🐚Announcing the Winner of My EBook, “The Sea Centaur”!🐚


Well, last week I think, I had begun a giveaway in celebration of the recent release of my eBook, The Sea Centaur, in which only one winner would digitally receive the prize…

Well, it turns out that there was no winner in that giveaway, but I had then created a new giveaway in which people such as yourselves would have another chance at becoming a winner of my eBook. And so, I am so very happy to announce that we FINALLY have a winner, and the winner is: JAMIE M.! Congratulations on winning the prize, Jamie-I am glad that you have gotten my eBook, and I hope that you enjoy it! For those of you who have entered in my giveaway and did not win, I am sorry that you did not win, but you can purchase my Amazon Kindle Edition eBook, The Sea Centaur, either for your Kindle or your tablet or smartphone device that has got a Kindle app, at the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com!

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog, because very soon I am about to have another giveaway, this time it involves another of my eBooks, namely The Spirits of The Seasons: (A science-fantasy); In the meantime, if you have missed any of my past posts or would like to read them again, then I very well suggest that you visit here today at http://www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com!

Six Years, and Counting…


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(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

Six years ago this very day, this very blog made its debut on the world of WordPress as first called Dream In Music, and is now called KALEIDOSCOPE; However, I would very much like to make a correction: Throughout the 6 years, I have been addressing to you bloggers that my blog’s day of birth had been November 12th…But now I think it is very well time for a correction: The actual birth date and year in which my blog made its debut is not November 12th, but actually November 13th, yes, it was on November 13th, 2012 that a certain blog had entered into the WordPress world, and in which I had chosen the old name as Dream In Music.
When I had first started my blog, I had at first had no idea how or what I should begin my blog’s beginnings with; Then, I had this thought: At that time, my pal Svengoolie had a special series on his own blog in his own website that shines a spotlight on each day’s monster for Halloween. When the actor who had played Svengoolie, Rich Koz, had suffered a heart attack, then that feeling came over to me of just how very important Svengoolie became to me, and began thinking that I needed to do something both for honoring him for getting me started on my blogging adventure in the first place, and the fact that Christmas was coming. So it was with that, that I had begun my Christmas Treasure of the Day, and that was that series that got my blog off on the right foot, with 190 views to boot, and the rest, as they say in the blogging world as well as everything else, is history…
When I had first started my blog, I had at first had no idea how or what I should begin my blog’s beginnings with; Then, I had this thought: At that time, my pal Svengoolie had a special series on his own blog in his own website that shines a spotlight on each day’s monster for Halloween. When the actor who had played Svengoolie, Rich Koz, had suffered a heart attack, then that feeling came over to me of just how very important Svengoolie became to me, and began thinking that I needed to do something both for honoring him for getting me started on my blogging adventure in the first place, and the fact that Christmas was coming. So it was with that, that I had begun my Christmas Treasure of the Day, and that was that series that got my blog off on the right foot, with 190 views to boot, and the rest, as they say in the blogging world as well as everything else, is history…
For the past 6 years since its debut, KALEIDOSCOPE has presented the best posts that please readers of all ages, races, and colors, with its regular features such as Squibbles, Photo of The Day, and Who Am I? KALEIDOSCOPE has also brought you specials over the years, such as the “Chicago TV Legends” series in which I had this past summer. This blog has also got you excited for those story serial extravaganzas: A Girl Named Cinderella (2016), Hansel & Gretel (2017), and this year we have presented our third story serial extravaganza and our first musical, So Long, Guys!, which happens to be an original historical fiction story while the previous two are adaptations of fairy tales.

And yes, there have been times while in good days my blog was doing moderately well in view ratings, there are also bad days in which my blog would not do a good job in terms of views; For example, my blog post view would get a rating of only 7.
But all in all, I think it is so very wonderful for a great company such as WordPress that has given me the chance to show off something that I have always been dreaming about doing, and that is showing off my writing, photography, art, and cartooning talents; Had it not been for WordPress, I would not have any other place to go to show off my God-given talents. To those wonderful people at WordPress, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for giving me that chance to make my dreams of displaying my talents come true.

And to all of you, my fellow bloggers as well as my fellow blog followers who have followed me from my blog’s very beginning, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you as well, for being the such kind fans that you are, and for giving me all of the most beautiful love that all of you have ever given me. Thank you all so very much from the bottom of my heart. For my blog’s 6th birthday, as well as throughout all of National Blog Posting Month (NatBloPoMo), I do not want to ask for very much; All I want is you each of you to tell all of your friends as well as others about my blog, so that they would be able to visit it and enjoy it.

