Welcome to the New World!

You’re out of the woods 
You’re out of the dark 
You’re out of the night 
Step into the sun, step into the light … 

Keep straight ahead 
For the most glorious place 
On the face of the Earth 
Or the sky 

Hold onto your breath 
Hold onto your heart 
Hold onto your hope 
March up to the gate 
And bid it open.

From The Wizard of Oz. Nice, isn’t it? I never knew the words beyond that first stanza, but it’s great all the way through. Here’s another Times article that just makes me happy. I’ve been tearing up all day.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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