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April 6, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Ironing Will

BW three arches. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

These arches, not golden ones. From curvilinear flow to straight and rigid, no.©

Three arches in black and white

A parody of life

Oracle in stone: see how it goes.

Opening with free looping exuberance

Then conforming lines lie. Pretending, blending into the pre-set mix

Finally, stiffly stacked and stuck in angular block.

Too late noted alternative paths slipped from sight

No bread crumbs. One way.

Hard stop

BW doorway with gate. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Barred entrance or blocked exit. As with everything, perspective makes the difference.©

Life lined out.

A small offering from the Realm

Life’s litter? We said nothing of the sort. Absurd thought. Record only what We wish

As dictated by HRH RC Cat to Staff

cat on couch. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

The only barriers are those which are allowed, respected,..or obeyed…and who does that? HRH RC Cat ©



  1. Kate Crimmins / Apr 6 2016 7:15 am

    Looks like a dog barrier to me. Nothing to do with RC! Note to RC: It’s hard enough finding competent staff. Finding staff that can type, spectacular. Don’t tell them. They’ll want more rewards.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2016 7:21 am

      RC Cat: “We found it necessary to oversee the painting of such room. The Molly is rather inconsiderate about flinging floating dog fluff everywhere – and We did not wish a textured finish. Out of kindness, We shall not mention her habit of wiping her mouth and shoulder dry on the wall. Sigh. Duties of the Realm are never done leaving Us little time for Our poetry. We hope you excuse Our lack of waving in thanks, but flying fluff, you know. A nod. Yes, yes. An elegant nod of thanks!”

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  2. Paul / Apr 6 2016 7:27 am

    Ha! Indeed. i have always held that bars keep people in as well as out – they are destructive to both sides. I love looking at the less obvious perspective on life. For instance to HRH’s point I have never believed as a citizen or as a manager, that rules should be made that cannot be enforced. Such action does not modify the targeted behavior but rather engenders a disdain for authority. In B-school we studied corporate tax filing rules. Our prof was an expert in the area and, being the best in Ottawa, frequently testified in the highest courts including the Supreme Court on tax evasion cases – on behalf of whichever side he felt was right. It absolutely blew me away to realize that federal corporate taxes are governed by a small little binder with less than 150 pages and which was updated yearly. it was small enough that it could be slipped into the inside pocket of a jacket. When I asked how such a tiny book could hold all the rules, the Prof grinned and explained. There are so many different businesses in Canada and each is best doing their accounting in the manner that is most efficient for their individual needs, that no book could hold all the rules. So, instead, the makers of the legislation satisfied themselves with top level rules only. For instance any revenue over and above expenses that is not an exemption as delineated in the book, is taxable. Canada has a corporate tax rule called GAAR (General Anti-Avoidance Rule). That rule states that all profit is taxable regardless if there are any rules about it or not. It is only NOT taxable if a rule makes it so. This is in contrast to personal tax which is only charged when the rules say it should be charged – the logical inverse of the corporate rules.

    And life is like that too -inevitably there are at least two ways to look at anything. For instance there is a type of communication tower called a “guyed mast” that is a very very tall steel tower that is skinny and of same dimensions from top to bottom. It is supported by many steel cables (called guys). When seen from a distance it is impossible to tell if the cables are holding the tower up to keep it from crashing down or if they are securing it to the ground to keep it from sailing away like a rocket ship. Here’s a guyed mast in the Netherlands with Christmas lights on the guys to make them more visible:

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2016 7:36 am

      Staff: All that taxing information puts you ahead of the curve. Big sailboats depend on the same type of wires – the sails are just decoration and added fun. Usually the few strong, cleanly sorted, and neatly anchored works best to keep things sailing along – or brightly lit! (Cool link!)
      With a swirling of common sense and a sense of humor everything works better. Thanks for anchoring the comment dock

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      • Paul / Apr 6 2016 7:53 am

        That’s true, eh – I had forgotten about sailboat masts, good point.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2016 7:57 am

          Oh, I thought you did that intentionally to leave opening for a connected response. Besides most people don’t have water views, but buildings, gads, they are blocking the sky everywhere. (I always think of King Kong hanging off that pole at the top of the building.The ancient film. Vintage is better for some things HA HA)

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  3. susielindau / Apr 6 2016 8:31 am

    Too bad we can’t transform to water and seep through…
    Lovely prose.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2016 9:10 am

      Or if being really patient and civic minded, we could slowly rust it all away. Thanks for the encouragement and towing a watery comment this way.


