If You’ve Enjoyed This Tale, Then There’s More…


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Well, I hope that all of you bloggers and blog followers out there have enjoyed this story(you can read it again right here)  And if you would like to delve into more reading fun, here’s great news: My eBook is a picture book that has photos of a city that is ever-so-full of history, and it is entitled DOVER, DELAWARE IN BLACK & WHITE! Dover, the capital of the first state of Delaware, is so very rich in history, and this eBook is a photographic, monochromatic tour of the capital of the first state that ratified the constitution on December 7th, 1787.
DOVER, DELAWARE IN BLACK & WHITE makes a great digital gift for that special someone, or anybody who just loves, loves, history; I hope that they would be pleased by the beautiful black-and-white photos of the many wonderful things that make the capital of the first state, Dover, Delaware, such a delightful experience.
To order DOVER, DELAWARE IN BLACK & WHITE, either for your Kindle or your tablet or smartphone device that has got a Kindle app, then please go to this link right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KCLVXP Let me tell you: You have never seen Dover, Delaware until you have seen it in black and white! Order your digital copy today!

A Visit to The United States Government, One Year from Now…


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(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

January 2020…
A mother and her son were paying a visit to Washington, DC, in the hopes that they would visit any historical monuments there…What they found had ultimately opened their eyes to what has just happened a year earlier…
They see the Capitol rotunda, which is now in disrepair, all because of the fact that, since the government has been shut down, many people who have been working for the President and have been furloughed have been out of a job. Then they see that the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol has been as empty as ever since the shutdown began on December 22nd, 2018. Next, they were told that every national park in which many families have visited for years have been closed, and have since been closed for good all because, since the shutdown, visitors have been leaving piles and piles of trash and have wrecked the parks, while leaving a stinking, retching smell.
The mother and her son were then told that, because many TSA workers have been called in sick those many months, many airports have been closed, and because of this, the airlines in which those who have been relying on to go on their vacations, as well as business trips, have all gone bankrupt.

Then they were told that they could no longer get either food stamps or section 8 housing, because since the government shut down in December 2018, they have simply just run out of funding, and therefore, those places that have been a part of the government for so many years have all shut their doors. Now, for some reason, the IRS had been open, but somehow, they do not even know how long they are going to keep open.
And finally, the mother and her son were told that if they were planning on visiting the Smithsonian, they were now fresh out of luck: That, as well as the other museums that have been funded by the government, have now been closed for good, all because they cannot get any funding, because all the President ever cares about is building a wall, a wall that is a symbol of hate; The President had ultimately forgotten how to love, but instead knew all too well how to hate.
Then the mother and her son visited all of the people who have now been homeless because of the fact that section 8 housing had simply just don’t have the money that the government was supposed to give to them, and with that, they have ultimately shut down Section 8 housing programs, leaving many families homeless and so very hungry, and that is because there was simply just isn’t any more money that the government was going to give to SNAP, and that has also been shut down for good.

And then, the mother and her son went to see the White House, and do you want to know what else? That has also been fallen into disrepair, all because the President does not ever care about the most important things that the government does to help people. He cares about absolutely nothing but a stupid wall.
The mother sees all of this clearly now: All of America is now in a pit of disrepair, and it is because the President just kept on sticking to his promise of a wall, a wall of hate, and never caring and inch about our American government.
The son turned to his mother and asked, “Why has the President so very mean to people?” The mother just shook her head and did a facepalm at that answer…

That, my friends, it what would truly happen if we do not act fast to reopen the government; It is up to all of us to pressure our elected officials to keep on pushing to reopen the government, no matter how hard it would take. So please, call, write, or email your elected officials and tell them to pressure our nation’s President to reopen our government right now! Do so before it is all too late. Thank you. With love-JW  

 

 

 

WARM MEAL FOR COLD DAYS: The Story of Oatmeal


It looks like the month of January is about to come to a close; However, I would very much like to mention that January is National Oatmeal Month-Yes, an entire month devoted to oatmeal, but what exactly is oatmeal and what is it made of?

Well, oatmeal is in fact a grain, but a grain that is made out of hulled-out grain called groats(I know, sounds weird, doesn’t it?); Anyway, there are all kinds of oats available: There are rolled oats, which can either be thin or thick while also being called “instant”, “quick”, or “old-fashioned”. There also happens to be steel-cut oats, which are also known as “Irish oatmeal”, “Coarse oatmeal”, or even “Pinhead oats”. Now, as far as the term for ‘oatmeal’ goes, it is used in both the U.S. as well as parts of Canada, mainly I think as they use another word for it, which is porridge.

Here is how oatmeal is prepared industrially: The oat grains are at first dehusked by impact and then heated and cooled to stabilize the oat groats, which is the seed inside the husk. This heating process then gives the oats its nut-like flavor. Then the oat groats are then milled just so as to produce either medium, fine, or coarse oatmeal. The steel-cut oats just might be small, and contain broken groats from the dehusking process.

