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November 16, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Cry if you want to – but it’s not your party.

Not too desperately seeking a record-setting party girl.

Lesley, cry if you want to. We’ll hear.

But not gonna stay long to console you

Just too close to the Washington news right now.

Too much drama.

Here, it’s my party and I’ll post what want to.

Ah, the Alhambra. (Image: Yves Remedios /

Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;

Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

(From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, IX – FitzGerald translation, 1889)

Bedouin's Prize Steed. 1893. World's Columbian Exposition. (Public domain

Bedouin and his prize steed.(1893)

Ran across some antiquities while musing over The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám 

From horsemen under different skies – not quite as elegant.

But also reflections by troubadours from a bygone era.

Return with us now to the exciting days of yesteryear.

Cowboy Rules from not so long ago.

McClintock’s horse. (Image: McClintock, 1870-1949.Beinecke Library/

Hopalong Cassidy’s “Creed for Boys and Girls”:

  1. The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be mindful at all times.
  2. Your parents are the best friends you have. Listen to them and obey their instructions.
  3. If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way.
  4. Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don’t be lazy.
  5. Your good deeds always come to light. So don’t boast or be a show off.
  6. If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice thrift in all ways.
  7. Many animals are good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to them.
  8. A strong, healthy body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.
  9. Our country’s laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.
  10. Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and proud you are an American

(Image: McClintock, 1870-1949. Beinecke

Roy Roger’s “Rider’s Rules”

  1. Be neat and clean.
  2. Be courteous and polite.
  3. Always obey your parents.
  4. Protect the weak and help them.
  5. Be brave but never take chances.
  6. Study hard and learn all you can
  7. Be kind to animals and care for them.
  8. Eat all your food and never waste any.
  9. Love God and go to Sunday School regularly.
  10. Always respect our flag and our country.

Chuckwagon.By JCH Grabill:Library of public domain)

Gene Autry’s “Ten Commandments of the Cowboy”

1. A cowboy never takes unfair advantage.
2. A cowboy never betrays a trust.
3. A cowboy always tells the truth.
4. A cowboy is kind to small children, to old folks, and to animals.
5. A cowboy is free from racial and religious prejudice.
6. A cowboy is helpful and when anyone’s in trouble he lends a hand.
7. A cowboy is a good worker.
8. A cowboy is clean about his person and in thought, word, and deed.
9. A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents, and the laws of his country.
10. A cowboy is a patriot.

1957 My Friend Flicka.

The Lone Ranger’s Creed:

“I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”

There’s more than meets the eye. (

That’s some cowboy thoughts from the Wild West.

All those nights out along under the stars gave perspective?

Simple. Plain spoken.

Essential stuff.

Funny, probably 90% of these could be translated into other languages and they would fit right in there, too.

Universal truths?

Forgotten cosmic melodies?

Stellar sight. (Image: /

A seat outside: quite a gift.

Icing on the cake, for sure.

(Image. MarcCooperUK/

One more bit of brain candy:

The sphere upon which mortals come and go,

Has no end nor beginning that we know;

And none there is to tell us in plain truth:

Whence do we come and whither do we go. 

(from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 75.Ahmad Saidi translation.)

Now have some cake.

Watch out for the candles.

And altogether now:

Happy Trails to You‘Til we meet again.

Seems fittin’

After all, it’s my party and I’ll post what I want to.

Thanks for coming!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.


  1. shoreacres / Nov 16 2012 3:09 am

    Simple is good.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:13 pm

      This one would have been better if it had been more concise…but it’s my birthday and I like the contrast of the pictures. So tolerate a whim today. (giggling …not even able to pen a simple reply!) THanks for galloping over


      • shoreacres / Nov 16 2012 3:16 pm

        Happy Birthday! I just wrote it down in my Book of Important Stuff – if I don’t lose the book, remember to look in it and still have the capacity to remember who my friends are, I may be prepared for the occasion next year! I hope you’ve got a great day planned!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 4:31 pm

          Book of Important Stuff (sounds Pooh-ish, one of my favorites) – I’m honored, thanks. (Had BarBque across the lake yesterday – yummy! You were right – great spot)


  2. jannatwrites / Nov 16 2012 3:49 am

    It’s sad that the cowboy rules aren’t more prevalent. So nice and simple.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:17 pm

      Things said briefly often have the most clarity. Works with training dogs….human DNA isn’t all that different than theirs? Thanks for trotting over to chat


  3. EllaDee / Nov 16 2012 5:01 am

    Your sentiments are echoed by… “When we think of the past, we forget the fools and remember the sage. We reverse the process for our own time”. ~ George Boas… it’s trotted out quite a bit but it doesn’t make it, and the cowboy thoughts any less worthy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:24 pm

      Great quote – have heard it in different words, glad to see the actual author and words.
      Is it a worry that these days “fools” seem to be celebrated and “sages” ridiculed or ignored? Topsy turvy backwards world!
      Thanks for bringing George to the party!


