Category Archives: Personal

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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Uno Reverse Card

“No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now,.  No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being cancelled, cancel culture. In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason.”  ~Madonna (source)  First off, nobody is “cancelling” Madonna.  We are ignoring her.  Young and naked generates …

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Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

 When I was a kid, Hershey Bars came wrapped in aluminum foil and slipped through a paper sleeve.  It was like the Hershey Company was saying, “Here, unwrap this gift; savor it, appreciate it, enjoy it.” Last week I bought a Hershey Bar.  It came wrapped in plastic.  It was like the Hershey Company was …

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Woke

“Comedy now seems the only force capable of making meaningful inroads against the unsmiling, dark armies of cancel culture and corporate-backed wokery.” ~Damian Reilly in The Spectator Well, that’s certainly what Dave Chappelle would have us believe.  Thank God for the Brave and Noble comedians, fearlessly defending our free speech rights by telling rape jokes …

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Cassette

  Back in Olden Days, when a boy liked a girl he’d make a cassette tape of his favorite music for her.  It was a great way for an introvert to open up a bit.

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What’s So Funny?

I don’t think getting a laugh is a good enough reason to be unkind. Comedian Tim Hawkins has done a bit for years where he mocks vegans.  He perpetuates the stereotype that we’re all weak and dizzy, and makes it clear that we are not at all like the “normal” people in his audience who …

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Uh-huh.

 Joe Biden is exclusively emphasizing the infrastructure bill now.  He is positioning himself to take a victory lap over a bill that was never in question. He doesn’t seem to want to talk anymore about the Reconciliation Bill.  That’s the one that would have made health care more accessible and affordable, lowered the cost of …

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There is nothin’ fair in this world…

Full lyrics HERE, but they’re kind of nonsensical. You can safely skip them without fear of missing some subtle nuance. Moving on. There were two times in my life that I tried, really tried, to fit in with a conventional office job.  It didn’t work out either time.  There are economic advantages to being a …

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Jumpin’

My mother passed away a little over two years ago, at the age of 82.  I popped open her CD player today, and the last CD she played was still in there: You would have loved my Mom.  

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Agenda

 Now that Republicans have pushed Black voters to the back of the bus and reduced the status of women to mere fetus incubators, I look for them to force gays back into the closet.

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17

  There are some television shows, like Seinfeld and The Office, that are dialogue-driven.  They’re great if you like clever wordplay or quoting lines.  They lend themselves easily to memes.   But the shows I really like are ones like The Andy Griffith Show; big on heart.  Nobody even tries to create shows like that anymore.  …

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Eff It After All

  “Come, let us go.  Let us leave this festering hellhole.  Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”  Dirk Gently, in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, ©1987 My friend Mary, who …

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Just Something Silly I Did:

 I saw this graphic from a 1954 toothpaste advertisement: And added vampire fangs:

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3 LED

Two things I’ve learned about LED lightbulbs, and one thing I’ve recently learned about myself: LED lightbulbs don’t last anywhere near as long as it says on the box.  Not even close. When LED bulbs go bad, they don’t simply stop working– they start flashing like a strobe light. I am one of those people …

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*yawn*

 “I’m sorry.  I couldn’t hear you, I was yawning.”  ~Mona to me, subtly (or not so subtly) telling me I bore her  🙂

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The Sound of

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”  ~Robert Wilson Lynd I haven’t done it in a while, but one of my favorite things used to be take a knapsack full Peterson Field Guides out in the woods and see what I could find. I realized pretty early …

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The Pride of Life

 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, …

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Moving

I am moving to BlogSpot. All future posts will be here: https://abbiestreehouse.blogspot.com/ The “upgrades” WordPress have imposed on us are just too much. I’m tired of wrestling with the interface. I give up. Blogger is intuitive and simple to use, so I’m using them going forward. This blog will remain in place, for as long …

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Me and Art

Excerpted from Art Buchwald’s autobiography Leaving Home: A Memoir, ©1993: But a funny thing can happen to you in a depression. If you don’t hurt yourself, you can gain tremendous insights and empathy, find inner strengths and hidden talents. It’s mysterious process, but if you can hold on, you become a wiser and better person. …

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Well,

With each new “update” WordPress becomes more difficult and cumbersome to use. They have actually removed certain basic functionality, like the ability to indent text. (You can still do it, for now, but you have to use the “classic editor” and code the html manually. Even that clumsy workaround will be gone soon.) It’s not …

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