    • Erik / Apr 7 2016 12:08 am

      Zan of the Wonder Twins could have:

      “Wonder twin powers ACTIVATE! Form of …”

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  4. sustainabilitea / Apr 6 2016 12:34 pm

    After reading the exchange between you and Paul, I think I’ll just say I was here and leave. Oh, yes, but not before mentioning that perhaps le chat should think about a book of poetry. 🙂 (I love when my flying fingers misspell “poetry” as “poetyr.” Looks very Russian, perhaps for “Peter.”)


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    • Erik / Apr 7 2016 12:04 am

      Yes, the Russian for “Peter” (which you may already know) does sound similar to your typo-version, if perhaps the ‘e’ and ‘o’ were also swapped. 🙂


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:32 am

        RC Cat: “Oh, yes, yes, We are such a creative and well traveled lot. Delightful puzzlements abound…and foreign mousies are equally welcomed as an entertaining lunch, oh, silly, that was FOR a brunch with entertainment “


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:23 am

      RC Cat: “We find that flying fingers reveal hidden truths from the well of creativity. Yes, yes. poetyr is simply the title given to one who attempts to hold the fleeting butterfly of written art. Now One must practice, so if you wouldn’t mind opening the window a tiny bit so We could practice Our Monarch paw swipes, Oh, silliness, We mean practice Our Monarch butterfly writes….Oh? Well, We shall look forward to your next visit. A fine paw wave to get you on your way.”

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  5. Ally Bean / Apr 6 2016 3:09 pm

    Barriers are only as significant as how we choose to perceive them. Clearly RC Cat sees nothing in her way. Lovely photos.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:17 am

      RC Cat: “Barriers are simply a chance to exercise mind and body. We shall send a soft cheek pat as thanks for your lovely insights.”


  6. The Hook / Apr 6 2016 3:56 pm

    HRH RC Cat has a gift…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:15 am

      RC Cat: “A gift? Oh, yes, yes. We love gifts whether it is in the form of mousies or open cans of cat food. How kind of you to bring one, but We fear some bandit cat has snatched it from Our doorway. Purrhaps you should contact FedEx about tracing said gift. Meanwhile, it is the thought that counts..and We are counting on you not being so feverish as to forget. A grand paw wave to you and hopes you are feeling better! We shall gift you that, too!”


  7. Larissa Thomson / Apr 6 2016 4:19 pm

    Fabulous images and poetry. (Do I dare confine your posted words to the label of poetry, paragraph, or prose? Labels are so restrictive. Like gates.) I’m glad HRH RC Cat knows her creative independent mind. Good thing you’re on call as Staff to be there when she is inspired!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:11 am

      RC Cat: “Staff is nothing without direction. We graciously accept your kind words. In thanks We shall send a grand paw wave to you…We are standing up very tall so you will have a clear view. You see Us, yes? Purrfect.”

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      • Larissa Thomson / Apr 7 2016 9:22 am

        And a Grand Paw wave back. You are quite the cat!


  8. Erik / Apr 7 2016 12:12 am

    I think the angle at which you captured the first image, juxtaposed with the full shot of the second, worked perfectly to instill curiosity about what was left unseen.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:08 am

      Left unseen was the Three Barkateers noticing the mailman was down the block.
      (Architecture says a great deal about a society, doesn’t it? Strip centers, giant ribbons of paved freeways, and odd bits of rubble from structures that must have been designed for only temporary use…..what will the archeologist surmise?)
      Appreciate your analytical comment! Thanks


  9. marthaschaefer / Apr 7 2016 6:49 am

    I have yet to find a barrier that contained a cat. Dogs will sit and complain – always on the wrong side of the fence. But a cat merely sees the obstacle as a new way to exercise.

    Lovely prose/poetry and the images were perfect for making one think…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 7 2016 9:04 am

      There’s always discussions about the territorial borders agreed upon….especially if Molly has the German visiting. A gentle reminder about manners (and senior leadership, RC Cat adds). Realistically, we all know it’s only by whim that the gates remain as all parties can easily go over or through them…but the fun seems to be at the gates….RC Stands up straight and tall and easily whacks sleeping or standing dogs repeatedly with The Paw (oddly with nor hard feeling by the dogs) and the dogs delight in barking right over sleeping cat ears. We do discourage large front two dog paws on the gate while happily barking at the cat who is totally ignoring them as the gate does occasionally fall which freaks all of them out.
      RC Cat is much happier when there’s something going on in the gated room and she can go in to supervise, but the Molly can’t…RC says such situations are good as it encourages dog thinking exercises or was that dog gets a headache…she was muttering, so it’s difficult to say.
      Paw waves and thanks for opening the comment door


      • marthaschaefer / Apr 8 2016 5:43 am

        “Dog thinking exercises” hmmm, RC I think you are giving them too much credit!


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