THEY SHALL BE EVER SO MISSED…


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For the past 6-½ years, KALEIDOSCOPE has brought what it could bring you as much as possible in terms of current events; Among those has to be the news that I have broken about a celebrity passing, especially the recent passing of the one and only Doris Day, at 97 years of age (can you believe this?). I think the reason people react to news of each and every celebrity’s passing is that they knew that certain celebrity and they somehow feel so very attached to either him or her. Then they would reminisce about the times when they would enjoy watching a celebrity on either television or movie screens or even listen to that celebrity’s songs on the radio, all while thinking how much of an impact that any celebrity has made in their lives, and my guess is that they would probably, or maybe will, honor that celebrity’s work long after his or her passing. (As of this writing, I had just received word that Tim Conway had passed away as well.) 
     In the 6-½ years that I have been blogging with WordPress, I have written posts about such celebrities that have passed away, people such as: Adam West, Yvonne Craig, and Jim Lange, among others; I have even paid tributes to other celebrities who have passed in earlier years, such as Hy Lit, Ray Combs, Bert Convy, and Esther Williams. And yes, I was there to comfort my dear friend, Svengoolie, AKA Rich Koz, when his own best friend and mentor, Jerry G. Bishop, passed away in 2013; I very much know how very important Jerry had meant to him, and right now, as of this writing, his mother had passed away recently, and I feel bad for him, because I know how much his mother had meant to him as well.

Now, getting back to Doris Day…She happens to be one of the most greatest entertainers in the 20th century: An actress, singer, and an animal welfare activist, this very beautiful woman had done it all, and I think like I have said a few times before, I thought that she would live forever…But unfortunately, Doris had contracted pneumonia and did not survive. thus, Doris Day, a legend forever as well as always, has passed away at the age of 97; But she will indeed live on forever in her recordings, and in her classic films. Now, I know that TCM is paying attention to all of this…
Hopefully someday I would do a special thing somewhere to pay tribute to some of the celebrities who have passed on, as well as those whom I did not have the time to do a post of in the six and a half years that I have been with WordPress on my blog, in which I heartily apologize to any readers out there…

 

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…

 

My Next (Possible) Vacation…


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“If you could pack up and leave on vacation today, where would you be off to?” 

    Well, considering THAT kind of question, I would certainly have an answer that goes a little something like this:
Once upon a time, back in 2013, I went on my first solo vacation, and it was a special place that has been a very popular vacation spot for those who live in the tri-state area, especially Philadelphia: Wildwood, NJ, a place that has also been mentioned in a certain song by Bobby Rydell, “Wildwood Days”; I have had a great time on my first solo vacation there, riding some of the rides and even tasted their pizza, as well as relaxing on the beach…
Then, four years later, I went to Rehoboth Beach, which is located in Sussex County in Delaware; I had made a plan as to which I should do throughout my vacation week there, and I have made very good on my plans: I went to its famous Tanger Outlet Stores, then the Rehoboth Beach Museum, and the beach, among those that I had done what I had planned to do down there; Basically, I good time has been had by yours truly.

    Now, with the fact that I shall be closing down this here blog next month, it could be possible that I could finally spend the rest of my free time traveling, and if there was one place that I would very much like to travel to right now, it would be Ocean City, Maryland; At this point in time, I do not plan on going on any vacation this year, but in the next, say, six months after shutting down my blog, I would be making plans to go on vacation next summer, either to Wildwood, NJ or to Ocean City, MD, but that is going to be a long way off before I plan on making plans to go on next summer’s most exciting vacation.
A vacation is something in which creates memories that families and some people would have something to remember their most glorious time by. Life here on this great earth of ours is fragile, so the very best way for us to prove that fact is to enjoy ourselves with the very best things in life for as long as we ever can; The same can surely be said of taking summer vacations.

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…

 

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “This Earthly Tent”


2 Corinthians 5:1-9

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“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performs for people!” (Psalms 66:5, NLT) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

There is an age-old question that has been going around for many years: “What happens when you die?” Well, one just has to wonder what the answer to the question might be; Some might answer that when they die, they would probably be reincarnated as a movie star or sports figure, while others have I think no worry at all as to what would happen when they die. But for Christians, they do know the answer when they die.
      You see, since the fall of mankind that has resulted from the sin caused by our first parents, Adam & Eve, the world has been waiting for many, many years for a savior who could save them from sin and darkness; From that time of Adam & Eve to the time of Noah and to the time of Moses and beyond, the world has waited for someone to deliver them out of evil…
      Then one day, in a village in Galilee, the Lord God had selected a virgin woman by the name of Mary to give birth to His only Son; that only Son would be named by none other than Jesus Christ, who would grow up into adulthood to do His Father’s will, to save each and every one of us. How? By being placed in a kangaroo court, and then was falsely guilty, and then was forced to carry His own cross; Then, He was nailed to the cross, suffering, bleeding, then breathing His final breath, giving up His life as the price of punishment paid for us. “Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; It was our sorrows that weighed Him down…He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5, NLT)

And then, three days later, our Heavenly Father raised His Son from that despicable thing called death, defeating death as He had gone out of that cold, dark, joyless tomb, so that all of us could very well have eternal life.
      We, as Christians, have been saved by the precious blood of Christ Jesus; But wait-In an answer to that certain previous question earlier in the message, I would very much like to share that answer with you that is found in the 5th chapter of 2nd Corinthians verses 1-9(NLT); Here, the apostle Paul addresses this: “ For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God Himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.”
      “So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.”  

Yes, my friends, our goal as Christians is to please the Lord God, because He has purchased freedom for us through the precious blood of our Savior Jesus Christ; But what about you? Have you had any goals in life, only to fail from them with each passing day? Have you been trying to live life on your very own terms only to fallen again and again in the darkness, the darkness that has been caused by drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling? Would you rather have a life that is much better than living your life in your own way? If so, then I have great news for you…
      Only the precious blood of Jesus Christ can save you from the darkness, so that you can live the life in HIS WAY, not your way; Only by repenting of your sins and by asking God to invite His Son into your heart can you be ever free of that darkness and to live a most blessed life worthy of HIs calling. Jesus took YOUR PLACE on the cross, to save you from sin, so that you shall be free indeed, and to live a life that pleases only HIM!
      “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, my dearest friends, are you ready to have that wonderfully blessed free gift of salvation that has been won for us through the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have sent Your only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins, and to raise Him from the dead 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. Thank You so very much for allowing Your Son to make the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for me. In His holy and blessed name. Amen.”
      If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would 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 Jesus would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s blessed Word, each and every day; Then, when you are ready to praise, worship, and thank the Lord for all that His Son has done for you, then you need to go to a good, Christian church each and every day. I very much hope as well as pray that you make that ultimate decision of following Christ today. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message this week, and I would very much like for you to join me next week for my final post of “COME, FOLLOW JESUS”. Until then, 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 Psalms 1, 150(NLT):

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(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
  But they delight in the law of the LORD,
    meditating on it day and night.
  They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

  But not the wicked!
    They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
  They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
    Sinners will have no place among the godly.
  For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
    but the path of the wicked leads to destruction…

Praise the LORD!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
    praise Him in His mighty heaven!
  Praise Him for His mighty works;
    praise His unequaled greatness!
  Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
    praise Him with the lyre and harp!
  Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing;
    praise Him with strings and flutes!
  Praise Him with a clash of cymbals;
    praise Him with loud clanging cymbals.
  Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD!

Praise the LORD!

 

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.