Smorgasbord Round Up – Divas, dastardly devils, and dedicated wordsmiths

Welcome to the week’s update of posts that you might have missed. As always I am very grateful for the time that you spend here, your comments and support in general. Whilst I have been known to talk to myself… I do prefer to converse with you.. please do even just say ‘Hi’ in the comments.. it is appreciated.

Our garden looks like a lumber yard with seven trees despatched into logs and kindling. they were not trees that provided nesting sites for any of our lovely wild birds and many were on their last legs. Three more have to go however; but they are more of a challenge.. they are 60 foot tall and were planted within two feet of the wall.. Their roots have damaged both the wall and the pavement as well as encroached into the road and so need to come out. Sad in some ways but they cannot be allowed to do more damage.

David is doing the tree climbing and chopping – taught by his father Geoff who if you have been reading The Colour of Life..you will know worked as a lumberjack when a young man. I do help occasionally with stripping branches to be put through the mulcher.. Music required and I have written a couple of short stories when working as pretty mind numbing.

I am really pleased that so many are participating in the marathon challenge.. (more later in the post) Several people are now knitting together their exercise programmes so that they can celebrate when they have completed 26 miles or the equivalent. I am half way thorugh my second marathon and hope to shave 30 minutes off my last one…

It is the #BloggersBash 2017 in London on June 10th that several of you are attending.. If you live in the UK and have not got your tickets yet then you need to get a twerk on… they are going fast.  You can buy them through Sacha Black’ site. Only £10 for the ticket.. and the fun of finally putting faces to the names that you know so well..https://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/22/tick-tock-the-bash-clock-are-you-coming-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

On with the posts from the week… thanks again for dropping in…. Sally

William Price King meets some legends.

Shirley Bassey did not have a great time during the 1960s and spent time in tax exile in Italy. However, the 1970s saw her career back on the fast track and it was a wonderful decade for her.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-the-1970s/

Writer in residence extra – Paul Andruss – Venus in Furs

Finn Mac Cool

Another brilliant post from Paul’s archives that looks at the origins of the words we commonly use today ‘sadism’ and ‘masochism. Unlike the way it is portrayed (badly) in books and movies such as 50 Shades of Grey, it has a dark and sinister background that Paul uncovers in this informative article.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/writer-in-residence-extra-venus-in-furs-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – The Memoir of Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/the-colour-of-life-the-digs-in-dublin-1945-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/the-colour-of-life-the-nuns-at-the-glue-pot-1946-by-geoff-cronin/

Author Promotion – Book Reading at the Cafe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-matthew-drzymala/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-art-of-murder-by-dakota-mcgraw/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-draculas-mistress-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-heritage-of-deceit-short-story-graham-downs/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mary-c-blowers-bette-a-stevens-and-p-h-solomon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-janice-spina-pamela-s-wight-and-judith-barrow/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-seumas-gallacher-and-john-w-howell/

Personal Stuff

Weekly Image and thoughts…

Smorgasbord Poetry

I am working my way through my poems that were written in my teens onwards and left to languish in a drawer.. this was written in 1998 following my first visit to my grandfather’s grave in Northern France where he died on November 2nd 1918. Just days before peace and having served since 1914 and been wounded three times.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-poetry-requiem-for-a-grandfather-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some laffs..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/time-for-some-laffs-ducks-seniors-and-boiled-eggs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

Afternoon video

Three videos for the price of one.. cat being a jerk, cat doing the washing up and a bulldog on a motorbike.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/afternoon-video-helpers-around-the-house/

Blogger Promotion – Some outstanding blog posts from the week.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-kevin-morris-curry-lives-d-g-kaye-paul-andruss-and-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-25th-april-2017-patricia-salamone-teagan-geneviene-jane-dougherty-and-granny-moon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-26th-april-2017-the-story-reading-ape-darlene-foster-sue-vincent-and-stuart-france-kirt-tisdale-and-teagan-geneviene-and-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-27th-april-2017-noelle-granger-saucebox-balroop-singh-and-beetley-pete/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-28th-april-2017-sue-vincent-jessica-norrie-russell-ray-teri-polen-with-darlene-foster-and-some-funnies/

Health: Let’s Walk a Marathon.

This is not about completing 26 miles in one go.. It is however a target that is meaningful. I was walking regularly but felt that apart from measuring the time and distance it was not leading anywhere. I know I felt better for it but I wanted to challenge myself more. I have no ligaments in my right knee so walking briskly is the most I can hope for. To make it more interesting I decided to use my new treadmill to walk a marathon. My first one took 10 hours over 14 days. I am now half way through my second marathon and have shaved a little time off.

In the weekly posts I am not just talking about walking but also the other areas of fitness that will help you achieve your own marathons.. including how to get more oxygen into your system with breathing exercises and the right fuel.

Coming up tomorrow.. how to burn fat more efficiently and some equivalents in terms of other exercises so that you can still complete a marathon if you swim, go to dance classes or zumba.

The posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-preparation-day-plan-clothing-fluids-stretching/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-day-two-getting-enough-oxygen-to-walk/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/lets-walk-a-marathon-part-three-taking-in-the-right-fuel/

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Important new research into the link between Vitamin D deficiency and austism.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-health-latest-research-into-vitamin-d-deficiency-link-to-autism/

Thank you for all your support this week and don’t forget that you are always welcome to promote your book, blog or other creative work here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

 

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