RIP Micheal Jackson-The One True Wiz

With This Dedication We Say: Thank You Michael Jackson For Being The One True “Wiz,” That has captivated us all.

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The Wiz was a film that has captivated the imagination of many young and old for over 30 years now. With the cast of Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, and Richard Pryor who would have thought a, “KING,” would humble himself to play the role of a outcasted scarecrow who would captivate us, motivate us and have us moving and grooving for years to come.

Micheal Jackson’s scarecrow was truly the star of this film, one that he will be remember for, not only for dancing and singing his way into our hearts and lives, but believing that we to could dream, and take the roads less traveled to find our true purpose. 

This Blog is a dedication to his work in not only song and dance but is contribution to Film and Cinema Arts. Thank you for allowing a little five year old girl dream the impossible dream of one day remaking this film as a dedication to the work, life and art of you, Micheal Jackson. Thank you so much for your contribution to this earth. As we look today upon your memorial I thank God for sending an angel to bless us all. Thank you for leaving your legacy in the earth.

From the staff and writers at DT Productions we salute you Micheal Jackson, and may the Lord God, rest your soul and spirit in his great peace and love.

Talia Moore

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Return Of The Wiz On Broadway-Summer Review

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Hello all I see that you all have enjoyed even a small stay of, “The Wiz, on Broadway with Ashanti as Dorothy and Orlando Bloom as, “The Wiz.” Even with the recent death of Micheal Jackson, who can forget the wonderful dance moves, the wonderful lyrics and the show stop music that has capitvated us since 1975.

With the Return of The Wiz on Broadway this summer the Buzz on this film has been wonderful. With competition of Wicked, The Wiz, has fans old and new wanted to see the show go on.

Here Is a Current Review Of This Production:

The Theater Review

Published: June 19, 2009

Does that big ol’ stimulus package contain any provisions for urgent repairs to yellow brick roads? If so, some funds should be set aside to subsidize careful work on the bumpy new revival of the 1975 Broadway musical “The Wiz,” the latest, most lavish and least in the Summers Stars series from City Center Encores!

Ashanti Gets Her Brand New Day in ‘The Wiz’ Original Review: ‘The Wiz’ (Jan. 6, 1975)

Busily energetic and yet full of dead ends, the production features the Grammy-winning pop princess Ashanti as a lovely but lifeless Dorothy in the updated, all-black rewrite of the classic L. Frank Baum novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” A big hit on Broadway originally and a fast flop in revival a decade later, “The Wiz” in the current incarnation seems to be forever aerobically on the move and yet always at a complete standstill.

The director Thomas Kail, the choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and the music director Alex Lacamoire, who all previously collaborated on the Tony-winning musical “In the Heights,” certainly seemed a savvy choice to reanimate this urban revision of the ever-durable fable about leaving your own little Kansas for a world of adventure only to find that home is where the heart is. But with the able-voiced but otherwise underqualified Ashanti incapable of bringing the necessary vivifying spark to the evening, the musical’s general unremarkableness becomes naggingly and ultimately gratingly apparent, despite plenty of zest around the fringes.

The book, by William F. Brown, features jokes that presumably went down a little more smoothly in the pre-politically-correct 1970s. Now it seems a uncomfortable to chortle as the Good Witch of the North, Addaperle (a feisty, fun Dawnn Lewis), tries to guess at Dorothy’s name, coming up with possibilities like Chantiqua and Latifa and Starletta. And as the story moves fitfully through its paces, with Dorothy collecting the traditional menagerie of misfits — the Scarecrow (Christian Dante White), the Tinman (Joshua Henry) and the Lion (James Monroe Iglehart) — on her adventures in the land of Oz, the pacing seems either to lurch forward or to dawdle. No sooner have we met the Wicked Witch of the West, Evillene (Tichina Arnold), than she has been defeated, and everybody begins leaping about in a frenzy of happy liberation. (I didn’t realize that the late, great Luther Vandross wrote this effervescent song, “Everybody Rejoice.”)

Still, the music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls retain an irresistible pop appeal. It may be easier to enjoy the production if you try to tune out the alternately sluggish and frenzied spectacle onstage and focus on the mostly able musical interpretations of the best songs. (The costumes by Paul Tazewell are a gaudy, glittery mixed bag, ranging from authentically fabulous to just weird.)

