First among Equals

Calliope was the muse of Epic and Heroic Poetry. Theoretically, she is the oldest of the nine muses, but Rhinos have always wondered if that rumor was prompted by one of her many sisters.

The Ancient Greeks had many interesting ideas and theories about the Past, and honored those thoughts in sweeping poetry, usually publicly read to an appreciative audience.

Rhinos like to think of other cultures thinking well of themselves. Why not?

Calliope wrote notes to herself on a wax tablet, saving paper.

Shine On

Today is exceptional in that We Rhinos are pretty sure We can expect a Full Moon. Not only is that a pleasure, but it means We can have a second Full Moon this month on ………wait for it……… Halloween! Oooooooo, Spooooky.

That one will be the Hunter’s Moon, possibly named for the urchins tracking down candy and hyperglycemia.

The Harvest Moon, which usually is slated for September, focuses on the harvest. Your Inner Rhino, always informative.

Crowning Glory

Rhinos are not bald, but We don’t have a lot of hair. A bit on our tails and ears and lashes. Even our Sumatran family members have an uneven coat, especially in the Wild.

But We are not blind to hairy possibilities. A comb, a bobbypin, and watch out! That’s how it looks to Us.

Like our wardrobes, which exist only in Theory, Coiffure is a product of Imagination. Pick a color, pick a texture. Split ends? Not a problem for Rhinos. No Ma’am.


Freya was the Norse Goddess of Beauty, Love, and Fertility. She attended to Gold, Prosperity, and explored Mysteries. She also attended to those slain in battle. Freya was a popular Goddess; Friday is named to honor her.

Missing from the image is some of her Goddess Equipment, namely, Hildisvini, a large boar, Brisingamen, an enchanted necklace, and her feather cloak, which she used to fly around. (Her chariot and two blue Tomcats were a gift from Thor.)

Freya was a goddess who knew how to have a Good Time. And then had it. Repeatedly.

Parting Ways


It probably seems as though Rhinos act a certain way, behave within distinct parameters. And for the most part, that’s true.

For the other part, We do get out of hand, surprising ourselves as well as anybody else who’s paying attention. Some idea pops up, and off We Rhinos go.

Afterwards, We ponder just what We thought We were doing. It may be true that every question has an answer, but it does not follow that We know what it is.

All Day Today

Today is Thursday, named for the ancient Norse god, Thor. Thor attended to a number of areas, with Thunder and Lightening topping the list, oh, and Giant-Bashing. He was short-tempered.

Apparently everything Thor touched had a large name. Thor drove a chariot drawn by 2 goats named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr. He wore magic bracelets, called Jarngreipr, needed to wield his hammer, Mojnir. (This hammer worked like a Norse boomerang.)  He also wore a special belt called Megingjore. Thor had Red Hair, but if it had a particular name, We don’t know what it was, though it was probably hard to spell.

The ‘Your Inner Rhino’ research team is pooped. So much spelling, even without the diacritical markings!

That Second Sniff

Rhinos live in a Universe of Scent, so We were surprised to hear about an official system for extracting the fragrant essence from flowers. The process is called Enfleurage.

Well, yes, of course. Rhinos have been Enfleurage-ing ourselves via plants for millenia and even before that. The name is cunning, but the concept is pre-ancient.

If We like a scent, We eat the flower; that way, We get both the lingering romance of the blooms, but also the nutrients in the plant. Two pleasures, simultaneously.

After Monday


Today has been Tuesday, named for the Anglo-Saxon god of War and Peace, Tiu (or Tiw, Tig,Ti, Tii, Tir and Tuu). Yes, really.

Tiu is best remembered for ramming his fist into the mouth of Famrir, a gigantic wolf, thus assisting his father, Wotan. Tiu was ambidextrous, which was a good thing as it turned out. His main task was making sure folk honored their treaties, easier said than done.

Rhinos only call our days Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.