Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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13 Things I Learned from "The Wizard of Oz"

1.  Being a Christian can get in the way of saying things that really need to be said.

2.  Even if you do manage to make it back home before the twister hits, they still might not be able to help you.

3.  Watch out for falling farmhouses.

4.  Only bad witches are ugly.

5.  Possession is 12/13ths of the law.

6.  Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.

7.  Don't chop wood in the rain.


8.  Apple trees have feelings too.


9.  It takes real courage to be a sissy.


10. These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell.


11. They probably don't really hate you; they just want your broom.


12. Keep a close eye on the man behind the curtain.


13. If that which thou seekest, thou findest not within thee....






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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Anne Forrester
    Anne Forrester Wednesday, 02 March 2016

    And if the Scarecrow is "TO KNOW", the Tin Man is "TO WILL", and the Cowardly Lion is "TO DARE"; they all need to work together with Dorothy to get her home where she will leave behind "SILENCE".

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 02 March 2016

    And if you really want to succeed, you need to befriend Animal (Lion), Vegetable (Scarecrow), and Mineral (Tin Man).

    And if that's not the Triple Goddess there in Munchkinland, I've never seen Her.

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