Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Tiny Note

After trying Instagram for a few weeks, I decided it’s not for me. The advertising overwhelmed and dominated the experience.  I felt hundreds of invisible hands tugging at my wallet, and it wasn’t clear what exactly I was getting in return. So I left.

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Strict

The Supreme Court ruled that you have to let Black kids go to school. They ruled that you have to let Black people vote. They ruled that women get to decide for themselves whether or not to bear children. And that’s when conservatives began touting the idea of “strict interpretation” of the Constitution. If the …

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Tired

shhh, it’s fine is on the web HERE.  (The artist has chosen to remain anonymous.)

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Fit

The engineering company I worked for in East Texas (discussed previously) came to an interesting end. They had been in business for decades, and had made a nice profit doing small jobs at local oil and gas pumps and refineries. The people they had hired were take-charge types who could dive in and do it …

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Ah.

In a wonderful article from Harper’s Magazine, No Time But the Present , Alan Jacobs argues that reading old books makes our lives better: To read old books is not simply to escape our current condition of frenetic standstill, the torrent of data and demand managed moment by moment (though, to my mind, occasional escape …

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Moments of Transcendence

“He walked slowly down the center aisle, and not wanting to open the door until the very last minute for fear of losing the precious heat, he walked to the window at the left of the door and stepped without expectation into one of those moments that is suspended between time and space and lingers …

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The Scarlet A

My worst experience with Christian extremism was at a little engineering company in East Texas. They’re out of business now. In East Texas, politics and religion have merged into one unholy totem. They would listen to the Rush Limbaugh show on the radio, and turn the volume up loud enough that I couldn’t drown him …

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Righteous Indignation™

After Christian extremists successfully stop other people from getting abortions– and that appears to be a foregone conclusion at this point– they’re not going to stop there. They still have a lot of anger inside them, and there are other people doing other things of which they disapprove.  The next groups to find targets on …

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Never Give Up

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But I Didn’t

“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.”  ~Khaled Hosseini So many times it’s the immediate decision that has the longest lasting consequences.  Life seldom gives you enough time for contemplation.

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Made Him Stronger

When I worked at MCI in the late 90s, they had what they called their “Hundred Years Plan.”  Any time they built or rented a building to house their telecommunication equipment, they insisted on having enough room to handle a projected hundred years worth of expansion. MCI is out of business now. They went all-in …

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Not Merely

“Living is not merely going to the office, or passing examinations, or having children, or the everlasting struggle for bread and butter; that is only part of it. Living also implies seeing the trees, the sunlight on the river, a bird on the wing, the moon through the clouds; it is to be aware of …

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