“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” Divergent by Veronica Roth
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Last month I read “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire (the basis of the hit Broadway musical), followed by the L. Frank Baum 1900 classic, “The Wizard of Oz”. After completing those I felt it necessary to break out my old VHS copy of the 1939 Hollywood marvel, “The Wizard of Oz”.
The differences are many. Tinseltown embellished the original story (which is not surprising); for instance, in the book there is no Miss Gulch, and there are terrifying creatures with the bodies of bears and the heads of tigers (oh my!) called Kalidahs. The flying monkeys are good, the company makes it out of the field of poppies without snow, and the book is more gruesome than I thought. The most flagrant ‘modification’ for the movie was that the iconic ruby red slippers are actually SILVER in the original book (they are red in Maguire’s book, and are complimented by Nessarose’s (The Wicked Witch of the East) striped stockings).
I really enjoyed both books and I had fun comparing and contrasting the two books to the original movie.
I thought I would share my favorite quotes from over the rainbow.
The Wizard of Oz: “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”
Dorothy: “How do you talk if you don’t have a brain?”
Scarecrow: “Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don’t they?”
Dorothy: “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!”
The Wizard of Oz: “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”
Glinda, The Good Witch of the North: “You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!”
The Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”
The Wicked Witch of the West: “You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?”
The Cowardly Lion: “Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!”
Dorothy: “Please, sir. We’ve done what you told us. We brought you the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her!”
The Wizard of Oz: “Oh, you liquidated her, eh? Very resourceful!”
Dorothy: “There’s no place like home.”
I believe every day should be Veteran’s Day. The men and women in uniform who serve and protect our country and our freedom, from enemies both foreign and domestic, deserve to be honored for their valor 365 days a year.
The Wounded Warrior Project embodies that notion. They are a nonprofit organization that “seeks to empower injured military veterans returning home.” With a vision, “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history” this organization is making great strides and an immeasurable difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.
“Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.”
Wounded Warrior Project started “when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they transition back to civilian life.”
It is wonderful to see that the financial reports found on their website indicate WWP works hard to ensure the vast majority of funds they raise are spent with their mission in mind, “80 percent of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for wounded service members and their families.” “When you support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), you’re supporting an organization whose broad appeal reaches across demographic, geographic, and political boundaries. We’re an apolitical organization by design. For us, it’s not about the war; it’s about the warrior.”
We can help their effort by offering financial support, volunteering our time, raising awareness through social media and word-of-mouth, supporting their sponsors, and by writing a “Thank You” letter to a warrior.
If you know a wounded warrior who could benefit from the work of the Wounded Warrior Project, share this URL with them:
(Information taken from: www.woundedwarriorproject.org)