Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana

This song is absolutely beautiful and completely ridiculous. Full lyrics HERE.

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So Be Easy With Yourself

“It is impossible to be at your best or your worst at all times. Who is always consistent? Everyone changes according to different situations and as they go through life’s different phases. There is no point in feeling great pride or great shame simply because of temporary circumstances.”  ~Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa

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That’s Life

Frank Sinatra heard O.C. Smith’s version of That’s Life on his car radio, and was so impressed he tracked down the publisher to record his own version. His version is very different.  Smith’s version is mellower, more bluesy, while Sinatra’s is more motivational-speakerish. The final line fits seamlessly in Smith’s version, but is a little …

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Whatever Little Work

“If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise …

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The Company You Keep

Alan Dershowitz was part of the legal team that won an acquittal for O.J. Simpson, even though he was guilty.  Next he dug up dirt on Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, helping him get a ridiculously light sentence for abusing little girls. And he is currently representing Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump.

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Survey Says:

According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, available HERE (PDF), Fifty-six per cent of the surveyed global population said capitalism in its current form does more harm than good in the world, and fifty-seven percent of respondents worry about losing the respect and dignity they once enjoyed in their country.  Most respondents said that hard …

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Should it slip my mind, I will remind myself.

“In the morning, on awaking, we should make the following pledge: ‘Throughout the whole of today, I will remember Bodhichitta. Eating, dressing, meditating, wherever I go, I will practice it constantly. Should it slip my mind, I will remind myself. Mindful of it, I will not allow myself to wander into states of anger, desire …

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Less Kind

It was the Mormons who first taught me to be rude. When I lived in Dallas, they used to circle the parking lots of malls and department stores on bicycles, targeting shoppers who walked alone.  They were better trained than any used car salesman– any polite decline of their intentions on my part was met …

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Ecstatic Phil

In my personal life I’m very reserved, very cool, very laid back– but the people I admire most are not.

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Now Is The Time To Come Out Of The Water

There aren’t enough songs about evolution.

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Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is one of the more easily understood of the Eastern texts, and I found a wonderful site that makes it available in several different translations:  https://taoteching.org.uk/

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Like a Crystal

“Mind, like a crystal, is colored by its surroundings. You are bound to reflect the qualities and shortcomings of the good or bad friends whose company you keep. If you associate with the malevolent, the selfish, the rancorous, the intolerant, and the arrogant, their faults will affect you. You would do better to keep your …

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