An Essay About Essays…


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     For 6 ½ years, my blog has brought to you many tales of life, in the form of essays; I have written many an essay about the many things in life, but I have also written about the holidays that people celebrate, things such as Memorial Day, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. And in those essays, I would tell you, the audience, straight out just how I feel about the holidays as well as how they should be celebrated.
I love writing good stuff to people-It’s the reason why I am a writer in the very first place! You get an idea, search for something to write about, and then publish it so they too can read it and enjoy; And believe me, in all of those past 6 and a half years that I have been writing and publishing for this here blog for WordPress, I have done what I think is a tremendous job of writing and then sharing such things with all of you…
Essays are a good part of what makes a writer a writer; It helps to stretch the mindful muscles that are inside of your cute, widdle brain, and once those muscles in your brain have been flexed through the power of writing, then I would be ready enough to come up with even more ideas for me to write and share with you once more.

     WordPress has been something of a school to me; That wonderful company has helped me learn how to shape my creativity as well as my talents, in which they are all honed enough for me to be ready for when I would enter the real writing world at large. The most wonderfully talented men and women who make WordPress has helped me do these things in the past 6 ½ years did as much of a wonderful job as humanly possible, and I am and always would be so very grateful to those people.
Come June 14th, I would not ever be able to create any more essays, at least for a while; and then, if and when I would start writing and publishing essays again, then I would do so in another time and place. Until then, my main focus right now would be on two things: Foodservice cleaning and me being an author.
But do you want to know something else? I have enjoyed writing essays, as well as sharing them with you all; But now, it is time to close the book on my world called the essay, and to await a brand-new set of doors that are about to be opened. I can hardly wait to enjoy this very next journey…

In Good Company…AMERICAN Companies, That Is!


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     When I had launched my blog at WordPress back in November of 2012, first called Dream In Music and now called KALEIDOSCOPE, I did not know what kind of topic to think of for my blog; So it was that I had decided to make this a VARIETY blog, a blog filled with posts that cover every topic imaginable. Now, when anyone asks me how long I have done this blog as a variety blog, I can outright answer this question with a certain answer of what I had told most of you readers for quite a while: 6-1/2 years, and that has been the very length of time that I have done this blog as. It is not always easy to come up with every idea for every subject in each blog post that I do, but once I find as much enough time as possible to do so, then I have done my job right.
Throughout those years, I have filled this blog with many features, and among those features are the backstories of American companies; I guess that the reason I had done this feature is that I think that some readers want to know how certain American companies came to be, so I began to think that it would be very well best that I would teach those readers the history of every company that I cover, and indeed, I have covered as much as possible, and with such a long list, I am sorry to say that I could not cover each and every American company in which I have shone the spotlight on in this blog, so If I have left anything out, I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart.
Throughout the past 6-and-a-half-years, I have covered the histories of such American companies as Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, Borden’s, Toys ‘R Us, General Electric, Capitol Records, Frito Lay, M&M Mars, and others that would take as much time to fill in this post than any other time possible, but I think you get the idea, don’t you?

It has been an interestingly fun ride to have brought you those posts that cover each history of every great American company for as much as possible, and I think that when it comes to doing such homework as this, then I know that I have done it well. I hope that you have enjoyed reading those posts as much as I have enjoyed writing, publishing, and bringing them to you. If you would like to check out the histories of those American companies anytime, then there is certainly a website for that: It’s www.wikipedia.org.

 

SAFETY FIRST, BUB!


