13 September 2018 #50 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

IN 2005, RUBY SLIPPERS, worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” were stolen from a museum in Judy’s Minnesota home town. After a 13-year search, the slippers have been found. (The FBI hasn’t yet said who stole them.) Do you remember the movie? A tornado carried Dorothy Gale (played by Judy) from her Kansas farm to the Land of Oz. Oz was wonderful, but Dorothy was homesick. Wearing the magic slippers, she clicked her heels three times and said: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. And the slippers carried her back to Kansas Now, the slippers have been carried home to their original owner. Good things … Read More


SEATTLE, THE EMERALD CITY Seattle and its surroundings are full of greenery the year round. That’s why it is nicknamed The Emerald City … and it is altogether a wonderful city. In L. Frank Baum’s fantasy,“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. My path to the real Emerald City won’t be made of yellow bricks. It will be an All Nippon Airways Dreamliner flight from Delhi to Tokyo and Tokyo to Seattle. I’ve completed my four-year Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan and a visit to my India home town, Khajuraho. Now I’ll get resettled in my American home town … get reorganized … and continue writing my next book, FUTURE CHRONICLES, to … Read More