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“Follow the yellow brick road.”
Souvenir brick from The Land of Oz on Beech Mountain, N.C.

The Wizard of Oz debuted in 1939. The movie celebrates its 71st birthday this year.

Its popularity steadily increased through the decades, maybe because each one of us can relate to at least one of the characters. Dorothy and her friends tug at our heart strings.

Like the Cowardly Lion tugging at his tail, he had me at “I am a coward.”

Cowardly Lion: You’re right, I am a coward! I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself.

Cowardly Lion: Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven’t slept in weeks!

Tin Man: Why don’t you try counting sheep?

Cowardly Lion: That doesn’t do any good. I’m afraid of ’em.

The dialogue makes me wish I was curled up on my sofa, watching Dorothy click the heels of her ruby red shoes.

Which Oz character do you find most endearing?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – I keep a miniature yellow brick on my desk, a reminder to follow the road that leads to courage, brains, heart, and the road back home.

On the side: The Land of Oz closed many years ago, however, I recently heard there is a museum with Oz memorabilia at the top of Beech Mountain, located in Banner Elk, N.C. If anyone has more details, please let me know.

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