Gina Wickwar

Commentator

Gina Wickwar is a beloved writer based in Cache Valley who opens her heart and mind and shares her thoughts as radio essays and commentaries on Utah Public Radio.

Commentary
11:52 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Oz And Suffrage: The Connection In New York

Matilda Gage was the mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz author.
Credit The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

Chittenango is a small village about 40 miles east of Syracuse, New York. We just got back from a trip to this little town because of Oz. Chittenango is where L. Frank Baum was born in 1856, and he is still its very favorite son. For the last 30 years, the town has held an OzFest, complete with Munchkins, musical entertainment, various guests associated with the MGM movie, an outdoor arts festival, and a great parade with floats, marching bands, and hand-waving-officials.

Thousands of people come to Chittenango every year for this celebration (last week there was an addition 20,000 souls lining the streets), and—this year— it's where the International Wizard of Oz Club decided to hold its annual meeting. Naturally, I dragged my husband across the United States to join hundreds of fellow travelers for not only a board meeting, a club convention, but also Chittenango's OzFest where, as Oz Club officials, we got to ride in the parade and were treated like royalty.

Seven miles to the west of Chittenango is another small burg: Fayetteville. It, too, is famous for its Oz connections. It is where L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, grew up. Like her son-in-law, Matilda would live to have a great impact on this country.


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Commentary
10:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Things Kids Say: Science vs. Sports

I seldom take seriously what a 20-something-year old NFL draft rookie says, especially when he's got a beer in his hand and is splashing around poolside in Las Vegas over Memorial Day. But the Cleveland Browns's Johnnie Manziel's pitiful comments about his status relative to other folks, especially scientists, was something that caught my ears. And I didn't like what I heard.

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Commentary
1:02 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Redundancy vs. Simplicity

Gina prepares to take a trip from her house to the DI- and she talks about what happens when she opens up the closet on her husband's side.

"My husband, dear as he is, is compelled to possess about a dozen jackets and coats, 20 pairs of shoes, and about two dozen kinds of backpacks."

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Commentary
12:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Zero Tolerance For A Hand Kiss?

Gina Wickwar recently heard a report about a six-year-old boy kissing a young girl's hand at school. She discusses the policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and more. Was it gallant and gentlemanly or offensive and sexual?


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Commentary
12:57 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Mac vs. PC: A family battle

Gina Wickwar tells us of the battle that is sure to ensue as she faces off with her grown children over their upcoming family vacation: Mac vs. PC. 

Commentary
11:34 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Gina's Garden Grubs

Gina tells us why she is the garden procrastinating queen-- the grubs and pests. 

Commentary
4:21 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

100 Years of the Girl Scouts in America

Writer Gina Wickwar recollects growing up with the Girl Scouts, starting her career as a Brownie in Panama, where her family was stationed. She still has some of her lanyards.

Commentary
4:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Gina's Leap Year Pups

Gina tells us about her naughty leap-year dogs, who act like they're still puppies, even though -- technically -- they are four years old.

Commentary
5:20 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Gina's Back!

Gina Wickwar is back with a new commentary about the meaning of Christmas...and no, it's not too late. It's never too late for her sweet insights about friendship, community, and care.