A MID-OCTOBER WORLD SHARING EVENT!

Share My World 10-13-2020

Suddenly, it’s the middle of October. Nearly the middle. Middle-ish. Still almost no rain and the little we have gotten is barely enough to dampen a small garden, much less water a forest. The birds are eating like crazy. I put out a new water dish that they like so much, they bathe in it too. Which, I might add, makes for a bit of a mess. Birds are messy. Anyone who has owned one or fed them knows they make a terrible mess. It’s the price you pay for the joy of watching them. Our deck is very messy!

So let’s get to the questions:

Are we “here” or do we just think we are?  

Am I a butterfly dreaming I’m a man or a man dreaming I’m a butterfly? Is this the real world or have I fallen into a parallel universe where nothing makes any sense? I swing towards the latter statement because I’m not a butterfly.

Of course I can’t prove I’m here. That’s like going to court to prove you didn’t do it. I often wish I was anywhere but here — and maybe that’s the problem. I’m not where I’m supposed to be. So please, please, if you have the power, send me back.

From an identity standpoint, what would be worst for you to lose?  

If my body goes missing, I’m not here, so let’s just scratch that piece. As for the rest of me? I’ve been losing pieces of me for years now. I’ve lost my voice. My sense of smell is mediocre at best, and I neither hear nor see as well as I did. We don’t get to choose what we lose. What happens, happens. It’s our job, should we accept it, to make the best of what is left to us. We do the best living we can for as long as we are able and manage our losses.

Do you have a ‘song’?  If you’re part of a couple, you could use “your couple’s song” OR a song that’s just always resonated with you.

“Pancho and Lefty” was written by Townes Van Zandt and was first released by Townes Van Zandt in 1972. It didn’t really go anywhere until it release by Emmylou Harris — my favorite version even though many other singers have covered it. I agree it is the most difficult to understand version. You have to already know the words to figure them out. Pity I didn’t know they were printed inside the CD cover. It would have saved me hours of backing up over a line to get that word. Garry likes Emmylou, now that I’ve got the words worked out, but he also like the versions where you can actually hear the words. Merle Haggard did a nice version of it, though Emmy’s version is much punchier and and has passion and drive. This is the song, back when we had a CD player in the car, we would play over and over again. Good thing there wasn’t anyone else in the car. It would have driven them crazy. Unless they REALLY liked the song.


Following is his story about how he wrote the song.

This is Merle and Willie. Watch for Townes, singing and playing in the background. Not a bad little mini movie, either.

And finally, Emmylou Harris:


“Spooky” Halloween Question:  Oooo!  BOO!  Weeghostie

Are ghosts real or has someone been smoking something and just imagines them?

I have heard ghosts, but never seen one. I have no idea what they are or how they came to be and if I hadn’t heard them in my own house, I would think someone was one toke over the line. Maybe more than one toke. However, actual experience leaves you unable to completely dismiss the concept. I mean … I was there and so were my first husband and a whole lot of friends and family. We ALL heard it. While some of us might have been several tokes over several lines, I don’t think my mother was. So there is that.

My problem is having no idea what a ghost actually IS? Was it ever a real person or is it some bizarre cosmic screw-up that seems like an entity but is actually some so far inexplicable alteration of electrons or … something else?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

16 thoughts on “A MID-OCTOBER WORLD SHARING EVENT!”

  1. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World! Pancho & Lefty brings some mist to my eyes. A favorite of mine, my preferred version is Willie & Merle though. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Emmylou’s. I’ll have to give that a listen. Thanks! Great answers to all the questions though! And ghosts? Well I felt one, there is no other explanation (logical or illogical) that could fit the phenomenon. The room was ALWAYS cold, even with space heaters. Sturdy construction so no drafts, and no windows to explain an errant breeze getting in. And dogs simply HATED to go in that room. They could be forced, but they’d howl and scratch at the door. Yep. Something was there. My mother claimed to have seen her too.

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    1. Personal experience may not explain exactly what we saw — or thought we saw, felt, heard — but you can’t just dismiss the concept. Townes, who wrote the song, doesn’t sing it as well as the other guys. Emmylou’s version is great and she made it famous, but so many people have done the song by now. Towne’s story about how he wrote it and why is pretty funny. Worth a listen too 😀

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    1. I had a lot of fun putting this together. Every time I get on YouTube looking for one thing, I wind up staying half the day rediscovering things. Then GARRY finds a few things HE had forgotten and half a day is gone. But it is a lot of fun.

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        1. I found him on Twitter. With a lot of pictures. I wrote him. Hope he gets back in touch. He was a good friend of my first husband who worked at Hofstra. That’s where I went to school, where Jeff (first husband RIP) and Garry. Actually, with two exception, ALL my friends went to Hofstra. That’s why college is fun. You make friends there that last a lifetime.

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    1. They sound very much alike, at least at that point in their careers. At some point, Ronstadt veered off into different music, but they do have similar voices. Garry and I were at Linda Ronstadt’s last concert which was the Newport Folk Festival. We didn’t know it was her last concert, but I’m sure glad we were there.

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  2. I’m firmly believing that ghosts exist. I’ve never seen one, but on several occasions felt them. I stayed at someone’s B&B where I had to ask for a change of rooms because the one lady in a picture gave me a sense of being deeply unhappy. As a follow-up of that experience, I asked the B&B owner if she wouldn’t ‘hang’ that portrait in a friendlier place such as her sitting room. She did and she told me that never again was there an issue – she WAS unhappy at her wall in the staircase…. Even if you don’t believe in them, I KNOW that they exist. Same with a house we bought in England. Those were friendly ghosts who wanted the ‘right’ people living in it…

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    1. Personal experience does tend to make it hard to ignore that something is happening. I wouldn’t want to try to explain what it is or why it is, but I’ve heard them. I know quite a few people who have felt them, heard them, but not many who have seen them. I’m not sure they are even (always) visible.

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      1. I think it’s good that we don’t know everything, that we can’t explain everything. We know far too much already and yet never enough of what we really should know!

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