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August 27, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge


Dreams are a reality not making an appearance yet.

We try to encourage holding fast to them  – even if it makes no sense.

Unusual clouds at sunset in August with wild fire smoke and Saharan dust drifting in. (© Image AL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

August heated sunset, wild fire smoke, and Saharan dust pitching in to create something coming or going.(© Image)

People aren’t known for being pragmatic.

Oh, vocabulary.

If you can read/understand that, thank anyone who tipped you off to squiggles are symbols sounding – even long after breath and sound are gone.

Written language was such an advancement. Hate to see its’ loss abbreviated.

Leaving only the vagueness of “Did you hear what I heard?”

And photo blogs.

Picture that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

sunset over water. (© Image: all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

Water shallow enough to pitchpole in and not worry about it. Darkness approaches. (© Image)

With retro being the style, wonder if the word “pitch” is reverting too?

“…a black or dark viscous substance obtained as a residue in the distillation of organic materials”

Sounds so human.

sunset clouds in August (© Image All rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Clouds making a pitch for the value of boredom (© Image)

“Boredom is a fascinating emotion because it is seen as so negative yet it is such a motivating force,”.. parents should allow their children to experience boredom so that they can learn to create their own entertainment… In our research we have found that boredom fulfills an important function: boredom makes people keen to engage in activities that they find more meaningful than those at hand.”  (“Boredom makes people “)

Divergent thinking, associate thinking, more activity in the right hemisphere of the brain (probable source of creative thinking) what more could you ask? “So next time you’re doing your least favorite part of your job, just try to keep in mind that you might be gearing up for a creative outburst.” (“Studies find boredom leads to Creativity”  )

There’s good boredom and then there’s bad boredom. (“How being bored out of your mind makes you more creative”)

sunset over the marina. (© Image ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

Something of a cloud pitch there? (© Image)



  1. Xena and Lucy / Aug 27 2018 12:06 pm

    I often experienced boredom as an only child. It was not until years and dogs later that I realized how entertaining it is to chew windowsills and shoes to relieve boredom.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2018 2:59 pm

      And pull the stuffing out of a tiny hole in a pillow or toy -piece by piece like Kleenex box. Nothing like a day of making imitation “snow” in the living room!
      Thanks for stopping by to romp

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      • Xena and Lucy / Aug 28 2018 8:40 am

        Or how Riley used to take apart a comforter, stitch by stitch.


  2. ShimonZ / Aug 27 2018 12:14 pm

    Interesting ideas. I never thought that boredom was an emotion. More like a state of mind. In the example of the students which were given a boring task before the test, I would assume that it reminded them that they would have boring jobs if they didn’t have the right diploma or grades… I have little faith in boredom. I have much fewer thoughts in my old age than I had in middle age, but boredom hasn’t reached me yet. Just contemplating the sky you documented would provide me with an hour or two of bliss.

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    • shoreacres / Aug 27 2018 12:16 pm

      Funny that we posted at exactly the same minute, and had quite similar thoughts.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2018 3:04 pm

      Repetition is what you make of it. I like what one of the researchers said about boredom being a reminder that there are more important activities we should be doing.
      Welcome boredom here- it means there’s nothing scheduled for me to do, so woo-hoo there’s freedom to do or not to do…but there always something showing up like clouds.
      Thanks for pitching a view of boredom!


  3. shoreacres / Aug 27 2018 12:14 pm

    I know there were times when I got bored as a child. Inevitably, the exchange went like this:
    Mother: What’s the matter?
    Me: There’s nothing to do. I’m bored.
    Mother: Go find something to do.
    That was the end of the discussion, and usually the end of boredom, because I did go find something to do.

    I’ve been sitting here trying to remember the last time I felt bored. Examples I came up with all have to do with being trapped in situations where there’s no escape: a particularly bad movie attended with friends, or a cocktail party gone wrong. But bored at work? Never. Out and about in the outdoors? Never. Home at the computer? Nope.

    Sometimes I think boredom’s nothing more than insensitivity to the world’s possibilities. “There’s nothing to do” is a little silly when you think about it. There always are things to be worked on, explored, or enjoyed. If all else fails, have a little nap!

