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Eat Fruit, Live Forever

The idea of fruit bestowing immortality, or at least longevity, is a common one in mythology and folklore. In Norse mythology, the gods are said to eat apples that restore their youth. The fruit can’t entirely prevent them from dying, … Continue reading

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Grazin’ in the Glass

An Oz story I’m working on was inspired partially by a hypothetical beginning of an Oz book that Ruth Plumly Thompson described in an interview reproduced in a Baum Bugle from the 1990s. It refers to a daughter of the … Continue reading

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Fortune Smiles Upon Thee

The idea of the world of the dead as a physical location was quite common in ancient cultures, and more or less still persists today. It’s still common to think of Heaven as being up in the sky and Hell … Continue reading

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Devils and Dragons

I’ve seen several references to the Bible containing dragons, which some Creationists have tried to link to dinosaurs. Never mind that dinosaurs and dragons don’t have a whole lot in common, other than being at least somewhat reptilian. Source Dragons, … Continue reading

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Valynn Time

If there’s a modern Oz author and illustrator who should be awarded semi-official status, I’d say it’s Eric Shanower. Since Dick Martin’s The Ozmapolitan of Oz often gets lumped in with the Quasi-Famous books, presumably because he illustrated books by … Continue reading

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Bored in Hyperborea

In Greek mythology, it was said that the land of Hyperborea lay far to the north of the lands the myth-makers knew. The name means “beyond the north wind,” and it was regarded as being to the north of the … Continue reading

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