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Through the Seasoned Eyes of a Spirit~writer and traveler ๐Ÿ˜!
Welcome y'all to my 7th ( or so) Blog!
Besides my life, sharing some of my interests with you!
Anything from Astrology,Tarot, The I Ching
To random thought ๐Ÿค” and one of my favorites The Twilight Zone.

I'm into animal rescue and rights. Positive vibes and activism!
Insights from the Rebbe and Saints from my lifelong search to learn from different faiths and people.

I'm an ordained Minister/ teacher for The Universal Life Church!
What you don't like
Don't do to another.
Rabbi Hillel
Do unto others
as you would have someone
Do unto you.
Jesus ๐Ÿ™


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July 12, 2024 at 8:10pm
July 12, 2024 at 8:10pm
#1073879
I was going to finish my post about John and Judy Belushi today but instead of that or doing the Post for the Twilight Zone ( I may over the weekend...)
I'm very upset right now I'm not going to mention names but someone here hurt me very badly. I thought this person was a good soul and honest.
A " God-fearing" person wanting to do good for the sake of doing good. Instead I feel like I was slapped in the face.
I was told how much better they are than me because they have more money and on and on.
On WDC a lot of folks don't but no one judges them or makes them feel like less of a person because of their bank account. Many folks blog about their daily lives, some have very little, others have more and are able to travel Etc.
I've never seen anyone ever over the past 20 years belittle anyone like I was just now.
Put down because they are more involved on WDC, doing more reviews Etc.

If this had been posted publicly SM and SM would have banned this person.
Because this behavior is not tolerated here. This person has told me personal things they learned about others here and joking about it.
This was unacceptable to me and made me question who this person really was.

All I can say is be careful who you confide in in word or calls...
Self righteous people can be toxic at the drop of a hat and it would blow people away if they knew the who...
So I'm thinking of leaving WDC.

It's not most people I know who are like that, we support each other and not in a phony way. Many need help with upgrades and no one makes them feel less than human. WDC is supportive of all its members from Newbies ( with free accounts even) to premium.
It was a non judgemental place to write, support others, review, learn and grow ๐Ÿชด.
Now that has been taken away from me. I don't know what to believe anymore and don't feel safe.๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ™

I don't like being intimidated for who I am.

Who would?
July 10, 2024 at 2:19pm
July 10, 2024 at 2:19pm
#1073795
Hi, my readers, and thanks for stopping by!
Hearing about Judy's passing ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ this weekend has touched my heart on many levels. Though it's been decades since I've seen her and John, it's brought back memories that seem like yesterday to me.

As many as you know here, I've written about that time and wondered out loud if there was interest in it. And some have encouraged me to share them!

For a while, I've been thinking more than writing about it in my notebook ๐Ÿ“’.
I recently started to put pen to paper and seeing the all the comments on Facebook ( John Belushi's official page) instead of leaving mine, I decided to tell it here and perhaps share later.

Brooklyn Days and New York Nights
By (Drummer) Diane Fertig
A saga of life during the 1970s
In Greenwich Village and beyond!

In January 1973 I had turned 18 the previous Christmas. I was living in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, along with my foster mom and her 2 daughters. One being younger than me but she didn't look it. For a while I believed she was my best friend. Only time would tell the truth of that matter.
We were sitting at the kitchen table, when her mother,a short woman with red hair and green eyes stood looking displeased with both of us.

" You both need to get a job!" Her voice boomed in our ears. I can't afford to keep food in this house with the little I make and food stamps don't cover it either."

"Um ok " I stumbled " I want to help out too".
Ginger stood up saying " it's ok mom ! I bought the Village Voice and we'll look at the help wanted for something."
Lana opened the door and looked back at us. Good! Try to find something before I get back from work. Good bye girls!
And then she was gone.

Ginger laughed " Oh s*** she's always on a trip! Don't look so worried D, she always says that.
" I think she meant it and I do want to help her " as I bit my Pinky nail.

