Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Perfect

There are people who will passionately argue that this is a song about heroin addiction, but Lou Reed always said it was about a lovely day in Central Park with his fiancée.  Of course, that raises a number of questions, too. For some reason, the verse Just a perfect day You made me forget myself …

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I climbed over the fence, but…

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What’s the big deal?

“Renunciation mind is very simple in a way: we have renunciation mind when we realize that all this is not a big deal. Somebody steps on your toe– what’s the big deal? The more we get used to this notion, the more we have renunciation mind. Renunciation somehow has this connotation of giving something up. …

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A Very Full Life

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Ah-haaa

Excerpted from Nashville’s Mother Church:  The History of Ryman Auditorium by William U. Eiland, ©1994: One such act gaining nationwide exposure was Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, whose song San Antonio Rose (YouTube Link) was the best-selling record of 1939. One of his guest appearances at the Opry caused an incident which Minnie Pearl …

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Signature Style

Excerpted from A Geography of Time by Robert Levine, ©1997: The Chinese developed an incense clock. This wooden device consisted of a series of connected small same-sized boxes. Each box held a different fragrance of incense. By knowing the time it took for a box to burn its supply, and the order in which the …

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With Those Who

Scanned from Catholic Worker, June/July 2019

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Perfectly Satisfied

Excerpted from A Geography of Time by Robert V. Levine,  ©1997: In the United States, today’s latest hit, by its nature, becomes tomorrow’s throwaway. Fred Turk, who was a colleague during my year in Brazil, is a U.S. citizen who has spent most of his adult life teaching in countries throughout South America. “I don’t …

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I

“The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.”  ~the 14th Dalai Lama, excerpted from Kindness, …

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First

Appropriately, it’s the last sentence that’s the most important: Marsiela Gomez, a doctoral student in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, is a part Mayan who was raised in a culture that taught the value of waiting for others to speak first. This habit has often caused problems for her in the United States: “It is very …

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Abusive Relationship

The idea that I could be my own abuser is not an idea that ever occurred to me before. Hmm…

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I’ll just dream and stay tan

Chances are pretty good I first heard this song on AM radio; a half-inch mono speaker pressed to my ear. Full lyrics HERE.

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