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November 9, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge


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Awareness shuttered. (Image.©)

Ancient and primal: greeting the dawn with hope – or very likely a “Whew” we survived another dark period and that big light showed up again.

Some now prefer to stay dry and cozy inside (without risking running not for your health, but to save your cell phone from those who would snatch it), start the day focusing of mental energies/accessing the mystic force with yoga’s Surya Namaskara (sun salutation).

Others, the foolish ones who choose to believe a big dog is a benefit nature nuts advocates and the outdoor runners firmly serious that daily pounding doesn’t hurt joints athletic enthusiasts have no problem throwing themselves into wrinkled clothes at daybreak because exercise gets the blood and oxygen moving. Starts the day right.

Daybreak: a celebrated new beginning.

Diwali celebration card./ District Kota, Rajasthan

Diwali card from a client from District Kota, Rajasthan. Thought you might enjoy it. Several houses here decorated their homes and yards for The Festival of Lights with strings of white lights. A bit of shared brightness in the darkness.

They may be missing it.

The Between sets the stage.

The time between as the dark seeps like molasses back to its’ lair as the sun slips into the wings waiting for the light cue.

I like The Between to walk the dog.

Before the car door slams and noise canceling buzz of traffic

Before the chirping of elementary kids gathering on corners waiting for lumbering yellow busses

Once bright, awareness seems to fade: by habit or community dictate. People are so much like bees: rushing, darting on assignment, narrowly focused – not seeing what’s around them, strictly dedicated, and governed by one. So much missed – or shut down for efficiency.

In The Between the world is on hold – hushed, stretching, a bit. Quietly mulling over the day’s checklist before the light show begins.

Cats satisfied after nocturnal adventures, sprawl across fences – watching, maybe willing to expend some remaining effort if a small creatures is foolish enough to get close.

Mostly silent. Often foggy.

A hawk surveying from a chimney. But still.

The Between is like a thin veil between light and dark.

A time to gather thoughts: to consider, to evaluate, to reach to towards “What would Dad or some mentor now gone do about this?”

To read energies of those that matter, and if uneasy is sensed, to toss a bit of encouraging energy that direction.

The Between is open. Your choice to pay attention or not.

Ah, there goes the first flight out of Hobby airport. Always on fine line schedule. (© Image): all rights reserved copyrighted. no permissions granted)

Ah, there goes the first flight out of Hobby airport. Always on fine line schedule. (© Image)

There’s a lot of pain in society right now.

Depression, exhaustion, violence and anger are epidemic.

Some act out with irrational destruction. They step away from being human. If you think all these murderers are not in pain and looking at a way to end it all, well, just keep thinking that taking away all the toys will solve the problem (and show you haven’t had much effective experience with the young, the distraught, or the mentally ill.)

Some get into such a dark place that all they can think to do is remove themselves – to stop the pain and often to protect those they care about – that they end their lives. Suicide claims more lives than murder, war, natural disasters combined. (See the harsh facts here)

Blogger Big Blue Mess is asking for a little audience participation on Saturday, Nov. 10th

Take a minute and read about her journey with the aftermath of suicide by a loved one.

She  speaks of the Out of Darkness Walk, an event to help the survivors of suicide loss, the ones at risk, and society as a whole.

As a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, donations are appreciated, but not all that’s requested.

Concerned interest, shared strength, and commitment to shove society to a more positive direction is.

Know those touched by murder or suicide? (Please don’t join the shuffling, huddle ones who “never know what to say, so I just don’t”)  “Ten practical ways to help your friend through the death of a loved one”

Molly Malamute carrying home a stick she picked up. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Molly Malamute demonstrating pick up sticks. Her small contribution to cleaning up the neighborhood after strong storms…and between us, we think she was relieved the subdivision yard guys finally pitched in to assist.(© Image)

Between us, a small request: sometime Saturday send out a positive, warm, healing thought. The universe will direct it to where it needs to go.

Do not underestimate that power. What are thoughts if not electricity zapping across parts of our brains?

Science says energy is never created or destroyed – it changes, regroups and flows on.

Be positive with that.

The sun, the moon and what’s between them. It’s human to reach out to any hovering between light and dark.

