THOUGHT FOR TODAY


It is good to give thanks to the Lord , to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre. You thrill me, Lord , with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. O Lord , what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this: Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. But you, O Lord , will be exalted forever. Your enemies, Lord , will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered. But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil. My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord ’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
Psalms 92:1‭-‬15 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.92.1-15.nlt

Celebrate Peanut Butter Day With The Most Delicious Dessert Ideas!


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Nothing could be ever so yummier than this…

Ahh, peanut butter, America’s most favorite health food-What could be more deliciously pleasing than that? After all, it just happens to be the most healthiest food out there, and if it had not been for a man by the name of John Harvey Kellogg, we would not have such a thing as peanut butter today, right? Way back in 1898, rather than roasting peanuts, he boiled them, and then somehow it became peanut butter, in which the Kellogg’s Western Health Reform Institute served this wonderful food paste to patients, simply because they needed a food that has a lot of protein, and peanut butter has got a LOT of protein…
Peanut butter has been spread on bread, crackers, and toast, but it has also been used in a number of other things, such as smoothies, cookies, granola, breakfast dishes, and, in these following images in which I have selected through Pinterest (www.pinterest.com), these lovely dessert ideas…

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You can forget about chocolate brownies for a while, and just dig your teeth into something even more succulent-Peanut Butter Blondies!
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Remember going to the lunchroom at school and see any dessert that you could ever find, as well as other such foods? Well, this idea should bring back memories: Lunchroom Peanut Butter Bars!
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Wow, this is about as ultimate as one could get: A rich, succulent peanut butter cookie, with a rich peanut butter butterscotch cream in the center!
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And finally…Here is one peanut butter experience that one would fully appreciate: Peanut butter sandwiched between two Ritz crackers and dipped in rich, succulent chocolate-Heavenly, I might add!

 

 

A COLD DAY AT WORK…


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BRRR!!!

Boy, did yours truly had a challenging day heading off to work the other day…First and foremost of all, I got up in the morning, wondering if I would ever be able to go to work do to all of that snow that we have been having the day before. Then, my aunt said to me that she shall drive me to my job, and I agreed…
And so, I got into my aunt’s car and I was headed off to my job; Let me tell you straight out-It was so very cold that morning, and I tried to be as careful as I ever could walking without falling on the ice.
However, I was 2 ½ hours early, so I stopped at a Burger King that was located at the base, and I had a post-breakfast treat of pancakes and tiny cinnamon rolls-That fast-food place calls them “Cinna-Minis”-And that kind of treat really warmed me right up, next to that hot chocolate that I have had at Tim Horton’s, which was also located at the base…

And then, it was time for me to go and do what I am supposed to do: Work! And the very first order of business is to vacuum each of the dining areas of the dining facility, which happens to be called (of course) Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base. Next, I would face the products, which was something that I have learned nearly two years ago at my REDI training at Walgreens; And then, I would spray and clean the windows, and then help out with the dishes at the clipper, meaning putting away dishes, trays, etc…
After my lunch break, I would vacuum again, and then more of the same cleaning of the dining facility, because after all, if they want to see a place that is so very clean every day, one has to keep it clean by cleaning it every day, right? Right!

And when it is all over for the day, walked up to the visitor’s center of the base, and that was where my own uncle would be waiting for me to pick me up and to go on home; As we drive home, I began to watch as well as meditate at the same time a beautiful sunset that signals the end of the day, while I shall be waiting to be looking at the sunrise that would signal another day to come…

    Now, the day before I had begun another week at work, I had given my own room a complete makeover, tearing it apart and making it less like a pigsty and more like a real room again; The results of this are almost perfect. Hopefully, I can move around in my rearranged room again without ever bumping into anything…  

This Shutdown Cannot Last…


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As you are reading this, we are into, I think, the 4th week of this government shutdown; As I have addressed in my previous post (see A SHUTDOWN FEAR…), the shutdown of our nation’s government was the fact that all our president ever cares about is building a wall…
Well, I would very much like to say good luck to him, but then I began to think about those 800,000 people who are either furloughed or working without pay. What I would really like to say very much is this: The longer the shutdown lasts, the more consequences it is going to cause for those 800,000 government workers who are as you are reading this right now are wondering when or if they are ever going to have their next paycheck to cover very important things such as medical bills, family doctor visits, food, and a roof over their heads.

  I am telling you this right here and now: This shutdown cannot ever last forever. If it lasts as long as our President threatens that it would, then the after effects are going to be as catastrophic as anything in America, perhaps since the September 11th, 2001 attacks: Families will end up homeless, and once they end up homeless, they would either live in a car or hotel room…Those who rely on food stamps will suddenly go hungry once they run out, and once they do go hungry, then they shall be very sick, maybe even ending up dying. The food that’s supposed to be checked would end up being unchecked, and then the people shall never even know whether the food is safe or not.

Science experiments would go unconducted, farms will go to rot…And even so much worse, this whole entire country would go straight into a dystopian nightmare, all because of a President’s only goal in which he cares about a whole lot more than the livelihoods of each and every American: Building a wall.
Our President must wake up and know this: There are 800,000 lives at risk because of his greed and selfishness. Mr. President, if you are reading this, I beg of you: Do not put the livelihoods of 800,000 innocent government workers to risk because of your greed and selfishness. If you had any, any, ANY love in your heart, then please, please do the most sensible thing that you can do and please put those people first and think of them before you ever think of yourself. Reopen the government. Now. Before time runs out. Thank you.

 

What Exactly IS a Razor & Blades Model?


