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November 14, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Muse or Mushhead?

Windflowers by Waterhouse, 1902. (US public domain, expired copyright.

A fine line between brilliance and madness: those voices inspired Muses or mushheaded brain cell meltdowns?

A little littering lettering twined around perception.

That’s all that matters, right? Perception of what is real?

With your best late night talk show habit, untangle these Gordian knots, or not.

It’ll be amusing.

Muse or Mushhead?

Apollonie Abatier by Vincent Vidal (1822-1887. US public domain as expired copyright)

Lovely woman after the election:

“Oh, why I voted that way? Uh (stammering with deer in the headlight look). Oh, the other guy said if kids wanted to go to college, they should borrow money from their parents.”

Flighty miss.

Aren’t parents supposed to fulfill their kid’s wants and needs? Whether it’s Halloween costumes, shoes, iPads, or other luxuries like going to college, parents foot the bill.

Oh, it takes planning and delayed gratification – but what sacrifices aren’t worth it to help your own kid?

The general taxpayer doesn’t care about your kid. Some already complain about the 12 years of free education (such as it is) when they don’t even have kids themselves.

But she looked very sweet.

Probably loves children.

And little voices. 

L'Art et la Litterature by Bouguereau, 1867. (US Public domain.

Careful. They do not look amused. Perhaps they read the fine print.

Totally stressed out, angry man waving FEMA papers in front of his hurricane destroyed home:

“My home is totaled.It’s worth $300,000. FEMA only gave me $14,000! What kind of house can I build for that?”

Dude. FEMA isn’t your bank, your parents, or your insurance company.

FEMA provides emergency relief with food, temporary housing, immediate needs, and assists you in finding loans.

FEMA gets money from taxpayers – so you think taxpayers should rebuild your house?

Hey, welcome to our world.

Reminds me of a friend just 10 minutes away from here who finally got her house back together last month. It was flooded. FOUR years ago by Hurricane Ike. Lots of hard-do-it-yourself work and help from a church group (Group trying to help since her elderly father-in-law had a heart attack because his house flooded, too. He’s in a nursing home now. Never going home.)

You lived a charmed life close to some water.

Now you are sitting on some very desirable expensive real estate.

Decide what’s important.

Listen to those little voices (and not the ones that say beat up the linemen trying to restore power.)

Minerva and the Muses by Rotternhammer, 1603. (US public domain/

Time for some serious frolicking. No protests here!

Oh, the angels! Lawdy. Lawdy. It’s heaven.

They’ve come to help! Victoria’s Secrets angels. Joy to the world.

Oh, a little unladylike shoving National Guardsmen out of their armory to stage a fashion show. (“Guardsmen tossed out of armory – for Victoria’s Secret show”)

But they saw the light!

Offered generators.

And just worked around the National Guard (“Those guys are so sweet. They held doors open for us.”)

And they did help.: “Victoria’s Secret credited with helping the National Guard after Hurricane Sandy” 

(Who would have guessed the guard needed fashion people to help get them up and running.)

Angels will be angels!

Sometimes even angels stumble – hey, they are only human!

Who would have thought people would be so sensitive?

No harm intended: These are angels.

Different standard. Besides, they are pretty.

It’s fashion, people!

Victoria’s Secret doused more flames.

Now apologizing and pulling the tacky Halloween inspired outfit before the fashion special shows in Dec.

“Indian Headdress Removed from 2012 Show”. (Yes, there are pictures there. Inquiring people want to know.)

But still no apology for the trailer park tackiness?

Seriously. We should demand a Congressional investigation.

With multiple plays of the videos and appearances by all the models. All over TV.

Just as important as all those athletes and steroids.

As big in business as major league sports, so rules apply?

Just as inspiring. (More interesting to many.)

Stop angel abuse?

There’s not enough beauty in the world!

The Muse Clio by Mignard, 1689. (US Public

Is anyone listening?

It’s enough to make a muse search for inspiration.

