So growing up with cartomancy

Consulting the cards

Or tasseomancy

Consulting the tea leaves

Or any of those other mancies

Ouija boarding the spirit world

Maybe even tipping the magic eight ball

For a quickie answer

Has now morphed

For me

Into querying

The O-Great-Google

For answers


I said to myself

Why are you asking this question?

But here it is:

Is it ok to prefer strumming

Over what I think is the

More-difficult fingerstyle

Or is that a cop out?

And lo!

I’m not the only one who needs to know!

Forums about it all over the net

And my favorite answer is:

The Beatles preferred it

When playing acoustic

And strumming songs of fame

Are associated with Bob Dylan’s early name

On Google

Most everyone said learn both

Most everyone said strumming’s

Not necessarily the easy way out

It’s ok!


But then…

I confess

I can guiltily see

A tempting retreat for lazy me

Hmmm, I wonder if I can ask Google

Who my Prince Charming, um,

Who my Ol’ King Charming

Will be…



© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Victorian Tasseomancy (NPR unattributed)


  1. Enjoyable piece, Clarissa. I’m going to suggest a bit of tasseomancy at a dinner sometime and see what sort of reaction I get 😯, and great image, looks like there’s something pretty weird in that teacup. Yes, the way of the world, at least a lot of it. I’ve definitely become lazy about remembering practically anything, so much is at your fingertips, but it scares me a bit because common belief becomes “truth.” It happened in the past, but the internet spreads it at lightning speed. Keep strumming, Steve 🙂

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  2. Gotta have something weird in the teacup, Steve, to “encourage” people to believe 😀 I agree about being lazy. I always hated those Cliff Notes that chew and spit out a book’s synopsis. But one day I stumbled on an online version and found myself “reading” that way! Despicable! Me, that is, not the Cliff Note people. Sigh…Let me know how your dinner turns out…

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