As Aunt Em, LaChanze, a Tony winner for “The Color Purple,” puts across her big opening number, “The Feeling We Once Had,” with soaring vocal richness and later brings similar poise and force to the musical’s climax. Wafting onstage as Glinda the Good Witch in an Eartha Kitt-ish sky-blue gown-and-turban combo, she bestows with an air of benevolent imperiousness the knowledge that Dorothy can click her heels and make the whole peculiar parade disappear.

In this girlhood-empowering, me-decade version, the choreography is incidental to the healing power of the mantra “Believe in Yourself.” (That is one of the many messages imparted in “Wicked,” Broadway’s newest and most profitable trip to Oz, in which Dorothy is barely a bit player.)

Mr. White is a genially loose-limbed Scarecrow, despite garish makeup, and Mr. Henry glows appealingly in his two numbers, the Dixieland-style “Slide Some Oil to Me,” and the aching “What Would I Do If I Could Feel?,” a slow-grooving ballad with the appealingly flavor of old-school 1970s R&B. Playing Evillene as a runway-ready diva in a fiery-red gown of the Thierry Mugler school, Ms. Arnold brings the right sassy glower to her sole song, the gospel-inflected “No Bad News,” before disappearing, drenched and vanquished, into what appears to be a sumptuous pile of taffeta window treatments discarded from a recently renovated Four Seasons Hotel.

But for all the energy and verve brought by individual performers to their big moments, the production never gains any real locomotion, notwithstanding endless amounts of kinetic choreography from Mr. Blankenbuehler for the many ensemble numbers. While ably performed by the agile dancers, much of it feels cluttered, empty of purpose and generically urban. Even Mr. Blankenbuehler’s moments of invention don’t pay off as you might hope. The first big number, in which a human tornado whisks away Dorothy’s home piece by piece, suggests a dance interpretation of “Extreme Home Makeover” as performed by the Solid Gold Dancers.

Does anyone remember them, from the syndicated 1980s “Solid Gold” television show fueled by Top 40 tracks? If so you may retain affection for the score for “The Wiz” — even perhaps for the insanely bloated 1978 movie version directed by Sidney Lumet, of all people. (Mr. Lumet’s mother-in-law at the time, Lena Horne, appeared in it as Glinda.)

Diana Ross was famously too old to play Dorothy, who was duly turned into a spinster schoolteacher, but she did bring a plangent feeling to the role. (I’ll admit I loved the movie as a kid, even gorging on its absurd excesses.) What the current production needs, obviously and most crucially, is an emotionally involving performance in this role. Unfortunately Ashanti, making her stage debut, mostly seems like a pretty place-holder, an empty vessel in a sparkly dress.

Her voice is terrific — bright, multicolored and flexible — and her singing is certainly impressive. But she brings little conviction and less charm to the book scenes and looks a little bit lost, and not in a yearning, get-me-back-to-Kansas kind of way. Her climactic solo song, “Home,” should bring the show to a satisfying, perhaps even moving conclusion, but Ashanti’s performance is vocally accomplished yet hollow, as if she’d been given the song the day before and learned it by rote for one of the middle rounds of “American Idol.” The moment is unhappily emblematic of the evening as a whole. Just where it should sparkle, this “Wiz” keeps fizzling.

This is the year to bring back to FILM the movie we love so much (The Wiz). God has blessed this film to see 30years and now with the Return Of “The Wiz,” on Broadway audiences rave that a new voice, a new sound and dance to an old favorite is what we crave!

Please comment about The Wiz on Broadway Summer Session. Thank You For Visiting.

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Political Interpretation Of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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Political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz study the influences of the modern fairy tale written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow, first published in 1900. Many scholars have interpreted the book as an allegory or metaphor for the political, economic and social events of America of the 1890s.

Both Baum and Denslow had been actively involved in politics in the 1890s. Baum never said that the original story was an allegory for politics, although he did not have occasion to deny the notion. In fact, Baum himself states in his introduction to the book to have written The Wonderful Wizard of Oz “solely to please children of today”:

[T]he old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident. Having this thought in mind, the story of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.1 (Emphasis added.)

The question is what Baum meant by “modernized fairy tale.” Apart from references to people from Kansas, there is nothing in the book that is “modern” except the political references peppered in every chapter.[1] It is important to note that the European fairy-tales of old often contained political allegory disguised as legend or myth in times of despotism when people were unable, sometimes even forbidden by law, to speak out about harsh, unfair treatment.

The 1901 musical version of “Oz”, written by Baum, was for an adult audience and had numerous explicit references to current politics

Numerous scholars in history,[3] political science[4] and economics[5] have asserted that the images and characters used by Baum and Denslow closely resembled political images that were well known in the 1890s. They believe that Baum and Denslow did not invent the Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Yellow Brick Road, Silver Slippers, cyclone, monkeys, Emerald City, little people, Uncle Henry, passenger balloons, witches and the wizard.

