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April 23, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge


Two men fighting in the desert. 1923 Movie poster (USPD., no cr, artist life/

Leashing lines of tarantulas is not staking out a claim. (USPD/

Mostly about fault (Usually a dirty little item)

The scorpions will leave.

Prickly pear and Saguaro, for sure-o, will only be some writer’s pained footnote.

The hopeful, the desperate, the scam artists – all hoping to get ahead of the next wave – readying to dive into newly available beachfront property.

“Move over, San Andreas. There’s an ominous new fault in town”

Getting down to rocks, the Earth’s crust across parts of Nevada has been stretched pretty thin over the last tens of millions of years, and there’s a bunch of pent-up pressure migrating from the San Andreas Fault line to either the Walker Lane Fault (near Reno, Nevada) or the Wasatch fault line (goes through Salt Lake City, Utah)

If either one of those rips, then the Pacific Ocean could flow into either Central Utah or the Gulf of California, then surging inland, to possibly be renamed the Reno Sea….if anyone’s left to designate.

Gosh darn, at this rate, it might just be in time just for COVID-19 Stay at Home orders to be dropped. 

Reclining woman. Actress Florence Vidoe, 1922 film Cameo Pictures, The real Adventure. (, artist life/

Was it all a dream? Sun bathing at the beach. Fisherman’s platter for dinner and I don’t have to clean up the kitchen afterwards. Trying on clothes in the store. (“What do you mean you are not taking returns on online orders even if you sent the wrong item?”) Wake me when it’s over. (USPD/

All about “Timefulness”:

Being able to think geographically – a concept discussed in the above article by writer and geologist  Marcia Bjornerud

  • “…is to hold in the mind’s eye not only what is visible at the surface but also present in the subsurface, what has been and will be.”
  • “… allowing ourselves to be daunted by events and landscapes whose scale strains the imagination; it means seeing Earth, and not our own short-lived species, as the main character in the story.”

Worth some time thinking about that.

cat draped across window sill (© image all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Species may have changed, but the ennui is the same. You see the similarity, right? Squint. (© image)

And you wouldn’t be the first to do so.

Some ancient ones may have realized there was something powerful underground along the Walker Lane Fault and the part of it that continued south into the Mojave. 

Susan Hough, seismologist and earthquake historian, noticed a series of ancient Native American rock carvings – petroglyphs with wavy lines, discombobulated human forms and weird serpentine figures – located across the Southern California desert and along the Eastern Sierra that seems to directly overlap known fault lines.

Were they recording earthquake activity? (Insert Twilight Zone theme song here)

Earth: maybe a little cracked from time to time, but a grand old lady who can still shake it.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Weekend Play List for those of no fault:

Weekend Play List for those sick of it.

You could always shift your living arrangements to roll with the times like this doctor did: “South Texas ER doctor self-isolates in his kids’ treehouse” Well, they do say free flowing air and being outdoors is good…and he does get to safely see the wife and kids. Great story reflecting the shift in life.

  • “Don’t stand so close to me” (1980’s’s name a ironic in light of new mandate these days, no? Talk about shutting the barn door after the horse has gone.)
  • “So far away” (Dire Straits, 1985 )
  • “So far away” (Carole King- her 1971 Tapestry original version and her recent updated version here.)
1916 actress Josephine Earle in garden with cabbages (USPD,, artist life/

“Organic farming enthusiast? Heck no. Just want some darn salad. Retro is hot! Backyard haircuts and dirt under the nails are the new status symbol. (Potting soil! We scored potting soil and seeds!)” (USPD/



  1. Ally Bean / Apr 23 2020 9:52 am

    Nice playlist. I read about that doctor in the treehouse and it made me smile. Earth as the main character in the story of mankind is a good thought. Will muse upon it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2020 10:02 am

      Earth or nature as a main character is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy’s novels.
      A dominant strong character who is totally unconcerned with humans – neither supportive or destructive in mindset.
      Always intriguing idea.
      Thanks for shaking out a comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Apr 23 2020 11:12 am

    Native Americans were much more savvy about what was going on than we are with our fancy equipment. Maybe our senses have been dulled over the centuries of not needing them. Kind of like us not having tails anymore. Evolution. Lively play list for sure!


  3. PiedType / Apr 23 2020 2:20 pm

    Fascinating. I’d never heard of the Walker Lane fault. Or the Wasatch fault line either for that matter.


  4. shoreacres / Apr 23 2020 3:24 pm

    When I lived in Salt Lake City, there were occasional references to that fault line, but they always were accompanied with an eye roll. There’s a lot of eye-rolling going around just now — eventually, we’ll find out where the fault lies.

    It is worth considering that I experienced my first earthquake while living outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was that Illinois quake of 1968, a 5.4 that was centered in Illinois, I believe. It was on the Madrid fault, and registered 5.4. I watched a bunch of stemware ‘walk’ of a wall shelf, fascinated. The best I experienced was in Berkeley, CA, where a wave came through the floor of the room I was in. It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen — just like a wave moving through water.

    Wonder what happens when a wave moves through society? LOL!


  5. susielindau / Apr 23 2020 4:31 pm

    The Rocky Mountains are a fault line, but no quivers or shakes here! Not in a while anyway.
    Hang in there. We’ll be out spending money and trying on clothes again… some time… 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2020 4:48 pm

      As long as Yellowstone Caldera doesn’t blow, you’ll be fine HAHA!
      Sounds like you guys have had a pretty mild winter and nice warm weather next week. (which means the trails will be jammed) Sun is good! Better than spending money any day. (Beaches here may open 6-8 am and 7-9 pm – on weekdays – great for locals and may keep tourists/big city day trippers a way for a bit longer. Sounds good to me!) Keep a watch on that pup – the wild life seem to be getting a lot of confidence with humans being corralled)
      Thanks for rocking the comment pile

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  6. Maggie Wilson / Apr 24 2020 3:22 am

    “Earth: maybe a little cracked from time to time, but a grand old lady who can still shake it.”

    And she will, won’t she? Sometimes, I take great comfort in knowing that the earth will recover from the idiotic treatment our species has wrought.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2020 8:01 am

      Humans are just barely a blink of an eye to Earth.
      Bet she was also relieved ( hmmm awkward use of that word) at the Dino disappearance – all those heavy feet ( less weighty thoughts than humans? which is actually worse long term, I wonder?) and the smell – can you imagine the Dino fall out smell? And bet they didn’t wash up after ripping open meals – rotty stinko!But spread all over so maybe less than garage dumps and barges
      No wonder Earth decides to rock and shake things off – flooding is only of limited use. HAHA
      Thanks for rolling in with a comment

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  7. Littlesundog / Apr 24 2020 7:30 am

    “Backyard haircuts and dirt under the nails are the new status symbol.” Well, II am FINALLY with the IN crowd!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2020 8:02 am

      I’m sure there’s some sort of premium dirt type and color we neglected to notice – sigh. once again, not digging it properly HAHA
      Take care and thanks for clipping off a comment to leave

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