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December 30, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Arriving: The newly hatched.

Billina, Chicken of Oz vigilantly standing on guard on fence by water.. (by Andre Koehne. /

“Don’t mess with the chicken.” Billina, Chicken of Oz. (Koehne/

Ask the darn chickens about it. (They are known for sittin’ on stuff, you know.)

Both hawks and doves like to feather their own nests by bribing feeding their chosen flock leader. It’s for the chicks! Oh, OK. Some may not see it as a way into the hen house and might actually be concerned about saving the children and all.

Wouldn’t it just be ducky if for every penny a political donor fed to a candidate’s campaign, the same amount had to be donated to something real with long-term benefits?

How about for medical research at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals Children’s Burn/treatment centers or any U.S. children’s hospital with successful research groups with established track records?

Saving the children and all.

Now that might hatch real hope and change.

woman in feathers talking to two men. 1912 Grimms Household Tales/ R.A. Bell, ill. (USPD: pub date/

“Look, hope may float, but… Don’t matter if that’s chicken or turkey. Ain’t gonna fly. Too much wait.”(USPD/

Something to crow about.

Afterall, 2017 is a Yin year of the Fire Rooster.

As opposed to the Wood Rooster, Earth Rooster, Gold Rooster, and Water Rooster

Oddly, it won’t be a lucky year for those born Roosters. (Find out if that’s you here.)

Scratching the surface, it seems like chickens are in the know.

It would be nice to know why though.

That in the same carton of eggs from the exact same farm with the identical variety of hens who had the identical lifestyle and food sources, that one egg will have a sturdy tough shell and the next will be delicate, thin shelled – easily cracked and lost.

Funny that’s a lot like people, too.

Gotta cluckle over that grain of thought

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

“I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.” E.B. White, author

“Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched” Aesop, 570 B.C.

Some days chickens; some days feathers. (Phrase as old as hen’s teeth)

Fly high, wise, and free in the New Year

Butterfly clying with Infant New Year on its' back. Victorian card. (Nova Scotia archives./ PD/


  1. Kate Crimmins / Dec 30 2016 8:01 am

    If only all the money spent on campaigns and wars were put to good use…if only.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2016 8:18 am

      All that money wasted. All that money spent tormenting the public for months. Even in the best election years, nothing permanent to show for it. A petition for change could be created, but that’s really just feel good busy work and the political power structure would never accept it. Ah, if wishes were horses, beggers would ride. Thanks for the eggsactly perfect comment

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  2. aFrankAngle / Dec 30 2016 12:26 pm

    All the money spent on campaigns is crazy … beyond absurd! … Coincidentally, (about an hour ago) I saw a commercial for St. Jude Medical Center. But you mentioning chickens and roosters made me think of this. … Hope you had a good Christmas.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:32 pm

      Now that’s a rooster! Those old cartoons always make me laugh. Perfect way to end/start a year
      All week long we saw news stories of the rescue planes bringing in burned kids and teens from the Mexico fireworks disaster to Galveston’s Shiner burn center. TX children’s was clearing beds to try and take more – no concerns about payment, just moving quick to help kids. They are both sending triage teams down to sort/treat/make comfortable victims. All I could think was all that money spent on annoying political campaigns instead on people. And as you say the ads for St. Judes – who treats kids and supports families for free.
      Would there could be a “Scrooge” type awakening. A new year and new hope. Hope springs eternal, right!
      Thanks for cracking up everyone with that link! Happy New Year!


  3. sportsattitudes / Dec 30 2016 1:02 pm

    Here’s to the Fire Roosters where ever you are. Sounds like a very big year for them coming up. (Now I want Chinese for dinner…) St. Jude’s does tremendous work. I was in Memphis for about eight months or so and learned a great deal about what they do while there. I have a number of suggestions where 1%-er money is better re-directed towards and St. Jude’s is at the top of the list.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:41 pm

      (We just had Chinese. Our New Year’s tradition for a long time. Started in a little place run by a refuge family – who were quite educated and the elite in China at one time. The place was almost empty. The owners made a real fuss over our 3yr old daughter and brought a special dish for her: meat on sticks that they warmed/roasted over a small flame. All were enchanted. The place grew, we watched their kids grow up, work in the place, go to college and marry. Eventually they sold the restaurant and all of us moved. But New Year’s is always Chinese food. It makes us smile. The world so big, yet so small. Holiday memories come from the oddest places.)
      St Jude’s does such good work. Would be nice if some of the pieces of work finacially supported them more.
      Thanks for cracking open a comment to leave