These were all common themes in the editorial cartoons of the previous decade. Baum and Denslow built a story around them, added Dorothy, and added a series of lessons to the effect that everyone possesses the resources they need if only they had self-confidence. Positive thinking was a prevalent trend in this period, and was the conduit by which Dorothy ultimately gets herself home. Baum may also have been influenced by the elaborate Christmas displays in Chicago and St. Louis.

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Many of the events and characters of the book resemble the actual political personalities, events and ideas of the 1890s.[6] The 1902 stage adaptation mentioned, by name, President Theodore Roosevelt, oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, and other political celebrities.[6] (No real people are mentioned by name in the book.) Even the title has been interpreted as alluding to a political reality: oz. is an abbreviation for ounce, a unit familiar to those who fought for a 16 to 1 ounce ratio of silver to gold in the name of bimetallism, though Baum stated he got the name from a file cabinet labeled A-N and O-Z. It should also be noted, however, that in later books Baum mentions contemporary figures by name and takes blatantly political stances without the benefit of allegory including a condemnation in no uncertain terms of Standard Oil.

The book opens not in an imaginary place but in real life Kansas, which, in the 1890s as well as today, was well known for the hardships of rural life, and for destructive tornadoes. The Panic of 1893 caused widespread distress in the rural United States. Dorothy is swept away to a colorful land of unlimited resources that nevertheless has serious political problems.[6] This utopia is ruled in part by people designated as wicked. Dorothy and her house are swept up by the tornado and upon landing in Oz, the house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East, possibly symbolic of the falling house market. The Witch had previously controlled the all-powerful silver slippers (which were changed to ruby in the 1939 film). The slippers will in the end liberate Dorothy but first she must walk in them down the golden yellow brick road, i.e. she must take silver down the path of gold, the path of free coinage. Following the road of gold leads eventually only to the Emerald City, which may symbolize the fraudulent world of greenback paper money that only pretends to have value, or may symbolize the greenback value that is placed on gold (and for silver, possibly).[6] Other allegorical devices of the book include:

  • Dorothy, naïve, young and simple, represents the American people. She is Everyman, led astray and who seeks the way back home.[6] She resembles the young hero of Coin’s financial school, a very popular political pamphlet of 1893. Another interpretation holds that she is a representation of Theodore Roosevelt: note that the syllables “Dor-o-thy” are the reverse of the syllables “The-o-dore.”
  • The cyclone was used in the 1890s as a metaphor for a political revolution that would transform the drab country into a land of color and unlimited prosperity. The cyclone was used by editorial cartoonists of the 1890s to represent political upheaval.[6]
  • Historians and economists who read the original 1900 book as a political allegory interpret the Tin Woodman as the dehumanized industrial worker, badly mistreated by the Wicked Witch of the East who rules Munchkin Country before the cyclone creates a political revolution and kills her. The Woodman is rusted and helpless—ineffective until he starts to work together with the Scarecrow (the farmer), in a Farmer-Labor coalition that was much discussed in the 1890s, which culminated in the successful Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota and its eventual merger with the Minnesota Democratic Party to form the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in 1944.
  • The Munchkins are the little people—ordinary citizens. This 1897 Judge cartoon shows famous politicians as little people after they were on the losing side in the election. However, in Oz the Munchkins are all dressed similarly in blue, unlike these caricatures.

I Was Born To Write This Movie

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This is Talia Moore, the creator of the script, “Return Of The Wiz.” I will tell you the story about how this film touched my life and how I was born to write this script.

The Wiz was released, October 1978 in movie theaters nationwide. That was the same year that I was born, August 4,1978 to be exact. I was five years old when I remember seeing The Wiz for the first time. I was mesmerized by the characters, loved Micheal Jackson and could not wait for the, “Brand New Day,” song at the end of the film.

As I became older, The Wiz showed regularly every Christmas season. I was excited every year that I was bound to see my favorite movie at least one time a year guaranteed, until like the time I found out that Santa Clause was not real, after I turned 10, there would no longer be a Christmas showing of The Wiz on regular TV.

As I got older The Wiz faded from my memory. I grew older and went on to high school, college, married, and now two kids and two dogs later I had still kept the memory of The Wiz in my mind. I knew somehow that my favorite childhood movie would somehow follow me and have a significant impact in my adult life.