Ginger pointed to an ad " hey look at this one, it's in the Village! It should be easy to get and we could be working in New York and get the hell out of Brooklyn!"

Wanted Hat Check Girls!
Apply at 56 1st Ave NY
At The Top of the Gate

Later that day we took the Subway to the West 4th Street station and soon were taking to George the manager. He Hired us on the spot! He showed us around and took us to where we'd be checking people's hats and coats. There was a bar and entertainment section. He also showed us the club in the basement. It was the bottom of the Gate and there was a show called Lemmings being done there.

It was off off Broadway and he didn't say much about it and we didn't care because we were excited about getting the job! We met his wife Maggie who also worked there and she welcomed us!

Life was looking great for us!

The next night we stood behind the counter waiting for our first customers.
We had been told to be professional and polite. We were representing a nightclub that had opened in 1958 by Art D'Lugoff.
Many famous people had played there over the years from Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin ( who made her first NY appearance there) to Jimi Hendrix.


So when the people started to arrive with coats and hats to be checked and a receipt given, even though I was a little nervous,it seemed to be an easy job.
Most of the people were nice ( I could tell by their clothes they were very rich.)
A lot smiled at first and I was starting to feel comfortable with everyone. Then I had my first rude response. The woman had a long fur coat ( probably mink) she looked at me like I was dirt. I was trying my hardest to be professional and polite, but she yelled at me " Be careful with my Coat it's very expensive and more than you make in a year."
I assured her as best I could" I'll be very careful ma'am.my hands are clean. I'll make sure it's safe."
She grudgingly handed it to me as I gently held it and handed her a receipt.
She grabbed it and shot me another dirty look and left.
By the end of our shift I wanted to quit. My feelings were hurt and I felt like I wasn't good enough to be there or maybe anywhere.
My mother had told me many times as a young girl" those people don't care about us ".
We had been sitting by Rockefeller center and well to do people were walking by.
I never forgot it. Even though I didn't believe what she said or completely understand it-- until that night.


Everyone including George and Maggie told me to stay and give it a chance. Though I didn't explain why I said " I don't think I'm right for the job" After all people didn't talk about those things in the time I was living. They hid them.

To cheer me up, George took my arm and said why don't Ginger and me come down and watch the show downstairs? It was a comedy and was very funny.
We walked down to the basement and found seats. The rest would become History!

It was National Lampoons Lemmings and the first time I ever saw John Belushi on stage or anywhere. In a word he was Magic! He was funny and charming and soon had me laughing along with the audience. I thought Wow that's what I want to do, just like that!

Later I will tell more about the show and some of the lyrics. And what life was like in the real world.

For now I will share " How it all came to
be"
As far as being a hat check girl, I didn't want to continue. And fate created an escape!
People had to wait on the steps to be let down to the Lemmings show. The hall was narrow so there was a metal pole with a chain covered in old red velvet that hooked to a clip on the wall.
That night someone stole the pole and I was asked by someone who worked for Lemmings,to keep the people waiting on the landing!
I said " sure I can do that!"
As the people waiting were getting impatient,I took my blue suede belt and hooked it to myself and the wall!
a voice said " You have an easy job!"

And I just bantered back " well someone stole our pole so I'm just standing in!"

Pretty soon people were laughing instead of complaining!
When everyone was let down to the show, a man with a clip board came up to me" that was pretty brilliant coming up with all of that on your own!
Would you like to work for me?"

End of chapter for now!
I didn't expect to write all of this on my phone! I thought I lost it at one point ( gasp) I copied it ( Whew!)

I'll have to continue in my next post.
How I met John and Judy (Both were awesome people and very kind to me and others.)
I thank you for being on this journey and appreciate your feedback. If this is going to make a decent book!
Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜ป







July 5, 2024 at 3:06pm
July 5, 2024 at 3:06pm
#1073580
I spend too much time on my phone, as many others do! It's nice to be in touch yet too much of anything isn't a good idea.

