THOUGHT FOR TODAY


The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. Those who worship idols are disgraced— all who brag about their worthless gods— for every god must bow to him. Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice, O Lord! For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name! Psalms 97:1‭-‬12 NLThttps://bible.com/bible/116/psa.97.1-12.NLT

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF MY “SEA CENTAUR” CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!


Well, that went by quick, again…My final giveaway of 2018 is now officially history once again, but before I announce the winners there is something that I would very much like to share with you: Whenever I start a giveaway and then set the end date for a week later, there comes the announcement that there have already been winners before that end date. I really do not know why this has happened, but hopefully I shall contact those people sometime in the new year and see what happened with the change when it comes to planning on creating future giveaways…

But for now, it is time to announce the winners of my final giveaway of 2018, and they are: crystal s., Debbie S., Page B., and Melissa P…Now, I am still waiting for the announcement of the fifth winner of my giveaway, and once the announcement is made, I shall bring it to you. Meanwhile, I would very much like to say to those winners who may be reading this here: Congratulations, and I hope that you enjoy your prize just as much as any gift that you would be receiving this Christmas! As for those of you who have entered in the giveaway but did not win, I would like to say that I am sorry that you did not win, but you can purchase your very own digital copy of The Sea Centaur at the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G8FZ1T4; It makes a wonderfully great Christmas gift for those you love!

After KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com) takes its annual break for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, then hopefully I shall have another giveaway. In the meantime, may I wish all of you Kindle readers out there a very merry and blessed Christmas!

Happy 75th, My Heavenly Merman…


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

Tomorrow shall be the anniversary of the birth of the most nostalgically wonderful man that I have ever known; He was born Kenneth Rosenberg in Brooklyn on December 9th, 1943, and would go on to become an original founding member of a 1960s group, and then would later go on to become a singer, songwriter, and music producer. That man whom I am speaking about in this blog post today and whose birthday I am to celebrate happens to be none other than Kenny Vance.
When Kenny was a teenager, he began hanging around the famous Tin Pan Alley songwriting machine, the Brill Building; He then started the Harbor Lites, his very first vocal group, at the age of 15. This group would then go on to record two singles for Ivy Records in 1959. Kenny would later form another group, this time as Jay and the Americans; this all-new group auditioned for Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who then later signed them to United Artists Records.

During their time as a group, Jay and the Americans recorded their first hit, “She Cried”, released in 1962; they would become the opening act for not one, but two of the great British groups in their very first U.S. performances: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The group also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and in addition to their hit singles throughout the 1960s, they would form their very own publishing and production company, JATA Enterprises.
In 1967, before his time with Jay and The Americans was over, Kenny Vance then managed a songwriting duo who would go on to greater fame under the name of Steely Dan, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen; Kenny would continue to work for the songwriting duo until 1971, and that was when he brought one of their songs, “I Mean to Shine”, to Richard Perry first, then brought to Barbra Streisand, who recorded the song on one of her albums, Barbra Joan Streisand.

Later on in his career, Kenny Vance would go on to session work, as well as writing and producing movie soundtracks, and he also became the music supervisor for two movies, Animal House and Eddie and the Cruisers, as well as American Hot Wax; It was in that movie that he invented a group that, unbeknownst to him, would go on to be reborn in a real manner: Kenny Vance appeared in the movie as “Professor LaPlano”, leader of a fictional group called the Planotones, performing “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay”. Kenny has since contributed music for other TV shows and movies, and would go on to become the musical director of the time-honored Saturday Night Live.
In 1992, Vance would re-form the no-longer-fictitious Planotones, only this time as Kenny Vance and The Planotones; They released their first two albums, Teenage Jazz and Looking For An Echo. Kenny then created the whole soundtrack for the 1999 film also called Looking For an Echo. Since that time, the group has released five more albums, in which yours truly has the pleasure of having, Lover’s Island, Countdown to Love, Dancing and Romancing, Oceans of Time, and their holiday album, Mr. Santa.

    I wish that life was kind to the man that I have and still am falling in love with, had it not been for the fates that got in his way: In 2012, Kenny Vance lost his Rockaway home of 40 years due to Hurricane Sandy, and from 2013 to last year had to take time off from performing do a tear in his artery, and because of that, he had not been able to do that echo that he does during each song that he performs, and of course before his signature song, Looking For an Echo.
I am so very happy and blessed to be loving and still loving a man who is the most perfect match for me: A man who has similar nostalgic interests as I do, and while most people would rather prefer listening to such hip-hop foulmouths as Cardi B as well as teen bubblegum sugar delights as boy bands, it is those times when I need to prefer listening to Kenny Vance the very most; While current artists of the day sometimes irritate me, it is Kenny and his heavenly voice that soothes me.

