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March 5, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge


The night is dark and full of mirrors.

Scary mirrors, like Twitter, are full of selfies or looking backwards

Someone in woodsy camouflage - a costume for disappearing? (Woodland camo suit. image)

Can’t see reason for the costume. Just wanna get away? ( camo image)

Mirroring quick glances or glancing blows:

  • Our City has a hazardous waste recycling day. We got the notice: bring your stuff and your bring photo ID and current utility bill. How about that? One can vote without photo ID, but cannot legally, responsibly, discard electronics, paint or household hazardous waste without one. (Does anyone get mailed utility bills anymore? Everyone wants debit or e-transfers these days. Oh, the printer will be thrilled to be useful again.)
  •  There’s some the mental confusion over teenage brains with the push to grant 16-18 year olds the opportunity to vote. Hey, today’s teens are so smart and the decisions made will affect their lives. Sounds logical, but oddly, every time an individual 21 yrs or younger commits a crime – suddenly they are a “child” with immature brains with the areas responsible for logic and decision-making being undeveloped, so of course they are not responsible for – and do not comprehend their illegal/dangerous actions. Can’t have it both ways. Pick one.
  • Talk about throwbacks. The 1960’s and 70’s called and they want their stuff back. Along with “Ban the Bra”, so many fretted over “Was it right to bring a child into this world.” Sound familiar? Even then the Sierra Club was warning unchecked immigration would destroy the environment with too many people, too much demand for consumer products made by toxic manufacturing processes, and too much demand for natural resources like useable water. Yoga was a big thing, along with organic farming, being vegetarian, solar energy…

Songs are boomeranging, too. Perturbing or clever?  Look WGU marketing, the word “changing” may be in the lyrics, but read the rest of them, too, in order to get the context. Bob Dylan’s song “Times, They are a-changing” (Lyrics) are not about going to college or preparing to change careers. It’s a period piece, an anthem for those specific times. “The lyrics reflected his views on social injustices and the government’s unhelpful attitude towards change.” (source). There’s plenty of creative people/song writers out there, so gut it up and pay one. Have a contest. Get your own stuff. Stop rehashing old and trying to cram a square peg into a round hole.

That goes for those who are revising period pieces out of context like “West Side Story” – and making it unoffensive…to modern society. Such a timeless, universal, star-crossed lovers theme, almost guarantees a box office win, but instead of tweaking other authors’ interpretation and vision, can’t find a modern version of parent forbidden romance? Seriously? With all the clashes of diversity these days…What if a red hat fell for a…Oh, you can unveil ideas like that yourself.

Makes you worry people are lazy, afraid, or unable to come up with new ideas.

(Wait until brain fog takes over next week with Daylight Savings Time)

Reflections: Light ricochets. Light bounces.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Dinosaur in bed with red blanket with Dino book in back (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Getting ready for Daylight Savings Time. Try to explain disrupting sleep and starting bedtime routines when it’s still light outside to a kid. “People can’t just get up an hour earlier and go to bed a bit earlier without messing with the clocks?” Bright light enlightenment.(© image)



  1. Ally Bean / Mar 5 2019 12:02 pm

    Confused times these be. My guess is that it’s not that there’s more divisiveness and stupidity than before, it’s that we are more aware of all of it. And this overwhelms many people who don’t want to think and grow with the times, so they get in the way and cause trouble. Just an observation…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 5 2019 1:05 pm

      HA! Ever feel like we’re on an extended washing machine cycle of hot water wash, rinse, extra spin, and repeat? Technology has certainly enabled information to get around faster. Where’s the new stuff? The same old ideas keep getting “discovered” and people are so ecstatic….maybe that’s normal, but knowing a little history can redirect traffic in other directions so we don’t get stuck in the endless traffic circle.
      Ready for it all to get out to the ruts.
      Go Space X!
      Thanks for skating by with a comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Mar 5 2019 5:45 pm

    The cats here have heard that the dinner hour will be moved up. They are overjoyed but I remind them of how perturbed they were last fall when it took several days of slight time changes to make them happy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 10:52 am

      RC Cat has been one DST for over a week. She’s been quick to paw out that the sun is up and breakfast is late….
      They try so hard to train staff. Thanks for dishing out a comment!

