Disney Fantasy; Broadway Worthy Stage Productions

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Hi friends,

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Cast From Disney Fantasy’s Aladdin

I’ll never forget being transported to the Disney Cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida. The rent-a-car mini-van driver was dropping off a van full of us excited cruisers to the cruise terminal. There was Carnival and Disney.

The driver asked for a show of hands who’s going to Carnival. Then he asked for the hands for the ones who were going to the floating day care center. We were shocked but remained quiet. We whispered quietly, “Obviously he’s never been on a Disney cruise.” How sad.  He doesn’t know what he’s missing.

Disney's Aladden

A Musical Number

We  enjoyed our 7-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy. We enjoyed an array of comedy, variety shows, and Broadway-style stage performances held nightly in the  Walt Disney Theatre.  Three of these evenings were the stage performances of Believe, Disney’s Aladdin, and Wishes.

We attended Disney’s Aladdin first; we enjoyed this show so much we saw both the matinee and evening performances.

Aladdin is a stage presentation of the classic Disney animation movie Aladdin.  We enjoyed the talents of all the characters; Aladdin, the Genie, Jafar, Princess Jasmine, and the Magic Carpet; the backdrops, costumes, and stagings were stunning.

Aladdin and Genie

Aladdin and Genie

Aladdin was our favorite of the three performances.  In my opinion, the comical scenes between the Genie and Aladdin were hilarious to watch.  The Magic Carpet, in all his acrobatic glory, stole the show.  These stage productions are always one of our highlights of a Disney Cruise.

The Jungle Book Scene from Disney Wishes

The Jungle Book Scene from Disney Wishes

The other two stage shows, Disney Wishes and Believe, were montages of many different scenes of classic Disney animation movies, including Mary Poppins, the Lion King, The Jungle Book, Lilo and Stitch, Cinderella, and others.

We also enjoyed the scenes from Tangled, I Have A Dream-included in the show Wishes; another of my favorites.

Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat palace onboard the Disney Dream that is equipped with advanced theatrical technology and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. Premiering on the Disney Dream and headlining the musical repertoire is DisneyÕs Believe, an original stage spectacular that combines a heartfelt story about a father and daughter with a captivating musical score, a comical and insightful performance by Genie from DisneyÕs ÒAladdinÓ and appearances from more than 20 of DisneyÕs most beloved characters. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

Genie and the Dad who Believed!

If you like Broadway musicals and cruising, I recommend Disney Cruises for their production shows, included in each amazing cruise experience.

The ending of the show Believe tugged at our heart  strings.  The main character, an average Dad, realized he believed in magic.  He was not too old.  He could share this joy with his daughter.

Mickey Mouse on Disney Fantasy

Mickey Mouse on Disney Fantasy

Mickey Mouse pranced onto the stage to thunderous applause; Pure Disney Magic. “All it takes is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust,” and you too can Believe.

Broadway musicals are one of a host of great things that Disney Cruise Line offers on board each and every ship.

If you love Disney and you love to cruise, try tying them together in a Disney Cruise; we have.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

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Pluto As Seen From New Horizons on July 11, 2015

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Hi everyone,

It’s starting! The fly-by is beginning! New Horizons is still a million miles away from Pluto but in space that’s a short distance. Here’s the latest from nasa.gov. It’s so exciting!

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015

One million miles to go; Pluto is more intriguing than ever!

At 7:49 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14 the unmanned spacecraft will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.

Follow the path of the spacecraft in coming days in real time with a visualization of the actual trajectory data, using NASA’s online Eyes on Pluto.

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

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Last Updated: July 13, 2015
Editor: Tricia Talbert
Tags:  Dwarf Planets, Image of the Day, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System

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J.A., Can you believe it? That’s Pluto!

I’ll stay on top of this epic story by Nasa. Thanks for tuning in. I’m J.A. Ireland.

Low Fat Cheddar Cheese Pizza

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Today I’m cooking another type of pizza that my family loves. I’m using low fat ingredients so it’s a healthy choice when my family wants pizza.

Ingredients:

One roll white bread dough—bought frozen then thawed the night before

One pound extra lean ground hamburger—96-4%

4.5 oz. sliced turkey pepperoni

8 oz. mini portabella mushrooms

One large bell pepper

One can black olives

One large onion

One bag, two cups cheddar cheese—low fat, low sodium

One cup parmesan cheese—low sodium, low fat

Small 14 oz. Jar of low sodium pizza sauce

Prep work:

Cook the hamburger. Then drain the grease and place the meat in a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb the grease; let sit.

Next chop the mushrooms, olives, onion, and peppers. Put everything including hamburger into separate bowls. Discard grease soaked paper towel. Place all items in the fridge until later.

