It's that time of year again when the leaves turn color and the smell of fall fills the air. Magician of Oz loves the smell of burning leaves and pumpkins seeds.
It's also that time of the year for the annual Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, which is now in full bloom.
For those who are unaware, this is a yearly festival celebrating the numerous covered bridges which dot the landscape of rural Indiana and Illinois. It is a 2 week festival that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region and yard sales pop up where there aren't even any yards!
One particular bridge, which is a featured element of my new children's book, Magician of Oz is the old Bridgeton bridge that dominates the rural Indiana town of Bridgeton.
Sadly, the old bridge was burned down by a moron with as much brains as a toad!
In the true Indiana spirit of never giving up, or giving in to defeat, the citizens of Bridgeton rebuilt their bridge!
It now stands as testimony to the can-do attitude that makes us Hoosiers!
It was this very bridge and the spirit of its rebirth that, in part, inspired me to write Magician of Oz.
Another old bridge that inspires me is this particular one, located somewhere deep in the heart of rural Indiana.
Where it is, I will not say as hardly anyone visits it and I like to think of it as my own personal bridge to somewhere!
Although I originally hail from West Virginia and still think very fondly of that place, I have grown to love Indiana, which is especially good since I married a Hoosier farm girl and have raised 5 Hoosier kids, all of whom (with one exception) have produced lovely Hoosier grandkids!
Hoosier life is good... and so is Oz!!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma