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March 7, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Straitlaced and the hanging loose.

Tree. Looking skyward through hanging moss. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Things are looking up. Supermoon, eclipse, and asteroid all on the same day, March 8th. Helmets on?©

Queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg.1910. Joauin Sorolla/ USPD: date of pub, artist life/

Draped for fashion, protection, or intimidation?(USPD)

Stately. Distant. Mysterious.

Draped with grand dignity or great dread. (Certainly not talking to the likes of we. Most likely viewed as simple hanger-oners.)

Of such standing, they breeze above daily common concerns. Would that we all.

Mossy tree. Egret Bay.ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Hanging around with this Lady in grey.©

Bin decided. We voted:  Don’t feel like dying on this flight. No one can bring/use a hibachi on a flight either, so get over it.

1920.Maria Kuznetsova in Spanish costume.postcard/USPD.artist life/

She has standing – even draped and laced.(USPD)

Vape at home. Between the batteries and suspect chemicals in the aerosol cans, e-cigs banned.

Might actually prevent some fist fights on board. Seen the snotty combative glares between users and non users?


Tall moss draped tree in park. All rights reserved. Copyrighted. No permissions granted

Rumored to throw caution and acorns to the winds. Could be a nut case, though.©

Give Mom a break. Let her go shopping instead of helicoptering.

The statewide Great Texas Warrant Round-up has begun. Cops gather up all the outstanding warrants and chase down the ones involved at work or play and to haul them to jail and a judge.

Public service announcements have been running all week about “Come on down and pay up now.” The courts are happy to offer payment programs if needed or will substitute public service for those unable to pay fines or fees. As you can imagine, courthouses have been busy.

1829-1832.Vincente Lopez y Portana.Dona Gertrudis de Compte ye de Bruga/USPD. artist life/

Stalwart defender. Everyone knows determined fans can be deadly.(USPD)

A reporter chatted with one nice looking young man as he stepped out after settling accounts. “Yeah, I had some traffic tickets and can’t have them showing up and dragging me off.” Big smiles and grins by all – as the camera swings around to the sweatshirted young man’s right.

There stood mom who proceeded to announce that she made him come down and take care of things. “He’s got two young boys and a pregnant wife at home. He can’t have the cops showing up.”

Uh, mixed reviews. Great mom is seeing that her kid does what needs to be done, but at some point maybe a parent of an adult might consider stepping back a little.


Herding thoughts towards a more uplifting round up, (balancing with the help of another devoted mom) Amberley Snyder is back in the saddle.

Moss hanging out of tree. All rights reserved. Copyrighted.NO permissions granted

Stylishly swept to the side. Curves are in.©

Before she was 18, Amberley was on the fast track with her barrel racing horses: a world champion. Until her truck rolled and she was left completely paralyzed below the waist. (Wear those seat belts, kiddies. And don’t be a distracted driver)

From day one of her rehab therapy, she was determined to “Walk, ride, rodeo”.

Odds against her, she is riding again after 6 years. Watch her incredible journey here.

It wasn’t easy. She almost gave up. But Mom had the wisdom to say things like “Your horses have been hurt before and you waited for them to heal. They will do the same with you.” The horses have rewired their brains to ignore any bumps of touches from their rider’s legs or feet. Even more incredible, Amberley has begun to have some sensation of feeling in her legs. Doctors think it’s the riding: the stimulation on the spine.

Therapy horses’ rolling gait has been credited before for miracles with brain injuries, autism, and troubled minds.

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Study arms able to support a Halloween event .©

Seems mother do really know best.

Just because they are draped, doesn’t mean they don’t know growth when it appears.

woman.Raquel Meller.1910. Julio Romero de Torres:USPD.artist life/

Skirting issues.(USPD)

Lichens it, or not.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Tree with a lot of hanging moss. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Glad rags on. For whatever comes.Watch the solar eclipse live .©










  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 7 2016 6:35 am

    I’ve heard that too about the exploding e-cigarettes and I think it’s right to ban them from airplanes… they also have a bad sideeffect: they cause thunderstorms in stomachs… and that could be a problem with only one bag under the seat :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 7:19 am

      Mom always said so, Easy. (And they have eyes in backs of their heads!) Paw waves and thanks for popping over with a comment


  2. Kate Crimmins / Mar 7 2016 7:16 am

    It’s funny that there was a reporter doing interviews of people who owed but didn’t want negative publicity. Hmmmm….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 7:21 am

      Do-overs…as frequent as comb-overs. Neither ends up working well or giving the desired results. It just seemed funny to me, too…but I am easily amused. Thanks for going live with a comment!

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Mar 7 2016 9:45 am

    I hadn’t heard about the e-cig charger exploding. Off to check out that link. Thanks.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 12:53 pm

      Last week there was a video making the rounds from Kentucky news – a man had an e-cig in his pocket and it suddenly caught fire. When looking up that one, I was surprised to find out there were many others, too. Who knew so many were fired up? (Who needs natural disasters? Seems humans can do so much to themselves HA HA)
      Thanks for charging up a comment


      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 7 2016 1:21 pm

        From the articles you linked to, it looks like some people have had significant damage done to their jaw, throat, and teeth from exploding e-cig batteries. One was a 15-year-old kid. How awful.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 2:36 pm

          Odd how so little media is on this?
          It is awful.

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          • Carrie Rubin / Mar 7 2016 3:02 pm

            Yes, I’m surprised I haven’t seen it in my medical journals. I read them regularly. I’ll be on the lookout now. Thanks again.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 6:49 pm

            And these aren’t being marketed to kids, right? (These things will be showing up in spy/horror/conspiracy movies shortly…)

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  4. sportsattitudes / Mar 7 2016 12:11 pm

    Amberley’s story is inspirational indeed. What a beautiful irony that riding likely is helping her challenging situation improve. Her mother helped her hang in there and this may eventually be a case of time truly healing all wounds.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 12:55 pm

      Amberley’s story is another example proving that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Can’t help but root for her. Thanks for riding along and hanging up a comment

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  5. Ally Bean / Mar 7 2016 1:00 pm

    I didn’t know that the world would be ending tomorrow so I thank you for letting me know. If, by chance, it doesn’t end I’m going to try to be as determined as Amberley Snyder. If that woman can get on a horse, I certainly can walk on shanks’ mare a few more yards each day.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2016 2:39 pm

      I don’t know whether to sleep late or not tomorrow. (Did you notice the name of the astroid? TX 68. Great. It knows where I live.) Glad to be of service. Thanks for gliding in to chat

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  6. Paul / Mar 8 2016 9:51 pm

    Hmmm, interesting post Phil. I lichens it. Bwahaha!


  7. jubilare / Mar 9 2016 7:45 am

    O_o exploding e-cigs? That… is worrisome. I don’t smoke or vape, but I have friends who do…

    Also, horseback-therapy for the win. I love your blog, you know that? I really, really do.


  8. marthaschaefer / Mar 13 2016 12:41 pm

    I saw a video of Amberley and was inspired! Horses are amazing therapy. I wrote about a little mustang mare who took such care of her owner when the woman was struck down by a brain tumor. We had a last trail ride in her honor and I watched from behind as her mare balanced her and showed unbelievable intuition. Spring is springing here Phil! Raked out my gardens and green shoots are appearing!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 14 2016 4:21 pm

      I remember that wonder filled post. Maybe one reason humans are so cross and in such a mess is that we left the animals, our guides, on the farms when we left. Animals – especially large ones- are well known to change people and adapt to their needs.
      It was 80 today and it feels like spring – turning the clock up may have jump started the season…lots and lots of oak pollen. Got the before storm season tree trilling done. Still they are saying next week will be back to upper 40’s-low 60’s…difficult to hold off on those flowers in the nursery. Enjoy the outdoors – and thanks for hanging out around here

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