Author Archive: Thomas Bryner

I give up.

I don’t know why they have done this, but WordPress has removed a few more basic formatting options and I can no longer make this blog look the way I want it to. I give up. All future content will be posted exclusively to AbbiesTreeHouse.blogspot.com, and this blog will be abandoned in place.

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Happy?

 Excerpted from the article “Enjoy!” by Sandy Grant: In our societies, we experience fabricated leisure – a kind of planned ‘free time’ that is sandwiched between typically unpleasant work times. And we are bombarded with advertisements that promise we will have a great time if only we get the latest phone or the latest computer …

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Shavasana

Shavasana by Rosemary Wahtola Trommer Once again, the field rehearses how to die. Some of the grass turns golden first. Some simply fades into brown. Just this morning, I, too, lay in corpse pose, practicing how to let myself be totally held by the earth without striving, how to meet the day without rushing off …

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Eastern Perspective

If you have a few minutes, this video from the BBC is beautiful and thought provoking:  LINK (Blogger let me embed the video easily and for free, WordPress wanted me to buy an expensive upgrade.  Bah.)

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Thanks, but

And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.’  ~Deuteronomy 3:21-22 That’s nice, …

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Blocking

  This has become a popular form of creative writing, and I’ve seen some beautiful poems and prose created by blocking selections of text. I can’t do it myself, because marking in a book just feels wrong.  But I enjoy seeing what other people created.

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Bagism

  Which led to this: And for the younger members in the audience: Bagism was created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as part of their extensive peace campaign in the late 1960s. The intent of bagism was to satirize prejudice and stereotyping. Bagism involved wearing a bag over one’s entire body. According to John …

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Downside

  I might create a Twitter account just to follow Jeff Tiedrich.  He’s HERE.

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shh

shhh, it’s fine is on the web HERE.  The artist has chosen to remain anonymous. It isn’t really a “comic” in the traditional sense.  It’s more like illustrated commentary.  I think its wonderful.

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Friendly Beasts

  Bestioles amiques by Affonso Lopes-Vieiva,c.1920

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Midnight

Oh Midnight was the champion He is the only bronc I couldn’t ride But now I hear old Midnights blind And rides little children for a dime It’s silly me for me to feel sad for a fictional horse from a song that’s nearly fifty years old.   I’m ridiculous. Full lyrics HERE.

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Lucky Doris

  No Exit by Andy Singer is on the web HERE.

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Little Heads Up

The domain AbbiesTreeHouse.com expires tomorrow. I’m pretty sure WordPress will automatically redirect to the free version at AbbiesTreeHouse.wordpress.com, but you may need to update your bookmarks if you’re not using their reader. The WordPress version is actually a mirror of my Blogspot version at: http://abbiestreehouse.blogspot.com I never did figure out WordPress’s “Block Editor,” so I …

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Gregory Blackstop

 If you have eleven minutes to spare, there is a wonderful little video about autistic artist Gregory Blackstop online HERE. You can view some of his artwork online HERE.

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Ouch.

 Buttpoems by J. Smith is on the web in several places, including HERE.

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Domino

  By French artist Arman (1928-2005)Pexiglass and resin with dominos And that, of course reminded me of this: Fun fact:  linguists have been hard at work since 1970 trying to decipher what the hell he’s saying, so far without result.

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Romantic Friendship

 From the article “What Is Romantic Friendship?” by By Sukaina Hirji and Meena Krishnamurthy, in The New Statesman: What, then, were (Iris) Murdoch and (Philippa) Foot to each other? Close friends? Lovers? Murdoch herself grappled with this question. She wrote to Foot, “Sometimes I feel I have to invent a language to talk to you …

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Bang A Gong

  And that, of course, reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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I Will

 Mona discovered this beautiful cover version of an early Beatles song, and shared it with me.  Now I’m sharing it with you: Full lyrics HERE.

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No Escape

“The problem begins with that word ‘world’. It means two such opposite things. The real one we cannot see. The invented one we can’t escape.”  ~Richard Powers, The Overstory ©2018

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