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09/28/2017

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Myranette Robinson

What an interesting way to look at The Wizard of OZ and labyrinths. You insights are very enlightening.

Ann Cothron

Thank you for creating an easy way for so many to connect with walking a labyrinth while using a universal story that most american's know. As I want to dig deeper into someone of my own conflicts I might just choose a labyrinth as the way to get there.

Dee Dee

The Walt Whitman quote you shared at the end is so true.

Kim

I appreciate the clarification as to exactly what a labyrinth is and is not. I'm always a fan of taking time to reflect, bask in the joy of the journey, and find calm amid the storm.

Sue K.

Such a beautiful interpretation of the Wizard of Oz! Your perspective puts it in a whole new light for me. My guess is those black rocks at the beginning of your labyrinth are Apache Tears that are abundant in the Superior area. These rocks are rounded pebbles of obsidian made of dark colored natural volcanic glass. If you held them to the sun, you can see the light shining through. These stones absorb negativity. Laying it along the path serves to release these thoughts and relieve the burden.

D

I love seeing the Yellow Brick Road start under Dorothy's feet and spiral out and out. Not the usual characteristics of a labyrinth, but I can see how it is one.

The Wizard of Oz is an example of writing or crafting a story that means more/different things than what the author intended. We don't read it to examine the pros and cons of the silver standard.

Before I had any kind of academic relationship with folklore, mythology, or storytelling, I was beginning to feel as though every enduring story was either a coming-of-age story, with a solo journey toward identity, or a quest story where the hero meets dozens of people with varied strengths and weaknesses and they work together to overcome obstacles and get HOME.

I used the examples of Oedipus (or Hamlet) and Odysseus. If I needed something newer, I'd refer to The Graduate and The Wizard of Oz.

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