Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

I’m young, I know…

The song stands on its own, but seeing Keith Richards pull in Nora Jones to calm her obvious stage fright adds a level of charm to the video:

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And did the effort pay?

 Aimee Mann deserves to be ranked among the elite of female singer/songwriters, alongside of Carol King and Joanie Mitchell. Full lyrics HERE.

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“Spiritual Lifeguards”

 I listen to The Dan Patrick Show every morning.  That’s kind of an unusual pleasure for me, since it’s a sports show and I don’t follow sports, but it’s friendly and I like the positive vibes they generate. On today’s show Dan casually referred to the family of cancer patients as “spiritual lifeguards.” I really …

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Right?

  This excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, ©2009, illustrates the fundamental difference between Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is all about the destination, heaven or hell, while Buddhism is more concerned with the path:  “If you don’t feel that you’re on the right path, happiness isn’t possible. This is true for …

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yet not, but not

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”  ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 I don’t know man.  I’m feeling sort of distressed, despairing, forsaken, and destroyed. But I guess that’s something to aspire to.

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Has, Held, Is

Come to Dust by Ursula K. Leguin, in So Far So Good ©2018 (via Jules of Nature) Spirit, rehearse the journeys of the body that are to come, the motions of the matter that held you. Rise up in the smoke of palo santo. Fall to the earth in the falling rain. Sink in, sink …

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Another

 

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Kurt and Albert

  Many mathematicians consider Kurt Gödel (l) to be intellectually superior to  Albert Einstein (r).  Einstein certainly thought so. But which one looks friendlier?

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Manhattan

  (clicking imbiggens) Manhattan Midnight by Ellison Hoover,1945

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Sensory Input Patterns

“Have you ever heard Data describe friendship?  How did he put it?  ‘As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them.  The inputs eventually are anticipated and even missed when absent.’”  ~Deanna Troi, on Star Trek: The Next Generation

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The Wiki Family

 I think everybody by now knows about Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, but that’s just one of a whole family of Wiki services.  Here are few you may not be familiar with– and like Wikipedia, they are all free to use, quote, and link to: Wiktionary:  an online dictionary WikiNews:  breaking news.  This one has not …

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Just On The Point

“I cannot tell if what the world considers “happiness” is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All …

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