Here is Your Chance to Share Your Memories With The World…


THANKSGIVING FRAME
(Zentangle(R)-inspired background artwork by Jenn Webster)

Yes, I know that we are in the gist of September, but think about it: Soon, we are going to be at the beginning of high gear for the holiday season, beginning with Halloween, and right after Halloween comes a holiday in which we pause and count our blessings for what we have in the past year, and what we hope we could achieve in which we could be grateful for in the coming year; That holiday is called Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving is a most joyful time of year, a holiday that is filled with joy, love, and happiness.
Each and every person has got a story to tell about their own Thanksgivings, from the time when something changed their lives forever to that Thanksgiving when one has finally sampled a relative’s cooking; Whatever the case, everybody has a story about a Thanksgiving that was really special.
As you are reading this very post right now, KALEIDOSCOPE(www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com) is in the planning stages of doing another special in light of the previous special, “Homemade Stories”; This time, however, this special is about people sharing their Thanksgiving memories with their readers, so this is what this planned special is going to be called: “Memories of Thanksgiving”. 

I have just begun a writing contest over at the online writing community known as the Writer’s Cafe, and the contest is for writers to share their Thanksgiving memories in 650 words or less; Five lucky winning writers, chosen by yours truly, will have their Thanksgiving memory stories featured on this here blog to be featured in a very special series in time for Thanksgiving, in which I would think that it would certainly be a most welcome treat for this very special holiday that happens to be a part of this very special time of the year, and not only that, that special series would certainly be a part of NatBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) too!
If you would like more information on the Writer’s Cafe, including how to join as well as how to participate in my “Memories of Thanksgiving” writing contest, then please go to http://www.writerscafe.org. Oh, and may I also suggest that should you decide to enter, please do so as soon as possible, because this contest closes on October 19th, 2018, in that case, I shall decide on the winners. I can hardly wait to see what those in the Writer’s Cafe community have come up with! To them: Good luck! 

TALE OF A BRITISH PBS: The BBC Story


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

Here in the good ‘ol United States of America, we have our own public broadcasting network, and I very well think that you folks already know what that is-It’s PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service; However, and just in case you would be very well surprised to know this, but there happen to be OTHER public broadcasting services in other parts of the world, in places such as Canada; Among those public broadcasters around the world, there happens to be one that I think surprisingly stands out, but I do not think that there is any truth to the rumor that it is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting-Yes, it is none other than the BBC, in which it stands for the British Broadcasting Corporation, located in London and the largest broadcaster in the world due to the number of employees, as well as being the world’s oldest national broadcaster in the world…Yes, I kid you not, it is a public broadcasting service that is THAT old! Let me explain from the very beginning…

The BBC got its start 95 years ago, on October 18th, 1922; It was founded by a man by the name of John Reith, and this type of company is a statutory corporation with a Royal charter. Their broadcasting products are television, radio, and web portals. The BBC is established under a Royal Charter, and it is operated under its agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and their work has been and is still funded by an annual television license fee principally, which is charged to all British households, companies, and organizations.

The B.B. & C., er, I mean BBC, has an aim to follow the Reithian directive, which they still use to this very day: “Inform, educate, and entertain” (which is much like PBS stations do…).

However, long before such a thing as the BBC came along, in June of 1920 the very first live public broadcast took place in Britain; It was a broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford and had been sponsored by Lord Northcliffe of the Daily Mail, and it featured a performance by the famed Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba. That broadcast had caught the imagination of the people, which in turn marked a turning point to the attitude to radio for the British public, but unfortunately, the public’s enthusiasm was not shared in official circles and by late 1920, the General Post Office became sufficient to lead a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts. However, it would not be until 1922 that the GPO would make a proposal in which it would issue a single broadcasting license to a company that would soon be known as the British Broadcasting Company…

A Scottish man by the name of John Reith had founded what would later be known as the British Broadcasting Corporation, and in December of 1922 had been appointed General Manager, just a few weeks after the company began broadcasting for the very first time. This then-new company would be financed by a royalty on the sale of BBC wireless receiving sets from approved manufacturers, but those financial arrangements would soon prove inadequate; Sales had been disappointing when armatures started making their own receivers while listeners brought rival unlicensed sets.

On January 1st, 1927, the British Broadcasting Corporation made its grand debut, and the newly-knighted Reith was then appointed the network’s first Director General; To represent its purpose and (stated) values, this then-new corporation had adopted its own coat of arms, including a certain motto that goes like this: “Nation shall speak peace unto Nation”.