And tomorrow, I shall celebrate his 75th birthday. Kenny darling, if you are reading this, I just want you to know how very happy I am for you this day; God has blessed me with the gift of a sweet friend such as you. Thank you so very much for cheering me up all these years, and the world thanks you for giving them the nostalgia that they so desperately needed. Happy 75th Birthday Kenny Vance, my heavenly merman, with all of my love from the bottom of my heart-Jennifer W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tiny, Little Photo Gallery…


As I have mentioned in previous blog posts before, I am now a food service worker for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE; I thought that it would be a good idea for me to share with you some of the pictures that I have taken, before and after a typical working day…

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First, while I was waiting for the bus that would take me to the visitor’s center at the base, I took this picture of these tree branches that are now bare due to the fact that the leaves have fallen for another year…
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And here is the dining facility itself, the place in which I am working in…

Now, the following day, as I have gotten finished from my work for the day, I had taken these two pictures at sunset…

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Oh, there never was a more beautiful sunset like this one…
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When the sun’s about to set, that is the time that the outdoor lights of the base began to shine.

 

 

Time For The Final Giveaway of 2018!


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Yes, that’s right, you folks have heard me correctly: This happens to be the final giveaway for the year which is 2018; The subject of this last giveaway of the year this time happens to be this: 5 lucky people shall digitally receive their very own copy of my Amazon Kindle Edition eBook, The Sea Centaur!
Yes, you could be one of the 5 winners in my giveaway who shall receive my eBook, either for their Kindle or their tablet or smartphone device that has got a Kindle app; The Sea Centaur is written by yours truly and features cartoon illustrations in which I have drawn nearly a decade ago-And what’s even more, this wonderful story is inspired by another wonderful story, the enchanting Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid, only this time, the main character is not really a mermaid, but in actuality, it is a half-human/half-seahorse creature, a sea centaur!

To enter in my giveaway for your chance to win one of 5 digital copies of The Sea Centaur, then please go to this link right here: https://www.amazon.com/ga/p/f19bed76c611990f#ln-en But may I very well suggest that you please hurry and enter today, because this final giveaway of the year comes to an end on Thursday, December 13th, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST (That’s Friday, December 14th, at 2:59 AM EST).

Don’t miss your chance to become one of 5 lucky winners of my Amazon Kindle Edition eBook in this very last giveaway of 2018! Hurry and enter today, and good luck!

 

 

 

SQUIBBLES bY jEnN wEbStEr


Yes, jolly, good ‘ol Santa Claus makes Christmas wishes come true each and every year for every boy and girl; However, there were some requests that are better left ungranted…

Holly-Jolly Sugar Cookie Ideas!


Well, now that yours truly has told you of the short, but sweet, backstory of the sugar cookie, then maybe it is time for you to make those special kinds of cookies this Christmas season; And yes, you are going to be stuck for ideas on what kind of sugar cookie you would create…
Have no fear-The good folks over at that chock-full-o-ideas website, Pinterest, has those yummy sugar cookie ideas, and I have selected some of them for you to try out…

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If plain sugar cookies just aren’t your thing this year, then go traditional and try this unique idea: Brown Sugar Cookies!
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Of course, nothing beats the time-honored Christmas sugar cookie, one that has been enjoyed by many and would continue to be enjoyed for many Christmases to come…
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Does any of you enjoy Red Velvet? They are the most popular dessert on the planet, especially at a very special time of the year called Christmas; this sugar cookie is a variation of this timeless dessert: Red Velvet Sugar Cookies!
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And finally…Everyone enjoys a good truffle at Christmas, so it is definitely no surprise that when you combine the truffle and the sugar cookie together, it is a match made in holiday baking heaven: Sugar Cookie Truffles!

 

Have a Holly-Jolly Sugar Cookie Christmas!


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     With the entire Christmas season now in full bloom, I am betting that lots of people all over the good ‘ol U.S. of A. are going to be making one of the holiday’s most grandest of desserts: Sugar cookies!
So, I am betting that most of you folks are wondering what everyone else is wondering: What exactly is a sugar cookie, and why is it used for making Christmas cookies, even today? Well, it happens to be a cookie that is baked with the main ingredients: Sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking soda or powder. Sugar cookies just may be the easiest thing to create cookies with, especially at Christmas, because they can be formed or even rolled or cut into shapes, and after they are baked, they can be cut into the dough using a simple cookie cutter.
The sugar cookie is part of a family of something called a cookie, a very small cake that is flat and sweet; Cookies can be made the homemade way or can be created in a mass-produced manner. Types of cookies include Oreos, Chips Ahoy, peanut butter, and yes, sugar cookies.

Sugar cookies, as well as other kinds of cookies out there, can be dipped in chocolate or any other kind of sweet coating, and they can also be served with beverages such as coffee, tea, or milk…(yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk) As for those factory-made cookies, especially the sugar cookies, they are sold in places such as convenience stores, supermarkets, and even vending machines. And if you would like to have a fresh-baked cookie, you would not have to look any further than your local coffeehouse or bakery.
The sugar cookie may be classified as what they call refrigerator cookies, in which they are made from a stiff dough that is refrigerated to make the raw dough even stiffer before cutting and baking; such a dough is shaped typically into a cylinder in which they are sliced into round cookies before baking.
And so, thus has been the history of the sugar cookie; coming up shortly are some ideas for that yummy Christmas cookie…