SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your World 5-13-19


What social stigma does society need to get over already?

The list is too long. It’s sad, too. Because I thought, way back when, that we had actually gotten over some of it. I thought that if we hadn’t lost our racism, we had at least gotten past calling each other names. I thought we’d finally learned after Mussolini and Hitler and all the others throughout history, that we knew dictators are a bad deal. That all the organization they bring to the world, they are cruel, evil, and no good ever comes from them.

But somehow, between the episodes of horror, we forget. We lose our memories of evil. We idolize the power and forget the monstrous nature of the beast.

What was the last photo you took?

Yesterday, I took some pictures of a bunch of Brown-headed Cowbirds sitting on the railing of my deck.

Otherwise, I’m trying to figure out how the last squirrel managed to unhook the entire feeder and drop it to the ground below. I have to hand it to the maker of this feeder that it survived as if nothing happened, even though it fell two stories.

When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t?

The last time I read Tarot cards. I saw that the man I was reading for was going to die. And he did.

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?

The bed we own with its original mattress was the world’s MOST comfortable bed. Now, with a new, not as expensive mattress it’s very comfortable, but not like it was with its original mattress.

But that mattress lasted 15 years, so it didn’t owe me anything. I only wish I could have afforded another real natural latex mattress. Sadly, it was out of our price range.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

15 thoughts on “SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Wow – you read Tarot cards? That’s fascinating. It must have been very difficult to discover the foretelling of someone’s death, only for it to happen though. Have you done a reading since, or did that put you off?

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    1. I did a few more and then I shelved them. I still have the decks, but talk about things you DON’T want to know was serious stuff. I took some lessons from a friend (and was also a brilliant hypnotist) who also read (not astrology, just cards). She tried to explain the ability to read is not given casually to everyone and there is a strong spiritual element to it. I knew that but the information was sharp, clear and for me, went too deep. I was also afraid I was going to develop a following and I really really didn’t want one. I already had too many people who wanted horoscopes.

      For example, no matter HOW many times I said I would not read for children (much less newborn babies), no one listened. I understood the knowledge is important, but no one wanted spiritual understanding. They just wanted to know what was going to happen — and sometimes, more often than not, I could see quite a lot of their future. The problem is, when you “see” something, interpreting what that means is not co-equal with what you see.

      For example, I had a reader (I read for her, she read for me) who told me (I lived in Israel, then) that I would write many books, but that I was not going to stay in Israel. That I was going to leave and resume my life overseas. She was right about the books. She didn’t see that all but one were going to be documents and manuals — but there were dozens of them. She did know I was going to break up with my husband who she referred to as “a beast” (he sorta was) — and I couldn’t argue with that. She didn’t tell me it would take four years of international wrangling to get it done or that I would lose almost everything I cared about in the process. I suspect she saw it — she was amazing and sharp as a knife blade — but kept it to herself. There are things you don’t say. Especially not to a friend.

      She DID tell me that I would find the man I would love for the rest of my life … and soon. She also served pork chops for dinner. I asked her how she knew I wasn’t Kosher and she said it was obvious that I was not formally religious. She said the thing she didn’t know was if I was a vegetarian. That would have fit too, but she went with the pork because she liked it.

      They grew the BEST pork in Israel on Kibbutzim in the north. They weren’t called pigs. They were called “friends.”

      Back in the US, I was still reading but definitely cooling down. Too many people were at me to read and I never could charge money for it. It was a service and I never asked for money.

      I also couldn’t read the underlying spiritual meanings without reading real events. You get a bundle of information which you have to tweeze apart. I decided NOT reading was better.

      I have a very long history with astrology and Tarot — and a little bit with palms (but I never got quite good enough at palms to move forward with it.) I can also read handwriting, but that’s not spiritual. It’s a real thing. In Israel, along with your CV, you have to submit a handwriting sample so they can be sure that you aren’t a sociopath. THAT you can easily see in anyone’s handwriting. Of course, if we stop teaching cursive, we aren’t going to see it anymore. Printing doesn’t show the same stuff.

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      1. That’s amazing, Marilyn, a whole new side to your fascinating and rich life. Goodness knows what they’d think of my handwriting. It’s terrible. When I started doing my degree and I realised I was going to have to write for the exam, I tried writing with a pen (I’d mostly only typed stuff and printed out it prior to that for years), I found my hand wouldn’t grip properly and the pen kept working it’s way out of my hand and I’d drop it. Still does if I don’t have a special piece of foam round the pen, and even then it’s got to be a particular type of pen, and my writing is dreadful as a result. It even makes my hand hurt – it did for weeks after my last exam, and now I’ve got another one coming up.
        But thanks for the insight into your reading days. That was a real eye-opener. I’m not surprised you shelved it in the end though.


        1. I learned to touch-type at age 11. In high school. Everyone who was in a college directed program had to learn to type because it was explained, there are papers you will have to write. Professors expect these papers to be typed. I can barely write out a grocery list. Mostly, I print it because I can’t read my handwriting anymore. Use it or lose it.

          Handwriting analysis is a real thing, but since no one HAS handwriting, no one will read it.

          As for cards and astrology, I am very glad I quit. Sometimes I get a little itch and want to take a peek, but I don’t. Anyway, I accidentally stepped on my calculation software disc and I don’t own that computer anymore. A little warning from the Universe.

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          1. And we must heed these warnings.
            I’m glad it’s not just me who has such trouble writing now. Definitely a case of ‘lost it’ with me I think.


      1. As long as it’s still comfortable it will have to last. I remember one we had that we kept until it turned to powder. It was definitely time for a new one.


    1. Three of swords. Death can be transformation, but it also means the destruction of one’s life structure — depending on where it is positioned — so it doesn’t always mean death but it could. It depends on other cards in the layout). It’s not about one card. It’s about combinations, reversals, positions.


      1. I agree it’s about combinations. Poor person–if I ever think someone is going to die and they haven’t asked me specifically for that info, I don’t volunteer it, but my readings are always geared towards what to do for the best outcome, so I tend to give advice to the cards that come out, and it could help them prepare for tranisitions or whatever their issues are.


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