Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Stuck In A Moment

A few times a week my wife Mona texts out a “question of the day” to all her friends.  The most recent one was, “What is your superpower?” Most people demurred or responded with a joke.  My answer was, “I can do things even when I don’t want to.”  I’ve lived with depression my whole …

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Ted Hawkins

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Songs for a Rainy Day

Songs about rain: I can’t stand the rain by Ann Peebles (YouTube link)(lyrics) Have you ever seen the rain? by Credence Clearwater Revival (YouTube link)(lyrics) Raindrops keep falling on my head by B.J. Thomas (YouTube link)(lyrics) I wish it would rain by The Temptations (YouTube link)(lyrics) Raining in my heart by Buddy Holly (YouTube link)(lyrics) …

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Sunflowers

We feed the birds, and in exchange they plant us sunflowers: •

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Johnny Winter

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Gradually Losing Interest

In this article on burnout by Emily Guendelsberger, she discusses how research scientists induce depression in rats: It turns out you don’t need to traumatize them. The most reliable protocol is “chronic mild stress.” There are many methods of making the lives of experimental animals mildly but chronically miserable– a cage floor that administers random …

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Hermits

This is an unexpectedly fascinating article about hermits:  LINK

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“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary:  put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.”  ~Linji Yixuan • “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”  ~Kurt Vonnegut

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This, That, and

The “otherkin” are a unique group. They’re defined as “a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human.” I kind of like that idea. I was reading an article about elephants, and how their brains are wired almost exactly like humans, and it suddenly struck me how species-centric that view is– you could …

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Things Are

“If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are.”  ~Anonymous (This was originally credited to “Zen Proverb,” but I’m leery of such general attribution.  If this were really part of the Zen canon, I would expect a more specific source.  But whoever said it, …

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The Sunshine and the Shadows

Full lyrics HERE.

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Wobbly Cup

I do like this cup.  It’s by artist Takeshi Yasuda, and you can get it for $125 at GoldMarkArt.com. Coffee not included.

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