turn out alright is what I love. Even in a world of flying monkeys and wicked witches, your friends are beside you. They are courageous, smart and full of heart.

    I would skip down The Yellow Brick Road with you, dear Oma.

    Oh, yes, please enter me, too!!!

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    1. I know you and I would have a wonderful time in Oz Ms. Gail

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  20. Sorry I'm so late to the party this year, Oma Linda! April has just been "one of those months." I won't enter the draw but I just wanted to let you know that I read and enjoyed your post.

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  21. No one is ever late to Oz.....so glad you came to visit, xoxo Oma Linda

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