Thank you, one and all, for making KALEIDOSCOPE the most COLORFUL blog on the planet for the past 6 years, and I would very much like for you all to stay tuned to this blog for more of the wonderfully colorful things right here, just as I have presented to you ever since the launch of my blog on November 13th, not November 12th, 2012. Thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart.

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(Background artwork by Jenn Webster)

 

 

 

 

 

About My Own Birthday…


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“Happy Birthday to me…” (That shall happen on the 27th of November…)

When I was a little girl, I was surprised to learn from my grandmother that not only do the members of my family have their own birthdays, but I was told that I have a birthday as well, and that they would be celebrating my birthday. It makes me blush with delight to know that I have my own birthday in November, and somehow every year, I would have my family, and even myself, try to make my birthday go as smoothly as it can be…
But there happens to be sort of forks in the road when it comes to my birthday; First, it is sandwiched between Thanksgiving and the days that lead up to Christmas, and with such timing as that, I have this fear that my family would ultimately forget about my birthday, and if they would, then I would be so very sad. I really do not want to be sad on my birthday. Another thing that would cause my birthday to not go so well happens to have something to do with presents; When I was a child, I would get about three or four gifts on my birthday, but it seems that as I have gotten older, I have been receiving fewer gifts, and last year the only gift that my uncle and aunt gave to me was a gift card. Something in my mind tells me: Have I become too old to be receiving gifts for my birthday? Of course, I have received gifts for my birthday in the past when I was a wee little kid, but now, that lone birthday present has gotten me to wonder: Have I suddenly begun to outgrow receiving birthday gifts? Am I suddenly beginning to lose any interest in receiving birthday gifts, especially when my birthday is coming up again this year?

And furthermore, what if in a few years time someone in my family is getting married and that they set the wedding date on my birthday, November 27th, and that they would be so very busy preparing for the wedding that they would almost forget about my birthday, then they would finally remember my birthday, but then they would celebrate it too late, and then I would have to wait for a whole, entire year for my birthday to come around again, and then I would somehow celebrate it…

I hope that if somewhere down the road someone in my family sets a wedding date on my own birthday, they would not ever forget me.
Now, as much as I would like to have my birthday go as well as it can be, on some occasions, it is not the case; In November of 1996, I was expecting to have my grandmother make a chocolate caramel cake for my birthday, but suddenly, she and I have caught the flu. Then, my grandmother was taken to the hospital; I was later told by a member of my family, my 2nd uncle, that my grandmother had a heart attack as well as two strokes, and as if fate just wants things to go very worse for me, I ended up living with my mother and my stepfather. Those years living with them were just a struggle as they could ever be: My mother, having given up alcohol a few years ago, suddenly went back to drinking, while my stepfather became a heroin addict.
Both my grandmother and my mother are gone now, and my stepfather has since been clean from his heroin addiction before he passed away in December of 2011 and I was forced to move in with my own aunt and uncle. However, in the first full year that I had been living with them, in 2012 they gave me a birthday cake and a night of eating out. They became so very special to me on my birthday that day…

   Today, I finally have a job now after so many years of searching, as a food service worker for Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base, and yes, I am still living with my uncle and aunt, but hopefully someday I shall have a one-bedroom apartment of my very own. I had seen that one of my co-workers was celebrating a birthday, so there might be a pretty good chance that I might be having my own birthday at my place of work, who knows? I just hope that it would go as smoothly as I hope it would be…

 

A Spiral of Despair…


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

It’s a very strange world that we are living in right now, isn’t it? Once again, my own heart is sinking once again for Thousand Oaks, California, because of both the shootings and the wildfire. While I am here in Dover, Delaware in 51-degree weather, I watch one very bad news story after another as the families who are still grieving for their loved ones who have been killed in that horrible shooting tragedy are now I think packing all of their belongings and evacuate, and I do not think that there would not ever be any funerals for any of the victims, at least until the wildfires of California are finally put out, if they ever are put out…(As of this writing, I am still awaiting any updates on the shooting.)
And yes, in case you are wondering, I am once again sickened by all of this even as you are reading this; The entire community of Thousand Oaks, California has ultimately suffered a VERY double whammy of both a shooting and a fire. You would think that I would sit here and be so very angry about it while I am writing this, but no: I am writing this post today because I am beginning to feel that maybe it is very well time to do something about this-We may not be Californians, but we are indeed Americans, and as Americans, we need to band together to help our brothers and sisters in the Golden State, a practice that goes all the way back to the pioneer days: When a person was in trouble, we pull together to help, so that is definitely what I am about to suggest…

So, with that, I say this: I would like for each and every American to come together and just put on whatever fundraiser you can hold, to help both those who have been affected by the devastating wildfires, and the families of the victims of the most horrible shooting in American history, a tragedy for all of us in America to experience.
And for those of you who are living in Delaware, especially Dover, Delaware, I would very much like for you to hold whatever fundraiser you can have as well, because those people who have been affected by those wildfires, as well as the families of the victims, are going to need all of the love and all of the support that they can ever get, not just for today, tomorrow, next week, or next month, but far beyond those.