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      Last week at my place of employment (READ: My job), we had a meeting concerning the many things that one must do in order to perform well at work, and among those things is learning to have good hygiene while performing your work as well as focusing on what you should be doing…
But I think that the part in which my supervisors got to was where safety is concerned; Yes, when it comes to safety on the job, one must ALWAYS pay attention to whatever form of safety that they are supposed to be doing. I myself have learned to follow each and every safety rule very well…Well, almost; Whenever I vacuum every day, I always have to pay attention to the extension cords, or else I would end up in VERY bad trouble. One day, while I was beginning my day of work by vacuuming, I had noticed that the extension cord had been missing; So, I had looked around for that extension cord, and when I could not find it, I asked my supervisor just where it had gone. Then she found the extension cord, which happens to be the good news. But the bad news was that the cord had suddenly been burned out…
So at that meeting last week, one of the other supervisors advised us about that extension cord and said that it could be six months before it could ever be replaced. So it was with that that I had to make do with what I could do in terms of finding other places to plug in the vacuum so that I could clean the dining rooms; I began to do a bit of problem-solving as to what kind of electrical outlet I would use to plug in the vacuum and to find places to clean specific areas of the dining rooms, but in order for me to do so, I have to use safety as well as common sense.

      And yes, in addition to hearing the rules that I should always have to follow in order to keep my job, I was also named Employee of The Month, which has made me so very happy…
You know, I enjoy doing food service work; I think that it makes me so very productive! And who knows?! I might get to be voted Employee of the Month yet again, but if I really want to have that kind of repeat victory, then I am going to concentrate very hard on doing my job, not just today, but EVERY day, and in fact the next days, weeks, and months…Funny how time flies when you are productive, hmmm?!

Finally-Employee of the Month!


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      It takes hard work and a lot of skill to get to that certain kind of somewhere that one such as myself would be at today; And just the other day, I have finally achieved something that I have worked so very hard for in the past 6 ½ months that I have been at my food service job: I had been awarded “Employee of the Month” during a meeting at the place where I work, the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware.
This was certainly a most wonderful honor, and I would never have achieved this kind of goal without my focus on my own hard work…And of course, my focus on my hard work has paid off with this award. I have done what my supervisors have ordered me to do, and I did not lollygag around-I looked for some other things that are related to my job that I could do while I wait for something else, like helping out with dinner at 4:30. It was that important concentration that has helped me earn my award as Employee of the Month, and that has made me so very happy…
However, my job does not stop there, even after I had achieved my goal to get that Employee of the Month; I have to continue my work and keep on continuing my work, and that is what I should be doing once I close down his here blog on June 14th; For the past 6-1/2 years, I have achieved each and every goal that I have done when it comes to writing and publishing blog posts. I have indeed set goals for such things as preparing for a special series by doing research and then write drafts for posts that I would copy, paste, and then publish on my blog. Indeed, I have done what I have could in earning as many goals as I can to make every reader happy.

      It is not always easy to achieve what you have dreamed about for many years in your life; You have to put in real hard work, and not daydreaming, to get what you have wanted so very much in life. I only wish that Tamera Mowry-Housely’s niece, Alania, would be alive enough to achieve whatever she dreamed about when she was a little girl; I only wished that, for her family, that she would be alive enough to achieve her goals in college so that she would have graduated with full honors. I hope that Tamera knows that somewhere, her niece is smiling down from the clouds, whispering to her that she loves her…

 

A Writer’s Summer Plans…


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I had begun thinking this past week about what I would be doing after 6-½ years of blogging…Well, I would very much like to share with you what I would finally like to do…

   First of all, I would finally be able to sleep, even at 2 AM in the morning; Now, I know that this kind of routine is strange to some of you, but that is what I do: I get up at a little before 1:45 AM in the morning, and read my Bible, because that is what I always do as a Christian, and that is to read my Bible. The reason I do this is that I really need to find some very quiet time to read as well as meditate on the Bible, and I thought that this would be a much better way to do so. Getting back to what I have mentioned earlier, once I close down my blog in June, I would finally be able to sleep well past my quiet time of reading my Bible, and that would be 1:45 AM in the morning.

  There happens to be another thing that I would very much like to do once my blogging days are through, and that would be to be able to draw cartoons again and to hopefully once again share them with the world. When I had gotten that food service job at Sodexo last year, I did not find any time to draw anything in my life; Of course, I did do some Zentangle ® -inspired art, but I would very much like to do other art as well, besides that, and that would be cartooning and other kinds of artwork that I would very much like to do.