I will never forget it, I was alone on Christmas 2006 because I had to work and my husband and children had gone to my In-laws for the holidays. That year Dreamgirls had a Christmas opening date, and I was compelled to see it yet, the weather was not favorable and the nearest theater showing it was Syracuse, NY, which was an hour away from where I lived. Just as I wrapped up dinner with my friend Jen and her family, my twin sister called and enthusiastically stated that I had to see Dreamgirls tonight, that it was to good to pass up.

So, I jumped in my 92 Mecury Topaz and press through, snow, sleet and winds to see Dreamgirls. It was the greatest African-American musical I’d seen in film since, The Wiz. As I watched the film tears welled up in my eyes as a voice spoke to my spirit …write Return Of The Wiz. With determination in my heart for the next year and half I wrote and re-wrote, and re-wrote again Return Of The Wiz. Now that the script is complete the final step is to see it come to life on screen on Christmas, December 25, 20??

From growing up to love The Wiz , to the coming full circle to write its completion, only leads me to believe that I was born to write Return Of The Wiz. This is my dream. My birthright and my contribution to a classic that has touched the hearts of millions. My only prayer is that a completed remake of The Wiz will touch the hearts of a million more Return Of The Wiz fans that are yet to come. We all have a story to tell, all of us, and this is mine.

The Wiz Vs Return Of The Wiz Critical Review

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The Wiz vs. Return Of The Wiz

By: Talia Moore

On the rector scale of 1-10 according to film critics The Wiz was a 2. It seems most of the criticism was aimed at Diana Ross, her age and her odd appearance and performance. Michael Jackson was a welcome and loved character, and the other characters were only an addition to a spiraling musical.

From the beginning of the production, The Wiz was un-budgeted, manipulated, transformed, and caused personal expense and frustration on all parties involved. It would have made more sense for the makers of this movie to follow the original stage production, but that would have been to easy. Under much undue stress the makers of, “The Wiz,” went with the script of Joel Schumacher, who completely re-wrote the movie to fit a New York state of mine.

Viewer criticism also raised questions of lengthy song renditions, poverty stricken scenes, and scantly clad dress dancers. There are so many questions gone unanswered, but why cry over spilled milk? Why not take the milk and make it into something that we can enjoy digesting?

Return Of The Wiz, is a carefully written remake of the 30 year old blunder of, “The Wiz.” Before Return Of the Wiz was written much research was done on; The Wizard Of Oz (1936) original screenplay. “The Wiz,” stage play (1975). The 1978, “The Wiz,“ screenplay and the 2006 stage play performances, “The Wiz, (De Stage play). When considering to create Return Of The Wiz all of the loose ends had to be tied up, there had to be a true emotional attachment, and the viewer would truly have to care about why Dorothy had to go home. Return Of The Wiz brings closure to a 30 year old question, “What happen to Dorothy?

Return Of The Wiz has bits and elements from each and every production from 1936-2006 Play and Screen productions of , “The Wizard Of Oz.” The characters are identifiable yet, popular for today’s audience. The casting selected for this movie targets a youthful audience. By using young actors and singers the youth audience can identify with the story and look forward to the performances of their favorite artist. Keeping the project young and modern, yet classy and classic will keep viewers coming to see this film over and over.

Visual effects for this movie must be the best ever seen. To make an epic movie, viewers must believe they are apart of something they can believe in and also fantasize about. By using special effects to make certain characters come to life is key to keeping the interest of the audience and moving the story to its peak performance. The setting takes place in Long Island, NY, but ventures into live locations of NYC instead of remote locations. Shooting background scenes will allow the viewing audience the visualize Dorothy‘s progression from Harlem to The Hampton’s and why their should be a peaceful end to this great story. Most viewers of this film are from urban areas, by viewing the film they will believe they can overcome temporary challenges and defeat their greatest fears to fulfill their ultimate purpose in life.

Some of the musical renditions of the original Wiz, have remained in, “Return Of The Wiz,” as classic music pieces, yet modern music must be composed to update musical numbers for a modern sound. To support the continuance of the storyline, we must integrate the music as apart of the plot, instead of placing the music as a full rendition in it’s self.

Return Of The Wiz will reset the precedent for the Wizard of Oz renditions. Truly the best is yet to come. This film is available for option. For more information about this film please visit http://www.returnofthewiz.wordpress.com or http://www.dtproductions.wordpress.com .