So many knots and not-able-to-believes, the commiserating violinists are tiring.

Sigh. A Muse Redux waits in the wings.

Until then,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. PiedType / Nov 14 2012 8:33 pm

    I have more sympathy for Sandy’s victims, most of whom had never faced a hurricane, than I do for folks in Florida and along the Gulf Coast who fail to prepare adequately and/or evacuate when told to, and then scream for help and relief from the government. But complaining because the government didn’t reimburse you for the full value of your destroyed home? Mushhead personified.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2012 8:47 pm

      I know – those poor people who forgot it was just a matter of time if you live near water (river, lake, ocean, gulf….)
      This area knows storms and almost everyone plans ahead – even if the hurricane boards for windows are annoying in the garage, you keep them ready.
      There are stages of living through a disaster just like grief: shock, depression, anger….
      Life isn’t fair. The hardest hit are always the elderly who don’t have family or resources – they are the vulnerable.
      Cheers for all the volunteers and Occupy kids who are out there making a difference.


      • PiedType / Nov 15 2012 7:20 pm

        It’s incomprehensible to me that so many people are still without power. While no one can afford to prepare fully for the a 100-year disaster, the no-power thing has become criminal incompetence, IMHO. I understand a class action suit has been brought against LIPA; I hope they win!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 7:47 pm

          We know locally that power companies / line operators delayed making improvements and updating equipment figuring a storm would come in eventually and then the gov. would help pay for repairs. Criminal to let things get into disrepair. It’s even worse with high rises.
          It always takes a long time to restore power even under the best of circumstances – people do not realize even once the lines are up and live, many houses will be disconnected because their wiring was damaged by flood/salt water. It seems to only get worse when you think it will get better. Next will be mold issues.
          At least with this high profile storm maybe others will make plans and prepare.
          Meanwhile the current storm victims are suffering and the holidays are coming. They and their children need safe dry warm housing and schools running.
          So proud of all the volunteers.
          Anyone who nearby who can go over and buy stuff from stores that have reopened – or eat in reopened restaurants will really help owners get bak on their feet. It’s important. It makes a difference – you don’t want those business to fail due to no business and leave empty buildings.


  2. Ally Bean / Nov 14 2012 8:41 pm

    “Angels will be angels!” And for this I’m eternally grateful. As for FEMA not reimbursing you enough, I have to wonder why anyone would believe that a government agency is an angel. A helping hand, yes. But an angel, no. Isn’t that what separation of church & state is all about? 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2012 8:58 pm

      THere are plenty of volunteer angels who showed up to help. The key word is “help”
      There’s always going to be those who are totally unrealistic and demanding….especially if they haven’t been through a disaster before – do they really think the government makes it all better?
      Thanks for constructing a comment


  3. katecrimmins / Nov 14 2012 9:46 pm

    Sigh! Your posts always make me wonder about people. RC makes much more sense about life than most people. *paw waves*


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 1:33 am

      Oh, HRD RC is so appreciative. (She is very annoyingly pawsing that she has a very important post that needs to be written..and staff is so slow in responding) Thanks for pondering along


  4. jmmcdowell / Nov 14 2012 11:49 pm

    Yeesh, since when is FEMA an insurance company? That guy probably screams government is too big when someone else gets the assistance. Methinks the joy of the holiday season may be a bit strained this year.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 1:39 am

      Sometimes it looks different on TV than disasters do when they happen to you? Everyone gets a little frustrated when things are bad. Unfortunately he’ll probably get more than his share just to make him go away…he probably won’t realize/care that means someone else gets less than they should. Thanks for Nailing it with your comment


