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May 31, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Quote in question

Old man in boat. (USPD, artist life, released into public domain by UH/

“Just toss it there on the bank and I’ll get it. You can go ahead on. Dang it. If I wanted email, I’d stop in at the library and read it up there. 5G? About as necessary as a motorized toothbrush. Your sister would just send me endless pieces of junk mail that she just passes on without reading. Just leave me my peace.” (USPD/

Being alone is like being sober. You can finally see __it as it really is

Other than tornadoes, family of self-imposed, rural isolation don’t keep up with current hype and hysteria events.

Doesn’t really touch them.

Which you would think would mean a calmer attitude and lower blood pressure.

Not always the case.

Alone. Angry. Unreasonable arrogance. Antisocial. Sad. You’d reasonably think the first caused the others, but not always.

The Gordian knot of today’s world.

Could be that should be a right to left read.

Knowing the Read. Important, but rare. A declining skill.

Or maybe just consciously avoided.

Out of convenience.

Fear or weariness of it all.

Which the final straw.?

Being alone is like being sober. You can finally see __it as it really is.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.


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  1. sustainabilitea / May 31 2019 11:16 am

    I like being alone some of the time. It gives me time to relax and rejuvenate. When I was in high school, I wasn’t part of the in-crowd, but one good thing about that was that I learned to be comfortable with myself and by myself, something many people apparently have never learned. Of course if being alone isn’t through choice, that can certainly cause problems. Maybe that should make us all more aware of how we interact with those around us!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2019 2:23 pm

      It’s a great benefit to learn early what to do with yourself away from the crowd and circus. As you say, basic people skills need to be practiced from time to time. (Severe weather seems provide opportunity to do that from time to time?) Many feel a horse, a dog, and big sky are all they need most of the time. So far so good. Thanks for herding a comment down this trail

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  2. easyweimaraner / May 31 2019 11:34 am

    being alone is sometimes not bad.. but being lonesome is a bad thing… 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2019 2:19 pm

      We have been firmly told, between work, the dog, the cats, and the horses, there is no “being alone”…or having time to be bored. Ha Ha. Still with hail, tornadoes, and potential getting whacked by rocks after being thrown from a spooked horse, it would be nice if cell service was a little better. Thanks for crowding in a comment!


  3. Spinster / May 31 2019 5:27 pm

    Alone vs. lonely.


  4. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 1 2019 12:06 am

    I spend most of my time alone; must admit that I’m actually enjoying it, once my hearing got really bad it appeared as though I’d developed a very contagious disease and I was to be avoided at all costs,bow I rather like it, mind having my dog with me makes a difference.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2019 7:13 am

      They say silence is golden when accompanies by a pup.
      A while back we started turning on the local news and muting the sound – stupid stories and talkers who constantly use words incorrectly (I’ll never get used to “up” the chances rather than “raise” them. Sigh. No wonder there were 8 “winners” of the National Spelling Bee this year…the judges ran out of words. They actually said that. Media displayed some of the correctly spelled unusual ones, but wonder if they had ask for spellings of some common ones – demonstrated insistences – how many would be left standing: there/their, to/too/two/, red/read, need/knead, you get the drift) Silence speaks volumes, right?


      • LordBeariOfBow / Jun 5 2019 6:31 pm

        That national spelling bee program was actually broadcast here, I avoided watching it; the Americans seem to have an odd way of using, and spelling, my native language, so I make a point of not watching programs of this nature emanating from the USA.
        I do do a daily challenge on the computer put out by Microsoft, I no longer bother with their “Crossword”, I find it odd that bro is a word, I assume it means brother or perhaps broken but it doesn’t appear to be a word going by my OED.
        Perhaps I really am a snob at heart 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2019 11:15 am

          Shiver. Not a snob, simply educated and know better.
          The big city police chief last night sent out a Tweet about judges letting dangerous people out on bail…only he wrote “they are let loose to pray upon citizens”. Be afraid – very afraid. De-evolution is real…and more of a threat than climate change.
          (I’ve always hated spelling bees)


          • LordBeariOfBow / Jun 6 2019 8:36 pm

            I’m actually an autodidact, having been taken from school and rout to work at a young age, I was fortunate enough that children of small stature such as I; could no longer be shoved up a chimney at a young age.
            I’ve never had much interest in spelling bees either, I think they are pointless.
            Obviously the police chief is studying for the ministry, I’ve just been reading some reports of the evangelical ministers demanding money to but new jet planes, Gulfstreams at $70 million seen to be in vogue, and the chief wants to get into the act.
            When will governments start taxing these parasites?

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 9:46 am

            He’s definitely aiming for politics…and can’t stay off social media ..thinks he a real star… he’s been copying someone HaHa
            (Those evangelicals are just the modern version of snake oil salesmen. Pirates.How can followers be so foolish and blind?)


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