I noticed that when I wrote on paper, I got a lot more writing done. I kept journals and wrote poems or story ideas, whatever it was I had a hard copy of it!
I didn't have to go online to find it.

Then the Internet came and it was like magic! I found WDC and other sites and it's still a good thing.

Yet I'm finding that I need a balance of both. As for most of us, I have my good days and not very good ones.
Sometimes we just need someone to listen and hear us. I used to belong to a group that was supportive of that kind of reality.
It was nice to give and receive good input for whoever needed it. Then as most things it wasn't cultivated and people moved on. The most input was a like in my notifications. I appreciated it and at the same time realized it wasn't the same thing. It wasn't a place to share with anyone.

So I left and it didn't matter! No one asked why or noticed.

This whole world is going through chaos and changes. As one lady singer put it " The whole world is having mental health issues" and that's so true.
We hear about mass and minor shootings.
The poverty and weather caused floods and fires.

We have our own personal problems from money or health issues. Conflict with family or others. It's just a human condition. We can minimize it or look at it honestly.

Last post I mentioned making a place for Bloggers to share their blogs.

No one saw or commented.

That's cool there's plenty of places here to share it! So now I'm thinking of other ways to use my skills in writing.

I'm sort of a loner here, I try to find where I fit in and right now, besides the twilight zone forum, there's no place!

I'm not a super reviewer or most of the type of writing here. A few folks are nice and we touch base in blogs and such.

I'm More interested in sharing good links on the Greater good folks, who have been helping people, pet's and the planet since 1999! I came to find out about them in 2004 ( the year I joined here.)
I'm going to work on part 2 of Help is just a click away.
It's been in my portfolio for years and not too many reviewed it.
I don't go out of my way to promote things in my port. Maybe that needs to change...

I'm going back to paper for awhile ( I'll still check in here and not be a total stranger!)

I'm going through some personal stuff in my life and don't have a personal place to share it! Most folks like to have support for their tough days but don't know how to give it.
The post I was writing ( that didn't get saved and I mentioned it last time)
Was I was being really honest about how some people say they care and love you, yet their actions show different.

I've seen this pattern in different people over the years and when you try to have a conversation about it, it usually ends up badly. I've lost contact with people ( friend and family) because they can't be honest with themselves let alone others.

It's sad that ego is more important than love.

So on a happier note ๐ŸŽต I'm sharing a link that shows much good in the world.


Of course if anyone has interest in any of what I was talking about let me know!
Email is ok or comment ๐Ÿ˜ if not oh well! At least I know where I stand!

What July 4th means to me!

(I'll fix it if it doesn't work! I need to post to see! Hope your week goes well!)

https://people.com/soldiers-adopt-stray-animals-they-fell-in-love-with-during-de...
July 1, 2024 at 8:12pm
July 1, 2024 at 8:12pm
#1073430
Hi y'all ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ‘‹ once again!
Yesterday I wrote an intense post. In my private life there's things behind the scenes I don't want to write โœ๏ธ about.

Very few people are in my inner sanctuary.

I did write about how people treat each other some from the heart and some not.
The masked people who don't really show their colors until?.

I try to write about positive things and take small actions to do good for others and animals. Bringing light ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ into a sometimes dark and confusing world.
I wrote my weekly goals and am going to include it so if anyone has interest in any, they can let me know.
Both are Worthy goals but the second has been on my mind a long time.

Suffice to say someone close has been shown to have been lying to me.
Sometimes we find that it's necessary to understand, we can't fix people. They created their own situations. We didn't create it and though you love someone, you can't make it better for them. Especially if they don't listen to anyone but themselves.

I'm working through a lot of stuff because of this and have come to the acceptance part.
Now I need to heal and get on with my own life and writing.
Thanks for your understanding.