The Wiz History

Source: Wikipedia

Motown Productions acquired the film rights to The Wiz in 1977, and signed Stephanie Mills in anticipation of having her star in the film adaptation. Motown singer and actress Diana Ross asked Motown CEO Berry Gordy to cast her as Dorothy instead, but Gordy declined, feeling the thirty-three year old Ross was far too old for the part. However, Ross contacted Rob Cohen of Universal Pictures, who offered to have Universal finance the film if Ross were to play Dorothy, at which point Gordy acquiesced.

The resulting film version of The Wiz also starred former Motown star Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, [Richard Pryor]as the Wiz, and Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch. Ted Ross and Mabel King reprised their respective roles of the Cowardly Lion and Evilene from the Broadway production. Sidney Lumet served as director, working with screenwriter Joel Schumacher (who used none of Brown’s stage script) and music supervisor Quincy Jones. Although the stage musical’s setting begins in Kansas before moving into the fanciful Oz (as do most other versions of the Oz stories), the film version of The Wiz is set in New York City: Dorothy’s real-life home is in Harlem, and the Oz of the film is an alternate fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The $22 million production was poorly received by critics and grossed only $12 million during its original theatrical release. Nor has it become an annual favorite on television as the famous 1939 film of “The Wizard of Oz” did.

The Wiz was Michael Jackson’s first feature film, and is Diana Ross’s final theatrical feature film to date. Its commercial failure helped to bring to an end the stream of all-black films that had begun with the “blaxploitation film” era of the 1970s.[1][2] However, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones’s collaboration on the film’s soundtrack led to Jones producing three of Jackson’s most successful albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. In later years, due to its recurrent broadcasts on television, The Wiz has become something of a cult classic among African-American audiences. [3]

Return Of The Wiz The Movie

We need your help! We have shopped this movie around Hollywood, and everyone has an excuse as to why this movie won’t work. This movie was made by the people for the people. People in this economy are looking for anwsers. Our money is gone, our gas is high, and we are on the edge of losing our homes as well as our minds.

We need stories in Hollywood that will motivate us, that will invigorate us to change, and make positive moves in our life that will move us to the next level.

I almost threw-up in my mouth when I saw the line-up of movies that are being released in the theater. They are sex-potted comedies, 80 minute non-sense movies that leave you more empty then you were when you entered the movie theater.

Return of the Wiz, turns on the lights and allows the viewers to take a step back into movies that challenge you to think, move you to action, and evoke your mind to look within yourself to find the answers you have been searching for all the while. We need ANSWERS, We don’t need PACIFIERS!

We need your ideas so this movie can be produced, filmed and distributed world wide. We seek film collaborations of all kinds to bring this movie to life! WE NEED YOU!

Please e-mail Talia Moore talia_moore2907@yahoo.com with your ideas.

Long Time No See

Hello All, We have been away creating the perfect platform for Return Of the Wiz. Our most recent updates has us linked with one of the largest American Blunders in American History, FEMA. DT Productions have made plans to connect with Hurricane Katrina Survivors who have been affected by the FEMA Hurricane Crisis to launch a national film/natural resource fundraising efforts to provide 100 families with eco-friendly housing that will allow them to be be healthy and live productive lives.

For more on our efforts to support Green The Gulf and our efforts toward raising awareness about our efforts in the gulf, please visit our main blog site; http://www.dtproductions.wordpress.com

Who Moved My House?

In Return Of The Wiz, Dorothy faces change at each turn. First when she arrives she expects that she can make a simple phone call to have a limo take her home. She comes to find that she must accept various levels of change in her process to go home. The Munchkins lead her to “The Wiz,” finding the Wiz only leads her to another level of change, she must now defeat Evillous to gain her passage home. I know Dorothy must have been saying, “Who Moved My House? At every turn she had to make a decision wither her goal to go home was more important then the steps and trails she had to go through in order to achieve her ultimate goal.

Most people may recognize this term related to the story, “Who Moved My Cheese.” The following reference is provided by Wikipedia.

Who Moved My Cheese? features four characters; two mice, “Sniff” and “Scurry”, and two little people, miniature humans in essence, “Hem” and “Haw”, live in a maze, a representation of one’s environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success. Initially without cheese, each group, the mice and humans paired off, travel the lengthy corridor searching for cheese. One day both groups happen upon a cheese-filled corridor in “Cheese Station C”. Content with their find, the humans establish routines around their daily intake of cheese slowly becoming arrogant in the process.

