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     I had just bought a book that consists of 300 writing prompts; One of those prompts was this: “Write about three realistic goals you would like to achieve in your lifetime.” Well, in actuality, I have those three goals, and that would be this: To keep my mind focused on the job in which I had gotten last year, which, as I have addressed to many a reader who has read my blog for the past 6 ½ years, happens to be a food service cleaner for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware; If I want to have enough money so that I could live in my own apartment as well as somehow be able to drive a car, then my goal would be to keep my eyes fixed on my job. If I do a poor job on it, then I would end up getting fired, and then THAT would be a most terrible thing, and then I would have to start job searching all over again.
Another goal would be to write another book, but this time, it would not be just an eBook-It would be a print book, too, and that is something that I would very much like to have my mind set on once I leave WordPress and blogging near the end of June (Again, as I have stated before, I shall announce the exact date in a later post). Last summer, I had done a pretty good job on keeping my mind focused on writing goals, such as doing a special series on Chicago TV legends; Now, due to the announcement that I am ending my blog and leaving WordPress in a few months, I would not be doing any more special series on any topic or subject. However, I will be doing special posts in which I would be writing about things that have made my blog so very special in the past 6 ½ years, so keep your eyes peeled for those…

     Lastly, there is one other goal that I do, and that is doing a podcast: I had just started the second season of my podcast, KALEIDOSCOPE Time, over at the podcasting website,, and this new season has a different episode every week in which I shine the spotlight on a certain subject; If you would like to take a listen to my podcast, then please head on over to I am beginning to love doing this podcast as I think almost anyone. Now, as far as next season goes, I do not know yet if this podcast is going to be retooled as a standalone podcast and not based on anything, but I am planning on doing that kind of task.

     In the next month, I shall be writing the next-to-last SWIRLING COLORS newsletter over at Tumblr (; Now, as most of you bloggers and blog followers out there who have been with me for the past 6 ½ years have already known by quite now, SWIRLING COLORS is a companion blog to this very blog in which you are reading right now, KALEIDOSCOPE. Now, I do not have any plans as of yet if SWIRLING COLORS is going to be re-branded into a standalone blog and/or the name would be changed once I leave WordPress in June, but I am working on it, and it is too early to announce anything; As the coming months go by and that I would be figuring out what would be next concerning the future for my soon-to-be-former companion blog as well as my podcast, then I shall be the one to announce these things to you.
In the meantime, I am guessing that it is going to be a very productive week ahead for me…


My First Cousin Turns 30…

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(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

The month of March has been full of birthdays for people, but I think that this week, there happens to be a birthday to celebrate for someone in our family…
This week, my first cousin is going to turn 30 years of age-Can you imagine that? It has been thirty years since my first cousin has been born to my uncle and my aunt in the year of 1989, and it is true that the saying goes that funny how time flies when one is having fun, or something else entirely like that…
Now, besides the fact that my first cousin is turning 30 years of age, he has been through a lot of hard challenges in his life, one such as the fact that he had made the mistake of having sex with his now-former girlfriend before marriage and then became a father through a child out of wedlock. I only wish with all of my heart and soul that I would do anything to stop my first cousin from making such a tragic mistake as this, and then he would never have to end up in such messes to come…

 However, he did end up with a lot of difficulties after he suddenly became a father; His girlfriend broke up with him, leaving him in such a heartbroken state. Then, I think, he had been let go of his first job at Walmart when he was told that he had to work extra shifts or something; I really do not want to give in to the full details because that is not any of my business…
Right after he got his job as a custodian at a school in Dover, Delaware, my first cousin had tried as hard as he ever could to try and to love his son as much as he can, in spite of the fact that he and his former girlfriend both share custody of him. One day, his former girlfriend had a heated argument with him, stating that he cannot have her child, or probably something like that; Again, I do not want to address any more of this because that is their business and not mine.
All of these things have given me a pretty good idea of how my first cousin had been struggling for all of those 30 years of his life; I could see, hear, and feel how much of the suffering that he has put up, and I could sense that he has been trying as hard as he ever could to try and put up with the suffering. But in spite of those things, he keeps a straight face, and keeps those kinds of problems and emotions to himself, not wanting to display them in public in front of anyone else.

Nevertheless, my first cousin turns out to be one tough guy; But he is also, I think, a joke-cracker. He may be tough, but his heart is full of love. As he turns 30 years of age, I hope and pray that my first cousin shall have much better things waiting for him, such as finally moving out from his parents’ house and finally settling into an apartment of his very own, as well as having friends who are as much kinder as anyone else. I hope and pray that those days come for him very soon.

If Cardi B. Was in Classic Sitcoms…

Hey, let’s face it-That rappin’ foulmouth Cardi B. has been everywhere, even at the Grammys! (Would she become the host of Jeopardy! next?! YIKE!! Oops, sorry, I meant no offense, Mr. Trebek!) So, this has got yours truly thinking: If Cardi B. had been around many years BEFORE her big break, then she would end up on classic sitcoms! I mean, just think-She would star in such classic sitcoms as these… 

“Hey, master, git yo’ #@$&%$# tail over here and let me grant yo’ #@$&$#%@-ing wish…” “Oh, Jeannie, er, I mean, Cardi!”
“Yeah, ya better believe that my mama’s gonna $#@%#$@&-in’ be here!!” “Uh…Sam, I mean Cardi, are you alright?!”
“Ooohhh, that @$#%&%$#@#$#-in’ Gilligan better not mess the #@$&#$%#@ up in helping us escape this #@$%&#@$^&#-in’ island!!!” “Gee, Ginger, I mean Cardi, do you really think so?!”