Sometimes I look at others goals and see they have so many. I don't check to see if they did it all. Mine are just right for me! If I take on too much I know it won't be done. Can't believe I'll be 70 this Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ it's a miracle ๐Ÿ™ I'm still going as strong as I am!
Food shopping and laundry and cleaning every day is a lot but thankfully I'm not using a walker.
My goals have been steady with the Twilight Zone group and blog.
This week I want to think about maybe doing that Bloggers Paradise place and if I want to start another project. Something like about The greater good site and the animal rescue sites.
They have been doing much good since 1999. My article on them is dated. I did it around maybe 2004.
Will check.
Laundry tomorrow and food shopped today and didn't get much writing done,was tired.
My cat Maxy thinks she is a rooster ๐Ÿ“ or an alarm clock! Kept at it till I got up ugh!
Have a good week ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒน ๐Ÿ˜ป!

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June 24, 2024 at 3:55pm
June 24, 2024 at 3:55pm
#1073130
Hi Y'all ๐Ÿค , this post has been riding around in my head for a few days!
Not as a post so much as an idea ๐Ÿ’ก I've been playing around with this weekend.
As I was reading proofs from the Blogging Bliss newsletter ( add link here!) I see we have many people who blog here!
There's a community for some to post in, depending on factors like what you rate it, and prompts to inspire you.
There was another where you could post when you wanted ( prompts were there if you wanted but didn't have to use them if your a " Free-handed" blogger.
One that prefers to write on the go from your own head!

In my case sometimes not knowing what I was going to write but going with it anyways. Good days bad days, my pain level, just being real with whatever I feel.

Some days about faith or the lack of it.
The world and it's problematic issues and the kindness of people in the face of so much want and misery.
People helping others or animals in harms way.
That has all been common threads for the past 20 years that I've written online on many sites.

Below is my weekly goals that I posted .
Weekly goals has been my anchor โš“ for over a year now.
I may not have as many projects as others yet mine are important to me.
I don't always get all done yet my depression Etc don't always back off either! I lose focus sometimes and even feel like I should give up on writing periods.
Thankfully that hasn't happened in a while.
I keep grounded with writers here who really have my back and care about me as a person.
They don't care if I'm living on a fixed income or things like that which doesn't matter if your a good person.
It matters to me that people care about each other here. That is the meaning of life to be part of the solution, not the problem.
It's about to thunder storm here! It's been hella hot and we need the rain ๐ŸŒง๏ธ!
As so many do across the country and part's of the world ๐ŸŒŽ.
To be continued y'all ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ™!



Dear Goals well here we are on another Monday! So far I've been keeping up with my TZ group and found posting once a week seems like a good plan to stick with.
Of course, responding to others when they show up!

I'm thinking of creating another place where Bloggers can share posts.
Since Andres banana ๐ŸŒ bar has left sadly, there's a lack for Bloggers who don't want prompts or when to post.

I'm starting to ask people who blog what they think about this.

I'm also thinking about projects I've wanted to get back to or not!
A lot of them are personal experiences and talking to others have helped them.
Filed under self-help perhaps.
Maybe I'm not ready or need different projects for now.

This week one task at a time!
Will let you know Fri which way the wind blows ๐Ÿ˜‰!

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June 22, 2024 at 4:57pm
June 22, 2024 at 4:57pm
#1073029
Hi, y'all ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿค ! It's been busy on the writing frontier! It's been awesome to have so much interest in our Twilight Zone group and forum! We've been welcoming new members and finding new friends while re-connecting with folks we know!

It's a lot of work keeping it all together and I can't thank tracker enough for all her precious help!

We've been getting feedback on Episodes and besides sharing information for example behind the scenes, there's currently things going on!
Quotes from his daughters with insight into the man they called Dad.
A beautiful statue is being erected to honor Rod Serling and all he has done. Including his time in the service during WW2.