In 1930, the BBC began experimenting with television broadcasts by using an electromechanical 30-line system in which it had been developed by a man named John Logie Baird; Four years later, limited regular broadcasts began using this system, and two more years later would see an expanded service that started from Alexandra Palace in 1936. But from September 1st, 1939 to June of 1946, television broadcasting was suspended due to World War II, so it was left to such BBC Radio broadcasters as Reginald Foort to keep up the nation’s spirits. During the darkest days of the war in 1941, the BBC had the studio in St. Paul’s Church in Bedford; The Archbishop of Canterbury and York came to St. Paul’s to broadcast to the world as well as the UK on the National Day of Prayer. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill, throughout his role as Prime Minister, would deliver 33 major wartime speeches by radio, all of which had been carried by the BBC within the United Kingdom.

Right after the war, the BBC would face competition, in the form of commercial and independently operated television network ITV, introduced in 1955; ITV would later become a victim of criticism for not providing enough quality programming, therefore, awarding BBC a second television channel by the name of BBC2 in 1964, while the existing service had been renamed BBC1.

Now, there was a time when the BBC had its own television center, or centre, as those wacky Brits call it; It first opened in 1960 but closed in 2013. Sometime in a future post I shall try and offer background on that studio. But getting back to the BBC’s history…

The British public broadcaster began introducing its own teletext service known as Ceefax in 1974, and it was created to initially provide subtitling, but would develop into a news and information service. The staff of the BBC went on strike in 1978, thus amalgamating all four of its channels into one while blocking out the transmission of both channels.

As time went on, the BBC would sprout other channels in later years; BBC Knowledge was replaced by BBC Four, becoming the network’s arts and documentaries channel. A children’s BBC, the CBBC, was split into two channels: CBBC and CBeebies, the latter being for younger children, and both of those services would get their own digital channels: the CBBC Channel as well as the CBeebies Channel.

To this day, even though it had been trying in recent years to compete with other channels across the globe as well as streaming services such as Nexflix, the BBC still remains one of the world’s most powerful broadcasters; There happens to be a lot more to learn about the BBC’s history, so if you would like to learn a whole lot more, then may I suggest that you please go to http://www.wikipedia.org and just look up “BBC”. Jolly good broadcasting, I must say!

Love is in Desperate Need of Love…(AN ESSAY)


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

We are living in a time right now when people’s hearts are beginning to turn to things that are anything but heartfelt love; Yes, their hearts have turned to bigotry and hate, and that is something that makes one’s stomach churn in sickness, especially my very own.

Yes, we are living in a world of dark hearts that are fueled by hate and bigotry, and these two deadly poisons can ruin a person’s heart and mind in a split second, therefore putting their whole, entire lives, jobs, and careers at risk. Is this the new kind of normal that we are living in right now? Clearly, I do not see how people here in this great world of ours can ever so get away with such a thing as hating as well as having intolerance over others because of their race, creed, religion, or sex; But what I do know that hate and bigotry are not only evil, but also very ugly, and I for one just cannot ever stand such brutal things as the evil and ugliness of hate as well as bigotry. And quite frankly, we must find some way to bring love and friendship back into our lives before these two evils get out of hand.

Throughout my life, I have learned to accept all people, no matter what their race, creed, religion, or sex. It does not matter if you are male, female, black, white, Jewish, Christian, or even Catholic, not does it matter if you are straight, gay, or Lesbian; We are all people under the skin, and we all have the same blood with the same color, and just because people are of different races, different backgrounds or different religions, that does not ever mean that I accept people a lot less.

My friends, this hate and bigotry situation is getting out of hand; I have seen the TV news of all the things that have been caused by hate-Cops killing people just because they are a much different race than theirs, immigrant children being torn away and locked up, wondering if they would ever see their parents ever again, and people spray-painting hate-related messages on the Jewish synagogues. Hatred is wrong, and even bigotry is wrong-They have always been wrong, and they shall always be as wrong as any crime that has been committed by people due to their fueled hatred.

My dear friends, we need to do something to stop this vicious cycle of those evil things called hate and bigotry before things in this life get worse, causing the whole world to spin out of control. What we need to do right now, right this very minute, is to love and accept one another, regardless of their race, creed, religion, or sex. Let us love people no matter what they are, whether they are of different races, different colors, different backgrounds, different religions, or even different sexes; And let’s also accept one another in the workplaces, too: There are too many people who have been fired due to their boiling hate, and believe me, one slip of the tongue in which it is poisoned with hate is a fast, one-way ticket to the unemployment line, and frankly, folks, hatred should not ever be accepted in the workplace.