And finally, if Car-Dee Bee starred in the following classic sitcom in this role…Well, watch what happens… 

“Fred Sanford, you stupid #@%$&#$@%$#@#$%&$#@!!!” “Oh, this is it, this is the big one!! I’m comin’, Elizabeth!!”



From Psalm 5(NLT):

O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but You. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly.

O God, You take no pleasure in wickedness; You cannot tolerate the signs of the wicked. Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for You hate all who do evil. You will destroy those who tell lies. The LORD detests murderers and deceivers.

Because of Your unfailing love, I can enter Your house; I will worship at Your Temple, with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make Your way plain for me to follow.

My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against You.

But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy. For You bless the godly, O LORD; You surround them with Your shield of love.


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     I am planning on preparing to say a fond goodbye to blogging and to WordPress in June (with an exact date to be announced), and afterward I shall begin to focus on my book writing as well as my food service job; With that in mind, I am thinking that most of you who have been visiting my blog from day one just might be saying to me, “But you have already published books!” Well, do you want to know something else? You are right, I have published books, in fact, FOUR eBooks, and you can purchase those eBooks over at the Amazon Kindle Store at! They are…

 THE SPIRITS OF THE SEASONS (A SCIENCE-FANTASY): This happens to be a fantastically fictional behind-the-scenes look on how each of the four seasons gets their beauty, and they just happen to come from four magical sprites!

DOVER, DELAWARE IN BLACK & WHITE: This is a monochromatic digital photo tour of the capital of the first state, Dover, Delaware, featuring black & white photographs by yours truly!

THE SEA CENTAUR: I have been waiting to share something like this for years, and now, finally, I got to: This story is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s time-honored fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, but not only that, it features cartoon illustrations in which I had drawn ten years ago, and I did not get the chance to show them to you until now, so this should be something of a great read!

MAKING THE PERFECT BLOG: And finally, if you really want to make people happy as I have done at this here blog for the past 6-1/2 years, then go and make your own blogs, but first, let this fun eBook show you how to make the coolest blog on the planet!

     All these eBooks are available for purchase at the Amazon Kindle Store; If you would like to purchase any of my eBooks, then please go to!

A REAL, TRUE HERO: Alex Trebek


I am figuring that most of you have gotten the news this past week that one of America’s most treasured figures, a certain man by the name of Alex Trebek, had announced via video that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer; Apparently, this news comes just a couple of days before I was about to announce to all of you that I would be leaving blogging, but the news also came as a surprise to those who have grown up watching this beloved television personality…He was born George Alexander Trebek in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on July 22nd, 1940, and he was the son of a chef who emigrated from Ukraine as a child, George Edward Trebek, and a woman by the name of Lucille Lagace. Trebek had been growing up in a bilingual French-English household.
In 1961 Trebek graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and while he was a student at the university, he had been a member of the English Debating Society; In that very same year, he began his broadcasting career working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Three years later he had his first hosting job on a music program called “Music Hop”, and then two years later he hosted a high school quiz show called “Reach for the Top”.
Alex Trebek moved to the United States in 1973; He then began working for NBC as the host of a new game show called The Wizard of Odds. The very next year, he would host the popular game show that was produced by Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley, High Rollers. You might also be surprised to know that at one time Trebek was a contestant on that show as well as “Celebrity Bowling”.

In 1984, Trebek became the host of a certain show in which he would be at the helm of for all of those years to come: He hosted a revival of a show that was once hosted by Art Fleming, and that show was called Jeopardy! Ten years later, in 1994, Trebek hosted the baking contest the Pillsbury Bake-Off; He hosted that event until 1998. The only time when Trebek hosted something other than Jeopardy! Was on April Fools’ Day, 1997, when he traded places with Pat Sajak-Sajak hosted Jeopardy! while Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune, and co-hosting the latter was Sajak’s own wife, Lesly…(REALLY?!?)
Alex Trebek is also a spokesman in commercials for Colonial Penn Life Insurance, and in those commercials,  he is a “compensated endorser”; In a 2010 commercial for DirecTV, he reprised his role as the host on another game show that he had hosted at one time, To Tell The Truth. Trebek has also made guest appearances on such shows as The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and even Hot in Cleveland. And then, he has made the most incredible achievement of all: He was presented by the Guinness World Records with the world record with the most episodes ever hosted by a game show host, with a total of 6,829 in all.
All of which makes this something to think about when this news came: On March 6th of this year, Alex Trebek announced that, via video, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer; He also noted that the prognosis was “not very encouraging”, but he said that he was going to fight this cancer in the hopes of beating the “low survival rate statistics” and to continue to host Jeopardy! as long as he was able, claiming that, through joking, he had no choice: He had only three more years of his contract left! See this video below:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With KALEIDOSCOPE!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend, but if you are stuck with ideas on how to celebrate this holiday right, then don’t despair-You can find these tips right here at KALEIDOSCOPE: Ain’t No Blarney, Bub-St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Ideas!; Plus, if you want to know all about the history of one of McDonald’s most time-honored products, then you can read all about it with TALE OF A MINTY-LUCKY DRINK: The Shamrock Shake!
Don’t miss these posts for St. Patrick’s Day right here at KALEIDOSCOPE, and that, for one, is no blarney, bub!