  5. EllaDee / Nov 15 2012 12:19 am

    Great post, and valuable information. I feel terribly sorry for people who lose their homes due to any sort of disaster and I know it’s not a perfect commodity but you’re so far better of with house insurance than without it. It’s all about personal responsibility. In the last few years our house & contents insurance premium has increased by 350 % due to recent fire and flood disaster claims, and a change in the regulations around flood damage so policy holiders are effectively covered without loopholes or gaps. 6 years ago we had a claim when the back outdoor area of our roof was blown by a mini tornado on to the house roof and also destabilised the framework of our outdoor area… Without that insurance policy we’d have been out of pocket thousands & thousands of dollars, trying to find contractors and may have suffered further loss… because the insurance company was worried with forecast summer rain the damaged roof would leak and damage the recently renovated interior of the 80+ year old house, so the work was completed in 25 days… in a rural area were we often have trouble getting contractors to ‘come out’… Our’s was a simple, non traumatic lesson… if you can’t afford to lose your house, or the ability to live in it, you can’t afford to be without house insurance. If my old age pensioner mother-in-law can budget to afford it, anyone can.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 1:41 am

      Your response should be a major blog post. It’s all the truth.
      Thanks so much for taking time to build it to such perfection.


  6. gingerfightback / Nov 15 2012 10:18 am

    Great stuff as always – but those paintings always freak me out a little!


  7. Snoring Dog Studio / Nov 15 2012 1:19 pm

    I feel nothing but pity and compassion for those who’ve lost their homes. Yes, we’re a foolish lot, we humans. We do senseless and nonsensical things. We defy nature and gravity. In our moments of grief and terror, we think outrageous, not so reasonable things. I just don’t think this situation is one that merits scolding and condemnation. Thousands of people have to start over from scratch. I wouldn’t want it to be me.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 3:19 pm

      This storm certainly has shown many of us that there’s a large part of the population that hasn’t experienced disasters – and do not have a clear picture of what goes on before, during or after (for years). So perhaps some results will be good and beneficial.
      People are odd.
      Some people learn the hard way – look at where they build: near large bodies of water on low land or in mountain forests that burn or slide. That’s OK. Recovery and rebuilding takes years.
      Stomping feet doesn’t help.
      There are stages of emotional recovery after disaster just like grieving a death – anger and frustration are part of that – ask anyone who’s been there.
      And as you say – it’s not fun, but lots of lesson learned. Thanks for building the chat


      • Snoring Dog Studio / Nov 16 2012 12:21 am

        You’re very welcome. I do enjoy your blog immensely!


  8. aFrankAngle / Nov 15 2012 1:48 pm

    Such a wide range of emotions in this post. Nonetheless, we are a selfish lot, but we are also the ones who help.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2012 3:23 pm

      Glad you found something to tickle the brain – gaol accomplished (consensus of opinion not required – differences are good!)
      Humans may be selfish, but how human to rush in and help (post currently simmering on that)
      Thanks for hammering out a comment


  9. shoreacres / Nov 16 2012 1:36 am

    From what I can figure out, homeowners’ insurance isn’t going to help the worst off – those on Coney Island & environs who are living in high rises. Most of them probably don’t have renters’ insurance, and when the Red Cross, et. al., showed up with blankets, food, etc., they distributed it on the ground floor. The elderly, the ailing, the disabled weren’t able to get down all those stairs – and back up! – to get it.

    Never mind parties or politics – I was furious to hear Obama and Bloomberg today. FURIOUS! I tell you! talking about how much progress has been made while many people in the boroughs still are without heat, food, water. There was a gal on the Osgood File this morning talking about it. If you want a good look, here’s a flickr album .

    I confess – that first photo is one of my favorites. I used a Waterhouse woman for my first avatar. Unfortunately, when it was cropped, it looked like she was wearing hijab. I couldn’t figure out for a while why I was getting so many comments from Pakistan!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 2:47 pm

      Great comments. Maybe one good thing coming out of Sandy is a awakening that you need to plan for the worst – and realized how important self reliance is. Can’t count on anyone – and neighbors need to pull together. (and really understand what your insurance coverage is)
      How irritating some people will use other’s misery for their own advancement.
      Glad you like the Waterhouse image – there are so many wonderful pictures – all waiting for a story and their turn on the stage. Thanks for traveling over



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