A Pal Such as Svengoolie…


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Stay wacky, you ghoul you!

Today happens to be the birthday of a dear, sweet friend of mine, and I for one am so very lucky enough to have such a friend as him; Although his real name is Rich Koz, he also happens to go by a certain stage name, one by the name of Svengoolie…

   Now I have addressed to all of you bloggers and blog followers out there of the story of that wacky horror host many times(however, you can check out his bio at Wikipedia right here) Today, his birthday, I just wanted to tell you how special this incredible man is; To tell you the honest truth, he is the most special human being that the Lord God has put on this Earth; There is no one else like him, and I certainly do not think that there would ever be another like him ever again.

   When Svengoolie and I found out that game show host Alex Trebek has pancreatic cancer, he tweeted to him, telling him to keep on fighting and to stay the champion; That just shows you how caring a soul he really is; Throughout his 40-year career, he has used his heart to help others who are less fortunate than him-He may be a video vampire, but he has got a heart that is made of gold!

   And do you want to know something else? His talent has inspired me to use my talents to make people happy, and that happens to be something that I have done for the past 6-1/2 years with my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE; And now that I am getting ready to say goodbye to blogging and WordPress in June while Svengoolie himself is getting ready to celebrate 40 years of his career in that very same month, I think that it is good to say that we have finally done our jobs to the very best of our abilities.

   A very happy and blessed birthday 🎂 to you my dear, sweet friend, Svengoolie; and thank you also for teaching me how to and to use my talents to make each and every person from all walks of life smile.

 

AN UPDATE ON MY ANNOUNCEMENT…


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     I would just like to give you readers a heads-up on what has been going on; This past week, I have made the announcement that I would be leaving WordPress and to shut down my blog for good after 6-1/2 years near the end of June…You can read the full post right here. Now, most of you who have just started following me and have gotten the news may have been wondering why I am quitting my blog and leaving WordPress after 6-1/2 years. Well, I thought that I would be the one to tell you since I happen to be the only one who knows…
Truth be told, I have been blogging since the launch of my blog on November 13th, 2012, and in those 6-1/2 years since the launch, I have had the most wonderful pleasure of providing you all with such a great time, with the combination of my own creativity as well as my own clean sense of humor; And yes, my blog has been through so many ups and downs, as in being at the top of the viewership numbers and being at the bottom of the viewership numbers. But I very much would like to tell you all that neither high or low viewership numbers have anything to do with my decision to leave WordPress; If they have, then I would have called everything off a long time ago.

     I understand as well as know that blogging happens to be among the most wonderful hobbies that a person like myself can ever bestow; In fact, I think that it truly is such a great hobby to blog-thinking up all kinds of ideas to excite and thrill your audience, making them get excited for whatever comes next whenever I publish a post on a blog. When I launched my blog on November 13th, 2012, I thought that this would be a very fun idea, as well as a way to show off my talents as a way to show what I love to do; In the 6-1/2 years since I have launched my blog, first Dream In Music and then now KALEIDOSCOPE, I think that I have done quite a job at making people like you happy.

     But there comes a time when something happens that causes you to make changes in your future; First, I became an author back in 2017, and then, in the very next year, I had finally gotten a job in which I had been praying for a few years, a job as a food service cleaner at Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. With the full focus now on my REAL job, it soon became quite difficult for me to find time to write drafts for posts, not to mention come up with any new ideas that would excite viewers of my blog. And to add to this, there are plans for more new eBooks/books that I really and truly wanted to make, and that makes it twice as difficult to find ANY time to come up with ANY ideas for posts for my blog.
All of this has forced yours truly to make the most difficult decision of all, but I have gathered enough courage to break this news this past week to my past and present bloggers and blog followers: After 6-1/2 years of making you laugh, cry, smile, and informed, the decision was made by yours truly to shut down my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE, near the end of June, only this time for good; I have ultimately made this choice after much thinking and praying. Had I go on to continue blogging, I would not ever do these things that I have just mentioned above.
The other day, while I was walking down to the bus stop, I began shedding some tears while thinking to myself that I do not want to go on blogging forever and ever; If I continue to do so, then I would never be able to make plans to write future books/eBooks, and then I would never be able to focus on my food service job, and if you do not focus on your job, then you will certainly lose your job, and I for one do not want to ever lose that food service job that I had been waiting to have for those few years.

