Day 2765: Mixed messages

I’ve definitely heard mixed messages about the advisability of looking for information online, but here‘s an online definition of “mixed messages”:

mixed message (plural mixed messages)

(idiomatic) Any communication that is contradictory, inconsistent, or unclear, especially in its motive or intent.
Don’t you think it’s sending a mixed message for the magazine to put “Lose Five Pounds in A Month” right next to “Ten Easy Desserts”?
See also
double standard
mixed signal
read between the lines

Yesterday, on a walk near my home, I encountered these mixed messages:


EXPLORE MORE (on the left page of that discarded magazine)  and


… NO TRESPASSING.   There were more mixed messages there, because several people and dogs seemed to be trespassing on that land  (which is either an island or a peninsula, depending on the tide). As I read descriptions of Thompson Island, I’m getting more mixed messages about whether I should have explored more or turned back in response to that NO TRESPASSING message.  The messages are so mixed for me right now, I’m doubting whether that actually IS Thompson Island, since there were no clear messages or identifying signs.

When I look around these days, I see mixed messages about

  • masks,
  • the pandemic,
  • travel,
  • work,
  • age,
  • food,
  • sleep,
  • etiquette,
  • language,
  • connecting with others,
  • fireworks,
  • protests,
  • danger,
  • safety,
  • politics,
  • polls,
  • money,
  • power,
  • human nature,
  • the climate,
  • the future,
  • the past, and
  • the rest of this mixed world.

Do you see any mixed messages in my many other mixed photos from yesterday?

If those messages are too mixed to see clearly, you can always click on a particular photographic message to make it larger.

Here’s “Mixed Messages” by  Big K.R.I.T,

… and “Mixed Messages” by The Bangles.

That’s a really interesting mix of “Mixed Messages.” Now I’m looking forward to reading the mix of messages in the comments section, below.

There’s always an unmixed message at the end of each of these mixed blog posts.




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22 thoughts on “Day 2765: Mixed messages

  1. Mixed messages =(*/∇\*)˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞(▰˘︹˘▰)~ヾ(^∇^)(*`へ´*)ヾ(。ꏿ﹏ꏿ)ノ゙(°◡°♡).:。

  2. Good landscapes and sunsets

  3. Our world is full of mixed messages right now, Ann. Hopefully more clarity awaits.

  4. As far as the mixed messages we get in the media I trust none whatsoever!

  5. puella33

    I’m looking at your pictures. The seaside is inviting and yet desolate. In general, I think there were always mixed messages, but they are more noticeable now.

  6. Your shirt may *say* that you are alone in the presence of others, but I happen to know that when you are not in the presence of others, you are still in the thoughts and hearts of many unseen friends. (Like me)

    Perhaps you could change the punctuation on your t-shirt to:

    [X ]Alone
    [✓ ] In the company of others

  7. A summer camp I used to go to had an area called Fisher Island, which was, most of the time, an island because a very narrow but deep trough with a trickle of water from Percy Priest Lake separated it from the rest of the land. Sometimes I think the lake’s level would go down and the trickle would dry up, making it no longer an island but a peninsula. Either way I had trouble considering it an island since getting to it only required a small step.
    Perhaps there’s a kind of metaphor there. Sometimes we accept narrow definitions because they’re convenient, or comforting, or just because we need them, and sometimes we ignore the signs and trespass anyway.

  8. mixed messages are much harder to understand than no messages at all, leaving much to our interpretation and unsure of our choices being either ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ they leave us in a sort of perpetual purgatory state, unsure of anything, and constantly questioning ourselves.

    p.s. i’m going to say that those day-glo orange markings on the ground were left behind by either aliens or enterprising squirrels with thumbs, sending mixed messages of hope. i hope.

  9. Pingback: Day 2803: I haven’t been this depressed since … | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  10. Mixed messages from humans are to be expected, but an animal’s instinct is direct and true. How blessed is Harley that he doesn’t have to figure out the crazy signs from humans. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
    ― Alexander Pope

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