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A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Home
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

Yagana Shah

'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' Obit Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty

Most people would want to be remembered as a loving mother, a devoted wife, or a selfless friend after they've passed. But Johanna Scarpitti will be r...

There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

No More Mother's Day for Me: I Remember Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Howard Barbanel

During the past two years of her life Mom faded out in a fog of dementia exacerbated by a series of mini-strokes which robbed her of her memory, much of her personality and her ability to live life in any kind of vital way. My mother was the personification of vitality, so to have had that taken away was a cruel punishment.

10 Totally Gay, Non-Gay Classic Movies

Pandora Boxx | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pandora Boxx

I was recently going through my favorite movies and realized I'm a huge homosexual. Ok, so maybe I didn't JUST realize that but I digress. I realized there certainly are some "gay classics" that have absolutely nothing to do with the gays at all.

On Being Human

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 06.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Grazia Pozzi

Death will be that moment for some. The death of someone you have loved and shared life with. You are struck so deeply that your grief turns into physical pain, and separating makes you remove layer after layer, one painful rip at the time, with the ripping sound filling your brain.

'Dorothy Must Die' -- Oz as You've Never Seen It

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.01.2014 | Home
Valerie Tejeda

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.

How Idina Menzel's Portrayal of Frozen's Elsa Finally Set Wicked's Elphaba Free

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Sprayregen

Knowing Wicked as I do, it is impossible to ignore the soul of Elphaba resounding through the kingdom of Arendelle, permeating Elsa's words and actions in Frozen. Elsa and Elphaba both come to symbolize the need for each of us to embrace our individuality.

The Flaming Lips Release 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Companion Album

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment

In honor of the 41st anniversary of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," The Flaming Lips have released "Flaming Side of the Moon," a companion p...

Remembering Ruby Slippers

Bianca Turetsky | Posted 05.04.2014 | Home
Bianca Turetsky

Even though there may be more glamorous and magical worlds out there, there's nothing like the comfort of your own family and waking up in your childhood bed underneath a cozy familiar quilt.

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Home
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Meryl Streep Deserves to Win Her Fourth Oscar

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

In a perfect world Meryl Streep would win her fourth Academy Award for ‎"August: Osage County." If the Oscars were awarded for pure performance, I don't see how she could not win.

The Wizard of Oz and Innocence Lost

Jay Scarfone | Posted 03.25.2014 | Home
Jay Scarfone

Unfortunately, it seems the latest return to Oz sounds it keeping with our culture's taste for the amplification and perversion of nearly everything. Regrettably, even The Wizard of Oz isn't immune from our culture's apparent erosion of innocence. It should be remembered, though, that in 1939, MGM's version of Oz was technically a remake.

45 Days Until 45: Super SoulCycle Sunday, Day 42

Wendy Burch | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Burch

This Sunday I decided to do something for my soul. I turned to my spiritual side... by tuning into Oprah. If you haven't watched Super Soul Sunday,...

Weeklings!: What's the Gayest Musical? (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-12-10-headshot.pngThe hills are alive... with the shrieks of homosexuals who either loved or hated NBC's live version of The Sound of Music. Personally, I thought it could've been a smidgen gayer. In fact, we have so many great gay musicals that I decided to rank them all.

10 More Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

Jay Scarfone | Posted 02.07.2014 | Home
Jay Scarfone

As a follow-up piece for all of you dedicated Ozophiles, here are a few more intriguing tidbits about this movie classic. Be sure to look for them on your next trip down the Yellow Brick Road!

10 Things You Never Noticed About 'The Wizard of Oz'

Jay Scarfone | Posted 12.12.2016 | Home
Jay Scarfone

Since Oz is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, here's a fun peek at a few details that may have escaped the attention of even the most ardent Ozophiles.

Not the End of the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz Turns 75

Peter Mac | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Mac

"From now on you'll be history!" So says the Munchkin Mayor to Judy Garland's Dorothy. Foreshadowing? In my opinion that would be an understatement!

Glenn Beck Wasted Nearly 10 Minutes Incoherently Playing With 'Wizard of Oz' Dolls

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Bob Cesca

Thousands of suckers -- I mean Glenn Beck Fans -- are paying good money to subscribe to Glenn Beck's internet-only shows, and this is what they're getting: ten minutes of Beck inexplicably playing with dolls from The Wizard of Oz. Seriously.

Toto, I Don't Think We Are in Kansas Anymore!

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Rachel Braun Scherl

But the other day in my inbox, I had an e-mail with the title, 'Life is Short -- Have an Affair.' And I have to admit, it threw me for a loop. The content of the e-mail was even more disturbing. Is that the best option available to unhappy couples?

The 13 Most Badass Witches Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.28.2014 | Entertainment

As pointy hats and broomsticks emerge in preparation for another Halloween, it's important to take a few moments to honor the terrifying/evil/spell-bi...

Audacious Barack Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The president has a lot of nerve to actually run the country while the GOP harms millions of people shutting down the U.S. government. The reality is that the press is not helping by paying far too much attention to the ilk of Senator Ted Cruz.

The Wisdom of Oz: Building Brains, Cultivating Courage, and Heeding Your Heart

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
BJ Gallagher

Every once in a great while, a metaphorical story comes along that captures the human experience in such a perfect way that it becomes an eternal classic.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From The Wizard of Oz

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
BJ Gallagher

Baum's timeless tale has staying power because it has all the elements of ancient myth ­-- its powerful, compelling, dramatic storyline speaks to something deep inside us all.

Pieces Of Wisdom From 'The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz'

Posted 09.03.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...