And children should accept other children in the schools as well, no matter what they look like or what their backgrounds are; All children are the same, and as I have just mentioned before, like people, all children have the same blood of the same color.

My friends, I would very much like to tell you something in the here and now: Love is in desperate need of love during this challenging time; We need love now more than ever. We need to put love into action, and we can get started today by helping other people, whether be with their schoolwork, their jobs, or to just help them carry their groceries, and just not ever worry about the fact that they are from different backgrounds; We should use the love that we should have and that we should always have for other people, in spite of their race, creed, color, or religion, for helping in times of dire need, and if there ever was a chance, we could do so right here and now…

We cannot sit idly by and let bigotry and hate ruin all of our lives; The only way that we could ever combat those evil things is by accepting, caring, helping…and loving them. No matter what. Period.

Announcing the Winners of My “Sea Centaur” Giveaway!


I am so very happy to announce that 4 more winners have digitally claimed the prize of my new eBook, The Sea Centaur, written by yours truly and featuring cartoon illustrations that I have drawn almost 10 years ago! Here are the four remaining winners: Michelle A., Karen C., Carla, and Judith H. I would very much like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to these 4 remaining winners-I hope that you guys would enjoy my eBook just as much as I had the fun of creating this very special project! Now, for those who have entered but did not win, I would like to say that I am so very sorry that you did not win, but you can purchase my new eBook, The Sea Centaur, over at the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com.

I plan on doing another giveaway in celebration of the release of The Sea Centaur in the near future; In the meantime, if you would like to give my eBook a read, then may I fully suggest that you purchase The Sea Centaur for either yourself or for a special child that you love by going to the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com. Once again, my heartfelt congratulations to the winners!

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “A Very New Thing”


Philippians 3:20-21, 2 Peter 3:13

CFJ CROSS
“Sing a new song to the LORD, for He has done wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 98:1, NLT)(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

Everyone has a liking to have nice, new things; A new house, new clothing, a new car, or maybe even new tools. People even make out a wish list of new things to get once they have the money; And then, once Christmas comes around, then both adults, as well as children, start making their own wish lists of things that they would like for Christmas-You know, as in NEW things.
But this week, my friends, I would very much like to introduce you to someone who provides new things, and I certainly do not mean MATERIAL new things; No, this someone is the One who provides newer things that are so very much better than any earthly material possessions-The One who is such a very kind giver is none other than God Himself, the true One, the One who has shown His unfailing love for each one of us by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die a criminal’s death on the cross for our sins, in which His blood washes away all of our sins and gives us that most wonderful gift called salvation…
In the 3rd chapter of Philippians verses 3:20-21(NLT), the apostle Paul addresses that we, as Christians, should wait eagerly for the return of Christ Jesus: “…we are citizens of Heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.” 

Meanwhile, the apostle Peter has a similar expectation for our Lord in 2 Peter 3:13(NLT): “But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” 
Yes, God is the One Who makes every single thing new-New heavens and a new earth, a place where there is no evil, no hate, no wars, and no crime; Instead, it shall very well become a place where peace and love will prevail, and that death shall not ever have the final word! The Lord God will also give us new mercies… “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT)
Now, how about you? Do you really want something new in your life, after dealing with every old struggle in the past? Old struggles such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, and even pornography? Do you really want to break free of those old things in your life and be willing to have the best new thing in life, the new life of a most wonderfully blessed thing called salvation that has been won for you by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? You see, our Heavenly Father has sent Jesus to earth to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem, and to fulfill the will of His Father, Christ allowed Himself to be beaten, whipped, forced to carry, and then having been nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross at a place called Calvary; And then, three days later, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by our Lord God, defeating death as He went out of that cold, darkened tomb, so that every one of us can very well have eternal life. My dearest friends, you can have this wonderful new life if you would only give your heart to Jesus Christ. 