I am very much looking forward to a summer that does not have to include blog-posting every single thing every single day, while at the same time, I would very much like to go on another vacation adventure, perhaps in the next year or two; I shall explain all of this in the very next post…

 

Things That I have Done at KALEIDOSCOPE for the Past 6 ½ Years…


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     As I prepare to say goodbye to WordPress and blogging after 6 ½ years, I recently began to think about the wonderful features that have graced my blog throughout those past years, features that have made my blog as fun and as colorful as any blog could be…
First of those features is called “Squibbles”, which is a feature that has a funny twist ending that always makes readers laugh; For those 6-1/2 years, I have done just that: Make people laugh through “Squibbles”, and I hope that they are happy. Next, there happens to be a puzzle that I have done and I have always enjoyed playing with you readers is “Who/What Am I?”; That happens to be a puzzle in which I stump readers with clues that would help unmask the person or thing in which who or what is wearing a disguise. It has been a really fun time creating these puzzles with readers like you, but now the fun and games are over, and it is time for me to close the puzzle game…
Next is a religious Christian feature called Come, Follow Jesus, and it has appeared on my blog every Sunday for the past six-and-a-half years; When this feature appeared on my blog after I first started my blog in 2012, it has appeared in different titles, but the current title is one that appears on KALEIDOSCOPE each Sunday. This feature has a topic in which is attached to a reading from the Holy Bible. Before Come, Follow Jesus, we have another weekly feature in which spotlights on verses from the book of Psalms, and it is called THOUGHT FOR TODAY, but sometimes in that feature, we would include verses from Isaiah as well.

      Another feature in which readers just like you love the very best are the ones in which I would present dessert/food ideas for certain events and holidays such as Mother’s Day which is coming this Sunday on May 12th; Those food and dessert ideas are something that I have always enjoyed sharing with you throughout those 6 ½ years, and while I am so very sorry that this meal is about to end, at the same time I am as grateful as anyone to have provided you all with the best ideas that would make any day or holiday special.
Next is something that I have always enjoyed in the 6-1/2 years that I have been with you all at WordPress, and those are the special series on things such as Chicago TV Legends, in which I have done last year, the annual Pool Parade (in which I am sorry to have to drain the pool after all those years of bringing it to you), and the theme weeks that I have done over the past six and a half years that I have done at that blog-hosting site, WordPress. Let me tell you folks this: The special series and theme weeks that I have done has helped me flex my writing muscles, and since my time as a WordPress blogger is coming to a close next month, I believe that I have done a pretty darn good job in using such of those things as special series and theme weeks to help me hone my talents enough to be ready to show off the words that I write elsewhere.
I love to write; And I have used that love of my writing to share happiness with my blogging audience, and I am thankful for doing so.

There’s Always Another Year…


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Well, it looks like for the city of Dover, Delaware, another Dover Days festival has come and gone; Last year, I went to that annual event to help that certain place where I do volunteer work weekly, ReadAloud Delaware, hand out free books; And afterward, I took a nice little browse-around to see some of the things that make Dover, DE a city…
     This past weekend, the Dover Days festival had been held, and this year, I did not get to go; I think one of the reasons that I did not go is that I had been busy getting ready for something that is so very special in all of my life. But I would care any less about Dover Days, and besides, the Dover Days festival only comes once a year, but you only get to say goodbye to something only once…That’s right, I am planning to get ready to say goodbye to blogging and to the family that has helped me get started in my journey of writing for all of those 6-½ years, WordPress.
     In May of 2012, six months before I got started on my blog, I attended the Dover Days festival for the very first time; In those few years to come, even after I have launched my blog, I would be attending the Dover Days festival with my family…

