On our Toes!

Today We note the 1880 birthday of M. Michel Fokine. He was the first dance director of the Russian Ballet Russe, working under Serge Diaghilev with composers like Igor Stravinsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Much landmark collaborative artistic output from one and all.

He created the piece PETRUSHKA, 1911, about a clown puppet who suffers for love. As with much “high art”, the story ends unhappily.

M. Fokine’s work made strides in adding natural physical expression to ballet’s more formal technical tradition. Rhinos call that Progress.


Mindboggling, for one

Usually one attempt at Self-Hypnosis is all any Rhino requires. This is a troubling activity, because We Rhinos are Extremely Suggestible.

When a Rhino hypnotizes itself, there is nobody there to offer post-hypnotic suggestions. There is also nobody there to snap some fingers and help Us back to Normal.

The Trance does wear off in time, but the appeal does too.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning bright…


Rhinos are entirely content in our Rhinotude, but from time to time, We like to think of what other critters must contemplate on a daily basis, how they expend their energies. It broadens our understanding.

The Tiger, for instance, does a lot of Lurking. Tigers hide and then jump out, taking advantage of their cunning ways. It is a system that serves their purposes.

Rhinos do not lurk, on principle. But then, our vegetation does not try to gallop away when it’s mealtime.

Star Light, Star Bright

Edmond Halley ‘s comet shot by when he was 2 years old, in 1658. He arrived at many interesting conclusions about it (later), most of which confuse Us Rhinos. He said it would show up about every 75 years.

That said, this same comet was dropping by long before Mr. Halley tagged it. One such visitation was on April 19, 607 AD.

Impressive then too, just the same as if We understood it better. Pretty.

As We Are

Rhinos are indebted to their Rhino Lineage; what critter isn’t? None of Us is a Flash in the Pan, deposited from nowhere on an unsuspecting planet.

Each Rhino is a distillation of unique qualities that only that family member possesses. We descend from the Old, but each one is entirely New.

Given the ingredients, it is up to each of Us to progress on the Big Project, namely, Us.

Just like Hamlet

Rhinos are mostly full-steam-ahead critters. But occasions do arise when We are uncertain about how to proceed, what to do, what to think.

The problem comes from too many choices and options. We could do This Thing, or That Thing, or some Other Thing. What to do, When to do it?

Sometimes Rhinos hesitate as long as a minute.