“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)
And so, my dearest friends, are you ready to give up your old life, and to have a new life that is filled with the gift of salvation that has been won for you by the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh Lord God, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have sent Your Son, Christ Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins, and that You have raised Him on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I ask now that You please allow Your Son to come into my heart, and to let me follow Him always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for allowing Your Son to sacrifice Himself for me. In His holy and blessed name. Amen.” 
And now, if you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into God’s Great, Big Family! And so, the very next thing that you need to do now that you are a child of God through 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 praise, worship, and thank the Lord God for sending His only Son to take your place as a sacrifice for you. I hope and pray that you make the most important decision of your life by giving your own heart to Christ Jesus today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today and find it very meaningful and blessed. Until the very next time, Lord willing, may the Lord 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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


From Psalm 76(ESV)…

(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. His abode has been established in Salem, His dwelling place in Zion. There He broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Glorious are You, more majestic than the mountains full of prey. The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands.

At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned. But You, You are to be feared! Who can stand before You when once Your anger is roused? From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth.

Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remnant of wrath You will put on like a belt. Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared, who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.

The History of The Calculator Watch (Mathematically Speaking…)


In most smartphones these days, they seem to have an app for everything under the sun, so much so that sooner or later there’s going to be other time-honored electronics that may soon fade to extinction, and one of those ancient electronics happens to be the calculator watch; Now, a calculator watch happens to be a digital watch that has a built-in calculator, and that is why the watch has buttons on the watch face. They first appeared in the 1970s after being introduced by a company that was at the time a brand of the Hamilton Watch Company, a company called Pulsar. Later, those watches were also created by Hewlett-Packard (Really?! I did not ever know that they make watches…).

Over the years, several watch manufacturers have made this electronic wonder; In addition to Pulsar, there is Timex, an American company, but a Japanese company known as Casio also makes the calculator watch, producing them in a variety f models. It also created the Databank watch in the mid-1980s, and that device not only performed calculator functions, but the device stored names, addresses, phone numbers, and even appointments!

Due to the rise of such electronic devices as mobile phones and PDAs, the calculator watch’s future was suddenly impacted, and as a result of this, many people have used calculator watches for aesthetic purposes.

But all in all, the 1980s were a pretty swell time for the calculator watch, and I bet that most of you readers out there have at one time or another had a calculator watch; So, did you used to have a calculator watch? Please let me know in the comments below, and please do not forget to follow my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE, at http://www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com!

HIRED! (Almost…)


(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

Can you believe this? It seems like 3-1/2 years has since gone by since I had finally gotten the news the other day that I had finally gotten a job after searching for so long…Now, before I get into the full details, I would very much like to address to those new to my blog, as well as others who have been with my blog since the very beginning, that I have been living with my family in Delaware since the death of my stepfather for 6-1/2 years, and throughout that time, I had been learning how to perform the tasks of a job occupation through job training, and right afterwards I began in my search to find a good, stable job…

Well, time has since gone by, and after all of those years, I had finally been given something that I had been wanting for all of those years-A job, a good, stable job in which I can be happy and comfortable with, and that I am hoping would make good enough money for me so that I could move out of my family house and hopefully into a place to live, such as a one-bedroom apartment…I am so very happy in this point in time right now as I have ever been before in my whole, entire life. I had prayed for the Lord God to give me a job, and now He has blessed me with it.

I am hoping, though, that I would do a good job in this job because, quite frankly, I had done well in my job training-Focusing on what I should be doing in terms of stocking products, cleaning, etc.; But this here is a REAL job, and in this job in which I would be going soon, a dining job in the Dover Air Force Base, then not only would I be supposed to be doing this job, but also I must try and fully focus on how to do it well, because after all, I have studied on how I should perform my job well once I would get a job, and now that I have gotten the job, then I would wait two week for word on when I would get started. I had also done a drug test, by the way, so I am also hoping for the outcome of that test; I did not do any illegal drugs, but those people are just testing just to be safe…

Now that I have been given the job, another task has now been placed in front of me: The balance of bringing you more posts like this one on my blog while I am working once I get started on my job; I am thinking that I would balance well between blogging and my real work…I know that it could very well get hard for me, but if I could concentrate on doing this kind of balance between my new job and doing this here blog which is called KALEIDOSCOPE, then I hope that I would be alright…Oh, and do I need to mention that I now have a podcast as well? You know, that podcast that is based on this here blog called KALEIDOSCOPE Time ? You can check out my podcast at http://www.anchor.fm/kaleidoscope-time/.

Anyways, once I come in for the orientation at this new job, then I shall try and work out a schedule in which I would find time to write good stuff on my blog, so hopefully things would work out…

In other words, it finally feels great to be hired for the very first time.