But all of a sudden, it seemed as if everything in life as well as in my family had changed; My first cousin had suddenly impregnated his now-former girlfriend and then became a single father, and then my brother, sister-in-law and my niece and nephew somehow did not end up going along with us to Dover Days in later years; My niece had grown up into a teenager and was concentrating on her high school studies, and I do not have the slightest idea of what my nephew is doing now…
     Unlike last year, my family did not go to Dover Days at all-My first cousin’s son got sick, and my aunt had to go on a business trip or something like that; As for me, as I have mentioned earlier, I have been too busy preparing for my farewell to blogging. I know, I should be disappointed that I did not go this year; But I am hoping that in the next year, whether I get either a car or an adult tricycle, I would try and do my best to visit that most wonderful festival. Now, honestly, I do not have anything against the Dover Days festival; It is just that it is the same thing every year, with so many Dover-based businesses peddling everything from local art to bakery to ice cream to pizza to even dog treats. And yes, in case you folks are wondering, I had missed the morning parade.
     Now, to change the subject…There is something that I would very much like to tell you, and it is the fact that my family and I are somehow estranged; Now, I really do not want something like this to happen, but it could be as such that there happens to be an estrangement between myself and my family. The reason for this possible fact is this: I am worried as well as upset for my family, and I can tell deep inside the hearts and souls that they are in serious trouble; I would very much like to reach out to them and to tell them that whatever they are facing is none of their fault and that everything is going to be alright. I would also like to reach out my hand to them and to tell them to not ever be afraid to come and talk to me with their problems.

But it seems that they do not want to ever talk about their problems to me; they just want to tell me to mind my own business. And do you want to know something else? That just upsets me! My family just cannot walk around with frustration and problems on their minds and then just tell me that everything’s fine; As a matter of fact, whenever I try to ask any member of my family what is wrong whenever something goes wrong, all they say to me is strictly, “Nothing!” Just like that: “Nothing!” And that happens to be another thing that upsets me…
     I am also been praying for my family and hoping that they would open their ears to the Gospel, listen to it, and then repent of their sins; I have been praying for them for years, but it seems that they just go on ignoring His Word. But I am going to keep on praying for them anyway, and hopefully, someday, they would finally listen to the Gospel and that they would invite Jesus into their hearts.
     Meanwhile, I would like to close with this: Hopefully I shall go back to the Dover Days festival next year, and if and when I get to take pictures of that festival, I shall get those pictures put up in a different area of the internet, because in that next year, I would not be blogging, but book-writing as well as food service cleaning.

And Now, a Tweet From Jenn W…


TOO MUCH P.C., OR COULD THINGS BE GETTING WAY TOO OUT OF HAND?


There are absolutely no words. There really aren’t. Just recently, the Philadelphia-based hockey team called the Flyers as well as the New York-based baseball team the Yankees have removed a certain patriotic song that was made famous so many years ago by a woman by the name of Kate Smith; The certain patriotic song that she had been and is still famous for all of those years is called God Bless America. This is all because she did a song a few years prior, a song that which they think is considered racist.

That makes one such as myself start to ask to oneself: Has this whole P.C. (Political Correctness) thing starting to go way too overboard? Does one really think that trying to correct something is worth removing a very important song for, let alone removing a statue as the Flyers did when they removed the statue of the woman who sang this very important song? After all, Kate Smith’s God Bless America had and is still so very meaningful to many people, no matter what their race, creed, sex, or religion; That song has helped many Americans through the worst of times, especially World War II, and it has remained such a very important song right after the attacks that have happened on September 11th, 2001. Yet, for any sports team to get rid of something such as this song which has become part of our lives, well, it makes one such as myself want to shake my head and wonder: When will all of this political correctness end?

And do you folks want to know something else? I think that this whole, entire P.C. thing has gone much too far. I think that it would be very well time to just leave things in life alone, and to just get on with the rest of our lives with things just simply the way they are. It would certainly break a Philadelphia hockey fan’s heart if he or she would not ever be able to hear God Bless America ever again, and the same would certainly be true for New York City baseball fans.

Besides all of this, deep within my heart somehow I am concerned of the fact that this country of ours in which we are living right now has been divided between two parties who cannot ever agree on one thing nor the other. If something is not done right as soon as possible, then I do not have any idea as to where this great country of ours is going to head next. The only best thing that one can ever do right now is to pray, pray that one day soon, the political parties shall finally put aside their differences and just simply work together to make this great country a much better place to live.

