Friday, February 19, 2010


To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Nicolaus Copernicus (b. 19 february 1473 - 1543) mathematician and astronomer

today is mouse medicine's blogiversary - I can't believe I've been blogging for 3 years! on one hand it seems like I started blogging only yesterday, on the other hand, it feels like I've blogging forever.

by blogging my notion of community and friendship has grown and expanded. the bloggyhood, as willow so sweetly puts it, affirms my basic beliefs that we are more alike than we are different, that people are fundamentally kind and caring, and, as margaret mead once opined "a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world" - I think we are changing the world - the ways we are changing the world may be small, but they are significant.

a week or so ago kat, a relatively new blogging bud emailed and asked "what's with the name, mouse medicine?" - I referred her to my very first post; for others who may also be wondering what's with the title mouse medicine, here's what I wrote on february 19th 2007:
choosing a name and an address for a blog is a somewhat formidable task - talk about pressure! in facing this task, I decided to fall back on one of my tried and true animal friends and totems....the noble and humble mouse. in concordance with many cultural traditions, I believe that if we go looking, we may find animals which are our life-guides or life-spirits - these animal guides or totems provide powerful lessons when we discover their 'presence' in our lives. in the course of my 50 plus years, I have had a number of animal guides - some have lasted for years, if not decades, others may have only been a friend who dropped in for a short visit with a lesson I needed to learn. one of the more enduring and dominant of my animal totems has been the mouse. like many significant things in my life the mouse as an animal totem first came to me in a dream.

when I took a leap 'off the grid' a few years ago and switched from being a 'wage slave' to being a 'starving artist,' I found magic in this longtime totem friend of mine and decided to house my artistic work under the rubric of the 'magical mouse studio.' when considering the spiritual & magical powers of animals, the mouse's primary lesson is "attention to detail." attention to detail is something I try to bring to my everyday life and something I would like to bring to my little corner of cyberspace.
in re-reading this old post, I might change or expand certain thoughts; but, overall, the explanation holds. on reflecting about this crazy phenomenon of blogging, I think our blogging buddies are a bit like our animal totems - some blogging buds endure and some pop in only for a short visit - but as with our our animal totems, each blogging bud brings a gift and a lesson and is always out there!

I am honored when someone drops in at the mouse, I value each of you and consider you a friend. yes, we are scattered around our small, beautiful blue marble spinning crazily around the sun. sometimes we have the good fortune to meet 'in the flesh' but most often not; but we are always connected. it is crazy how many kindred spirits we discover when we start looking. I know I'm not always very good in terms following up on comments or leaving a dropping when I pop into others' little corners of cyberspace - but, I always send up a cosmic bit of positive energy and hope that it will be received!


crazy by seal (b. 19 february 1963) - I find the lyrics are oddly appropriate capturing what blogging bud reya might refer to as 'the cosmology of the mouse' (what is doubly crazy is that the title of reya's post for today includes the word crazy, which I discovered when I popped over to snag her link - crazy!!!)


JeffScape said...

I've found myself wondering about your moniker, as well.

And I love that Seal song. I'm actually surprised that it's popularity is so... erratic.

Anonymous said...

Hey! so now I know :)

I think I explained mine in one of my early posts as well( will double check...ahem )

karen said...

Happy Blogiversary "Mouse". Thank you for all you give to this blog place. I truly enjoy stopping in here. Wishing you the best,
karen (the squirrel;)

37paddington said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm so glad I found you, mouse. Though we didn't manage it on your last trip east, I hope we will one day meet in the flesh.

Dumdad said...

Happy blogiversary! And long may you continue to entertain and inform us with your unique blog.

By coincidence, you started your blog on the 19th February - my son's birthday, which I celebrate on my blog today!

Maurice the mouse said...

This blog is the best in the blogosphere. You're the Big Cheese, and I know of what I squeak, I mean speak.

We mice must stick together!

Roy said...

Happy blogiversary! Geez, if the Internet keeps on like this, we're gonna have to rewrite the dictionary.

Mama Zen said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Poetry24 said...

Congratulations on your third Blogiversary. Here's to many more!

Alan Burnett said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. You certain have lived up to your aim about attention to detail. I always find your blog so perfectly crafted, and I can't think of many better compliments than that

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Barry said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!

I think I might be afraid to go back and look at my earliest posts, but I found yours well written and very interesting.

And now I know.

Merle Sneed said...

Yes, happy blobiversary. Great voice, that Seal.

Unknown said...

Happy blog anniversary, if belated! The mouse story is interesting, & I also didn't know that. Your blog does feel so very welcoming & so much like a community place!

Kat Mortensen said...

Kimy I left a rather verbose comment early this morning. It was lengthy and I felt it better to remove it. If you are keen to read it, I kept the text.

Happy Blogiversary. Thanks for bringing such beauty and love to our world.


Gary said...

Kimy, this is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your journey through life with those of us who read your words. I am so thrilled that we have connected.

Congratulation on 3 years! You got me curious about my own blog and my first post was at the end of March 2007. We are on this journey together it seems.


Megan said...

Yay, may there be many many more!

tut-tut said...

What would we do without you?