There are many kinds in which oatmeal can be used: They can be cooked with water to make porridge, or the rolled oats can be often used to become the key ingredient in breakfast cereals, and of course toasted oats can very well be blended with sugar and/or nuts and raisins, and yes, rolled oats can even be used in the making of granola bars as well.

As to how oatmeal is used to the benefit of one’s health, according to a 1997 ruling by the Food and Drug Administration, they state that consuming oat bran or whole rolled oats can lower the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet via the effect of something called the oat beta-given to reduce levels of blood cholesterol.

And so, that is the tale of oatmeal. As this month of January winds down, honor this month of oatmeal with a nice, warm bowl of your own…As in oatmeal, that is! (Yuk, yuk, yuk)

A Rainbow of More Fun Coming Your Way…


Well, I hope that you are all enjoying a rainbow of fun in which I have provided for you so far at KALEIDOSCOPE; Keep in mind that I have got more colorful fun stuff for you to come, so if you want to join in on the action, you’ve got to follow my blog! Just go to http://www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com and just hit that little button under the words that say, “Follow KALEIDOSCOPE”!

Oh, and I might be bringing back such other favorites as “Photo of the Day” and “Who Am I/What is It”, so may I very well suggest that you stay tuned to this here blog as I plan on doing so…

And for those of you who own the WordPress app, you can search for my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE, too! Just type in the word “KALEIDOSCOPE”, and there you shall be directed to a colorful new world of fun and surprises; And if you do not have the WordPress app, then may I suggest that you download it at either the Google Play Store or the Amazon App store; You shall be ever-so-glad that you did!

Get ready for more colorful excitement as yours truly is about to bring you more fun posts to come, all right here at KALEIDOSCOPE at http://www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com!

If You Enjoyed My Story, Then I Think That You’ll Enjoy This…


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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by yours truly!)

Well, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I am betting that you folks have been thinking about what kind of small gift that you would get for your child, or perhaps someone you love and care about; So, with that in mind, might I suggest that you give them the gift of reading-That’s right: You can give your children the gift of reading this coming Valentine’s Day, and the best way to do that is by purchasing my latest eBook, The Sea Centaur! 
The Sea Centaur is a tale about what happens when you have been forced to give up something for the person that you really love, and in this case, it happened to Marisa, who happens to be among a race of half-human/half-seahorse creatures called sea centaurs; After saving as well as falling in love with a shipwrecked heir to a clothing estate, Marisa must make a difficult decision in order to be with him forever…
I am hoping that The Sea Centaur would bring many hours of joy and happiness to readers everywhere; Not only is it written by yours truly, but here is an added bonus: The Sea Centaur features cartoon illustrations that I have drawn 10 years ago, back when I had been living in Philadelphia. I had been waiting for all of those years to save my very own drawings for something special, and now I finally get the chance to share them with you in my brand-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 so many years: Yes, that’s right-I am talking about the one and only classic by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid! 
And so, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I would very much like to suggest this: Purchase a digital copy of The Sea Centaur for a child you love. To order, either for your Kindle or your smartphone or tablet device that has got a Kindle app, go to this link right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G8FZ1T4

THE WOODCUTTER AND THE ROYAL PRINCESS By Jenn Webster


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There once was a young, but poor woodcutter, who lived long ago in a worn-out log cabin in the forest; He had been chopping wood for those whom he had served as his customers over the years, but whatever money that he had received from his customers resulted in small payments. The young woodcutter wished with all of his heart that he would have plenty enough money so that he could have a much better place of his own and at least have a much better life.
Then one day, the royal king, a ruler of the kingdom, had announced that his daughter has now turned 21 years of age, and it had now become time for her to be married; He made an announcement that he is holding a wood-cutting contest, and whoever has the best talent in terms of woodcutting shall very well have his daughter’s hand in marriage. The young woodcutter had been told of this event by one of the royal king’s servants, and so, he made plans to set out to the royal palace…

The woodcutter arrived at the royal palace for the woodcutting contest, and then he took one glance at the royal king’s daughter, the royal princess, and he began to fall in love with her; That’s when he began to think that somehow, someway, he had to put his talents to very good use if he would ever win the heart of the royal princess…

Most of the other woodcutters from various villages have practiced their talents in order to show them off at this contest, and so did the young woodcutter; So, they showed the royal princess how they cut their own wood at the contest in the palace…

First, the first woodcutter tried to make a wooden doll by trying to work his way out of doing it-By cutting wood into small, stubby sticks, and then he put them in a clay body! The royal king did not like this kind of performance. Then, it was the 2nd woodcutter’s turn; He had shown his talent for his own woodcutting by cutting his own wood alright, but he cut almost all of the wood into a teeny-weeny wooden teacup! The royal king made a facepalm and asked himself, “What was he thinking?!”
Then the 3rd woodcutter tried to cut his wood into something as best as he possibly could, but then he ended up with…Well, nothing! Alas, the 3rd woodcutter was disqualified.
Then, at last, it was the young woodcutter’s turn. He then got to work on cutting his wood…And then, his creation had turned out to be the most beautiful that one could ever imagine. It was a beautiful lace-like wooden heart, with the word “Love” in the center.

