Tuesday, February 19, 2008

hippo birdie two mouse!

today marks the one year anniversary of mouse medicine. I can't believe I've been blogging for a year - on one hand it seems like I just started this (activity) (pastime) (compulsion), then on the other hand, it seems like I've been doing it forever.

this morning while listening to npr's morning edition (another of my minor compulsions) I learned that today is also the 40th anniversary of the first show of mister rogers neighborhood. I found an incredible sense of joy in this coincidence. while some folks make fun of mister rogers, I can never engage in bashing him or his show. I believe the world would be a much better place if more people would adopt fred rogers' sweet simplicity, sense of wonder, understanding of the importance of make believe, and gentle soul.

blogging has brought forth an abundance of unexpected riches in that it has provided another avenue where I can feel connected to the world community or global village -- normal barriers such as distance, region of country, nationality, and time are rendered invisible in the blogosphere. one of the main reasons I first began blogging was to have another method of communicating with family and friends. a few weeks after I started the mouse I was going on a 'big trip' and I thought a blog would be a good way to keep people abreast on my adventures. but the blog has also allowed me to collect more friends (and I'm not using the word cavalierly) and delightfully these friends are scattered all over the country and the world. so the biggest unexpected treasure is I can say I have more friends now than I had before I began this (activity) (pastime) (compulsion). sometimes the connection with my new friends remains in the blogosphere - but not always! during the fall, I had my first opportunity to meet two blogging buds when they came to cleveland. I met julien from paris and polly from california and it was wonderful. I only wish their visits had overlapped especially since I became acquainted to both of them through a connection they had via their respective blogs. this weekend I will meet reya and barbara, two more buds from the cyberhood, when I head down to metro DC. but even if person to person meetings aren't possible I have found that some cyberhood connections transcend superficiality and real compassion, empathy, and friendship happen. as humans we have more in common with one another than we have differences. what a treasure.

along with sharing an anniversary with mister rogers' neighborhood the other fun bit of serendipity I discovered is that in the first year of mouse medicine I posted 333 posts. I don't know about you but I've always found a bit of magic in the number 3! so with that in mind, I close this first post of the mouse's second year with this tune for your enjoyment..

I look forward to another year of being part of the global village!
thank you.

photo: huskymouse storrs, connecticut 2005 (and with this picture I am opening the door for lots of she's a real dog jokes!!)


Barbara said...

Hopefully it will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood on Saturday. Congrats on your one-year anniversary! I often wonder how long this "hobby" can go on because it is a huge time-sink, especially if you write most every day as we do. But I love the feeling of connectedness.

R.L. Bourges said...

Magic video! From France, best to you on your first blogging anniversary. Wishing you many friendships around the world in the coming year.
From a recent arrival in your piece of the blogosphere.

jude said...

hey congratulations! time flies when you are having fun!

Steve Reed said...

Oh, Mr. Rogers! I always liked his show as a kid. Sure, we all made fun of him when we got older -- especially after Saturday Night Live -- but as kids we all watched him and admired him. I agree -- the world would be a better place if everyone adopted his measured tone and sense of enthusiasm about simple things.

dennis said...

Dennis is thrilled to congratulate Kimy!

Avid Reader said...


A year is a big accomplishment! You inspire others, entertain and educate. It sure isn't easy.


jenclair said...

Funny about those time discrepancies, isn't it? It seems like I've known you for much longer than a year! Happy Anniversary, Kim!

Jack said...


hippo birdie two ewe!

mouse medicine is a pleasant visit with a warm, witty friend.

be well,

jack valancy

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may you be safe, happy, and healthy.
may you live with ease.
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Salty Miss Jill said...

YAY!!!! Happy Bird Day, Mousie!

Mister Rogers is a personal hero. I cried my damn fool head off throughout the PBS special proceding his death.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Happy one year anniversary. It's pretty amazing how quickly it adds up and took look back at a year's worth of entries. Keep it up!

mzjohansen said...

Congratulations Mistress Mouse!
My favorite number has always been 3 - so triple 3's for a year seems most auspicious!
Here's to year # 2~

Colette Amelia said...

Is it happy blog birthday or happy anniversary? Congratulations and felicitations. I know that you have made me think, made me feel, made me care, made me laugh and made me want to read, quilt, cook, march, rant, ponder, laugh, and with your new statistic made me want to cry...wow 1 million dead...how did that happen?

Three cheers for Mouse Medicine and Kimy!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thank you everyone for your congratulations, support, and wishes!!

time does fly when you're having fun!

for all my new friends - it is great getting to know you - first in cyberspace and maybe soon(er or later) to a patch of land somewhere on earth. to my 'old' friends always....

blog on! rock on! and peace on! and bless us all!!!

lettuce said...

happy blogday kimy! (sorry i missed it...... bit late here....)

i'm so happy to have your blog friendship - and that we will meet in April!

Gary said...

Happy Blogiversary! I know that you have made a difference to others in a very real way because of this blog and applaud you on that. Also on the number of posts. I think I'll have done a third of that by my one year anniversary.

Anonymous said...

Am sooooooo glad to have found you online!

Unknown said...

This is such a wonderfully heartwarming post, Kimy.

And happy blogoversary! Here's to much more blogging from The Mouse!