Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Little or a Lot

Excerpted from What Makes You Not a Buddhist, ©2008, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: One day a monk noticed a tear in Gautama Buddha’s robe and offered to stitch it, but Buddha refused his offer. He kept walking and begging alms in his torn robe. When he headed toward the hideout of a destitute woman, the …

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Can

Mona liked this fortune enough that she taped it to her desk.  🙂

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Wait

Sometimes a song invokes a certain feeling, even if the narrative isn’t clear. Full lyrics HERE.

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So

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”  ~anonymous

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Like feral waves to your mind

Wow. Full lyrics HERE.  There’s a live version posted HERE.

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One by One

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”  ~Charles Mackay, in Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowd ©1841, available for free at Project Gutenberg

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Moonlight

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3

Masculine:  “Brother from Another Mother” Feminine:  “Sister from Another Mister” Neutral:  “Sib from Another Crib.”

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Lighten Things Up

“If we’re not too confused or hard on ourselves, we will discover the sanity beyond habitual reactions. Identifying less with habits and more with our basic nature lightens things up. With more space in our mind, we take our reactions less seriously. We can watch them the way we would watch children at play– knowing …

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H.R. 5

There is a bill in the legislature that would expand equal rights protections for gays (source)(text of bill). It is opposed by the Catholic, Baptist, and Mormon churches.  They argue that discrimination is such a fundamental part of their religion that they will be unable to practice their faith without it. Most of us were …

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First

“He saw her before he saw anything else in the room.”   ~Francis Scott Fitzgerald, One Interne (1932)

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Consequences

This was excerpted from The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick, ©2010.  He was writing about the difficulty in finding accurate historical depictions when taken years after an event, but he could just as easily have been writing a treatise on karma: “We interact with one another as individuals responding to a complex haze of factors: …

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