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October 14, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

One grain of truth

Want to stick your head in the sand?

It’s the worst political Haboob in a long time.

It’s like Austin Jamison said about one a storm, “”You have suddenly very poor visibilities that come on with all the dense dust in the air.”

Sounds hazardous. Sickening.

Many are feeling feverish from it all.

Robert W. Service, Bard of the Yukon, once observed, “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

So gritty. So true.

Just jerk the shoes off.

You can’t ever get that last little bit of sand out of a shoe…

(Or out of your eye – no matter how much you rub and weep.)

So go ahead. Kick them.

Escape the noise. Clear the vision.

Take a suggestion from William Blake to gain a little balance?

“To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.”

No place better to see than the sea.

Soft sand path through salt grass marsh. A real salt grass trail! (TX rodeo people will understand)

Don’t worry.

It’s not scorching. (You did remember the water, right?)

And it’s never one way.

Whoa! It is too possible. Legends say pirates might have hidden treasure along Galveston’s shores.

Who knows what is buried in the dunes.

What is treasure to one species…

(Hey, you can’t call it road kill if it’s in the it’s OK, right?)

Seagull approved! The Gulf of Mexico.

Once clear of the tangle, it’s easy to see which way the wind blows.

An opportunity to test the waters?

Adventures for the brave, strong, or interested.

Must to be alert, though.

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”  George Elliot.

Kite surfer from Australia. Testing wind, waves, and will.

You can follow others’ tracks – which is easy.


Maybe not going exactly where you want, but safe.

Or make some of your own.

Be your own guide. Explore.

Welcome the unexpected.

Monarch with seaweed. Butterflies stop in Galveston area during spring and fall migrations to rest. Some are not strong enough to go on.

Life by and in the water.

The endless sand.

Constant, yet ever-changing.

Can’t box it in – well, maybe a bit for a kid’s amusement in a backyard.

But even there, sand will slip away when no one is looking.

Somehow it always manages to end up houses uninvited. Why is that? Pushy?

Sand’s a little like people?

Or should people take a hint from sand and sea?

“If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.” Napoleon Hill

Despite what it looks like, the towers are not leaning. Maybe they want to walk down the beach, too? Or fly away with that flock of birds?

There are always those who can’t escape the enchantment: must build despite the risk.

“Great risk, great reward,” they say.

(These units certainly are full of self-esteem – quite pricey…It’s not Florida, people. Seriously.)

Funny that hard permanent concrete has sand as a component.


How human to force a substance to do something opposite of its’ true nature.

Must be a power trip.

Shaking a fist at the gods?

Starts at an early age – with all those sand castles?

One of the old buildings in Galveston near the Strand

One of the old buildings in Galveston near the Strand

 Not far from the beach (Galveston’s a narrow island), is The Strand” – Once called “The Wall Street of the South”

(Please don’t tell the Occupied crowd. Waste of their valuable time.)

It’s a historical district now with shops, lofts, restaurants, horse-drawn carriages, cruise passengers, and festivals.

Flooded up to second floors during Hurricane Ike. There’s concern the salt water residue is attacking the iron construction of the buildings.

“Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.” Jimi Hendrix

Pretty much the nitty-gritty of reality.

Those grains of sand relentlessly pour through life’s hourglass.

Which means even these ever-shifting quicksand political campaigns will end in time.

Although not soon enough for most people.

Just like that annoying grain of sand stuck in your eye:

No matter how much you rub and weep, it just won’t go away!

So you might as well dance in the sprinkler – the best part at the end of each election beach trip: washing off the sticky residue.

Yea for beach walks, and sprinklers – oh, and a note from the German…will answer that once the sprinkler goes dry.

Kicking up a little sand,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. rumpydog / Oct 14 2012 10:47 pm

    Looks like somebody knows how to have a good time regardless! woo woo!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 14 2012 11:19 pm

      Better to tune off the TV and find more interesting things to do…even if it’s 87…media is getting to be like fire ants! Thanks for bouncing over


  2. shoreacres / Oct 14 2012 11:19 pm

    My plan? Vote exactly 2 minutes after the early-voting polls open, and then bail on all media until After The Election. If you need me, I’ll be hiding in my blog. 😉


    • shoreacres / Oct 14 2012 11:20 pm

      Oh! Look at that. Great minds, similar thoughts and posted at the very same minute.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:27 am

      Sounds like a plan. Enough is enough. Thanks for peering out of blog bunker to visit


  3. melanielynngriffin / Oct 14 2012 11:54 pm

    Hi – thanks for “liking” my blog. I’m glad to discover yours! Your photos make me miss my dog – even after twenty years. There’s quite a resemblance! Nice post, nice to “meet” you – and thanks for the recommendation to visit Dancing Beasties (in your “awards” section) – what fun!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 12:06 am

