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So I Says to Mabon, I Says

This past Wednesday was the Autumnal Equinox, so I guess you should keep an eye out for pumpkin Piranha Plants and Koopas in Mario masks. I believe I was first aware of the season change in Super Mario World from … Continue reading

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No Animal Is an Island

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – I got this as a Valentine’s Day present, and I’ve been trying to put a little bit of time into it every day. I’ve played AC on the GameCube and New Leaf on the DS, … Continue reading

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There Are Quangles in Your Wangles

For some reason, the name “Gramblamble Land” kept sticking in my head. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s an Edward Lear reference, to “The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple” (not to be confused with Dr. Pimple Popper), the … Continue reading

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Never Enough Oz

Lost Lands of Oz: The Rain King Is Missing, by Dr. Janet Kelly – This book is intended to teach values to kids, and as an adult reading for fun, I can’t say how successful it is in that respect. … Continue reading

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I Like Birds

When I linked to my last Oz post on Facebook, people gave a few more examples of birds I hadn’t mentioned, including some people turned into birds and other birds from authors outside the Famous Forty. I believe the first … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather (and a Few Without)

I don’t think I’ve ever really written specifically about the birds in the Oz series, and there are quite a few of them. When Dorothy first arrives in Oz, she sees “birds with rare and brilliant plumage” in the Munchkin … Continue reading

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American Birdbrain

You’ve probably heard the story about how Benjamin Franklin wanted the American national bird to be the turkey instead of the bald eagle. I first learned it on a first-grade field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, and I remember one … Continue reading

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The Jazz Owl

Seeing as how I’ve written about owls and Sesame Street this week, I might as well include another post about Hoots the Owl, Sesame Street’s resident jazz musician. This saxophone-playing owl first appeared on the show in 1985, and is … Continue reading

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Runcible Spooning

While probably best known for his limericks, the nineteenth century poet and artist Edward Lear also wrote a fair amount of lyrical poetry. One such work was “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a famous tale of inter-species romance that includes … Continue reading

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The Owls of Hyrule

I usually write video game posts on Wednesdays, and since I’ve had the archetype of the wise old owl on my mind, it seems appropriate to write about the owls that show up in the Zelda series. The first of … Continue reading

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