Despite the Resplendent Color of Oz Dorothy Longed for Kansas

You Don’t Live in Oz

Amy Punt
5 min readMar 12, 2024

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A mountain covered in lush greenery and bathed in golden afternoon light.
Photo of Griffith Park in Los Angeles in Early March, by author

Los Angeles, like Oz, is good in small doses. As Dorothy said, “some good parts and some bad parts.” Actually, she said, “It has some wonderful parts and some bad parts, but mostly wonderful parts,” despite nearly dying there twice. But she was a glass-half-full kinda gal. The friends she made and the lessons she learned far…

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Amy Punt

Writing about Personal Growth, Trauma, Recovery and the cultural moments that reflect our hidden traumas.