      Always enjoy hiking through blogs. Enjoyed yours Safari hats and all!. (Dancing Beasties is always a treasure). Glad you stopped by to chat


  4. jmmcdowell / Oct 15 2012 12:08 am

    I haven’t been able to listen to the news for weeks already. And then we’ll have to deal with all the post-election analysis. I think a walk on the beach sounds like a much better idea!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:31 am

      Guess the media and candidates are all too busy to notice people are walking…no running away. Trying to escape. Thanks for voting to chat


  5. Edward Hotspur / Oct 15 2012 12:32 am

    That was a great mind trip, visually and mentally. Thanks! I’ve never jerked a shoe off, but I must have done it right because its tongue was hanging out.


  6. Beth / Oct 15 2012 1:17 am

    Beautifully sandy quotes. Its been a long time since I’ve been to Galveston (although I’m sure that sand is still hiding out somewhere) and I always find myself asking people who’ve gone more recently how its fared since Ike. I’m glad to see the older buildings still standing and looking grand.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:36 am

      Galveston was prepared and is recovering slowly. Didn’t get much help unlike others. They battled to save, but lost a lot of the old old oak trees. Replanting the main boulevard and some areas along the sea wall is in progress. And the historical buildings are still elegant. And the sand is doing fine – and waiting to hitchhike to houses. Thanks for strolling along.


  7. roughseasinthemed / Oct 15 2012 4:26 am

    Thanks for taking us on that great walk with Molly. It looks beautiful on those trails.

    And aren’t those old buildings in Galveston gorgeous? Hope a solution is found the salt water problem.

    Just been having a read up on it. Interesting history. Seems you can get to it via a road bridge and a ferry (as well as flying) – is that correct?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:50 am

      Galveston has quite a history. (Halloween always brings out a few ghosts) So far the buildings are being stabilized – there’s a strong historical society. And some of the people BOI (born on island) either have money or can attract those who can contribute. We travel a short distance and go over the big bridge (barges go under both the vehicle bridge and the companion lift rail bridge. There are multiple ferries leaving from near the Coast Guard station on the east end to Boliver/mainland – great ride with seagulls, dolphins who swim along..but not in the summer when the lines are hours long. There’s a small airport – the antique airplane museum has relocated up near us as the flooding from the last hurricane did so much damage. The island flooded from the back side (where the docks and wharfs are) instead of sea water breaching the seawall.
      Will get more pictures of the strand and stuff, but there was a Disney cruise boat and another cruise boat loading, plus a powerboat show at the marina – and Molly said she wasn’t interested in concrete walks – so we headed down to east beach which wasn’t crowded. There are few places ou can drive on the beach now – although it is all “open beach” by state law. We used to be able to drive right to water’s edge and throw out surf boards or catamarans…now you have to lug them. But it keep the idiots from running over people. Will have to do return to Galveston for more pix. Thanks for swimming over


  8. jannatwrites / Oct 15 2012 5:26 am

    I’ve got all the literature and my early ballot, so I know what I’ll be doing in my ‘spare time’ the next couple weeks 🙂 It looks like a beautiful walk- I’m sure Molly enjoyed it. The monarch butterfly pic made me a little sad, though (as dead butterflies always do.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:55 am

      The ballots are long and complicated this time around. We already know locally you have to vote “no” in order to have “yes”. Let’s not make things easy.
      We like to go to the beaches after school starts and the crowds leave. It was high tide, so not many shells. We were surprised to spot the butterfly. Sometimes in the spring they little guys are exhausted after flying so far over water and drop like crazy. The wildlife people send out messages to please put out feeders – and lantana, a favorite food, grows wild along the Galveston dunes.
      Much more interesting to walk along the water than listen to the election rattle. Thanks for voting to visit


  9. CATachresis / Oct 15 2012 7:56 am

    There’s an election of some kind? 😉

    Mollie’s looking great! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 10:58 am

      (Paws over head trying to block it out). We decided enough is enough and finding places to wander..and try to run off some of Molly’s energy. Thanks for pawsing to chat


  10. writingfeemail / Oct 15 2012 10:09 am

    Ah, a beach walk sounds perfect for clearing away the election angst.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 11:05 am

      It was really nice – not crowded but still warm. Think we’ll be getting out more to get away. Glad you aad time to stroll along


  11. jmlindy422 / Oct 15 2012 11:38 am

    Such beautiful photos. How I wish I were closer to the beach. Lived very near when I lived in downtown Chicago (yes, Chicago has a real, really big coastline and beaches. Note the plural). But you can’t walk them comfortably year round.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 1:31 pm

      Chicago has beaches, but definitely not fun in Jan. (been there then). Sometimes we can actually went to the beach during Christmas vacation (you had to put a wind block up, but teenagers will tolerate a bit of chill for a tan). Here people hide indoors during the hot summer months – just the opposite of the most places. By mid Sept, anything less than 90 feels cool and we’re ready to emerge. Thanks for wandering over


  12. sandylikeabeach / Oct 15 2012 1:41 pm

    Lovely pictures and lovely thoughts! Looks like you had a fabulous day for your walk.