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      • Kate Crimmins / Mar 6 2019 12:49 pm

        It’s not only RC. The sun is up so early that I’m getting up an hour earlier than I need to. It doesn’t result in more production though. Somehow I can fritter through time like no one except a cat.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 3:19 pm

          As RC says, “Not sure what Staff does all day long, but she sure is busy…or giving the appearance of being busy…We just don’t believe.”

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  3. susielindau / Mar 5 2019 5:51 pm

    Everything old is new again!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 10:51 am

      An original, An original. My kingdom for an orginal! (Although it must be clarified that RC’s realm is not the kingdom being offered….) Thanks for repeating the refrain!

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  4. shoreacres / Mar 5 2019 6:54 pm

    What we have living among us is a new form of the Doomsday cult. There’s a classic sociology book called When Prophecy Fails that needs to be dusted off, because the latest prophecies are going to fail, too.

    It’s risky business, predicting the end of the world without extending the timeline far enough into the future that the fact-checkers won’t be able to judge how well you did. Of course, if your goal in promoting an apocalyptic scenario is very, very short term (like the next election cycle, say) — well, who cares?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 11:13 am

      Who can forget the hysteria over the Mayan Calendar or the end of modern civilization since the computers/clocks were not designed to handle anything past 1999?
      As you’ve said, some are adrenaline junkies.
      I got such a laugh looking at this:
      (Chris – say it isn’t true!)
      Proof some people aren’t happy if they aren’t worrying. (Will have to locate that book – sounds on target….again…)
      Thanks for counting down the shelf life.


  5. sustainabilitea / Mar 5 2019 7:16 pm

    These days everyone is so easily offended. Makes me tired when it’s not irritating me.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 11:20 am

      Life was so much more fun when people had a sense of humor and could take teasing (you know, “laugh with instead of laugh at”) – but also was quick to support and defend the underdog – because you knew they would do the same if necessary.
      Far too much pleasure in wallowing in misery and victimhood of others….and patting yourself on the back because you are so enlightened and support victims – which really is self indulgent/ attention seeking for self and not helping the victim who may not want or need your help (and promoting the idea they cannot defend themselves)
      Fortunately spring is coming and we can all go outside and play…everyone does better when the outdoors is open.(and people have enough sense to take advantage of that)
      Thanks for yawning along!

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  6. LordBeariOfBow / Mar 5 2019 10:12 pm

    You wont get any argument from me there, people are too damned lazy
    Don’t you like DST. I love it and we’ve only got a couple of weeks of it left 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2019 11:38 am

      DST starts this weekend here. It’s OK for Spring, but mild/late summer – it’s pull the blinds time – far too intense for too long (Of course that is all DST’s fault, right? HAHA)
      What concerns me with the lack of originality, is it seems many people – especially the young – are afraid of getting slammed by social media, group political think, social justice warriors so they stay quiet. Social media bullying may be responsible for the dulling of creativity …(that and multiple choice tests/chanting response to cues in schools, and kids getting applauded for breathing.)
      We should start a petition: “Stop being a copycat.”
      Thanks for sharing some of that sunshine (it arrive this morning- ahhhhh)

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Mar 6 2019 4:17 pm

        It’s always a great pleasure to read your posts and comment if I can Phil, so it should be I thanking you not you thanking me; so thanks Phil 😀

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  7. aFrankAngle / Mar 6 2019 12:34 pm

    No matter the topic in this post, I can’t get this out of my head.


  8. The Hook / Mar 9 2019 8:53 am

    We’re constantly disposing of old electronics, furniture and dozens of knick-knacks that have been handed down from previous generations.
    Previous generations that, by the way, are now in the Great Beyond laughing their behinds off as we struggle to unload this stuff.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2019 10:12 am

      Yeah and their knick=knacks were so much sturdier – made to be indestructible. He who laughs last….
      Thanks for repurposing some laughs here!


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