FORUM
Fans of The Twilight Zone ETC  (E)
Writers hang out for TZ and those otherworldy realities! โณ โฐ
#1918254 by dLspiritwriter๐Ÿ“’๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜ธ

Please feel free to check us out!

Today is the Strawberry ๐Ÿ“ full moon ๐ŸŒ!
Early in the week things were a bit slow and foggy. Due to aspects in Cancer ( a water sign that relates to home and garden! ) next we had Pisces in the mix ( another water sign and a dreamy sort of influence)
Today we are more grounded and energized with the full moon and it's all systems go for now! A good time for working or finishing up projects!


Last I wanted to touch on A I, I think in some ways it can be helpful,yet on the other side too much of anything isn't a good thing. As far as writing goes using a program that does your thinking ( to me) means your not doing your own thinking.

I have no problem with apps that help with grammar. Feeding a few ideas into a chatbot is a way different thing, if it's meant to do the work for you.
For some using a template can be helpful, yet that depends on what it's used for.

One for a Newspaper or even a newsletter is fine! Because it's not filling in the blanks for you! I see them being used here to promote items and groups.
It can be helpful for people to check out something,they didn't know about.

Some use it for a checklist for reviews.
I prefer to review on a one-on-one manner.

I will notice typos as I'm reading it,or lack of! I deal with people's writing in a personal way. What did I like about it? What were they sharing?

About AI when it replaces people that's not a good idea. I've called many places and too many times there is numbers offered and sometimes they don't match the problem or concern.

Others feel the same way about it. How much automation do we really need?
There was a time when we didn't have phones on us all the time. I miss those days -- how about you?
Time Marches forward but not always for the better.

At least we have one on one here on WDC!
That's a real comfort.

Until next time my friends
Have a blessed weekend and week!
June 13, 2024 at 3:25pm
June 13, 2024 at 3:25pm
#1072602
Well, howdy ๐Ÿค  partner's!
It's been a while (a couple of weeks) since posting here. I've been working on The Twilight Zone group and forum thanks to tracker Who has been helping me! I don't think it would have been possible to dig it out of the vault without her assistance for sure! ๐Ÿ˜
People like Spring in my Sox, and Lilli ๐Ÿงฟ โ˜• (trying to get these right!) Stopping by and happy to be a part of Twilight Zone land here on WDC and others who blog and share on the topic.
Anyone interested is welcome to come join us ๐Ÿ˜€?
I've been struggling with same ole body issues, fighting feeling Ugh y'all but still here!
I appreciate everyone who has helped and supported me!
I get little support in the outside world, living far from my grandkids and having no friends out here. The only one's I have are online and I'm thankful for each.
Have a blessed week ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ป





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June 5, 2024 at 5:42pm
June 5, 2024 at 5:42pm
#1072203


Howdy Partner's! Hope each of Y'all are doing good and hanging in there! I also hope this is a readable Font size that is. It's on # 5 but I think if it was done in Google Docs, It could be made even larger! Please let me know if it should be bigger!

OK that said , the past week have not felt great and still chugging along the track of life! Some of my peeps here are also going through it in their own life. I like others have posted prayer hands and added them to daily prayers. Also a smiling or hug emoji! You know who you are and what I mean.

The great thing about sticking together on WDC is the good old school way people here come together and lend a hand.
People check up on people. Offer help sometimes even before it is asked for. So much kindness Y'all! With Merit Badges,GPS, Groups that really support each other and so much more...

Yesterday ( after a morning of going to the Laundry mat with 2 weeks of wash and a quilt. Got a pulled muscle in my shoulder/back but better today!) I had 90 % full in my email box here ( I'm a real packrat and hate to get rid of nice memories.)Things like Happy 20th anniversary,a new Merit badge,or subjects that remind me of nice conversations with peeps here! Some I save but they have grown too big to keep all. I took a break and thought about so many folks and wanted to give each one a big hug of thanks! I wrote an Ode in my WDC notebook.