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  4. The Coastal Crone / Dec 30 2016 2:58 pm

    Oh, yes, the year of the Rooster should be interesting in the US! Love the image at the end at the message! Cheers and all the best to you in 2017!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:43 pm

      That little butterfly probably should have been the opening image. Oh, well. The curious will see it.
      Hope the skies have cleared there and the stars are bright overhead (did you know there’s a comet in the western sky – but you need a telescope to see it. It’s there though.) Have a happy new year and thanks for getting cracking and leaving a comment


  5. Jane Dougherty / Dec 31 2016 3:48 am

    How do I know if I’m a fire rooster? I don’t need another unlucky year. As for the waste, we waste everything else, why not money?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:47 pm

      That “here” link will give you the years of roosters born (Who knew there were even different kinds of rooster years? Gosh darn there’s a lot of curious knowledge out there!). Going to have to check into that best not to wear red in 2017…I like red.
      Yep, it’s a instant gratification and then toss it world these days. I keep waiting for a shift or reset. waiting…waiting..
      Thanks for scarmbling up a comment to leave.
      Have a Happy New Year!

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      • Jane Dougherty / Jan 1 2017 2:06 am

        I like red too. In fact I’m wearing red right now. So, bad luck, if you’re waiting, I’m ready for you!


  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Dec 31 2016 9:28 am

    And the same to you! Have a wonderful, happy New Year!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:49 pm

      Cheers and ready to shift gears. 2017 will be different…in what ways, yet to be seen. Might as well think positively. Bring out the fireworks…the ground is wet from all the rain so it will be fine. HAppy New Year!

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  7. inesephoto / Dec 31 2016 11:48 am

    Thank you for all the information 🙂 Hope we will get through the year – it is only 365 days 😉 I read your link and found out I have to wear jade to preserve my good luck. Shopping for jade is already included in my to do list for Monday. First things first 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:53 pm

      I’ve dug out some jade pieces from my grandmother. Always such a nice feeling with those. I know it’s not official until Feb and the real Chinese New YEar, but good to slide into things slowly…and it give the lovely elderly Chinese grandmother to get me headed in the right direction – like getting all your shoes in the closet facing one direction so your life will smoothly go forward. Makes sense to me. Thanks for adding a comment into this chicken coop

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      • inesephoto / Jan 1 2017 8:48 am

        I love the tip about shoes.
        I used to have a jade ring with a silver heart on it. One day I was helping my grandmother to rake hay and the ring slipped off my finger somewhere in the meadow. I always think that it was symbolic since my heart is right there in my grandparents homestead, always.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 11:01 am

          That’s a lovely story…the stuff published works come from. Who knows where your shoes will lead you this year. It all starts with that first step. Cheers!

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  8. Aquileana / Dec 31 2016 2:54 pm

    So.. 2017 is a Yin year of the Fire Rooster?… I couldn´t avoid thinking of the Phoenix Bird… do you think that rooster will be able to raise from his own ashes as well!?… let´s hope so! 😉
    Wishinbg you an excellent 2017 ahead!!!! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2016 7:54 pm

      Well, the old cartoon ones always do – none the worse from wear. Thanks for flying in to feather the comment nest!
      HAppy New Year!

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  9. islandeditions / Jan 1 2017 4:20 am

    That’s a great idea, philmouse! My experience has been it’s difficult to change the way things are done, because we will always be stopped by those who say, “But we’ve always done it this way. It’s expected.” The publishing biz is particularly bad for this attitude. You never know though until you pitch it out there whether it will stick, eventually becoming the new way we’ve always done things. So I’m going to share your blog post in the hope that others read this idea and feel the same way we all do.

    Coincidentally, Seth Godin’s New Year’s Day post is about choosing the best attitude:

    Maybe we should all be wishing each other “Happy New Attitude!” every January 1st.

    In this case, I’ll stick with tradition and just say, Happy New Year, philmouse!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 11:09 am

      Glad you found something to stir around in your head – thanks for the share. It is so difficult to break old habits/patterns of any sort. Publishing industry appears to be in a panic – like a parents with a new unruly child they have no clue of what to do with it. A sort of pioneers in a virtual frontier? It’s going to be interesting.
      More and more people see the gilded chariots are getting stuck in the ruts and need to be retooled – and have decided to try a different kind of rubber hitting the road.(can I mix any more methaphors?)
      Thanks for that link. Choosing is critical – attitude does influence yourself and others and how life goes.
      Thanks for eggsactly the perfect comment for the new year. Cheers and onward!