The royal princess began to like what she had seen in the young woodcutter; She began to ask how he had done it, and he replied, “I created it with my creativity that only comes from the heart.” The royal princess was never more thrilled in all of her life, and so was her father, the royal king.
And so, the royal king had proclaimed the young woodcutter the winner, and then he finally offered him the hand of his daughter in marriage; The very next day, the young woodcutter and the royal princess were finally married, and the young woodcutter became the young royal prince, and with that, he had a much more fulfilling and better life.

 

The Three Dork-a-Teers…


Not very long ago, I had announced to all of you good ‘ol bloggers and blog followers out there that I had finished causing parody-filled trouble with that crazy space Brit who flies around in that blue elevator of his, er, hers; However, I somehow began to wonder what her three stooges, er, I mean pals, have since been doing since that show is taking a hiatus; Well, we here at KALEIDOSCOPE have just found proof of that those three have been doing print magazine advertisement work, such as…

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Yaz-a-ma-taz posing for the cover of Brawny paper towels, and boy, does she look stunning in that beard…
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Oh, and here is cute, widdle Wyan all dowwed up in his cute, widdle dipies while hawking cute, widdle Gerber products! 

And last, but ever-so-not least, if one must wonder what Graham Crackers has been doing since the Docky-Wocky went on hiatus, well, here is your answer…

 

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Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk!!!

 

 

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “More Than We Can Ask or Think”


Ephesians 3:14-21

“…but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” (Psalm 73:26, NLT)

When babies are born, sometimes they need milk and/or soft food for nourishment in order for them to grow; For a new car to do its best work, then sometimes it has to have a check-up, its oil changed, and of course get its tank filled with gas, not to mention having to get it cleaned almost every time at the car wash as well as having it waxed every once in a while…

Now, what does it mean to have spiritual growth? Well, in order for a Christian to follow our Heavenly Father’s example, they have to pray without stopping, as well as to follow His Word through the scriptures of His Book, the Holy Bible. And yes, all Christians must follow the rules of the holy book of the Bible, so that Christians would have their spiritual nature to grow and flourish.

But what about you? What have you been doing in your life? What kind of tools that you really need in order to have your lives grow to the fullest? Have you been leading your own lives without ever knowing who the Lord God really and truly is? Have you not ever known that God loves you so very much that in order to save us all, He sent His only Son to take our place on the cross and die for us all? Well, it looks like that is very well about time for your lives to have a spiritual tune-up, and there is no better place to start than the one Who gave His life so that you could have a life that’s eternal, Jesus Christ.

In the 3rd chapter of Ephesians verses 14-21(NLT), the apostle Paul prays for us of the spiritual growth that Christians have, and that you should be having as well: “When I think of this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

My dearest friends, if you have been going through such hardest of times in your lives, then I would very much like for you to take heart: God loves you so very much, and He shall always love you no matter what kind of situation you are going through right now, and He wants to offer this certain invitation to you right now: To save a sin-sick world in which we are living in right now, God began to use His most deepest expression of His love for each and every one of us by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary, and then to do His Father’s will of taking our place of punishment by allowing Himsef to be whipped, beaten, forced to carry, and then be nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross, shedding His blood as the ultimate payment for our sins.

And the, on the third day, our Lord God did something extravagantly wonderful: He raised His Son from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that all of us could very well have eternal life. My friends, Jesus Christ will surely make His home in your heart if you ask Him to forgive you of your sins because He died for you and then invite Him to come into your heart. That’s all that you have got to do-Just ask!

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.” (Romans 3:23-25, NLT)

And so with that, would you like to have this free gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins, and that You have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I now ask that You please allow Your Son to come into my heart, and to let me follow Your Son always as my Savior. I thank You so very much for allowing Your Son to pay the ultimate price of His life to save me. In Your Son’s most holy and most precious name I pray. Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into the Family of God! Now that you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, the very next thing that you need to do would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s blessed Word, each and every day. And when you are ready to praise, worship, and to thank our Lord God for sending His Son to pay the price for you, then I very much like for you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday. I am hoping that you would make this most blessed decision of giving your very own heart to Jesus so that you could follow Him for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my message today while I hope that it has been a blessing to every one of you. Until the next time, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you.

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


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!”
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