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Tarot Card Reading with Psychic Kathy Biehl

Published May 2, 2015 by Maryanne

psychicAbout once a year I treat myself to a psychic.

In many ways, I’m my own psychic. I read my own tarot cards, interpret my dreams (and even have dreams about other people that come true), and have an insanely keen sense of intuition. Nevertheless, it’s always super cool to have an extra bit of guidance from those who do this professionally.

In the past I’ve had psychics predict incredible things. The most fascinating was that I’d be an author, during a time when I was still perfectly fine as a journalist and had no intention of writing a book — ever. Just a few years later, my first book was published.

And when I was even younger, in my late 20s, I asked a psychic if I’d ever become a writer. At the time I was just writing poetry … for fun and the occasional open mic or featured reader set. She said, “Yes, but not right now. Later in life, like in your late thirties, early forties.” I didn’t want to hear that at all! When you’re in your 20s, you think 30s/40s is so old! Sure enough, I had to bide my time. My first article was published world-wide when I was 32, but the article was in a magazine where I worked selling advertising. I wasn’t “officially” writing full-time until I was 38!

So, I’m a believer!

Today I was blessed to get a reading from Kathy Biehl (http://www.empowermentunlimited.net/Empowerment_Unlimited/Home.html).

She’s a very cool lady. And with no disrespect to other psychics I’ve been to, I have to say Kathy’s reading was the best I ever had in my life. First of all, I love her personality. In spite of all she’s done in her life (refer to her site!) she’s incredibly down to earth. And she “gets it.”

During the reading she focused on me — 100 percent. You know that’s rare in this day and age when everyone is so “me-me-me” oriented. From doctors to hairstylists to therapists, it seems that every “professional” finds a way to take away from the client and make the visit about themselves which is a turn-off. Kathy wasn’t like that at all. I had her undivided attention throughout the visit.

And when I found out she was an Aquarian that made perfect sense, as they are very giving people. (As I said a few days ago, I married an Aquarian and most of my favorite people are Aquarians!)

Kathy was able to rattle off things that are currently going on in my life now. She was also able go back to events that happened when I was a child and guide me on how those experiences are affecting me today.

As for the future, only time will tell if her predictions will come to fruition, though I see a lot of it what she said about to happen. There’s been a self-help book idea that was swimming around in my brain for some time now. When she told me that’s the kind of book I’d be writing, I almost fell over in my chair!

I’m been feeling big changes coming for me for some time now. Kathy confirmed this for me. I’ve always been a lover of life … now more so than ever.

Thank you, Kathy. The universe is good!

 

 

I’m Cited in Wikipedia As a Reference!

Published November 20, 2012 by Maryanne

A professional writer since 1995, so many people ask me what is it like having my name in print.

By now, you’d like I’d be used to it, and I kinda am, but sometimes things just pop up in my writing career that really get me excited. Like when The Aquarian/Arts Weekly got into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame — EVERY SINGLE ISSUE is in the Hall of Fame, which means many issues with interviews I did with amazing musicians, my CD reviews, and even though I modeled for a guitar ad at age 28 that was featured in the Aquarian in 1991, it’s the fact that my writing is in there that makes me get all giddy!

So just a few minutes ago, I was researching something that I wanted to write about on my Maryanne’s Jukebox blog page and I came across this page in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Montclair,_New_Jersey

It’s a List of famous people from Montclair.

And since I wrote for the Montclair Times for seven years, I interviewed a ton of famous Montclairians. But in this particular reference, they mention my article with musician Ty Taylor from 2005. (See reference citation #102). Unfortunately the website was changed after I left the newspaper and many articles no longer exist on the world wide web. But anyone who is feeling ambitious can always go to the Montclair Public Library where they archive all the issues back to the 1800s and they can be viewed on microfilm. (Which reminds me, I used to write a column for The Montclair Times called “Looking Backward” where I’d go view the old newspapers on microfilm and pick out the top stories from 100 years ago today, 75 years ago today, etc. It was a very rewarding thing to get paid for, let me tell you!)

There are so many fine talents who live or lived in Montclair, New Jersey, this list should definitely be more extensive and maybe eventually it will be. Off the top of my head I can think of at least five or 10 more that I’ve interviewed that should be in there.

But, needless to say, seeing my name on this massive list made me very happy this morning!

So, as I once saw on a Lou Christie shirt  …. “Google me!”

Aquarian Arts Weekly Makes Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Published May 12, 2012 by Maryanne

I am thrilled that New Jersey’s Aquarian/Arts weekly has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Aquarian debuted in 1969, but I discovered it when I was a teenager, circa 1980. I’d walk to the Quick Check across the street from my high school to buy the magazine when I was 16 or 17 to see what bands were playing. Not that the information did me any good, as we didn’t have “all ages” shows back then. So, the big thing, for me, was seeing what bands were in record stores signing autographs, or performing at Great Adventure.

Other than getting music news, the Aquarian played a role in my career — on a few levels. It was the first newspaper to ever publish a letter that I wrote. At age 17, I trashed another letter writer who put down punk rock. My letter had to be at least 500 words (hand-written, as there were no home computers for the middle class in 1981) because it took up an entire column! I defended punk rock and told the world that teenage girls knew that The Clash stood for much more than “Mick Jones is so cute.” And what great people The Plasmastics were because they were so loyal to their fans.

When I was 19, I started designing crossword puzzles by hand (the American Society of Mechancial Engineers later published one in their newsletter). Again — by hand — because there were no home computers to do these things on. While my idea for a rock ‘n’ roll crossword puzzle was declined back then (they later had someone else do them!) I got to speak on the phone with the founder, James Resinbrink, pitching my idea!

By age 28, I made it in the Aquarian again. This time, it was modeling for a Fender guitar promotion ad for Long & McQuade Music (a Canadian music chain, and the only store in the U.S. was in New Jersey!)

I was dressed in a black teddy, in the best shape of my life, with cherry red lipstick, and the headline to the ad read, “How Would You Like to Take This Baby Home?” And in a subhead, underneath, “Of course we mean the guitar!” Ooh-la-la!

Friends that I haven’t heard from in years called me up to say how “killer” that ad was!

A few years later, my friend, actor, Scott Schiaffo, had a feature in the Aquarian because he was the Chewlies man in Kevin Smith’s film “Clerks.” During this time, 1994 (I was 30), I was on a compilation tape with Scott, called, “See It Feel It Hear It Vol. 1.” I read my own poetry, with Scott playing guitar in the background. Scott promoted this tape in his article and once again, my name was in print in The Aquarian.

And finally, in 2002, at age 39, I had my own goth column in the Aquarian! I got to interview amazing people like: The Nuns, Diamanda Galas and Lydia Lunch!

During that time period I also did CD reviews and part-time copy-editing for The Aquarian.

The goth column was a short run, but I didn’t mind because I was working full time at another newspaper and also deejaying in NYC.

Who knows if I’ll ever be a part of The Aquarian again. It’s not something I’m actively pursuing, as I’m pretty burnt out on writing about music since during my career I’ve also written for music.com, Punk Magazine (which is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and participated in a column called “On That Note” for The Montclair Times.

There may have been more things of significance with my involvement with the Aquarian that I’m forgetting due to the fact that just so much that has always been going on in my life.

But, wow, I’m so happy that a music newspaper from New Jersey, that played a role in my life made it big time!

My husband and I will save the special pull-out section, as an ad for his 1980s band, Pharoah is also in there!