I also started to compile a list of user names in it because being tagged by someone can make your day! It's like being surprised out of the blue! Finally can do it too!




ODE TO THANKS!

You cross my mind
many days and time
bringing a spark to me
of a smile or laughter!

Wanting to be helpful
because friendship is
what your after.

A spark of light
to ease our pain
with thanks I
send it back
with hugs once again.

You bring a calm
onto my soul
and prove I'm not alone.

Though the worlds
become so complicated
with hunger,violence,
misunderstanding and hatred.

We also see the infinite
in love,kindness,
of people growing a compassion matrix.

Consciousness,giving by
paying it forward.
Leaving the fog
of deception
we continue our journey
ever onward!



Just a few of the wonderful crew here!


tracker

dogpack:saving 4 premium: DWG

Wordsmitty โœ๏ธ

intuey

QPdoll

QueenNormaJean it's darn hot!

schujo

Sunny

Dave Ryan

๐ŸŒธ pwheeler - love joy peace

a small list of the many!!!

I hope this works!


If so there's many more to thank.

You are most welcome to check out our new Twilight Zone group.

Have an awesome rest of your week.




May 27, 2024 at 4:28pm
May 27, 2024 at 4:28pm
#1071775
I started writing this blog post in my notebook ๐Ÿ““ last week. I never do that. It's all freehand on my phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ.
I wrote about my late uncle who served in the Korean war. He never talked about it and I didn't know much about it until decades later.

I thought about my grandma Rose ๐ŸŒน and how in her last year of life ( 1967) we really got to know each other. Even though we lived in the same 4th-floor walk-up since I was born. I don't think she knew how much I loved her.

She had problems people didn't talk about in the 1960s. She spent time at the diner drinking coffee โ˜•. My grandpa Moe took me to many wonderful places like Yankees and Mets baseball games. We went to Coney Island and took day cruises up the Hudson River!
She never came. And didn't seem to have much use for me.

When I was 11 she got sick and I didn't know it was the C word.
(People didn't say the word Cancer out loud for the genuine fear that they could catch it, if they spoke that word...)
At that time we moved to another place in Brooklyn NY called Crown Heights.
She picked out a beautiful white with gold brocade couch and it had plastic covers on it.

One day I was 12 and walked into the bedroom. She looked at me with so much fear in her eyes and when I looked at her stomach, she was gluing a red rubber bag to it.
All at once I understood what a colostomy bag was for.

I smiled at her and said
" Grandma, can I please help you?"

She seemed surprised by my reaction to her plight and said

"No Diane but thank you."
She shyly smiled.

" Ok tell me if you do Grandma. I love you"

She answered

" I love you too "

She never said that to me before.

We walked our dog prince together ( usually she didn't want me to go with her but things changed that last year.

There's more to this story like hearing a voice telling me what time she would pass.

For now I must go the kitties need to be fed.

I'm wondering if I should go back to my last blog or forge ahead with this one.

Blessings ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ป

May 24, 2024 at 1:33pm
May 24, 2024 at 1:33pm
#1071634
Hi y'all it will take me a minute to finish getting images on this!

I can only upload from my Chromebook.
Most of my writing is done on the phone!

So this week astrology-wise ๐Ÿฆ‰, was supposed to be a week of enlightenment.
It's easier for me to share a screenshot of a very good astrologer named Mark Lerner.
He lives in Eugene OR and has been producing The Cosmic Kalender for many years.

You can Google him for more info.

In the future, I'll be including screenshots from his app.

For the moment yesterday's full moon ๐ŸŒ• brought a chance for better understanding to people.

In the beginning of the week gave a chance to hold back on being pushy or with too much ego.

A time to pace ourselves and plan better.

On the writing front of my life, I've been working in earnest to continue adding to my new items and group!

I'm thankful for each of you that are awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž people who are in my life.

I'm going to come back to this later and hopefully get those images in!
Have a blessed weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰!




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