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July 11, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Ashes. Dusted. Done.


farm girl standing in dusty field. 1940. (USPD. NARA image by Rondal,

“You think you’ve got problems? Feeling more ground-up than grounded.” (USPD/

Ashes arrive for Spring.

Dust for summer.

Whim blown. Bleary eyed, carry on.

To spare the sinuses, fashion recommendations:

Fireman in gas mask. (USPD: US Navy photo/

With this mask and these gloves, you’re covered for Spring smoke. No claims made about heat stroke, though. (USPD/

Each spring they burn the agricultural fields in Mexico. Texas, for some unfathomable reason, imports the smoke. (But it’s Texas, so logic confounds.)

Sometimes hazes so thick school children can’t go out and play.

Not sure what good cutting smoke and emissions here is when we simply get gagged and sick from what wafts north each year. Thoughtless neighbors.

Can someone ask Trump if giant fans blowing south could be installed at the top of that border wall?

Might be worth a whirl. Might even spin a few climbers back where they came from? Win-Spin!

Although some creative entrepreneur would probably turn it into an entertainment complex ride. Possible since not having to deal with the US safety regulations. That’s the fall out from similar things.

Speaking about how the wind blows, might consider this as appropriate attire for the next few simmering summer days.

 The real Mata Hari dressed in raqs sharaqi among group of similar women. Photo in Museum Guimet, Paris (PD. pub. date/

It’s like a Tupperware party: “Really, ladies, dressing for dust and still maintaining cool is easy with wraps and veils.” (PD/

No, it’s not applauding diversity and cultural differences. It’s registering practicality.

The Saharan dust cloud has arrived. Car washes will be busy.

Not exactly the desired glimmer hoped for by beach bunnies who were finally convinced sticky sunblock is important.

Hey, is this another sneaky way of flying in products that will take the place of those “Made in the USA”? Are the sand pits and sand boxes of American feeling this rubs against the grain?

Will environmentalists shame anyone decrying Saharan dust as anti-nature?  (I can hear the chants now: “Replenish the soil without low paid toil.”)

Oh, there will be no federal Swiffer duster kits hand outs. The ENT specialists, allergists, and Healthcare lobbyists will block that only seeing potential customers.

Well, the Saharan dust does usually brings some nice sunsets.

Just don’t breath in too deeply during the viewing. Sort of the way everything’s going right now.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

woman in Egyption-look costume with wings. 1915. Geo. Eastman House Collection (

Sometimes you just want to fly away from all the sound and fury signifying nothing.
Oh? No, it is not true that this is a proposed outfit for mosquito control during the Olympics. They sent out invitations to those of us who are natural mosquito magnets to attend the Olympic promising a bird’s-eye view suspended above the stadium seating areas….but there’s something suspicious about it, so declined. (USPD/

Know locally, but maybe not by you: why Police Chief David Brown, a man who grew up in Dallas and who has seen the tragedy of violence in his own personal life is the right man for steadying Dallas right now.

Oh, to those who would subvert the Black Lives Matter message, some of those cops you are attacking nationwide are of Hispanic/Latino descent among other races/ethnic groups and mixes …Suppose “All look alike”. Cops is cops: all the same to you.

Also note, those peaceful marchers in Dallas, like in so many places, are a widely diverse crowd including many white and those that look “white” including Latinos, Asians, and, of course, all the “mixed races” and “others”. We’re really a collection of mutts here. No problemo.

So please dust off your brains and say what’s true, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum: ALL lives matter and murder is murder no matter the color. Not one more or less important than the other.  

Equal is equal. No excuses for one just because…

We already know what kind of country we want, Tweedle-Dee: one where the laws on the books are firmly enforced. Not one where political figures just pass more and more legislation that is fêted, then ignored like the rest.

I know it’s hard for you two to fathom that – living as you do in cozy isolation apart from others not of your kind (among political amigos, that is). Totally protected by wealth and security personnel…

Those archaics stuck in the past, like you two, should be relegated to the dusty archives.

Shoulder to shoulder we stand as one or sink together.

Now shake off the difficulties. Everyone smile and sing along:



  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 11 2016 7:20 am

    yes all lives matter and we should use the energy we need to hate each other for better things…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2016 8:16 am

      And it would help if leaders, parents, church members, school teachers chose to chant “ALL lives matter” each morning as they looke in the mirror and before the stepped out the door….and teach their kids to say it, too. Chant it with your kids. It’s the only hope.
      Teach your children well…or it stays the same. Sigh. Now everyone into the pool! Thanks for barking along


  2. marthaschaefer / Jul 11 2016 7:42 am

    If I thought the world was falling apart before the 4th of July weekend, I now know there is no end to the horror we can bring upon ourselves.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2016 8:27 am

      All you can hope is like the dust eventually creating beautiful sunsets at the end of the day, perhaps people will regain their senses and get cooler head and realize how counter productive some actions – and speech is. What is not being said is as important as what is being ranted. Sadly some of those with influence are naively being used by those with destructive agendas in a totally different direction – and some of those who could really have impact and make a difference are choosing to say thing for political coin instead of calming people down and helping to restore order and confidence.
      Lots of drama out there – so many out there simply to capture stuff for social media. “Stange Days”….think there was a song about that from an equally turbulent time.
      Better to turn off all the noise and go outside. Thanks for dusting off a comment


  3. shoreacres / Jul 11 2016 1:53 pm

    And let us not forget the media personalities who condemn the “race hustlers” among us (both real and imagined), and who then turn right around and inform their listening audience that they’re going to “fight Quanelle X” in the next hour! tune in and listen! and give us your response on Facebook!!!”. (Do you hear me, KTRH and Matt Patrick?) Using provocative language to stir up an audience is no better than using it to stir up a mob. I’ve had it with most of them all of the time, and all of them most of the time.

    sigh and double sigh


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2016 4:06 pm

      You are so right. Between the politicians looking to get votes and the media trying to get viewers, and all this “be part of the story/action by commenting on our Facbook/twitter”…. unplug! unplug! What’s with the countries leaders? WHen will they unitedly stand up and say “ALL lives matter. Don’t kill. Murder is wrong.”
      Remember that “All I needed to know I leaned in Kindergarden”? That share, play fair, don’t hit, clean up your own mess, say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt someone, wash your hands before eating, flush,take a nap, and when you go into the outside world – watch for traffic and hold hands….
      Reverse and restart not a bad idea. Sigh indeed. Thanks for dusting off a comment to add.