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray your pizza pan with non- stick; I prefer either canola or extra-virgin olive oil non- stick for heart healthy cooking.

Dough Ready To Roll

Dough Ready To Roll

Making the pizza crust. I use my counter top. I sprinkle the counter lightly with flour and unwrap the dough. It should look like a large, white mushroom ball.

Put the dough on the flour then flip it over. Begin rolling. Roll enough to fit your pan—don’t excessively roll. Dough stretches easily in the pan. Do this quickly. Carefully remove the dough from the counter; it peels off. Lay in the prepared pan with the edges sticking over the rim of your oven pan. If the dough isn’t quite big enough, that’s ok. Gently rub from the middle to the outside edges. It stretches easily on the non-stick sprayed oven pan. Complete this process quickly as well; don’t play with it.

Tuck the excess dough inside the rims. If there’s a tear in the dough—don’t worry. Use some of the excess dough on the walls and fill in the tear(s); pinch it off and rub it in the holes.

Prick small holes in the crust with a fork so it doesn’t bubble while baking; make many prick holes. But, don’t destroy your work; just vent it well. Sprinkle on the spices, basil, garlic, Italian Seasoning, oregano, parsley, pepper. Whatever spices you like.

Pizza Crust Ready To Bake

Pizza Crust Seasoned And Ready To Bake

This is what my pizza crust looks like before baking.

Bake the crust for 6 minutes at 400 degrees on the top rack. Remove from the oven.

Make The Pizza:

I start with ½ bag, one cup, of cheddar cheese on the crust ( spread evenly)

¾ of the jar of pizza sauce (save the rest for dipping sauce)

hamburger

onions

bell peppers

black olives

portabella mushrooms

The remaining ½ bag, one cup, of cheddar cheese followed by the parmesan cheese

Lastly; turkey pepperoni on top.

It’s ready to bake. I bake my pizza for 8 minutes then remove from the oven.

My Cheddar Cheese Pizza Ready to Serve

My Cheddar Cheese Pizza Ready to Serve

I cut it, and bake for 20 more minutes. The total baking time is about 30 minutes—until the top edges are golden brown. Also my pizzas are typically ¾ of an inch thick when ready for cooking—and full of natural juices. Portabella mushrooms are a trade-off; they add tremendous flavor along with a lot of extra juice. If you don’t want the liquid—maybe skip portabellas.

Here’s a picture of my low fat cheddar cheese pizza. It’s full of flavor and my family gobbled it down. Also check out my Maxx Zeqster blog at: https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/

Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.

From New York City; On to Halifax and St. Johns

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Sailing Past the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty; AMAZING!

Travel enthusiasts,

I’m J. A. Ireland. This is the second part of my articles about of our trip on the Carnival Triumph sailing from New York City to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada.

I have so many fantastic memories of NYC; a city I could travel back to over and over again. Times Square, Broadway, Central Park…the list goes on and on. What a wonderful city; the people are so friendly and welcoming.

After an exciting time in NYC it was time to sail on the Triumph;  ALL ABOARD!

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

Carnival Triumph

After the muster drill; we were in awe as we sailed out of New York harbor past the Statue of Liberty monument on Ellis Island . We read about and saw pictures of the magnificent statue but never saw her in person; amazing!  This allowed a long look and goodbye to our new friend; NYC. This sail-out was a spectacular way to start the lovely northeastern shoreline cruise up the New England coastline.

While sailing on the amazing and beautiful cruise ship, we enjoyed many of the attractions; South Beach Club, The Capitol, Rome Main Lounge… There is so much to do, eat, and see. The food is yummy! The shows are wonderful.

Halifax Fishing Village

Halifax Fishing Village

Our first port of call—Halifax, Nova Scotia. We sailed on a small private flat bottom boat to a quaint fishing village outside the sea metropolis of Halifax, while whale watching. Here we spent time wandering through the small fishing town. We did some souvenir shopping, watched the anglers hauling in the boats laden with their catch, and enjoyed some of the local fresh catch of the day.

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

We had an enjoyable day watching for Minke whales; Minke whales are the native whales of that waterway.

In St. John, New Brunswick, Canada we enjoyed a bus ride to the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is unique as the current runs both ways. During high tide, the current runs inward, and during low tide the current reverses and flows back into the Atlantic ocean. The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful waterway to view.

Also on this shore tour, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer rode up on horseback; he was dashing. The very nice officer gladly posed for photos.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

We ended the fun day of sightseeing and Minke Whale watching with a return boat ride to the Triumph. ALL ABOARD!

