Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Stumbles

From Galatians 6:1-2: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: …

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Just Joking

I don’t think there’s anybody left that just tells jokes. Sometime in the 70s comedians shifted from jokes and stories to a more observational style. I wish it didn’t have to be one or the other, either/or. I enjoy both.

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Fear and Joy

“The great difference between joy and fear is simple: Joy can take place in all three ‘time zones’– past, present, and future. Whereas fear is only of what might happen to us in the future. We cannot be afraid of the past. If we are afraid of something in the present it is really because …

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Most People

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” ~Oscar Wilde (via) Well, don’t I feel the fool for quoting him.

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Overthinking

  And that reminded me of this, from the movie Dumb and Dumber: Lloyd Christmas: Level with me. What are my chances? Mary Swanson: Not good. Lloyd Christmas: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred? Mary Swanson: I’d say more like one out of a million. Lloyd Christmas: [long pause] So you’re …

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Damaged Angels

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” ~Luciano De Crescenzo

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Illuminations

“The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” ~Virginia Woolf That’s the way it’s been for me. I’ve never had The Big Reveal; only glimpses, shadows, movement in the periphery. Just enough to know that there’s something there.

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Paradox

Excerpted from the article Music That Is Never Heard by Ephraim Radner: Solitary confinement is rightly viewed as the worst of living punishments, a place where self-expression is doomed to fail. Solitary confinement “cancels” the self, which is neither seen nor heard. Yet Carthusian monks have retreated to solitary cells in order to find, or …

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An Autumn Leaf

From an interview with 100-year-old Alfia Distefano: How much has the world changed in the last 100 years?It has changed so much I don’t even know how to describe it. I do think I value these changes more because I know how life was before. When I was young, we didn’t have what we have …

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Ask Croz

David Crosby reverses the conventional wisdom and suggests that you should marry someone that you can make happy. Have a listen: There’s something rather charming about a 79-year-old man quoting his Mom. 🙂

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“I do not accept it.”

I found this posted to the blog Living for the Hope of it All: There’s a part in The Princess Bride (the book, it’s not in the movie) where Inigo and Fezzik are looking for Westley after he’s been taken by the Prince, and they’ve been running into obstacle after obstacle, having to overcome them …

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Love

Language has changed a lot since 1611. The King James version of the bible is my favorite because of its poetry and grandeur, but it’s important to know that what was translated as “charity” 410 years ago would be translated as “love” today.  1 Corinthians 13: Though I speak with the tongues of men and …

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