Her spirits were right about President Barack Obama winning a second term. About Maine getting less snow than usual last winter. The Red Sox missing the World Series. The world not tanking on Dec. 21.
So the Sun Journal went back for more.
“They’re here 24/7. It’s not my input; it’s theirs,” she said.
Monroe, a speaker and author, has given readings all over the world. She’s appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and aided police on cold-case investigations.
In 2013, she said spirits see a fiscal cliff averted, more jobs in Maine, good gas prices and something big for Tom Cruise.
“Top Gun II?”
Nope, even bigger.
State, U.S. affairs
• Congress will reach a compromise to avert the much-discussed fiscal cliff.
Republicans will give more ground than Democrats, she said.
• Congress will deal with gun control.
“Automatic weapons and these high-powered rifles, semi-automatics that belong in war zones will be, I think, removed, and only used in situations where they are absolutely necessary,” Monroe said. “There’s no legitimate reason as far as what they say, that these need to be at homes.”
Also expect more screening for mental illness related to gun-buying background checks, she said.
• In Maine, someone will buy and restart the Hostess Brands’ Biddeford plant and the state will see more environment-related employment, she said.
“Manufacturing jobs should pick up as well,” Monroe said. “They think the state will become, in a year or two to come, a leading resource in jobs that really promote trades, and that’s a really good way to go. Trades never go out of business — plumbers, electricians, welders. All those things, they’re big jobs; they’re just not big here. That’s what they’re saying: Those things should start to come about; we’ll be making things here.”
• At ease with the snow shovels.
“From what I understand, it is still going to be a milder-than-usual winter, although we will get more of a mixed precipitation,” Monroe said. “The plow people will not like me, but that’s the way it is.”
• People may spend less keeping homes warm. She said spirits see home-heating oil and gas getting cheaper as the economy improves.
• Next summer could bring more rain here, more fires out West.
“As far as New England, there could be a few more earthquake-type tremors that we’ve had. Nothing that’s catastrophic,” she said. “Unusually high tides, that will continue. It should be a mild summer.”
• Cheering for the home team? Sorry.
No New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and no Boston Red Sox in the World Series, Monroe said.
• Researchers will make advances linking cancer and stress, she said. They’ll also have news on the drug front.
“There are certain medications and things like that that are going to be brought out this year that were trial drugs that are only targeting the cancer (without broader side effects),” Monroe said.
• In a gossip roundup, the spirits don’t see newly engaged Kelly Clarkson living happily ever after. (“That marriage, kaput.”) They see Justin Bieber making movies. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may be getting pregnant.
“There was another one they were talking about, that Tom Cruise would leave the church, Scientology,” Monroe said, adding that it has something to do with his daughter and recent divorce.
• Expect an upset at the Academy Awards: Bradley Cooper for best actor over Daniel Day Lewis. Sally Field for best actress. “Lincoln” for best picture and Quentin Tarantino for best director. (Even Monroe was surprised to hear about Cooper. “For what?” she asked aloud. No answer.)
• Finally, will fans be happy with the new Star Wars movies? Maybe. It’s murky, she said.
“Disney does have a great reputation. They could do these new movies a great deal of justice,” Monroe said. “These will be better [than the last three] — that part they’ll say.”
Expect 2013 to be a year of transition, she said. “That is always a good thing when we’re moving in a better direction.”