Minke Whales in Halifax Bay

Minke Whales in Nova Scotia Bay

As we sailed into deeper ocean waters, in Nova Scotia Bay, we saw Minke whales frolicking in the waters edge. They were easy to recognize. They looked like logs floating on the surface until we saw the poofs! The watching soon ended as it became to dark to see in the setting sun silhouettes of the ocean caps.

Time for dinner and another fun evening as the Carnival Triumph began the speedy journey back to NYC.

We had so much fun on our Northeastern Atlantic Waterway vacation that began with an exciting visit to NYC—before sailing out of New York harbor on the Carnival Triumph. It was a fun vacation that we’ll always remember. “I Love New York!”

Thanks for tuning in. Check out my Maxx Zeqster Blog: https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/

May good fortune guide your path. J. A. Ireland.

Next Novel Giveaway Day Coming Soon

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Dear SciFi fans,

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who tunes in to my blogs; whether this one or my other at; https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/. I’d also like to thank everyone who has read one or all of my books; I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

It has been a joy to create Maxx Zeqster and Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, and a pleasure to write my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series.

It is an honor to have occasional novel giveaway days when I offer free downloads of my books. Soon, I’ll offer The Dunjyn Asylum Escape for a day of free downloads. Stay tuned to my blogs for the exact day.

The Dunjyn Asylum Escape

The Dunjyn Asylum Escape on Kindle

Here’s an excerpt from my book; Rydon Nekuma, the sailor and Pirtt-Coterie is ill and has admitted himself into the hospital at Tos-Xiron—the sea village on Sesla.

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Morning; Thirteen Days Ago

Dr. Zewio entered Rydon Nekuma’s room. “How are you feeling?” he asked as he reviewed the charts.

Rydon painfully replied from his hospital bed, “A little better. Last night was scary. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

Dr. Zewio replied, “Your fever was very high last night. It is lower today. How is your rash? Let me have a look.” He rolled back Rydon’s blanket. “Your rash is a little better. It isn’t as red as was reported last night. It seems to cover both of your hands, arms, and much of your torso.” He paused to check the charts again. “How did you acquire doxer fever?” he asked.

Rydon was shocked as he stated, “That’s impossible! I don’t have doxer fever.” Suddenly he remembered the storm. “While being distracted by a storm and my financial concerns, I unloaded the fish and doxers from my boat without my gloves. The doxer’s ridged dorsal fins stabbed me several times on both of my hands. I didn’t even notice. I was so distracted,” he said as a panic began. He looked at Dr. Zewio with horror. “Am I going to mutate?” he asked as he trembled.

Dr. Zewio replied, “At this point, I couldn’t say. Doxer fever is a little different for each patient. When did you encounter the doxers?”

Rydon replied as he trembled from fear, “Maybe two weeks ago. I’m not really sure.”

Dr. Zewio was surprised as he replied, “Usually the doxer’s venom reacts much faster than that. With many victims, it’s instantaneous. Your symptoms are developing much slower than usual.”

Rydon replied as he trembled, “I had a small case of doxer fever once before. I only got a small rash. It was nothing.”

“That could explain it. You might have some resistance to the doxer’s venom,” he said with hope.

Rydon looked hopeful as well. “Do you think that will help? Do you think that will stop me from mutating?” he asked as he trembled.

Dr. Zewio responded, “Only time will tell. For now, I’m going to keep you one more day and continue with the medications that I have you on. Your symptoms should go into remission, at least for a while. Again, only time will tell.”

Terror gripped him as he said, “You mean, I’m going to be sick again?”

Dr. Zewio replied, “I’m afraid that’s the nature of doxer fever. The symptoms seem to repeat. We will get you feeling better and send you home.” He quickly exited the room.

Instantly, he recalled Lyndi’s doxer fever. He thought, “Her condition has slowly progressed to the point that she is in Dunjyn Asylum.” He was horrified. He began to imagine and fear the horrific possibilities of his mutations…

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What kind of situation is Rydon in? What is doxer fever? Just how disgusting is a doxer fever asylum? Read my books and see.

My giveaway is in a few days. Stay tuned to my blogs and twitter for the exact day. Thanks for tuning in. J. A. Ireland.

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter

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Space Lovers, I’m J. A. Ireland. I’ve had an interest in space from a very young age and I’ve always been very interested in what Nasa’s working on. For my interest and learning, and perhaps others, I’m going to track the spacecraft, New Horizons as it approaches Pluto, and other points of interest while I’m at it.

New Horizons Spacecraft Approaches Pluto

New Horizons Spacecraft Approaches Pluto

This is the beginning of an exciting new era for humanity. Imagine what we as a civilization will learn from Nasa’s work? What we’ve already learned?  The contributions Nasa’s made throughout history to humanity is unmatched. My thanks and I’m sure countless others thank Nasa and their personnel for their work and achievements. Some of my article today is taken from nasa’s website, nasa.gov—as are many photos. Some are from the Hubble telescope as well. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth.

