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March 24, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Muse or Dunderhead. Chick edition

The wings of inspiration elusive to some, but not to all.

Possibilities swoop right into their arms.

Can you hear me now? (USPD/

Anxious her non-verbal son was adrift after high school graduation, Sharon Meaden looked for something to anchor him. A thoughtful muse placed a jumbled box of old trophies in her path.

And what house doesn’t have piles of those sitting around these days with “Everyone is a winner”?

The hint was all it took.

Recycle, reuse, and never toss any person away.

Carrying that idea, she met with another mom, Foster Thompson, whose son has Cerebral Palsy. They had met previously through Special Olympics.

The idea quickly turned into a company, Revived Glory Awards, which for the past 4 years has provided a market-competitive product assembled by a team of ambitious, productive young people with who aren’t your average employees.

A delightful story.  And if you want to rid yourself of those old trophies, they will be glad to help with that.

Watch the video. It’ll make you smile. “Trophy revival company provides a place for work for disabled adults.”

Dressed as Greek Muse. Actress Florence Baker.1908 Burr McIntosh Monthly. (USPD: artist life,

“Seriously, wardrobe? Belted bed sheets? Not an amused Muse here. Get my agent on the line.” (USPD/

Girls may just wanna have fun, but none want skinned up knees. Or have their mother yelling “Get outta the street.”

Tired of the terrible sidewalk she had to take to school, the second grader sat down a wrote a letter to Houston’s mayor.

Worried, he’d not pay attention, she offered some refreshments that they could ride their bike to while examining the sidewalks. And if he didn’t have a bike (which he does), her mom could drive them.

“8-year-old girl asks Mayor Turner for help” 

Smiles for her mom who gushes that they gave her a civics lesson. “I knew that it was so cute and funny that the mayor would have to respond…” (A little fretting that “so cute” is praised more than her initiative, problem solving, and determination. Really hope the kid doesn’t think “cute” is all a female needs to get noticed, be effective, and to accomplish something.)

Cheers for the mayor for a quick, polite reply.

And for immediately forwarding the request to Public Works who promptly told the kid it’ll be 3-9 months before the repair is made.

Welcome to the real Dunderworld.

Woman seated with lute.Muse of Music.Ehrardt, 1813-1899. USPD.artist life, reprod of PD art/

What? If they can’t stand the sweets, get out of the bar.” (USPD/

Social Media can be as brutal as a cock fight.

But the whimsical owner of Fluff Bake Bar used posted rude and weird comments as inspiration for a weekly Saturday bake sale.

Cooks know if you’re handed lemons, make lemonade.

“Made with hate”. Local bakery makes light of odd Yelp reviews

Treats and t-shirts. That’s pretty sweet.

Wait! Rebecca Masson, is also known locally as “The Sugar Fairy” or “The Sugar Hooker”, is a bit famous – been on the Bravo Network…

Not taking things too seriously is a winning recipe for life.

More smiles, less dundering.

Amusing possibilities

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Oh, OK. If feeling ugly and just have to snarl at something, some real Dunderheads:

Woman holding head. Dramatic Muse. after 1802. Wilhelm von Schadow.Museum Kunstpalast (USPD. artist life/Google Art PRoject/

Easy to lose your head with an overly dramatic woman tired of the dundermess. (USPD/






  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 24 2017 7:12 am

    I like this idea… and so all who are included in the trophy-making become winners this way… great!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2017 7:34 am

      People become real winners by doing good. (Dogs already know that. Maybe humans each need to be issued a Pad of Shame as a learning tool?)
      Thanks for bringing a winning comment


  2. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 24 2017 10:14 am

    Recycling trophies is a great idea. I think my husband has a box of them somewhere. Hmmm.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2017 10:29 am

      We even found a box when cleaning out my parent’s house. Save the landfills and do more good than planned with this company. Genius idea. Thanks for boxing up a winning comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Mar 24 2017 12:44 pm

    Cheers for the enterprising Mom and jeers for the mayor. Even if he didn’t personally reply, it would have been nice to send a representative. After all, one day she will vote and she will remember this.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 27 2017 12:25 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this mayor – without film crew – didn’t show up on his bike at her house some day. He’s not just a sit at your desk type of guy.
      You are right. She is watching and learning…and got to be on TV, too.
      Thanks for Riding down this street

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  4. Amy / Mar 25 2017 4:29 pm

    At least the mayor didn’t set false expectations for the little girl. Welcome to the real world, kid.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 27 2017 12:23 pm

      He’s a great guy – and does what he can when he can…like getting out on his first day in office in hard hat, overalls, and a shovel actually filling in potholes with the crew. He promised, and so far he’s on track for keeping promises.
      Her parents did say they wanted her to learn the process and get a civics lesson, as you say, the real world ..and a bit of time on TV news. So win-win
      Thanks for driving a comment this way

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  5. Ally Bean / Mar 27 2017 5:47 am

    I have my doubts about Yelp to begin with so the “baked with hate” shirts/idea is brilliant. Turn the buzz around in your favor. Smart cookie, that one!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 27 2017 12:19 pm

      She’s certainly a bright one. Others in the same situation/ feel bullied might find her ideas works for them, too. Social media faceless comments are so often baseless. Thanks for munchinging along



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