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April 26, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Far and there

Hiker on snowy moon lite mountain trail. Kitterlsen postcard (1920's/Nat.Lib.of Norway/USPD- artist life,

Escape by delight of the moon. Enough of The Village. It’s all taking and trashing. Once a single village idiot, now a whole village of idiots. (USPD/

“So far away

Doesn’t anyone stay in one place any more…”

Of course not. Staying in one place makes you an easy target.

As a result people are playing “Keep away!” with kith, kin, and life. Dodgeball maneuvering in all aspects: physical, mental, political, Facebook, tv program selection, words chosen, tee-shirt worn …

No wonder everyone’s a nervous wreck.

Can we blame the moon?

(Redirecting blame is the thing now.)

Luna tried to get up close ands personal April 20th, but rapidly retreated.

Was it something we said? (Oh, no one really accepts the lunar-lunacy  connection or the positive ions effect. Vampires and werewolves were all fiction, too!)

Accumulative bad global breath? (Hey, Earth Day was just a few days ago. It was a scheduling issue, not people ignoring the atmosphere until an assigned day of celebration. Weight your turns.)

Tired of the repetitive pressure washing of rocks and beaches? (You know how it is with chores that seem to start over as soon as you think you’re done. The Orb of the Night must get tired of directing those ocean waves night in, night out, night in – year after year. )

For what ever reason, the moon appears to be making its’ escape.

We can only hope that on May 6th when it reaches apogee – the farthest distance from Earth and a possible launchpad to slingshot out here – it will reconsider and circle back around, give us another chance.

Otherwise we’d be more than star-crossed. Think of the children!

How to explain all the literary references – the crooning moon lyrics (a list of over 100 here).

There’s enough the we can’t logically explain to kids right now as it is.

Counting on the silver Night Traveler having patience and answering Earth’s pull.

And just maybe pulling humans back into more measured orbits, too.

But what if. What if the Moon did decide to miss the turn and fling itself out – go search for a brave new world?

Could we find our way in the dark? Not sure right now we can find a way out of a paper bag.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

“So if you want to write a song about the heart
And its everlonging for a counterpart…
Write a song about the moon

If you want to write a song about the human race…
Write a song about the moon”

1981 Words and Music by Paul Simon


  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 26 2018 7:32 am

    it would be difficult without the moon… to whom we dogs should howl?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2018 8:28 am

      Owls, crickets, wolves (and their relatives) flatter the moon with attention to her – maybe humans should remember to do so too. Moonlight is much nicer than street lights.
      (Thought you might like this spacey article “tonight’s moon, which is soon to cross the celestial equator…”
      Thanks for chatting it up with the moon!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Apr 26 2018 7:37 am

    The moon is so peaceful except when it’s full and we try to blame everything on it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2018 8:29 am

      The moon must like all the lovely songs about it…except for that “Bad Moon Rising” one. Thanks for scanning the skyscape here.

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  3. Manywoman / Apr 26 2018 8:17 am

    Totally LOVE your blog… but this is the first time I’ve made comment. Thank you for this beautifully composed reflection on our Night Eye in the Sky… and all her many faces. We would be spiritually blind without her light that inspires the Muse of Wonder. ~Karin E Weiss

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2018 3:19 pm

      Ah, such an elegant response from a Lunar fan. We used to chase lightning bugs as there was no hope of ever grabbing the moon. These days it seems having both around us would be enlightening. Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for adding a shining comment

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      • sustainabilitea / Apr 26 2018 6:33 pm

        I grew up catching (or trying to catch) lightning bugs, too. It was too much fun to catch them in our hands and watch their lights go on and off, then let them go. Sometimes we put them in a jar with holes in the lid for breathing, then let them go later. When I see them now, it brings back all those wonderful memories.



  4. Carrie Rubin / Apr 26 2018 9:09 am

    I wouldn’t blame the moon for abandoning us. Our little earth is in a mess right now.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2018 2:47 pm

      You know when Space X’s Starman drove off in his Tesla convertible, I started worrying others in orbit might get an idea…
      Mass hysteria and constant chaos certainly is giving us a tumble. Thanks for gazing at the dark over here.

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  5. Amy / Apr 26 2018 11:09 am

    Without a moon, what would happen to the oceanic tides without a moon? Under what would star-struck lovers kiss? How would months be measured? And how would werewolves know when to turn?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2018 2:50 pm

      You said it – serious disruption possible. We’d better tune up all those songs and get ready to serenade our appreciation to the Moon to encourage the continuing circling. Thanks for glowing along

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  6. shoreacres / Apr 26 2018 1:55 pm

    Without the moon, Jimmy Webb never would have written, nor Judy Collins sung, this.. I’d forgotten it, and how beautiful it is. We need more Judy Collins, and more moonstruck people.

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Apr 26 2018 5:57 pm

    Should one moon about mooning someone. Old songs are on replay in my mind: “Moon River” and “Dark moon, away cup high in the sky…” Good post, Phil. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2018 12:40 pm

      (HA! I was waiting for that! )
      And of course “Moon Shadow”. Those who dance by the light of the moon really understand stardust and golden. Thanks for bouncing de light here!

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  8. Ally Bean / Apr 27 2018 6:35 am

    “The Orb of the Night” is a new way of referring to the moon. Most clever. I’d be blue if it went away. Please don’t let that happen.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2018 12:43 pm

      We’d be blue too – walking the dog is so pleasant at night under a moon…the dim streetlight hit by some kid turning into his driveway only flickers on its’ best nights – which is Ok with us as we can actually see stars in the sky here- no jumbo buildings or massive light banks…fingers crossed it will last. Thanks for moon dancing along

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  9. Littlesundog / Apr 27 2018 7:42 am

    Being born under the sign of the moon, this Cancer Crab wouldn’t know how to be without the moon. Such a mystery, the moon. It truly is a guiding light in the darkness of night.

    Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance” has always been a favorite.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2018 12:47 pm

      Sr. Staff here is a Cancer – who enjoys a nice moon from the deck of a sailboat. (It’s sort of like being in space when out on the water at night)
      I had forgotten how many notable songs about the moon there are – obviously it inspires intrigue and wonder universally. Thanks for dancing along with the moon shadow

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  10. Spinster / Apr 27 2018 10:46 am

    Sagittarius moon. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. RKLikesReeses / May 6 2018 1:43 pm

    Such a poignant post. It’s been what – a half-century since we sang “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon” & now everyone’s headed to Mars. Poor moon! So important, so neglected.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2018 7:00 am

      They say once the travelers/colonists arrive at Mars, they will become Martians – there is mutation in space and it’s best to grow where you are planted – and the return trip is far far away and next to impossible. But they will still see the moon if they try, right?
      Thanks for adding some star dust in the comments’ orbit

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  12. sportsattitudes / May 23 2018 8:05 am

    When I was growing up, the “big thing” was getting to the moon. Landing and walking on the moon. Did we not like what we found? What happened to developing properties and gambling casinos there? Hard Rock Cafes? Starbucks? It seems to me we abandoned the moon as soon as we got there. The moon has been disrespected in a big way in my opinion. No wonder it is “blue” once in awhile…


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