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Hey, wait a minute! That’s NOT how it works!! Let yours truly explain…

In my last post, I have told you the story about the Kodak company and its practice that they do call the “razor and blades model”, but you folks just might be wondering just what that is and how it works; For that, I shall very well tell you…
“Razor & Blades” happens to be a business model in which one item is sold at a low price, or perhaps given away for free, in order to increase sales of complementary goods such as consumable supplies, the example being is this: Inkjet printers must require ink cartridges. This business model comes from an example called “Give ‘em the razor; sell ‘em the blades”; Although this example as well as the business concept had been widely credited to the inventor of the disposable safety razor and the founder of Gillette, King Camp Gillette, Gillette himself did not originate this model.
For many years this “razor-and-blades” business model had been used in several businesses; Among those several companies that still use that approach was Gillette itself, which had been often sending safety razors in the mail to young men who are about to reach the magic age of 18. But at public events that Gillette has sponsored over the years, they packaged razors as giveaways.

Consumers would find other uses for any subsidized product rather than, for the company’s intended purpose, utilize it, in which adversely affects revenue streams. One other variation of razor-and-blades marketing happens to be something called tying, and that happens to be illegal when the products are not naturally related, one example being that bookstores stock up on an unpopular title before allowing them to purchase a bestseller.
And so, that is how the practice of razor-and-blades came into being, and I do not have any idea if you could thank King Camp Gillette for this idea…

A COMPANY WORTH A 1,000 WORDS: The Story of Kodak


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Gather ’round, kids, for another company history story…

Have any of you bloggers and blog followers out there ever owned an old Kodak camera? Well, if you have, then I would very much like to tell you the story of how one company changed the way we take pictures…
On September 4th, 1888, two men by the name of George Eastman and Henry A. Strong founded the Eastman Kodak Company, and would become the top name in terms of cameras and taking pictures throughout most of the 20th century; It had followed what most would consider the razor and blades strategy by selling inexpensive cameras while making large margins from consumables, in which they happen to be film, chemicals, and paper. By late 1976, Kodak would have commanded 90% of film sales as well as 85% of its camera sales in the United States.
In the 1990s, however, Kodak would struggle financially, and then move on to the digital business, a journey that would last a decade; The camera company’s film sales had dropped in 2001 as a result due to the financial shocks caused by the September 11th attacks. Through aggressive marketing, Kodak would begin to shift to digital, as had hoped by executives.

In the earlier years, Kodak had done everything, even its products, in-house, but then came a strategy shift: A CEO by the name of Antonio Perez had shut down the film factories, laying off 27,000 jobs as it outsourced its manufacturing. He would then invest heavily in digital technologies as well as new services that capitalized on its technology innovation, to boost margins of profit.
But in spite of this turnaround progress, Kodak had used up its cash reserves rather quickly, in which stoked fears of bankruptcy, and indeed, on January 19th, 2012, that was just what they did: The company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while obtaining a 950 million, 18-month credit facility, which came from Citigroup, to provide debtor-in-possession financing.
At the beginning of its business, Kodak had a slogan that says, “You press the button, we do the rest”; Kodak is also known for its products, such as the Brownie camera, a color reversal stock for movie and slide film called the Kodachrome, the Instamatic camera, and the Kodak Disc.
In 1932, George Eastman would not ever live to see the rest of his company grow and flourish; He had taken his own life by a single gunshot at the age of 77. The suicide note that he left behind was this, and I kid you not: “My work is done. Why wait?”

ANNOUNCING (Well, THAT Was VERY Quick) THE WINNERS OF MY FIRST GIVEAWAY OF 2019!


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Yup, we have winners already! (Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by Jenn Webster)

Well, it sure looks like that very first giveaway of 2019 in which I had set up had got started quick, and then ended quick, and surely it seems that 27 people have entered into the giveaway, and now I announce that 25 winners have been confirmed, and they are: Brenda H., Tess K., Erica H., Donna B., Pamela S., cheryl b., Lynn, Chris F., pam h., Michelle M., Tonya A., michelle, Carol E., Chasity, Wendy H., Melissa, Kirstin S., Janina A., Katherine H., Nick, Michael C., minismom1, Mark, Misty H., and Lisa A.!
My heartfelt congratulations to all 25 of those winners-I hope that you will enjoy your prize just as much as I have the pleasure of writing and illustrating such a wonderful eBook for you! To those who have entered but did not win, I am very sorry that you did not win, but you can purchase your very own digital copy of my eBook, The Sea Centaur, either for your Kindle or your tablet or smartphone device that has got a Kindle app, at this link right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G8FZ1T4
Keep your eyes peeled as I am about to start yet another giveaway sometime soon; However this time, it is the other eBook that I have just created back in 2017 and not the recent one. Nonetheless, keep reading this here blog for yet another giveaway sometime soon, and I bet that you folks surely cannot wait for the next one, huh?
In the very meantime, if you would like to purchase your copy of The Sea Centaur, then may I suggest that you go to this link right here; The Sea Centaur is not only written by yours truly, but there happens to be another added bonus: This eBook features cartoon illustrations in which I have drawn 10 years ago, back in 2009 to be exact, back when I was living in Philadelphia; I had been waiting for years to save these drawings for something special, and now I had finally gotten that chance to share them with you in my new Amazon Kindle Edition eBook! Oh, and there is one other special bonus: The Sea Centaur is inspired by a certain fairy tale, one that has captivated readers for years: Yes, that’s right, I am talking about Hans Christian Andersen’s time-honored classic The Little Mermaid! How ’bout that?!
Once again, if you would like to purchase your very own copy of The Sea Centaur, either for your Kindle or your smartphone or tablet device that has got a Kindle app, it is available now at the Amazon Kindle Store by going to this link and once again, congratulations to all 25 winners!