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August 27, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

History: Dust covers it, Clio.

An old joke: “Is it true,” the kid asks, “that people come from dust and end up as dust? If so there’s either someone coming or going under my bed.”

Things do crumble and fall upon the mercy of the winds’ and the environment’s whims.

What else traveled with the Saharan dust cloud that recently arrived?

Particles of events long done?

Prism rainbow on floor.No permissions granted. all rights reserved. Copyright

Written in stone. Not all it’s cracked up to be. ©

Charlie Brown thought about that when defending his disheveled friend Pig-Pen’s dust cloud.

Don’t think of it as dust. Just think of it as the dirt and dust of far-off lands blowing over here and settling on “Pig-Pen”! It staggers the imagination! He may be carrying the soil that was trod upon by Solomon or Nebuchadnezzar or Genghis Khan! (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Ideas like that could make one walk softly and ponder rather than complain.

Could tiny organisms, microscopic hitchhikers, be nestled in all that dust?

The tiniest immigrants carrying, like all other immigrants, pieces of pasts ready to plant and grow into a present and future perfect?

Will these find a place. Serve some vital purpose so become accepted?

Plants quickly nod in affirmation welcoming the dust’s baggage of iron and nutrients which replaces what the rain steals.

tree shadow on wall. No permissions granted. All rights reserved. Copyrighted

Reality? Perception is all that matters.

Who knows. Perhaps a wall of dusty clay bricks actually contains a library of the world’s history.

Maybe the Tree of Knowledge lives there in a shadowy sheltered existence.

Safe. Unrecognized. Undisturbed.

Curated by Clio?

Out of reach of humans and time.

After all it’s just dust.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

NASA image of Sahara dust storm, 2014

Odd. What does this dust cloud look like to you? Squint a bit. Clio? (NASA image)




  1. Beth / Aug 27 2014 2:00 pm

    I love this idea of dust carrying our history, being made up of something more profound. That Charlie Brown is a wise one.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2014 3:41 pm

      Schultz’s characters and their thoughts are remarkable. Underappreciated when first created. Then wildly embraced. Now once again languishing unrecognized and deemed for children, but too plain for the kids today? That line stuck in my memory from the first time I heard it.(Didn’t realize Pig-Pen was a parody of Lord of Flies first chapter according to author…must do some rereading..they didn’t mention that in high school)
      Thanks for sweeping over with a comment

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      • Beth / Aug 27 2014 10:09 pm

        Very interesting, I didn’t realize he was a parody of Lord of the Flies either. WOW! That makes me appreciate him even more.


  2. easyweimaraner / Aug 27 2014 2:43 pm

    Bet the dust could tell a lot of stories :o) A wise man once said even in the stones life exists, and they were dust once :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2014 3:44 pm

      Guess that’s what Molly’s looking for when she digs…the real dirt on things! Thanks for romping along.


  3. Carrie Rubin / Aug 27 2014 4:58 pm

    One thing becomes another in the cycle of life. After all, we’re all just a cluster of atoms. Interesting to think what’s wafting around in that dust.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2014 5:30 pm

      And people wonder why kids can’t sit still – maybe they feel all those atoms swirling constantly. A college prof. once said if we didn’t have filters that screened all the motion and sounds going on in the human body, we’d all be totally insane …Hmmmmm.
      Thanks for dusting up things here


      • Carrie Rubin / Aug 27 2014 5:32 pm

        So that’s what’s wrong with me. Missing filters. 😉


  4. Jay E. / Aug 27 2014 8:51 pm

    As a history teacher, I cannot “like” this enough!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2014 9:40 pm

      Sometimes things just pull together and work. Started with a tree shadow on the wall and a fooling with an image of a prism’s rainbow on the stone floor. Glad you were able to dig it.


  5. marthaschaefer / Aug 28 2014 1:38 am

    Blew the dust off some memories here, Phil. Thanks for your wise words.


  6. Littlesundog / Aug 28 2014 2:33 am

    The song by the group, Kansas, “Dust In The Wind” popped into my head reading this… now I can’t get it out. Dang it!! 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 28 2014 2:28 pm

      Oh, should have linked that one in there….(but now it’s breezing through my brain…going to be a long dusty day….over and over….)
      Thanks for sending a comment in on the wind!


  7. heretherebespiders / Aug 28 2014 7:55 am

    Looks like someone is coming!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 28 2014 2:29 pm

      RC says it better be kitten and not another nosey dog…She’s gone to check. Thanks for rolling in with a comment


  8. PiedType / Aug 29 2014 12:37 am

    Funny I’d never really thought about the bits of history, etc., that, quite literally, form the world’s dust. We all originated as star dust and will eventually become that dust again. Gotta dust the coffee table now. Hey, Tut, is that you?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2014 10:01 pm

      Cosmic dust – or even less. The whole concept of dust magnets could form into up into a nightmare/horror story…what if the dust from one got mixed up with another then reformed into a thing (Mr Potato Head style?) Creepy thought. Getting the shop vac to rid the place of any possibility…
      Thanks for sweeping a comment over


  9. pegoleg / Aug 29 2014 2:17 pm

    That old joke about the dust under the bed always gives me a chuckle. Thanks for giving me food for thought this morning.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2014 10:20 pm

      Maybe I should send the shop vac holdings to an archeologist. Who knows who Molly is bringing in between her toes. Thanks for clumping together a comment


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Aug 29 2014 4:18 pm

    There’s a lot more in dust than we can tell, I guess 😉 We didn’t know the saying about dust under the bed, Philmouse, maybe I can use that when my twofeet family wants to disturb me, when I’m lying in my bed 😀 I bet they never look under the bed again…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2014 10:24 pm

      RC Cat routinely checks under the bed – to make sure another nosey dog isn’t showing up there…She has plans to sweep out any suspicious shapes just in case! So glad you pawed over to chat. Happy weekend ( it’s rainy – we plan to snoooooze. Paw waves)

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  11. EllaDee / Sep 1 2014 6:30 am

    After a half a lifetime of of maintaining insane housekeeping standards it’s the absence of dust that now worries me… if my house is dust free it means I haven’t thought of better things to do. One of the great things about old houses is the intractable dust in the crevices and niches that should be honoured… I love the idea of the history of it 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 2:13 pm

      And now research is showing that babies and children who live in super clean houses are more likely to develop allergies and weaker immune systems…humans are really good at being so smart they harm themselves?
      Anyway, people would worry I was sick if our house was spotless…always some project going on…and then there’s the dog and cat….and a lot of laughs. (astute observation about benefit of older houses….will remember that). Thanks or dusting up a comment


  12. jmmcdowell / Sep 4 2014 12:20 am

    The universe is constantly changing, and as some things decay and die, their remains ultimately become part of something else. When I try to fathom things at that scale, I’m absolutely dumbfounded by the sheer existence of everything.

    The dust may be waiting to reveal its secrets to a species that isn’t bent on destroying itself….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 4 2014 1:49 pm

      Your last line is perfect. (to say more would only detract from your astute observations) Thanks for sweeping up a comment


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