Not only that, when you plan out and write drafts for blog posts and then transfer them to a computer and then publish them almost each and every day, it becomes time-consuming, and I truthfully do not want to do something like this for the rest of my life, and there happen to be things that I would very much like to do now outside of blogging, such as writing and illustrating eBooks/books, and doing a podcast such as mine…(Speaking of which, my podcast KALEIDOSCOPE Time begins its second season over at Anchor.fm this Friday, March 15th; You can listen to past 13 episodes of the very first season of my podcast over at my podcast site.)
I shall be publishing my final blog post near the end of June for WordPress; I shall announce the exact date of the month of my farewell of June as soon as possible. In the meantime, I am planning on doing special posts that celebrate my blog as well as my upcoming farewell, so I hope that you folks would stay tuned for those special posts to come.

 

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Don’t Ever Be Misled”


Luke 21:8-19

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“Let the praises of God be in their mouths…” (Psalm 149:6, NLT)(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

“I’ll believe it when I see it.” Have you ever heard of that phrase? As many times as you can count? Well, I think that we all have heard this certain phrase. For example, when we tell them that a blizzard is coming, some people would scoff at this, and say, “Well, that’s not gonna happen here, it’s just gonna rain!” But then, what if that blizzard, or even a hurricane, has already arrived, and that you find yourselves unprepared? That’s not a pretty picture to paint, isn’t it?
   So, with that, here is the scenario: Suppose our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, comes back to earth today, and then you find yourselves unprepared, as in, having not enough time to be saved? Well, my friends, that is what is surely going to happen-Jesus shall come back, and those who have not been repented and saved will surely find themselves in real, big trouble!
In the 21st chapter of Luke, verses 8-19(NLT), Jesus’ disciples asked when the time would be coming for HIS coming, and this is His answer: “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah’, and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately…Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.”

“But before all of this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are My followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about Me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! Even those closest to you-your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends-will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are My followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.”

My dearest friends, we are now in the Lenten season, a season of reflecting and thinking about all that Christ Jesus has done for us; And this previous verse is a very good reason as to why this world needs the Lord Jesus now more than ever: You see, we are living in uncertain times right now, and people like you and me so desperately need something, or even someone, to help them get through such trying times as these. Now, we do not know the day, week, month, year, or even hour that Jesus Christ would return to earth, but when the day has finally come that our Savior has finally returned, then we who have been saved shall be ready to meet Him; For those who have ignored His Word for many years, when Jesus comes back, then it would be all too late to repent of your sins! But here is the VERY Good News: If you have been trapped in your sins for so many years, then now is the most perfect time to repent of all your past sins, and invite Jesus Christ, the Son of our Lord God, into your very own heart, all while there is still time!
You see, God sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to earth to offer the greatest gift of all, salvation, by allowing Himself to be whipped, beaten, forced to carry, and then be nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross at a place called Calvary. And then, three days later, God raised His Son from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that tomb, so that each and every one of us could very well have eternal life.
“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, are you ready to have that most blessed gift of all, the gift of salvation that has been won for you by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins, and have been risen from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I ask now that You please forgive me of all my sins, and to come into my heart so that I could follow You always as my Savior. I thank You so very much for paying the ultimate price to save me. In Your most holy & most blessed name. 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, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Christ would be to read God’s most blessed Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day; Then, you need to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday so that you could worship, praise, and thank the Lord God for sending His Son to take your place and to die for you. I hope that you would make this most important choice of your life by giving your heart to Jesus Christ today, so that you could follow Him always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time out to read this message this week. Until the very next time, Lord willing, may 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 Hosea 6:1-11(NLT):

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(Digital illustration by Jenn Webster)

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces;
    now He will heal us.
He has injured us;
    now he will bandage our wounds.
  In just a short time He will restore us,
    so that we may live in His presence.
  Oh, that we might know the Lord!
    Let us press on to know Him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
    or the coming of rains in early spring.”

  “O Israel and Judah,
    what should I do with you?” asks the Lord.
“For your love vanishes like the morning mist
    and disappears like dew in the sunlight.
  I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces—
    to slaughter you with My words,
    with judgments as inescapable as light.
  I want you to show love,
    not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know Me
    more than I want burnt offerings.
  But like Adam, you broke My covenant
    and betrayed My trust.

