Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Figment

“Figment” is defined as “a fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.” That’s what I expected, but I realized I had never heard the word without the expository “of imagination.” That made me think that perhaps it meant something different. It turns out the phrase is just redundant. On a slightly related tangent: one of my favorite …

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Om

Excerpted from Om Chanting and Meditation by Amit Ray, ©2010: Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that is beyond our perception. It is …

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And What Do You Get?

Full lyrics HERE. Tennessee Ernie Ford was a favorite of my parents. I remember one of his album actually came with sheet music and lyrics, so everyone could sing along. That’s something that’s rare in today’s music. There aren’t that many songs you can really sing along with.

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A Royal Pain

The Harry Formerly Known as Prince decided he didn’t want to be in the Royal Family any more, so he left with only the clothes on his back, $35 million dollars, and two estates. That’s fine. Lots of sons decide not to go into the family business. But it seems like he’s going to spend …

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15

I remember what happened the last time they raised the minimum wage. Every apartment complex in town, all at once, raised their rents by an equal amount– and all of the money that was meant to help the working poor instead went to the leisure rich. Upping wages, while important, is not going to repair …

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Then it fell apart; it fell apart.

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He Finds That Fascinating.

Excerpted from the article “A Happy Contrarian” by Costica Bradatan, posted on Commonweal: The interviewers often push (René) Girard to explain how his theory applies to real life, and he is happy to oblige. The theory’s journey into the world is a great story in its own right. No sooner did his argument reach a …

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Old/New

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” ~Ephesians 4: 22-24 Which is a fancy of way …

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Happiness

Happiness by Marc Chagall

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Plucked and Plunked

“We all, like Frodo, carry a Quest, a Task: our daily duties. They come to us, not from us. We are free only to accept or refuse our task– and, implicitly, our Taskmaster. None of us is a free creator or designer of his own life. ‘None of us lives to himself, and none of …

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Evening Glow

Evening Glow by H.M. Stafford II

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Anticipation

Excerpted from Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, ©1967: Knowing the trout would wait there like airplane tickets for us to come, we stopped at Mushroom Springs and had a drink of cold shadowy water and some photographs taken of the baby and me sitting together on a log. I hope someday we’ll have …

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