Monthly Archives: July 2011

What’s On My Mind ?

Foedish Stamps Saving Program

1960's Foedish Trading Stamps

I’ve got a few things on my mind today. The first is, Amy Winehouse’s death. When Michael Jackson died, I was in disbelief, like a lot of fans of his. I felt sad and thought, it will be so hard to replace all the talent he had. Yes, I think he definitely died too young! With Amy Winehouse’s passing, I felt so sad. She had great talent, but a lot of problems with drugs and alcohol. That sounds so familiar with so many greats having the same kind of problems. She did rise above those issues to have monumental success, such as winning 5 Grammys! So many musicians never achieve that success. Amy Winehouse will always be remembered for her accomplishments, her wonderful voice and phrasing of music, and she died at 27 joining the club with so many musical greats before her. I miss you Amy Winehouse! Yes, your music needs to be on my ipod.

Does anyone remember S & H Green Stamps or Foedish’s Sharing Stamps? I have some that belonged to my family from the 1960’s. I remember that last time we used our S & H Green Stamps to by a lawn chair. I fondly remember the Foedish Store is the Whitesboro Shopping Center too! We would save our stamps religiously and then love to trade them for some handy appliances or whatever we needed that was small but necessary around our house. In the 1960’s, we saved and bought carefully. My family in Utica, New York, was a hard working one and had lived through The Great Depression. As it is now, these days are not a lot better than that. A few things really bother me about our current economic system that we live under. Not enough jobs are available to be had by everyone who wants one and our health insurance system is way out of touch with the general needs of most Americans. I’m currently at a local health clinic and they treat me excellent. My past health insurance companies would send me letters laughing in my face, that I needed to have medical tests done, because I was of a certain age. I kept paying for health insurance, because I thought I was supposed to do that! I just couldn’t afford to use it! I’m not unusual. Just like so many struggling Americans of a certain age.

Well, this is how I’m feeling today. At least my high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low vitamin D, and low lipids are improving. I’m waiting on the mammogram and colonoscopy.

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Patriotic Activity

Yesterday, I began a one day job teaching preschool to middle school children patriotic songs. I thought, yes I can do that! I’m an All – American citizen who definitely cares about her country. Knowing I was going to be teaching these children singing, I went searching for song books that I owned. The “We Sing Songbook” about patriotic songs was what I found. I think it may have been started by teachers from the 1970’s. It’s a great little book about American History and teaches about when these great songs were written and why they are so memorable. The big problem I had in teaching these children, was they were not interested in learning these American standby songs. I was given an assignment and job that they could care less about. There attitude, as well as, the summer academy owner’s, really bothered me. I take all my jobs seriously! There were about 8 out of 20 children that did care about what I was doing yesterday! That shocked me with there beautiful voices and music reading ability! In the end, I did it for them. Kudos to those children who have learned something great about Americas’ patriotic songs. I think they will go far in this country!

Today was supposed to be a day to get my antiques appraised. I traveled to Alameda with mapquest driving instructions on my seat next to me. I got lost in Alameda and ended up in the parking lot of the USS Hornet Museum and Aircraft Carrier from WWII and two Lunar Landings Recoveries. It was ironic after yesterday, trying to teach children about patriotic songs and American History. I did feel drawn to the USS Hornet. I was one of the most successful Navy vessels that fought during the war. Maybe, my dad’s spirit was drawing me there. I did have his Military Issue WWII Money Certificates with me to be appraised for their current value. So I paid for my admission and sat down for the live orientation to the ship. Immediately I felt cold temperatures next to me and around my legs. The cold sensations were sitting next to me in an empty seat. After orientation was over, I joined a docent student tour through the lower decks of the ship. As we entered a crewman living deck, I felt unusual warm spots where nobody was standing. It felt like energy that had been leftover there. One other place I have felt, what I think is paranormal activity, is the same type of warm spots with cold ones at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Theater in Niles, CA. It felt to me, that the ghosts were making their presence known to me at both of those places. I know Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters have checked out the USS Hornet for paranormal activity and have found that it exists there.

So it was a very patriotic last two days for me. I felt good that some of the children that I sang patriotic songs with shared history with me that day. We felt American together. The tour I took today on the USS Hornet and the museum volunteers and people I spoke with made me feel more patriotic and I thought I was doing good re-living our country’s young history. Yes, I remember the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and their vessel recovery with our brave astronauts was placed onboard the ship the USS Hornet. I’m proud to have visited this great Navy ship. I know my dad would have been very proud. I feel he was one of the Navy personnel that was aboard ship with me today.

"My Navy Dad Al"

Dad loved the Navy!


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