What’s between us all

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Bushes demonstrating Sun Salutation.(© Image)






  1. Ally Bean / Nov 9 2018 4:55 pm

    sometime Saturday send out a positive, warm, healing thought

    Happy to do it. Might even decide to do it daily. Imagine that! Great post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 7:59 am

      A little positive thinking and small constructive actions towards the positive might help a lot of things right now. It all adds up.
      Thanks for adding to the warmth and encouragement


  2. RAB / Nov 9 2018 6:46 pm

    Lovely post, Phil. And a happy Diwali to you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 8:03 am

      There’s light in the darkness, but you have to open eyes to see it. Thanks for celebrating with a light comment


  3. Beth / Nov 9 2018 7:38 pm

    Thank you! Two simple words that express so much deeply felt gratitude for you – words that go beyond this post. So much good energy being sent your way. You touch my heart!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 8:22 am

      Paw waves from the Realm! (oh, sorry about the mud…let me brush that off…just makes you look earthy…more in touch with nature – always a good thing.) Thanks, Sunshine

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  4. shoreacres / Nov 9 2018 8:11 pm

    Here’s a happy thought: Stanley the giraffe and all of the other animals at Malibu Safari have been rescued from the fire and are safe. One of the most amazing things I’ve seen is the actor James Woods using his twitter feed as a clearinghouse for people who have been trying to locate relatives, get help for stranded people, and so on. There have been some incredible stories. An old woman who was found along the highway was taken in, and her photo and name posted on his feed. Within a couple of hours, she’d wasn’t yet reunited with her family, but at least they knew where she was.

    As for the animals? They’ve been taking horses and such to the beach, and there’s an amazing photo of llamas tied up to a lifeguard chair. And you’ve probably seen this photo. It’s the Rita evacuation, California style.

    We do need to be kind — life is hard.

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    • Kate Crimmins / Nov 10 2018 6:57 am

      Thanks for that update. Although I live on the east coast I always worry about the animals. Each fire seems more incredible than the last.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 7:56 am

        Ditto on the update. I saw the keepers had started preparing for the worst with the animals….and started fretting. Yesterday was that picture of a line of wild rabbits huddled terrified with their backs against a wall (hope the fire fighters were able to shoo them to a break in the wall or gather them up.
        Disaster somehow brings out the good in most people. Fingers crossed all find safe harbor for the duration. thanks

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  5. The Hook / Nov 10 2018 4:30 am

    You’re right, it is a dark period in society right now, but hope springs eternal and there’s always light to be found at the edges of the darkness.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 8:20 am

      Thanks for wandering by and adding a grin. Perky can’t make it all go away, but just you have to start somewhere. Hope’s a good place. May everyone hold it close and take heart


  6. Kate Crimmins / Nov 10 2018 7:04 am

    It’s such a touchy topic. The son of a work friend who had left the company died at 22 unexpectedly. It was shrouded in silence. First rumors were that it was a congenital issue which I naively believed. It took several years before my friend admitted that her son died of an overdose (and it wasn’t an outright verbal comment). I gave her as much support as I could without understanding because there seemed to be “taboo” topics. I saw her pain firsthand and I would not wish that on anyone. She believes it was accidental and that’s entirely possible. We’ll never know. He left behind a very loving family and a fiance that seemed clueless about his addiction. At the end of the day, I realized that I had to maneuver this minefield without knowing the facts (and did they really matter?). We all supported a mom in pain who was struggling with what she did wrong.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 10 2018 8:15 am

      A tightrope, indeed. Best to take a clue from the survivors. Some want to talk, some don’t. Just not avoiding the person and being there is support, Many of those who lose a loved one, become at risk themselves later. At one time, those left behind were dealt a lot of guilt by society – not as bad now with a better understanding that individuals do make their decisions independently / the better understanding of body chemistry / comprehension of the role of exhaustion and sleep deprivation / actual need for sunshine exposure…and others. Guilt and blame on either side needs to be placed aside. It is what it is. Your last two sentences show an astute understanding and compassion. Thanks for adding some wisdom

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  7. Xena and Lucy / Nov 10 2018 9:58 am

    I’ve been noticing billboards around town (Chattanooga) giving positive reinforcements without asking for anything. Things like, “Love is the Answer,” and “You are perfect just how you are.” Hoping this is a wave sweeping the country. We sure need messages of hope and affirmation about now. Sending positive thoughts out to all who need them.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 8:25 am

      We had a bunch of those signs and similar TV commercials a few years back. The affirmation movement hit its’ high point in schools here in the 80’s – with even SNL having that parody character who talked to himself each morning in the mirror. The school marquises we pass once again weekly affirmation/character development focus to meet state mandates to try and teach kids what they should have already gotten from parents/family. The thing about words is that they are just sound on air – if kids/people don’t see the actions these words describe daily, hourly, by parents and all the adults around them, they simple become something else to ignore or ridicule – they are exposed to much by tv anchors, news video, citizen’s sent in cell footage of incidents and violent angry people who think of themselves and not others, movies, tv – especially social media postings. People exhibiting bad choices are celebrated – paid highly instead of being shunned or condemned.
      Signs may get people started, but until the hearts and souls of mankind turn, not much will change. Hard to change a set course, but we certainly need to. Little steps by individuals do make a difference. Thanks for stepping up to make a difference and brighten the darkness

