Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Happy?

“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.” ~Richard Bach Okay, but is that enough? Were we put on this earth just to have a few laughs and amuse ourselves? Is that all there is? What if happiness is just the …

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Move, Move Fast

“There is freedom in coming and going for no other reason than because you can. There is freedom in choosing to sit and be still when everything is always telling you to move, move fast.” ~-Elizabeth Acevedo, in The Poet X ©2018

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The Worst

The Worst Thingby Chelan Harkin, in Susceptible to Light©2020(via Jules of Nature) The worst thing we ever didwas put God in the skyout of reachpulling the divinityfrom the leaf,sifting out the holy from our bones,insisting God isn’t bursting dazzlementthrough everything we’ve madea hard commitment to see as ordinary,stripping the sacred from everywhereto put in a …

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Word O’ The Day

Solivagant (noun): one who wanders alone  

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A Crayon Day

“It was a green summer day like what a child would draw, a crayon day with a few white cumulus children’s clouds, and the sun with yellow radiance lines sticking out.” ~Garrison Keillor, in Pontoon ©2007 I’ve read several of Keillor’s “Lake Wobegon” books, and Pontoon sticks out as my favorite. It can be very …

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Just a Perfect Day

I was young when I first read J.D. Salinger’s short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and I remember being just completely blindsided by the ending. I’m pretty sure my mouth was literally hanging open. I was shocked, dazed, stunned. I’m glad I read it when I was young. This older version of me would …

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Barbara Stanwyck

I had only known Barbara Stanwyck as a rather severe older actress who specialized in playing overbearing matriarchs, so I was surprised to learn that she danced in the Zeigfeld Follies as a teenager. You can read about her life HERE.

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Timeless

There are some artists that are very much of their time. Michal Jackson, with his single glove and sequined socks, would never have worked in the 50s. Michal Hutchence, with his meticulous 80s fashion sense, would have been laughed offstage in the 60s. They could only have been successful in their own times. But I …

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Links

Back in the days of dial-up internet connections, it could take a very long time to download a single web page. It wasn’t unusual for me to queue up a few pages, then go have a cup of coffee or watch a television show and come back when they’d finished loading. Then I discovered the …

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Flood

“There aren’t enough moderators speaking enough languages, working enough hours, to stop the biblical flood of shit that Facebook unleashes on the world.” ~Adrienne LaFrance, in the Atlantic article Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine

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Marveling at the Lottery Logic

“I am told by longtime New Yorkers that the subway used to be awful– garbage-strewn, graffiti-covered, suffocating in the summer, dangerous at night all year round. And of course I know plenty of people who despise taking it today, even though the cars are remarkably safe, clean, and cool. I suggest they ride with me. …

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Be the Stillness

“Learn to be silent when everything else is an uproar. Be the stillness within the constant motion.” ~Nicole Addison

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