Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 10th February 2017 – Multi-culturism, Drinking, War correspondent, Snow Cream and Dog Rescue

Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to the last Blogger Daily of the week and we start the posts off with a regular contributor Jessica Norrie.  Jessica is writing a book following the lives of families within a   multi-cultural community. In this post she explores the difficulties of writing authentically when you have only viewed from outside or partially such as with children in school.  She has received valuable feed back from the Punjabi community but would like some assistance from anyone who is a UK born Somali, or anyone who is of Hong Kong Chinese heritage

Jessica Norrie

I posted recently about how well an author must know their characters. Much of my time since has been spent trying to make mine authentic. I’m nearing the end of a first draft of a novel set in multicultural London. My story follows five families, but only one reflects my own heritage.I’m pressing ahead with this, because although there are increasing numbers of wonderful books exploring the experience of specific individuals and communities, there are not yet enough that show us together, looking at how we all participate in and contribute to our institutions, our schools, hospitals, local government, commerce,the arts, sport, the media.

Post Brexit, it’s essential to depict our cities as the relatively successful melting pots they had begun to be. By that I don’t mean to belittle the disadvantages experienced through racism, class or poverty. But in the UK, compared to some parts of world, I think we were, pre Brexit, tentatively moving in the right direction in terms of rights and opportunities for all. (If you don’t have a right in the first place, how can you defend it?)

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marilyn ArmstrongMarilyn Armstrong of the collaborative blog Serendipity touches on a … touchy subject. I can remember as a child and teenager watching movies where everyone had a lit cigarette, and smoked in the cinema, office and even hospital!  It was the same with drinking and Marilyn talks about the accepted drunken behaviour and boozy events that infiltrated most films. Whilst you rarely see anyone smoking in films or on television unless it is a period piece, it is still quite common to see the hero or heroine opening the door after a hard day at the office and pouring themselves a very large glass of wine.. So what is acceptable and are you and I drinking too much?


We watch a lot of old movies. We also have been following a CBC series called “The Murdoch Mysteries” which is a co-production with the BBC. In it and in almost all those old movies we love, everyone has a drink in his or her hand all the time. No matter what happens, from murder to emotional crisis, to epic human tragedy, to it simply being noon on a Thursday, the fix is simple. Drink. Have one. Have two. Just drink up, ladies and gents.

Freshen your glass? – Check it out:


 I had some adventures in my career but I think that the physical danger was reasonably low down the risk scale. (except as a landlady in the 1970s dealing with drunk skinheads).. But here is an interview with Melissa Burch that might make you grateful for our 9-5 office job!!  Interviewed by author Linda Parkinson-Hardman


Melissa Burch was a filmmaker, producer and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and a story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. She was in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahedeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000 foot mountains in the Hindu Kush.

Read the rest of this fascinating interview:


 Angie Quantrell has contrituted a couple of recipes in the past along the lines of ‘cook from scratch’.. Today she takes that to a whole new level by using fres snow… to make Snow Cream.. About twenty years ago… or slightly longer we met some of our Texas friends in Verbier… I don’t ski but I do apres ski pretty well plus I did the food shopping and the odd meal. However, one night we ran out of ice to go with our favourite tipple.. Tequila.. so we filled the washing up bowl with fresh snow that had fallen that afternoon.. emptied a bottle of Cuervo Gold on top and allowed to infiltrate the drift.. stuck ten straws into the middle and let the fun begin!!  The concoction was named Verbierita..

No way I could do that now…. not enough snow!

Today is it, folks. At least for the Yakima Valley. Maybe.

Time to get out there and grab a bowl full of clean fresh snow before the rains hit tomorrow. Let’s make snow cream!

Anyway read the recipe for the healthier stuff.. courtesy of the lovely Angie:


To finish off the week… a story that shows the amazing kindness of one writer who has made a difference to man’s best friend… If only we all treated them so…

All the profits from Paulette Mahurin’s book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlop goes to animal rescue, the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA (Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center).

As you will see over 500 dogs have been saved since the beginning of 2015. That is an amazing achievement. You can find Paulette’s books on Amazon:  and Amazon UK:

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Armando, Lawrence, Regina, Samson, Bessie, Chelsea, & her 8 puppies, Trudi, Midnight, Evander, Lorne, Daisy, Charlie, Maggie, Jordan, Emerald, Madison, Banjo, Watkins, Shadow and Bruiser (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 135 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read. Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

Read the rest of the post and see the photos of some of the dogs saved:

Thank you for dropping in today.. Your feedback is always welcome.. thanks Sally

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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