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      • Xena and Lucy / Nov 13 2018 8:54 am

        All so true. Your comment made me think about popular reality shows, like the Housewives syndicate.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 1:03 pm

          That’s one of the shows of people behaving badly. Click. It may just be one viewer turning that junk off, but if enough do…

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  8. sustainabilitea / Nov 10 2018 10:54 am

    I try very hard to always be positive in my dealings with others, especially those with whom I work, where irritation and frustration can happen too often. I love what Woods is doing. He seems to me to be one of the good guys. Thanks for talking about the problems that AREN’T solved through gun control. Of course, it’s easy to say we should control guns (although bad guys always seem to get weapons no matter what), but much more difficult to deal with the problems that cause people to pick up those weapons and kill.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 8:37 am

      Life has gotten to be so difficult with so many being so sensitive and looking to be victims. That may be one thing driving some already dealing with problems to become even more isolated which creates even more dangerous potential – for themselves and others. And of course society now seems to applaud and reward what used to be consider anti-social behavior…giving excuses and attention which just means the destructive behavior will be repeated. If “leaders” and “concerned citizens” were honest, they would admit the mass murders had/have the commonality of known mental health issue/depression/history of troubled incidents and that people/parents/family/neighbors/police knew about it and them – nothing is being done…often out of respect for individual rights or fear of lawsuits/reprisals. Maybe we need to shift a little bit back to majority has to be protected from dangerous individuals. There are not enough emergency or “crisis intervention” beds for psych holds/evaluations/protection of others. Data says there are 10% fewer people in mental institutional care than there were in the 1950’s…yet the population has increased and the complexity of life has increased anger and depression. We have to do better – but people don’t want to look at the difficult problem – easier to take away toys and say “There, we did something.” Guns are not the only thing that kill.
      Thanks for being willing to wash into the muddy waters looking for light


      • sustainabilitea / Nov 13 2018 11:45 am

        “Guns are not the only things that kill.” So true. People who want to kill will do so with whatever means, from knives to bombs. So many things are now “rights”, whether or not they make sense. Just started a book that sounds quite interesting called “Sit Down and Shut Up: how discipline can set students free”, by Cinque Henderson. I know he and I would disagree on many, many things, but so far, I’m really like it and from my years of teaching, I know that discipline is vital. So many students have no self-discipline and often none elsewhere either.


  9. Cecilia Mary Gunther / Nov 10 2018 6:05 pm

    Energy. Positive. Thrown . Up.


  10. ShimonZ / Nov 13 2018 6:51 am

    Nice to think of dawn as the light at the end of the tunnel. My heart is with those suffering from the fires. We’ve been reminded once again to take nothing for granted.


  11. Spinster / Nov 14 2018 8:34 am

    This is so necessary. especially with upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Littlesundog / Nov 14 2018 9:04 am

    I am on the healing side of a rather stressful trip to Nebraska. My youngest sister has battled viral encephalitis for two months, and in the scans to detect the amount of brain swelling they found an aneurysm at the right optic artery. The community they live in rallied in support making meals for her family, and her kid’s school helped out where they could, and her employer rallied to assist. Last week, when I drove up for the aneurysm surgery, I was overwhelmed with loving support from the little community they live in… and not being a big fan of Facebook, I was brought to tears when a prayer vigil was started hours before her surgery and lasted until well into the night, with folks surrounding her and our family in positive prayer.The surgery went better than expected! I’m still in awe of the feeling of being wrapped in prayer and love from people I knew… and many that I didn’t know.

    Great miracles can happen when we band together in positive thought and caring. Being open and just listening is often all someone needs to face another day. I really loved this post… it really struck home for me.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2018 9:58 am

      You and yours have been in my thoughts. I just had to step away from screens and flee outside – just too much destructive thought and anger being broadcast in so many places. I hope your sister is improving. I know skeptics snort at prayer vigils, but science and medical community quietly knows better – there’s real research – unexplained patient recoveries and bouncing back when it should not happen.
      Positive energy, thoughts and prayers, encouragement, tapping into the internal universal mind/source/energy – whatever anyone wants to call it – is felt by some when it happens – while others are oblivious or have lost the ability to sense it. (or jaded and smug, that door quietly shut for them). Think dark and dark finds you, look for light and clear truth and positive energy and it will appear to sustain you. No one would ever call me Pollyanna as I’ve always been “prepare for the worst” and a bit cynical and sarcastic. But over the years, real is real.
      You last paragraph would make the prefect Thanksgiving or Christmas post.
      Thanks for such a powerful comment and hang in there. Hope your Thanksgiving is snug, warm, and happy



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