Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 8th May 2017 -Debby Gies, Cindy Knoke, John Fioravanti and Haddon Musings

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Hope you all had a great weekend.. I have been in the garden helping with the tree clean up and getting some sunshine.. Never was the term Make Hay while the Sun Shines.. so appropriate.. rain is due back in from Wednesday.

Here is a small selection of blog posts you might enjoy as much as I did.

First is Debby Gies.. D.G. Kaye with her Sunday Book Review and this week it is for the Swamp Fairy by Colleen Chesebro..

The Swamp Fairy

Today’s book review is on Colleen Chesebro’s, The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 of The Heart Stone Chronicles. Although this book is in the genre of YA/Fantasy, I found it an enjoyable read for all ages because of the compassionate storyline that I feel anyone with heart will enjoy.

Find out what Debby has to say about the book:

I normally reblog Cindy Knoke’s photography as in my opinion there are few photographers who capture nature, an ancient Italian town, a coastal village in such a magnificent way. The fact that hundreds of people view Cindy’s post is a testament to her artistry.. So today I am going to share the link to her latest post showcasing the canals of Venice but also Cindy’s about page.

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either!)

Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.

It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.
To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey.

My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “you’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.

I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included too.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos and honest reviews of locales, attractions and accommodations from all over the world. The good, bad and the ugly.

So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, our leisurely pursuits!

Find the links to Cindy’s online platforms:

And while you are there check out the majesty of Venice.

John Fioravanti reminds us that yesterday was officially the anniversary of VE day .. Victory in Europe on May 7th 1945. The following day the world received the news. I remember my mother telling me about the church bells ringing that the villagers gathering in the square. My father was serving in the Far East and then went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where his job was to repair the destroyers that had been fighting the Japanese Navy so that they could return to the UK.. He only got back to my mother in 1946.  When we think of war it is usually to pay tribute to the fallen, but for millions VE day brought a huge relief that those they loved would be coming home at last.

John’s series Believe it or Not  looks at the events on May 8th across the last few decades.

1945 – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day. (Victory in Europe Day – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day, as the unconditional surrender of Germany, signed at Rheims on May 7, is ratified at Berlin; World War II ends in Europe with the unconditional surrender of German land, sea and air forces.)

* 1945 V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain. (On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark–the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany. The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender. Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain. Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations…has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”)

Find out more about what happened on May 8th in history..:

It is Mother’s Day in the United States on the 14th of May and a time when families come together to celebrate. Bernadette of Haddon Musings has collected some quotes of the famous on their mothers.. It makes for interesting reading..


Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 14th in the United States. I started to think about what some famous people had to say about their mothers. Here are a few quotes:

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington

“The doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” – Wilma Rudolph

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options; nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Read more of the quotes:

Thank you for dropping by this evening.. thanks Sally


19 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 8th May 2017 -Debby Gies, Cindy Knoke, John Fioravanti and Haddon Musings

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  2. I am honored to be included amongst these bloggers who I so admire. Thank you Sally for your kind thoughtfulness and your support of your fellow bloggers. People like you are the reason I love blogging!

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