  4. robstroud / Nov 16 2012 5:05 am

    I surely wish everyone could enjoy safe and “happy trails” that we were promised as children, listening to those innocent songs of our youth…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:26 pm

      It’s nice to put on the rose colored glasses once in a while. Never hurts to remember the past – and hold on to the good there in the face of turmoil. Thanks for singing along


  5. roughseasinthemed / Nov 16 2012 8:31 am

    Throwing a spanner in the works here (couldn’t think of an appropriate metaphor) but I don’t agree with half of those platitudinous rules. Some are fine – respect others, especially, weaker people, older people, children, animals etc.

    But in truth, your parents aren’t always right. Good deeds don’t always come to light, and you get nowhere in a career if you don’t tell people how good you are. Nor do I think the laws of – my – country are there for my protection. Half of them are there to control people and bring in additional money. And I didn’t like sunday school.

    There are ideals and there is reality. Sadly.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:42 pm

      Hey! SO glad you are back – been wondering. Found the antiquities interesting? So different from modern world
      What got me started on this was the odd thing about how you can find almost identical concepts/artistic designs across cultures. Horsemen in Argentina, Spain, Morocco, Russia, the US plains states and such have so much in common – even though they live so far apart and never spoke. (I stumbled over all sorts of similar horseman pix)
      If you examine the weavings around the world, you find patterns and designs mirrored from cultures that never touched. I’ve got Moroccan rugs with almost identical designs/colors(colors- not too surprising – animal hair and vegetable dyes the same most places) to rugs from Arizona/New Mexico. Same with pottery and jewelry patterns/designs.
      Of course we are all under the same sky – the tile mosaic designs are so similar to the night sky photo. So since it’s my party, I just jammed it all in there.
      (Something for everyone – just like Wallyworld?)
      Paw waves to Pippa! (RC has been snarling that staff hasn’t posted her recent press releases – will have to get to that this weekend…) Thanks for riding over


  6. CATachresis / Nov 16 2012 10:23 am

    Interesting! Most of those “rules” can be found in the bible in some form!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:49 pm

      Actually I hadn’t seen all of these selections before – but was struck at the similarities and also noticed many concepts were found in the Bible – and other holy books. Thanks for presenting that idea!


  7. Ally Bean / Nov 16 2012 12:13 pm

    “A cowgirl gets up in the morning, decides what she wants to do and does it.” ~ Marie Lords, 1861

    Forget the boys and all their platitudes! I think this cowgirl says it best. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 3:53 pm

      Cowgirls have it figured out…..were self reliant and independent long before the women’s lib movement. Thanks for the quote and the author!


  8. robpixaday / Nov 16 2012 12:55 pm

    Ahhhh………… many memories!!!! Have to admit I was singing “Happy Trails” about a third of the way in. Wow.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 4:21 pm

      YEA! The old west pix are pretty great, aren’t they. Glad you stopped by to sing along (and hope things are going well)


  9. aFrankAngle / Nov 16 2012 2:19 pm

    The various cowboy lists is reinforces that key principles are established during simpler times … thus the ones we need today to cut through the muddle.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 4:26 pm

      Seems like many of those key principles are timeless advice. We sure need some sort of life raft in the turbulence. Thanks for pulling up to the table


  10. robpixaday / Nov 16 2012 4:55 pm

    Wait…it’s your birthday?
    ::tosses confetti::
    Have a FABULOUS one!!!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 5:46 pm

      Thanks! Love the confetti…wait – dog eating it. dog eating it. Glad you came to celebrate!


  11. The Hook / Nov 16 2012 5:59 pm

    As always, cool marriage of pics and prose…


  12. jmmcdowell / Nov 16 2012 7:55 pm

    For me, it doesn’t get any simpler or truer than “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Alas, too many people don’t seem to share that view. Maybe someday.

    And Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful year. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 10:50 pm

      That one sentence should be enough. Maybe it will come back into style – worked for a long time. Thanks for joining the celebration


  13. heretherebespiders / Nov 16 2012 8:06 pm

    Happy birthday! Didn’t Lash la Rue have a creed? I only mention him because my mother got to interview him for the paper when he was mostly forgotten 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2012 10:51 pm

      OH, will have to look that up! Did your mother relay any stories from the interview? Very cool.
      Thank for floating the party balloons this way!


      • heretherebespiders / Nov 17 2012 1:27 am

        I did something scary because of this post. I looked up my mom’s paper and they have no archives – so I emailed the one person who worked there in 1997 and still does, and offered to transcribe my mother’s old articles. I have no idea if I will even get a response. But… there was an interview with someone who claimed to be Darla from the Little Rascals (and lied, such an embarrassment), Bob Hope, and Lash Le Rue! And a ride with the Blue Angels, and so much more. I hope they give me the chance, and I thank you for giving me the idea to even ask!


  14. Kourtney Heintz / Nov 21 2012 5:17 am

    Great words to live by from cowboys. Thanks for reminding me of the need for a personal code to live by. 🙂


  15. Beth / Nov 24 2012 12:43 pm

    Now I’m feeling quite nostalgic for old Westerns. I’m having to catch back up with your blog. At some point, WordPress stopped sending me update notices, so I dropped by to find I’m about a month behind. More joyful reading for me!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 24 2012 6:24 pm

      (WP is being quirky again – I’m missing notices on some blogs, too.) Welcome back – hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!
      Glad you checked back by.


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