  4. Chez Shea / Jul 11 2016 1:56 pm

    What a strange and mixed up world we live in- and yet we’ve all got so much in common. How can it be so hard to get along?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2016 5:00 pm

      MLK and Gandhi would be appalled at the twisting of message. But do those in the streets actually read/know the words written by those two – or does this crowd just parrot the buzz words someone hands them? A nap and a “sit in the corner and think” might do some good…along with a few leaders trying to unify by how we are alike and need to calm down and work together. Thanks for pondering the possibilities with a comment


  5. The Coastal Crone / Jul 11 2016 8:15 pm

    The smoke from Mexico would come right over that wall. Nothing seemed to stop it this year. Loose clothes seem appropriate for the heat. Yes, Brown is the right man for this job right now. His painful past is hard to imagine and he still stayed to do his job! He even invited protesters to join the police force and be part of the change. “We’re hiring!” he said. Take care!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 12 2016 6:42 am

      It is certainly the looney season. Maybe the lack of oxygen from too much accumulation of smoke and dust in the lungs contributes to people taking leave of their senses. Can only hope that like the dust creating beautiful sky views at the end of the day, all this chaos will leave something positive at the end. Meanwhile: itchy eyes! Thanks for trudging along in the wordy desert of common sense.


  6. RKLikesReeses / Jul 12 2016 1:03 pm

    Ashes? What next!?

    The world’s a mess. Some bright lights, yes; comforting glows, steady rays to guide our way – but an awful lot of dangerously dark-hearted knuckleheads with axes to grind.

    Words matter.
    Yours ring true.

    Houses divided against themselves…

    Lincoln was right. Too bad so many people don’t remember or never believed it to begin with.

    On a much light note (I hope that’s OK): Mila wants to know if your dust winds qualify as “haboobs.” She thinks so bec she heard that Arizona has them. To be honest, I think she just likes saying “haboob” because it makes Pickles giggle. But who knows? She watches a lot of The Weather Channel.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 13 2016 6:47 am

      Tired of all the dust ups. Some may think they are proudly mirroring the idea/concepts of MLK,Gandhi, and the 60’s marches, but it appears to be only a shallow understanding. Probably spinning in their graves. More worrisome is that good hearted, well meaning people seem to be wearing blindfolds and are easily herded like sheep without a brain in their heads. There’s serious problems when people angrily protest and harshly criticize those saying “All lives matter”. Smoke must be in their eyes.
      Mila, the weather guys last week said this dust storm isn’t a haboob. It’s an annual thing with dust carried on the trade winds instead of a sudden wall of dust blown up and carried short distance (I think that’s the difference). While this cloud isn’t so dense you can’t see through it like a haboob, the very fine almost invisible sand is plenty sneezey…and more to show up this weekend. Where is that rain when we need it? (HA! said it twice – twice the giggles!)
      Thanks for marching over to leave a comment

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      • RKLikesReeses / Jul 13 2016 7:00 am

        Early morning giggles! What could be better? 🙂 (We all thank you)

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  7. PiedType / Jul 13 2016 8:54 pm

    The ash makes good fertilizer for poor farmers. Unfortunately. And I’ll trade you some forest fire smoke for your dust. Either way it’s dirty air that I’m better off not inhaling (like I have a choice).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2016 7:48 am

      More dust the next two days. (Sneeze). Actually the dust is also beneficial to farmlands here. Some choice: chemicals in the land or breathing toxic smoke and dust. Sound like the earth is out to get us? (maybe for good reason). Haven’t kept up with the forest fires much recently except in CA near realtives. While there were so many late rains, and I hadn’t seen Estes that green in years, it is fire season. Hope the wind blows the opposite dirrection from you. Thanks for brushing off a comment to leave


      • PiedType / Jul 14 2016 11:29 am

        There was a big fire north and west of Nederland that the wind was blowing toward my brother’s house on the west side of Boulder. He was in the pre-evac zone but never had to leave and the fire’s pretty much contained now. 600 acres, 8 homes lost. Two arrested for arson because they didn’t properly extinguish their illegal campfire.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2016 9:40 am

          Saw a bit of new footage. Idiots shouldn’t be allowed matches. Hope everything is settling down there. Looks like an extreme heat wave even for all of us this next week.(And with the polticial nonsense, I can promise I will be doing other things rather than turning on the TV for atleast 2 weeks. Are you into the new Pokemmon thing?..Even with that, it’s too hot to be outside here)


          • PiedType / Jul 17 2016 10:59 am

            Haven’t gotten into Pokemon. It looks really cute, but right now I’m burned out on augmented reality games after playing Ingress for so long.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2016 4:07 pm

            I can see people would grow tired of it. One baker’s shop is really has had an increase of sales (15%) since his place is a “gem” and important place to locate for gamers….can you see the potential for businesses to appraoch game developers saying “if you’d just put my place/location in your game, I would be glad to compensate….”


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