“Gilead is a city of sinners,
    tracked with footprints of blood.
  Priests form bands of robbers,
    waiting in ambush for their victims.
They murder travelers along the road to Shechem
    and practice every kind of sin.
   Yes, I have seen something horrible in Ephraim and Israel:
    My people are defiled by prostituting themselves with other gods!

   “O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you,
    though I wanted to restore the fortunes of My people.”

 

A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF VERY GREAT IMPORTANCE…


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

This happens to be the most difficult post I would ever write for a blog such as mine…
When I had purchased my very first electronic tablet in 2012, I had downloaded some apps, but when it came to wanting to share what I create with the public, I did not know at first just where to start; Then, I had discovered an app called WordPress; After I had downloaded the app, I began to write my first post.
My blog, which was first called Dream In Music and would later be called what it is now, KALEIDOSCOPE, was launched on November 13th, 2012, and for my blog’s very first project, I had tried to think of something that would get my blog off to a great start, and that was when I had heard the news at the time that Rich Koz, the Chicago-based actor who plays Svengoolie and who also happens to be my best friend, had a heart attack just a few days after Halloween, and just a week and a half, I think, before this here blog was launched…
And so it was that when I had begun my blog’s very first project, the Christmas Treasure of the Day, which was based on something that Svengoolie had done to celebrate Halloween, the “Halloween Horror of the Day”. That had certainly helped launched my blog in a big way, with 190 views all told, and the rest, as they say, was history…

Throughout those 6 and a ½ years, KALEIDOSCOPE, hosted by WordPress, has been bringing you all the most wonderfully wonderful fun things that you have always enjoyed, from such features as “Squibbles”, “Who/What Am I?”, to even the “Photo of the Day”; I have even brought you special series, cartoons drawn by me, essays, and even original stories; Yes, I have tried as hard as I ever could to bring you the very best that I could ever offer you in a blog such as my own…
But now that I have a REAL job as a food service cleaner for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, not to mention the fact that I am now an author, it has become quite difficult for me to find time to write drafts for blog posts, and it has also come to the fact that I have begun to run fresh out of ideas for my WordPress-hosted blog. With that, I am going to need to devote more of my time to my food service job as well as to plan and hope to write and publish future books, as well as eBooks, so if I continue blogging, then I would never be able to have the time to do any future book writing that I have dreamed of doing for a long while, not to mention the fact that I would not ever be able to concentrate on my food service job.
And so, it has come to this that yours truly shall make the most important announcement of all: After much thinking and praying, it is with a heavy heart that after all of those 6 ½ years of bringing you rainbows of fun and happiness, I have decided to end my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE, and to leave WordPress near the end of June. (I shall inform you all of the exact date for June in a later post.) Now, I know that this has not been the most easiest decision to make in giving up blogging for WordPress, but nevertheless, the decision has been made to say goodbye to WordPress and blogging near the end of June so that I could focus on my food service job while focusing on what I would be doing next: Writing books/eBooks and doing a podcast.

    I wish with all of my heart and soul that I do not want to ever leave blogging and that I want to continue on, but the truth of the matter is, I really do not want to go on blogging almost each and every day forever and ever; And not only that, planning and writing drafts for blog posts and then writing them from the drafts almost each and every day has become time-consuming for me. There are other things that I would very much like to do outside of blogging; I have been blogging almost every day for the past 6 ½ years, but now, it has come to a time when one knows when to just simply stop, and the time to stop is near the end of June, when I shall end my blog and say a fond goodbye to the blog-hosting site that has been my blog’s home for all of those 6 ½ years, WordPress.
In the meantime, I’m not completely going away right now, not yet; I very much hope that all of you bloggers and blog followers out there would join me in the months to come as I plan on doing special posts that would honor the memory of my blog as well as my upcoming farewell. It has been a joy and an honor to have been a part of this ever-so-wonderful family that is WordPress, and now the time has come to prepare to say goodbye to that certain family that has made me so very happy for the past 6 ½ years. And do you want to know something else? When the month of June of this year comes along and that it would be near the end of it, I shall be leaving this marvelous family a happy woman, and I shall always be grateful for the family that has helped me got my start in the wonderfully wide world of writing, and that family happens to be WordPress. Thanks, guys.