New Horizons

New Horizons-2

New Horizons

“NASA’s first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “The New Horizons team worked very hard to prepare for this first phase, and they did it flawlessly.” The fastest spacecraft when it was launched, New Horizons lifted off in January 2006. It awoke from its final hibernation period last month after a voyage of more than 3 billion miles, and will soon pass close to Pluto, inside the orbits of its five known moons. In preparation  for the close encounter, the mission’s science, engineering and spacecraft operations teams configured the piano-sized probe for distant observations of the Pluto system that start Sunday, Jan. 25 with a long-range photo shoot. The images captured by New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) will give mission scientists a continually improving look at the dynamics of Pluto’s moons. The images also will play a critical role in navigating the spacecraft as it covers the remaining 135 million miles (220 million kilometers) to Pluto. TimelineTimeline of the approach and departure phases — surrounding close approach on July 14, 2015 — of the New Horizons Pluto encounter. Credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI “We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto over the next few months to refine current estimates of the distance between the spacecraft and the dwarf planet. Though the Pluto system will resemble little more than bright dots in the camera’s view until May, mission navigators will use the data to design course-correction maneuvers to aim the spacecraft toward its target point this summer. The first such maneuver could occur as early as March. “We need to refine our knowledge of where Pluto will be when New Horizons flies past it,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons encounter mission manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. “The flyby timing also has to be exact, because the computer commands that will orient the spacecraft and point the science instruments are based on precisely knowing the time we pass Pluto – which these images will help us determine.” The “optical navigation” campaign that begins this month marks the first time pictures from New Horizons will be used to help pinpoint Pluto’s location.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM  

Planets via Hubble Telescope

Planets via PhotoJournal

Throughout the first approach phase, which runs until spring, New Horizons will conduct a significant amount of additional science. Spacecraft instruments will gather continuous data on the interplanetary environment where the planetary system orbits, including measurements of the high-energy particles streaming from the sun and dust-particle concentrations in the inner reaches of the Kuiper Belt. In addition to Pluto, this area, the unexplored outer region of the solar system, potentially includes thousands of similar icy, rocky small planets.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

More intensive studies of Pluto begin in the spring, when the cameras and spectrometers aboard New Horizons will be able to provide image resolutions higher than the most powerful telescopes on Earth. Eventually, the spacecraft will obtain images good enough to map Pluto and its moons more accurately than achieved by previous planetary reconnaissance missions. APL manages the New Horizons mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, is the principal investigator and leads the mission. SwRI leads the science team, payload operations, and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. APL designed, built and operates the spacecraft. For more information about the New Horizons mission, visit: www.nasa.gov/newhorizons and http://pluto.jhuapl.edu Dwayne Brown Headquarters, Washington 202-358-1726 dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov Michael Buckley Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md. 240-228-7536 michael.buckley@jhuapl.edu Maria Stothoff Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio 210-522-3305 maria.stothoff@swri.org Last Updated: June 30, 2015 Editor: Karen Northon Tags:  New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System Pluto I’m keeping a close eye on New Horizons and will report it on this blog. May good fortune guide your path. I’m J. A. Ireland.

Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees M7.9-Class Solar Flare

Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees M7.9-Class Solar Flare

Astronaunts Working In Space

Flying Over An Aurora

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

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Here’s a chicken recipe you’re sure to like for a special meal.

Ingredients:

One fully thawed 6 to 8 lb. whole chicken

The herbs; garlic, paprika, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, crushed parsley, thyme.

Two tablespoons of canola oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Wash and dry; then spray a large, deep oven baking pan with extra-virgin olive oil non-stick spray. Remove chicken from the grocery store shrink wrap. Cut off any excess skin, fat, and remove the internal organs—plus neck. Rinse the chicken very well with cold tap water and pat dry. Place in the prepared baking pan. Apply two tablespoons of canola oil to the top of chicken and rub well. Next apply the seasonings and any others you prefer.

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

Bake on a higher rack for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cut the skin only, no deeper, at the leg quarters to vent from the torso; this allows for faster cooking and a juicier chicken.  Bake for 30 more minutes and check. The juices should run clear; no blood. Here’s a picture of what my Herb Baked Whole Chicken looks like on the cutting board—ready to carve.

My family loves this meal especially on Sundays; we have it often. A hint; when carving, leave a little meat on the bone for what I call Carcass soup. Two to three chicken carcass’ makes a delicious pot of chicken soup. Just keep the remains in your freezer until its soup day. Yummy!

Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.