Tag Archives: Personal

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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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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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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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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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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Amateur Hour

“Yes, of course, I’m voting for Trump. I don’t want a politician running this world anymore.” ~John Lydon (source) I think politics is the only profession on earth that people believe could be better performed by an amateur. You would never go to a doctor who advertised that he has no idea what he’s doing, …

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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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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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Peace ☮

As I drove home from the grocery store this morning, I saw something a little unusual. I was stopped at a red light, and noticed the man across from me was scowling and flipping off each car as they drove by. When it was my turn to pass him I decided to beat him to …

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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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Vaccine

I got my COVID vaccine today. I was eligible because I’m the caregiver for my 91-year-old father, an elderly friend, and (to a lesser extent since the transplant) Mona. Mine was the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Vaccine. I feel like that will probably become the most common vaccine, because it doesn’t require extremely low temperatures …

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15

I remember what happened the last time they raised the minimum wage. Every apartment complex in town, all at once, raised their rents by an equal amount– and all of the money that was meant to help the working poor instead went to the leisure rich. Upping wages, while important, is not going to repair …

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Anticipation

Excerpted from Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, ©1967: Knowing the trout would wait there like airplane tickets for us to come, we stopped at Mushroom Springs and had a drink of cold shadowy water and some photographs taken of the baby and me sitting together on a log. I hope someday we’ll have …

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