California is the most golden state that there ever was and still is, one that has got Hollywood and Disneyland, not to mention Universal Studios’ own theme park. What’s more, California has even got San Francisco, not to mention the fact that it was the state that once had a gold rush back in 1849! And yes, for every dreamer that has ever dreamed of going to the beach, California even has its very own beaches.
And now, California is in critical condition, with both a wildfire and the fact that it is reeling from the deadly shootings.
So, with that, we, as Americans, must all band together to help one of our most wonderful neighbors in this crucially dire time of need. I would like for each and every one of you to start a fundraiser, however large or small, and to help support both those who have been affected by the wildfires and the families of the shooting victims. You can be creative: You can set up a hot chocolate stand, or even start a car wash or even a toy/food drive. Whatever creativity drives you to start a fundraiser, just please remember that every dollar would go straight to those who have been affected. It would surely help all the people in California, and it would do your own heart good as well.

So, let’s start our fundraisers today, shall we? Thanks so very much.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “What is Heaven?”


NOTE: This is the final link in which I share with you from Lutheran Hour Ministries. I hope that you have enjoyed the links in which I have shared from Lutheran Hour Ministries throughout the past 6 years of my blog. Thank you so very much for enjoying them.-JW

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Thankfully Grateful” (Part 1 of 2)


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“Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor Him with Thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30, NLT) (Background illustration by Jenn Webster)

In the next week, this great country of ours will be celebrating all of the many things that we should be thankful for; The holiday that we are celebrating is Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving is a holiday that should not ever be treated as a day to eat turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and the like; Thanksgiving should be treated as a day in which we must learn to be grateful for the many blessings that our Lord God has bestowed on us.
For those two weeks, I would very much like to talk to you about something in which I would like to call being “thankfully grateful”; What does it mean by being thankfully grateful? Well, it means that we are to be both thankful that we have survived through another year of our lives, thankful that we finally have that job that we had been looking for so that we would have enough money to pay the bills, and thankful that our children had finally been recovered from illness. We are truly thankful for things such as these and many more, while also being grateful for what our Lord God has provided for us throughout all our lives.
But what about you? Are you “thankfully grateful”? Well, there are people whom we would like to be thankful as well as grateful, but the truth of the matter is, those people do not ever know who God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, really is. They go about their lives not ever caring about the One who was sent by God to pay the ultimate price for our sins by dying on the cross, and being raised from the dead, defeating death so that all of us could very well have life eternal. My friend, are you among those people who would like to give thanks to, but do not want to ever know who Jesus Christ is? If you are, then there is no time to get to know Jesus Christ than right now.

You see, we as Christians are so very thankful to our Heavenly Father that He has granted us the most blessed gift of all: Eternal life, and that gift has ultimately been paid for by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus that has been shed on the cross at a place called Calvary. And although we do not exactly know the time or date that Jesus Christ will come, when He comes, He shall very well give us a Kingdom that cannot ever end: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakeable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29, NLT).
Yes, we can be thankful that God showed His love for us by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us so that we can be saved. Yes, as Christians, we are thankful that because Jesus died for every one of us, God answers our prayers, He blesses every one of us, and we can also be thankful that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Yes, we are so very thankful that God saved us from the fires of eternal damnation through the blood shed by Jesus Christ, His only Son.
But what about you? First of all, let me ask you this question: Are you thankful for the blessings of God? If not, then how can you be thankful when you have taken drugs or have been drinking alcohol? How could you be so very grateful when you have been trapped in the addition of pornography and have been trying for many years to get out of that poisonous trap? Most of all, how could any of you be “thankfully grateful” when you have been struggling with sin for so many years of your lives? Well, have I got good news for you-In spite of your flaws, God just wants you to know that He loves you so very much, and He would like for you to know that He has shown His love for you by sending His only Son to take your place on the cross as the punishment for your sins, dying and shedding His blood for you, and then defeated death and was risen from the dead. Now, Jesus is alive, and God would very much like for you to accept His invitation by repenting of all of your sins, and by giving your very own heart to Jesus Christ right now! So, one question remains: Will you be ready to be thankfully grateful for all that our Lord God has done for you by giving your heart to the One who died for you, Jesus Christ, today?

