What makes a King out of a slave?
Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave?
Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot?
What have they got that I ain’t got?
Then you can say that again! — Words from the timeless (and indubitably immortal) Wizard of Oz
Muskrat carrying leaves to his underwater den…(Photo taken last spring) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz): If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!
[Monarch Butterfly eating from Rosy Strife Flowers.]
Close to home! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
. Dorothy: How do you talk if you don’t have a brain?
. Scarecrow: Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?!
Scarecrow: Boo! Scat! Boo! You see, I can’t even scare a crow. (Photo by Thomas Peace 2014)