One day Sniff and Scurry arrive at Cheese Station C to find no cheese left but they are not surprised. Noticing the cheese supply dwindling, they have mentally prepared for the arduous, but inevitable task of finding more cheese beforehand. Leaving Cheese Station C behind, they begin their hunt for new cheese together. Later that day, Hem and Haw arrive at Cheese Station C only to find the same thing, no cheese. Angered and annoyed, Hem demands “who moved my cheese?”. Unprepared, the humans have counted on the cheese supply to be constant. After verifying that the cheese is indeed gone and ranting at the unfairness of the situation, both head home hungry. Returning the next day, Hem and Haw find the same cheeseless station. Beginning to realize the situation at hand, Haw proposes a search for new cheese, but Hem, dead set in his victimized mindset, nixes the proposal.

Meanwhile, Sniff and Scurry have found “Cheese Station N”, a new supply of cheese. Back at Cheese Station C, Hem and Haw, affected by their lack of cheese, blame each other for their predicament. Hoping to change, Haw again proposes a search for new cheese. Hem however, comforted by his old routine and afraid of the unknown, again knocks down the idea. After many days in denial, including a search for cheese behind the wall of Cheese Station C, the humans remain without cheese. One day, realizing his debilitating fear, Haw begins laughing at the situation. Realizing he should move on, Haw enters the maze, but not before chiseling “If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct” on the wall of Cheese Station C for his friend to ponder.

Still fearful of his trek, Haw jots “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” on the wall and, after thinking about it, begins his journey. Still with worry, perhaps he has waited too long to begin his search, Haw finds some scattered cheese and continues his search. Slowly losing his denial, Haw realizes that the cheese has not suddenly disappeared, but has dwindled from continual eating, and that the older cheese was not as tasty and had been moldy. After a let down, an empty cheese station, Haw begins worrying about the unknown again. Brushing aside his fears, Haw’s new mindset allows him to again enjoy life; he has even begun to smile again and is realizing “when you move beyond your fear, you feel free.” After another empty cheese station, Haw decides to go back for Hem with the few bits of new cheese he has managed to find.

Uncompromising, Hem turns away the new cheese to his friend’s dismay. With knowledge acquired along the way, Haw heads back into the maze. Still going deeper into the maze, impelled by bits of new cheese here and there, Haw leaves a trail of writings on the wall, hopeful that his friend will be aided by them in his search for new cheese. Still traveling, Haw one day comes across Cheese Station N. Abundant with cheese, some varieties strange to him, he has found what he is looking for. After eating, Haw reflects on his experience. Pondering a return to his old friend, Haw decides to let Hem find his own way. Finding the largest wall in Cheese Station N, he writes:

Change Happens
They Keep Moving The Cheese
Anticipate Change
Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
Monitor Change
Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old
Adapt To Change Quickly
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
Change
Move With The Cheese
Enjoy Change!
Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again & Again
They Keep Moving The Cheese.

Cautious from past experience, Haw inspects Cheese Station N daily and explores different parts of the maze to prevent complacency from setting in. After hearing movement in the maze one day, Haw realizes someone is approaching the station. Unsure, Haw hopes that it is his friend Hem who has found the way.

In essence, in order to really be free to live our lives to “Go Home,” we must let go of the fears that we have inside, accept change, and allow ourselves the freedom to learn lessons along the way.

What’s The Plan Sam?


In Return Of The Wiz, Dorothy and her friends have a set destination. Dorothy knows that in order for her to get home she must: 1. Travel The Yellow Brick Road. 2. Go to Emerald City. 3. See The Wiz. 4. Ask for her and her friends wishes to be granted. 5. Go Home. We all know this story is not that simple right! She must travel the yellow brick road, befriend some unlikely characters, defeat crazed creatures, keep her silver stilettos on, survive Evillous, the wicked witch of the East and a host of bandits. All while gaining the crown to return to the Wiz so, he can grant the wishes of her friends and allow her passage to go home.

One thing we have to keep in mind, is Dorothy had a plan. She had a set destination and a goal that she had to accomplish to return to life as she knew it. There were obstacles in her way, she learned lessons along the way, and gained friends for life. But, she would have not accomplish this feat with out having an end destination.

In life whatever task you must take on, have a solid plan. With a plan you can map out your goals, find people who believe in your goal and also want to see you cross the finish line. Your counterparts will learn more about themselves and how going through the process with you made them grow stronger people. You will also come to know your inner strengths, weakness, passions, and realize that you have more strength to accomplish the goals you set out then you realize. So, what’s the plan Sam?

Start with an ideal, formulate it into a mental map, write out your map, and follow the roads that will lead you Home. How you start doesn’t matter, how you finish will determine who you really are and what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.

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