   “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)
So with that, are you ready to give heartfelt thanks to God who has sent His Son to save you by giving your very own heart to Christ Jesus right now? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and have risen from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for taking my place on the cross and taking the punishment for me. In Your most holy & blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into God’s Great, Big Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Jesus Christ would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s Most Blessed Word, each and every day of your life, and then you need to go to a good, Christian church, each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can worship, praise, and thank our Lord God for His blessings and for sending Jesus, His Son, to die for you. I very much hope and pray that you make the ultimate choice in following Jesus today, so that you can always give thanks. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today; Please join me next time as we conclude this two-part special series on why we need to be “Thankfully Grateful”. Until then, Lord willing, may God bless you ever so richly.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


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From Psalm 41 (ESV):

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
    In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
 the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
  The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.
As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
  My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
  And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
  All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
  Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
    who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
  But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

By this I know that you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
   But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
    and set me in your presence forever.

   Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

 

Here is Something VERY Special…Thanksgiving Food Ideas!


Well, I hope that all you bloggers and blog followers out there have enjoyed this special series on the foods/food companies that have helped make Thanksgiving the holiday that it is; And now, it is very well time for me to inform you that there happens to be a slew of ideas that are based on those foods of Thanksgiving, and they can be found on that ever-so-full-of-ideas website, Pinterest (www.pinterest.com); Yours truly has personally selected some of those ideas for you to try out for your very own Thanksgiving table…

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Of course, the HUGE centerpiece of all Thanksgivings is the turkey, of course, but here is an idea that ones up that tradition even better: Bacon-Roasted Turkey!
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You just cannot have Thanksgiving without cranberry while most of us think of marshmallow fluff; This is the one cranberry idea that’s as surprising as any dish: Cranberry Fluff!
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Yes, I have covered the backstory of chicken broth (and of Swanson), but now you can make your own kind of chicken broth at home, only this time, all you must use are a few ingredients and a crockpot! Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth!
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The stuffing was, is, and always shall be one of the most time-honored dishes that has ever graced a Thanksgiving table; But there is something about stuffing that one must put an ingredient to the mix, like sausage, for example: Thanksgiving Sausage Stuffing!
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And finally, I have certainly already covered the history of the green bean casserole, and indeed, there is no better side dish idea that has graced many a Thanksgiving dinner table for a little over 60 years than the one that’s as legendary as the holiday itself! So, once again, here it is: Green Bean Casserole!

 

 

“Happy Birthday, KALEIDOSCOPE!” (KALEIDOSCOPE TIME PODCAST)


Learn about the upcoming 6th birthday of this here blog, plus a word about my special series on Thanksgiving foods as well as why National Blog Posting Month is so very special to me!

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MY “MEMORIES OF THANKSGIVING” WRITING CONTEST…


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I would very much like to give an update regarding a writing contest in which I had set up and has now just ended; I am announcing that only one entrant has just submitted her story, and now her story has been declared the first prize winner. As for that planned special series in which I was to feature any other winning stories, well, because of having a lone entrant in the writing contest, that planned special series has been canceled, but fortunately, I have finished my special look at the foods/food companies who have made Thanksgiving special. If you have missed or would like to check it out, then please visit www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com and search “The Foods of Thanksgiving”.
Meanwhile, the story in my closed contest is called “Her Last Thanksgiving”, and it is written by Maria; I shall present that story to you very soon.

Time is Running Out to Enter in the “Sea Centaur” Giveaway!


There is simply not too much time to enter in my giveaway to celebrate the recent release of my Amazon Kindle Edition eBook, The Sea Centaur, written by yours truly and featuring cartoon illustrations in which I have drawn almost 10 years ago! And what’s more, this story is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s time-honored fairy-tale, The Little Mermaid, only this time, the main character is not a mermaid, but a half-human/half-seahorse creature called a sea centaur!

To enter in my giveaway in which you could be the lucky winner of my eBook, then please go to the link right here. But you better hurry and enter in my giveaway soon, because it all comes to an end this Monday, November 12th, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST (That’s Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, at 2:59 AM, EST). So, don’t FLOUNDER off (yuk, yuk, yuk), enter in my giveaway now, and good luck!