  13. The Hook / Oct 15 2012 2:45 pm

    One grain is all you need..
    Lovely buildings, by the way.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2012 3:44 pm

      So true.
      The Strand area holds a Christmas street party called “Dickens on the Strand” which is the era appropriate (attendees dressed in Victorian costumes get in free). One of the descendants always manages to attend. One of the tall ships, the Elissa, is docked a block over.
      Some of those buildings have been through multiple direct hits by hurricanes – better than some construction now. Galveston is a tourist area with big hotels…so if you get tired of being cold all winter…..
      Thanks for rolling by


  14. under the skies of arkansas / Oct 16 2012 1:09 am

    i like that bicycle trail to the beach


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2012 4:49 pm

      This one is pounded enough to ride a bike – except the part right at the barrier dunes where the sand is loose and deep. Once over that, it’s easy. Thanks for pedaling over!


      • under the skies of arkansas / Oct 16 2012 5:11 pm

        i guess that is why beach cruiser bicycles have such fat tires


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2012 5:42 pm

          Yeah, but even with the bubble tire, ya’ gonna need some strong calf muscles in the dunes (or hot foot it a bit?)


  15. pnwauthor / Oct 16 2012 4:32 pm

    I love beaches and those buildings in Galveston are stunning. I wish we could haul those buildings to Bellingham and set them in Old Fairhaven.

    It looks like your German shepherd is enjoying herself among the sand. And yes, I can’t wait until these elections are over–the tense energy feels unbearable.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2012 4:51 pm

      The buildings are wonderful – always something new to discover.
      Decided to walk away from the negativity and noise of the election and focus on other designs. (survival skill?)
      Thanks for walking along


  16. Spinster / Oct 16 2012 7:51 pm

    As an expatriate, I’m kinda glad to be away from the circus AND asleep when the debates are on (time difference). It’s easier to wash away the residue over here. 😉


  17. cecilia / Oct 16 2012 8:27 pm

    I am not allowed to vote in this country thank goodness, so i have no sand in my shoes because I am barefoot! and those apartment towers are not leaning they are Yearning.. like me.. for the sea.. c


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2012 8:57 pm

      Yearning – oh, that’s the perfect word for those towers. Sorry you are sea sick…no amber waves of grain can replace it. Thanks for sitting down a bit to chat


  18. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 17 2012 12:59 am

    Beautiful moments. I love that the towers are anxious to walk along the beach. Hope the buildings will not be destroyed by Ike’s aftermath–they are really beautiful works of art.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 18 2012 2:36 pm

      There are lots of elegant buildings, but that beautiful day there were 2 cruise ships loading, tourists, powerboat races, and a boat show at the marina – just too much traffic on those old narrow streets. Too crazy for happy happy dog – so we just headed out to look for kite surfers and seagulls. Surprisingly there’s still pasture land being used in some areas. Galveston is a real jumble. Thanks for floating by


  19. EllaDee / Oct 17 2012 3:27 am

    I know I shouldn’t but I can’t bear to think about politics of any country so I put my head in the sand… It all seems so ‘show business’ and we know it’s Big Business and I just feel like it’s hopeless, so I’d rather be walking on the beach barefoot like Molly, and then dance under the sprinkler… I vote for Molly & Rumpy to run the world 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 18 2012 2:44 pm

      This whole election year has gone against the grain. Too many politicians. Any statesman out there? Rumpy might be a good idea (Molly might be a bit young and too Biden-like right now – at least she will grow out of the clown phase.)
      Glad you decided to romp down the sands


  20. PiedType / Oct 20 2012 5:38 pm

    Such poetry here. Yours and the quotes from others.

    Love the old buildings. Such beautiful architectural detail. It’s a lost art, I fear, replaced by featureless, cold concrete boxes. “Modern” isn’t always better.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 6:54 pm

      Thank goodness for historical preservation groups and those who champion them! Glad your soared over


  21. Robin / Oct 21 2012 9:43 pm

    What a great walk! And that last shot is priceless. 🙂


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