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    • ShimonZ / Aug 27 2018 12:22 pm

      Yes, a fascinating coincidence. I had to attend meetings too, and was occasionally in a spot that didn’t allow easy escape. But for me, this was always a good time for humor. I would juxtapose images in the scenes or words in sentences… until eventually someone would say, “Why is Shimon smiling like that?” I wouldn’t respond and then someone else would say, “he isn’t even here. He’s somewhere else in his own mind”. I wouldn’t acknowledge that I heard such exchanges, but they pleased me.

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      • shoreacres / Aug 27 2018 4:21 pm

        You’ve reminded me of one of my favorite childhood experiences with my father. I would “drift off” from time to time, and he always said, “Penny for your thoughts.” One day I looked at him and said, “No pennies. I want a dime.” It took him a good while to stop laughing, and years for me to understand why.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2018 4:45 pm

          Self worth at an early age HAHA
          That used to be such a common phrase – daydreaming was not always thought as wasted time – more banking ideas, thoughts, and dreams for later.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2018 3:17 pm

      We didn’t dare whine about boredom to mom as it would instantly result in her “finding you something to do”…which always meant cleaning something. Maybe we were just used to entertaining ourselves without TV/video/internet, but really don’t remember being bored…there were always books in the house. Who can be bored if there’s any reading material around?
      Meeting boredom means a different tack…tell myself stories – I think I’ve got one serial novel that’s been going on over years…I’d write it down as a novel, but it’s just so long now after sooo many meetings HAHA!
      Thanks for adding in some un-boring comments


  4. Kate Crimmins / Aug 27 2018 3:44 pm

    I was raised as an only child (my brothers are much older and were out of the house). I always found ways to entertain myself (or my mother would give me chores, yikes!) In adulthood, boredom in a job always spurred me to move on. It meant I got what I could learn from where I was and I had to work to go elsewhere. Boredom has a place but I must admit, I haven’t had much of it in my life!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2018 4:06 pm

      We had similar childhoods – being busy kept you from doing extra cleaning around the house! I would have preferred to work in the yard than clean house or iron.
      One of the researchers comments about boredom included something about your brain telling you to move on – I can’t understand how people can stand remaining in the same job/office year after year. Not enough Starbuck’s coffee that could keep me doing that. I always wanted a new challenge. Be the shark – they never stop moving forward!
      Thanks for a really non-boring remark

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  5. aFrankAngle / Aug 27 2018 5:12 pm

    A toast to good boredom!

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  6. Littlesundog / Aug 31 2018 3:04 pm

    Growing up, this is how it went. Kids: “Mom, we’re bored. We don’t have anything to do.” Mom: Well, then spit in your shoe”.

    I have never been bored as an adult. Life dictates way too much to have moments of boredom.


  7. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 6 2018 4:56 pm

    I could sit and watch those skies forever, pity is, they don’t stay but for a fleeting few minutes


  8. RKLikesReeses / Sep 9 2018 1:28 pm

    Exquisite pictures! Dust-triggered beauty? Special.
    Boredom. Hunh. I don’t think I’ve ever been bored in 67 years. Another only child here – my mother prepared me for that, I think, by encouraging me to explore every environment, feeling, and thought I experienced, from the earliest days of my life. In my youth I spent a lot of time in doctors’s waiting rooms, lots of unentertained waiting after I’d read all the magazines. I explored ceilings, lampshades, tile, uniforms, etc., the best ways I could (mostly looking, smelling) and filing the experiences away. Other times, when environments were well known I pulled the files from my mind and made comparisons, looked for patterns. Well, you can imagine. I may not like a lot what tjis world has to offer but it never ever bores me. There’s always something to observe, consider, question,categorize, and wonder about. Sorry for this long comment. Loved this post! Not proofing, Mila is eyeing my lap and she always wins. 🙂


  9. RKLikesReeses / Sep 9 2018 2:42 pm

    ::runs back:: And then there was the pretending/imagining! Nothing to “do?” Imagine the room is upside-down and walking on the ceiling. You’d have to step up & over tiny”walls” to get thru doorways. There’d be no carpeting, nothing to sit on, windows might be very low. And as soon as you thought about a piece of furniture it would fall to thr floor (that used to be a ceiling). Try to imagine what it would like to eat soup from a bowl, weightless. Pretend you were born on a faraway planet and you took a wrong turn, ended up here. Imagine how you would talk if you’re mouth was on your foot and you had 2 mouths. And so on. So much to wonder about!


  10. RKLikesReeses / Sep 9 2018 2:47 pm

    Oh, those typos. So embarrassing. Shoulda proofed. :/


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