Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

It’s Only Make Believe

Mona brought this song to my attention, and I’m glad she did.  I had seriously underestimated the range and power of Glen Campbell’s voice! Full lyrics HERE.

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Just For a Moment

Elda Maria Smiling by Millen Brand Excerpted from Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch, ©1975 Elda Maria visits her grandmother in the evening, and there is evening over the aging eyes. Her grandmother thinks, How I loved her father when he was small! And everything about this child is my son again– see him …

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I see my light come shining…

That’s Clarence Clemons on saxophone.  I wouldn’t mind having this played at my funeral, but really I’ll have very little say in the matter. Full lyrics at BobDylan.com.

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Maybe

“Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.”  ~Haruki Murakami

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Be Kind to Little Animals

As happens so many times, the artist has been lost in a series of reposts.  If anyone knows, let me know in the comments so I can give credit.

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Such and such a cabin

I bought this book of poetry on a whim, and have been enchanted from the first page.  Millen Brand reminds me of Carl Sandburg, only friendlier: The Last Families in the Cabins by Millen Brand Excerpted from Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch, ©1975 At a bend in the Bally-Dale road, in a low …

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Change

The artist, Debbie Tung, is on the web in many places, including HERE.

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Unfold

“They talk about angels, but what if the angels are within, and all we need to do is unfold our wings.”  ~Gabriel Andreas The quote above is available on a greeting card at the artist’s website, HERE.

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For The Pleasure Of

“It is not sitting in order to struggle to get enlightenment.  No.  Sitting first of all is for the pleasure of sitting.  Walking first of all is for the pleasure of walking.  And eating is for the pleasure of eating.   And the art is to be there one hundred per cent.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Life of Mama Fruh

The Life of Mama Fruh by Millen Brand Excerpted from Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch, ©1975 A day of fall, a windless day when from a summer cornice dogwood hangs its fire of dying leaves over signaling buds. It is Mama Fruh’s birthday. In the kitchen of the large farmhouse she sits with …

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Disentangle

“Meditation teaches you how to disentangle yourself from the thought process. It is the mental art of stepping out of your own way, and that’s a pretty useful skill in everyday life. Meditation is certainly not some irrelevant practice strictly for ascetics and hermits. It is a practical skill that focuses on everyday events and …

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Local Lives

I found an amazing book at the used book store:  Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch by Millen Brand, ©1975. He had kept a poetic diary for thirty-four years documenting the real people and real events of the community he lived in, publishing it almost as an afterthought. His character sketches are simply amazing.  …

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