BY GRACE…


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19 years ago, I gave my very own heart to Jesus Christ; In the spring of 2000, Christ came into my heart at just the right time: I had been living with my mother and stepfather at the time while had been living in Philadelphia (I now live in Dover, Delaware in the Felton area). I had been forced by my parents to go out on the street and panhandle for them, and I think that I do know the real reason why: My stepfather had been a heroin addict while my mother had been an alcoholic, vices that would soon contribute to their deaths, the former in 2011 and the latter a few years earlier, in 2004.
As the calendar changed from the 20th to 21st century in 2000, by that time I became very scared and becoming desperate in need of something that would help me pull through all the trials of life. That year, I had discovered a book called Power For Living, and this book explains how people have been saved while having a personal relationship with God through the blood of Jesus Christ; I read that book and began to feel that, well, if Jesus could save those people, then maybe He could surely save me. So I began to pray and ask the Lord God to forgive me of all my sins…
19 years later, I am still blessed for the fact that Jesus has saved me through the precious blood that He has shed on the cross. But recently, there are those in my family, especially my uncle and aunt, who have ultimately closed their ears, because, in my own heart, they really do not want to hear any of the Gospel of Jesus and instead want to go about their own lives in their own way. I really do not want for them to miss out on the most wonderfully blessed fact that, because He loves us and in order for Him to save each and every one of us all, God sent His only Son to pay the ultimate price of His life on the cross, so that all of us could be saved and have the most extravagant gift of all: Life eternal. 

Of course, there are times when Satan has tempted me to give up on my Christian faith as well as praying for my family; He somehow whispered in my mind that my family shall not ever change and that I should just give up. But God does not want me to; He whispers to me that no matter what, just keep on praying…Just be patient, and it shall happen. I am hoping for that day in which my family shall finally change and then repent of their sins shall come someday, if not very, very soon.
I am so very grateful that the Lord God has been at my side throughout good and bad times; In the next year, I shall be celebrating 20 years since I have given my heart to the One who paid the price on the cross for me, Christ Jesus. And He shall be with me always, “…even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NLT) 

What Six and a Half Years of Blogging Have Taught Me…


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     As I am about to make my plans to prepare to leave WordPress and blogging in June after 6 ½ years while preparing for what my next chapter shall be, I began to look back and remember all of the fun that I have had in bringing the most wonderful stuff to you all of those years; At the same time, I began thinking about what those six-and-a-half years of blogging have taught me…
Well, first and foremost of all, blogging has taught me how to focus, as well as how to become a better writer again; I have been writing before in my younger years, but somehow that trickled off, but thanks to the discovery that I can blog just as well as anyone, as well as write, I just could not seem to get my fingers off that gosh darn keyboard! Blogging has also taught me to share the very best that I ever could in terms of writing with those who are very interested to see them on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter; Long after my days of blogging are through come June, I would still be sharing stuff on social media, but somewhere in another place…
All throughout those six years and a half, blogging has taught me how to type my fingers on a keyboard, so that the letters would appear each and every time I press those buttons with those letters on them! I would type like there is no tomorrow, but there are other important things that I must take care of, such as my job as food service cleaner, but I could type another time if there happens to be time…

      Blogging on a WordPress-hosted blog such as my own has taught me to unleash my inner muse, to make your audience so very excited for the things that I have written and published as well as what else they can expect from yours truly; I know that somewhere, my audience is going to be sad to see me go after all I had provided them for all those 6 ½ years, but I am hoping that somewhere, they would wish me luck in the coming future while I myself know that I have done as much as I ever could in making everyone happy, and I am sure that they would be looking forward to hearing from me sometime in the future if and when I put out my very first book…
I am so very happy and so very grateful that blogging on WordPress has taught me to become a better writer, to get people excited for the best things, and to unleash my creativity while displaying my creative talents. And now, in June, it shall be Graduation Day for yours truly, and although I shall be very sad to leave this family called WordPress behind after six-and-a-half-years, I shall be happy that I have been taught everything that they have known from WordPress; They just happen to be the best creative writing teachers around!