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      • islandeditions / Jan 1 2017 11:18 am

        The trad publishers have always treated digital as though they were ostriches with heads buried deep in sand, denying it even existed. Now that digital is inevitable, and successful, the trad publishers aren’t prepared to compete, so are running around like Chicken Little declaring the sky is falling. (There. How’s that for sticking with the avian motif?)


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 12:10 pm

          Sounds a bit like the horse and carriage industry as auto arrived (many of them electric – but, hey, still faster than horses and didn’t need the hay)
          Change happens – either be the shark and swim with it or the Dodo that disappears.
          (thank goodness someone finally called in Chicken Little – much appreciated)

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  10. The Hook / Jan 1 2017 6:45 am

    I’m 46 – and I’m still learning to fly.
    Your words lift my spirits, tho, and always have.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 11:03 am

      Still learning to fly – and that’s why you soar. Happy New Year, Hook. Can’t wait to see what it has hatched up for you


  11. RKLikesReeses / Jan 1 2017 9:39 am

    What a wonderful post! Brava! Our little realm is sending you Happy New Year greetings along with wishes for 2017 to be a marvelous year for all of you! Re campaigns: WOW! So true! They’re too long, too expensive and horrifyingly wasteful. Obscene amounts of money spent! Some elected officials begin campaigning again the day they take office, too. Congress, state legislatures, President, all of them. Imagine the good that could be done with that money!!!!
    Fire Rooster, hunh? Sounds ferocious! You inspired me to look at my sign again (haven’t for decades). 2017 is supposed to be a crummy year for us Rabbits, too. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 11:00 am

      Been wondering if you were cruising around blogland. Paw waves to the Princesses. RC is hoping Santa of the Holiday Mousies found your realm.
      Mom always said “Anyone buying you stuff so you’ll be their friend can’t be trusted and is never your friend.” Different message in the political world, I guess. And their games are different than those of the average person?
      Roosters and rabbits: hopefully forewarned gives time to plan – and be determined to make it a good year despite the critters.
      Cheers and onward – feather, fur, mousies and all! Thanks for scrambling up a comment to leave

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      • RKLikesReeses / Jan 1 2017 11:36 am

        Hi! I’m here only in little bits. We have full sunshine today for the first time in what feels like months so I’m trying to balance the need to catch up on WP with the desire to sunbathe with the Princesses in their sunniest windows. Pickles is sleeping in the beams that come through palm fronds (they have their own little palm tree) and Mila’s in another room in a cat tree. Sun’s rays for all! They’re both sleeping off a big dose of catnip…Haaa! What a brilliant start to the year! (((((purr-y hugs to all)))))


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 12:07 pm

          It’s been a dreary rainy, foggy winter so far here. Smart to capture sunshine when you can. I love the persoal palm trees!

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          • RKLikesReeses / Jan 1 2017 12:25 pm

            LOL…yes, there’s nothing like having your own palm tree to gnaw on! I grow new grass for them every week (that oat grass) so it’s not like they’re lacking for greens, but they seem to enjoy the fun – or maybe it’s a challenge?- of finding “that perfect bite” among the palm fronds. Your weather sounds like ours, except for the temps, I guess. It’s been cold and gray here, clouds days after day, drizzle, some freezing rain, and snow squalls. Dismal. Starting tonight we’re due for another week of clouds/rain/instability then a blast of cold (with clouds). I wonder who’s hogging all the sunshine? Anyway…….I hope you get some soon!!! 🙂 🌞🌞🌞


  12. Littlesundog / Jan 4 2017 3:23 pm

    Dang it!! As always with the links on your posts, this time I got way too sidetracked on the Chinese Zodiac! I like the sound of a Fire Rooster – seemed like a good thing to have on our ranch – I had visions of fiery, red eyes and long legs to chase varmints and people with. A big yellow beak and a pscho squawking noise to boot! But after reading about the Fire Rooster, I do not think it will be compatible with me! Ha ha! It’s attributes would totally clash with mine.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2017 10:12 am

      Not only do I have to remember which animal the year is – now it’s which version of the animal. I need pictures to keep up.
      Laughted at your rooster vision: who wouldn’t want a guard rooster like that. Not flighty at all! Thanks for feathering the comment coop

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