Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Happy

The lyrics aren’t exactly progressive: If you want to be happy for the rest of your life Never make a pretty woman your wife So for my personal point of view Get an ugly girl to marry you But it’s such a playful and happy song that it’s still fun to listen to. Full lyrics …

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And It Cripples Us

“Every cell in the body is continuously changing. Thoughts and emotions rise and fall away unceasingly. When we’re thinking that we’re competent or that we’re hopeless– what are we basing it on? On this fleeting moment? On yesterday’s success or failure? We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and it cripples us. …

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Arches

Salzburg von einer Loggia by Georg Pezolt (1879-1951) It’s unlikely this was meant as a tribute to Maxfield Parrish, but it’s hard to look at without thinking of him.  I suppose they had similar influences.

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Prudence

Prudence was a real person who was going through a bad time, and John Lennon wrote this song to cheer her up. It’s one of my favorite Beatles’ songs.

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On In Out

“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”  ~Dr. Timothy Leary Excerpt from Dr. Timothy Leary’s autobiography Flashbacks, ©1983: “Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers engaging them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. “Tune in” …

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Just For One Day

I used to play this song in the car every day as I drove to visit my mother in the nursing home.  It helped. I would go in her room, and make her smile and sometimes even laugh.  I could raise the spirits of everyone in the room with her.  I could be a hero, …

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Don’t you ever give up the fight…

Full lyrics HERE.

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Tiny Note

After trying Instagram for a few weeks, I decided it’s not for me. The advertising overwhelmed and dominated the experience.  I felt hundreds of invisible hands tugging at my wallet, and it wasn’t clear what exactly I was getting in return. So I left.

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Strict

The Supreme Court ruled that you have to let Black kids go to school. They ruled that you have to let Black people vote. They ruled that women get to decide for themselves whether or not to bear children. And that’s when conservatives began touting the idea of “strict interpretation” of the Constitution. If the …

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Tired

shhh, it’s fine is on the web HERE.  (The artist has chosen to remain anonymous.)

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Fit

The engineering company I worked for in East Texas (discussed previously) came to an interesting end. They had been in business for decades, and had made a nice profit doing small jobs at local oil and gas pumps and refineries. The people they had hired were take-charge types who could dive in and do it …

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Ah.

In a wonderful article from Harper’s Magazine, No Time But the Present , Alan Jacobs argues that reading old books makes our lives better: To read old books is not simply to escape our current condition of frenetic standstill, the torrent of data and demand managed moment by moment (though, to my mind, occasional escape …

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