Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives – #Potluck -Hugging the Dogs: Sharing My World 2015- Week 2 by Marilyn Armstrong

This is the final post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one from a series of posts in 2015 – Sharing my World.. being that I am a dog person (until I am adopted by cats from time to time) and I enjoy ice cream… and writing..I thought this was a great way to find out a little more about Marilyn.

Hugging the Dogs: Sharing My World 2015- Week 2 by Marilyn Armstrong

Bishop

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I came late to hugging. My family is not touchy-feely. They aren’t unfriendly, just more verbal than physical.

I hug, but only people to whom I feel especially close. And with whom I am very comfortable. Come to think of it, that category doesn’t include many people. But it does include the people who are the most important to me, on whom my world hangs.

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

I don’t eat ice cream much, but I enjoy an occasional frozen yogurt. Strawberry is my favorite, but any fruit flavor is good. And vanilla. If I am going to have real ice cream, a good vanilla will win every time. How boring, eh?

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

Exercise physically has been less and less of an option. I’ve been sick so much of the time, recovering from surgery, etc. Now, between the heart issues, the arthritis, and of course it’s the middle of an icy New England winter. Good this blog keeps my brain from going all soft.

Marilyn photographer

Writing is my mental exercise, photography my artistic outlet. I haven’t done much shooting lately because it has been terribly, bitterly cold. Below zero kind of cold and today it’s warmer, but sleeting. My least favorite winter weather. It has turned the dogs yard into a sheet of ice. Fortunately, the roads are clear … but even a simple walk from the house to the car would be full of peril this time of year.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?

We used to have cats. Then we had cats and ferrets. Then we had a cat and a dog, then two dogs. Then we had two dogs, no cats. Now we have four dogs, though technically, only two of them are ours. But as I look around me, we have three small ones on the sofa and the big furry guy on the floor in front of us.

Danger Dogs

I guess it’s dogs at this point. Not because I don’t like cats. I like them fine and if I had my druthers, I’d probably have horses. But horses don’t fit well in the house and definitely don’t do well on the sofa. So dogs it is. But who knows what the future holds?

©Images Marilyn Armstrong  2015.

How would you answer those questions.. please do in the comments..

About Marilyn Armstrong

I’m a blogging anarchist, a blogger without goals. A writer, photographer. I don’t have a primary focus nor do I want one. I have a lot of interests and write about whatever catches my attention or is most on my mind. Or in the news.

I’m a bit of a geek and I love my high-tech toys. I enjoy writing about computers and other high tech devices. Especially cameras!

Serendipity is about everything. What I think about. Read. Big and little stuff in my world. It’s what I hope you’ll like to read about. Think about. Laugh about. I will show you pictures of my home, my valley. I will do my best to capture the seasons and how sunlight filters through trees.

About the book

Fighting the of demons of an abusive childhood and having given up on traditional paths to personal salvation, Maggie decides to find her own path … by building a teepee in her back yard. It’s a peculiar route, but her goal is simple: offload the cargo of her past and move into a future, sans luggage. Armed with a draw knife and a sense of humor, she peels poles and paints canvas until winter passes and she is free.

One of the reviews for the book

Cordelia’s Mom 5.0 out of 5 stars Cordelia’s Mom Recommends January 11, 2016

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’ve been following Marilyn Armstrong’s blog “Serendipity” for a couple of years and figured any book written by her would be a winner. I wasn’t wrong. Admittedly, this book is hard to read in spots because it deals with Marilyn’s long-term struggle to exorcise the demons of her childhood and young adulthood. Throughout the book, she tries to forgive her father, and at times her mother, for the abuse she and her brother suffered. After surviving such a childhood, she was then beset by ill health. Many others would have simply given up at that point, but Marilyn fought her battles.

Years later, she decided to build a teepee so that her granddaughter could have a private place, but that teepee became Marilyn’s temple instead. I found myself rooting for her at each step of the construction of the teepee, which had become Marilyn’s symbol for inner peace. Marilyn also deals with her decision to leave the Jewish faith and convert to Christianity, a heavy subject indeed, but one she handles beautifully. I would definitely recommend this book – and should any producers be reading this review, can also envision it as a thought-provoking screenplay.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/12-Foot-Teepee-Marilyn-Armstrong-ebook/dp/B008AA3BHQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/12-Foot-Teepee-Marilyn-Armstrong-ebook/dp/B008AA3BHQ

Find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21228963-the-12-foot-teepee

Connect to Marilyn

Website: https://teepee12.com/marilyn-armstrongs-page/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fivedawgz

My thanks to Marilyn for allowing me access to her archives and I hope that you will head over to explore them further. Sally

16 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives – #Potluck -Hugging the Dogs: Sharing My World 2015- Week 2 by Marilyn Armstrong

  1. Interesting to learn about Marilyn. Several things in your interview make me want to respond. I am a hugger, though that can be tricky ground when it comes to being a teacher with one’s students. I was much more likely to hug than not hug because I saw how many of them responded to it. My dad was the nurturing one in our family, but I wore my dad down (he came from a strict German heritage) over the years where he became comfortable hugging.

    As a pet lover, I enjoyed reading about Marilyn’s history with animals. One of our neighbors and we usually leave our doors open, and the dogs go wandering in and out of the respective houses for a good part of the day. This leads to some funny moments. I’ll be engaged on the computer and look down to see that the neighbor’s dog is resting comfortably at my feet while my dogs are nowhere in sight. Ha-ha!

    Thanks to Sally and Marilyn for sharing.

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      • Oops, mental note to self, reread your writing, you big dummy. My mom was the nurturing one; my dad was the tough nut to breakdown. Interesting to read about your dad’s mom, but one wonders how much of that is related to culture.

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