Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday August 2nd – Balroop Singh, Marcia Meara, Ali Isaac and Christy Birmingham

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Welcome to the daily selection of posts that I have read today and enjoyed.. unfortunately space only allows for that selecetion to be brief but I hope you will visit and enjoy for yourselves.

Balroop Singh reminds us of the power of poetry to change our emotional state for the better. It can bring comfort, whisper words of love or simply lighten the load. As an example Balroop quotes one of  my favourite poems by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

If you are a poetry lover, you must be familiar with the positive power that a poem can provide us. I have quoted many inspiring lines from the famous poets in one of my earlier posts. ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling being my favorite.

Poetry soothes the writer as well as the reader.

Recently I stumbled across this gem, an outstanding poem written in 1932. It demonstrates an incredible power to assuage loss and anguish. Though the poet had written it for her friend who could not visit her mother’s grave due to disturbing times, its popular appeal can be judged from the fact that it was read by the father of a young soldier, who had been killed by a bomb in Northen Ireland.

Read this uplifting poem and the rest of the post: https://balroop2013.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/how-poetry-makes-us-positive-minded/

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Marcia Meara is offering authors to share excerpts from their own work and others on her blog throughout the week. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote your latest work and you can post several times if you wish. Full details are in the post but if you have not participated previously in one of these promotions you will need to email Marcia at the links she provides.

It’s here again! Yep, starting Monday, 7/31 and running through Sunday, August 6, it will be #ExcerptWeek here on The Write Stuff. A lot of you know how this goes, but for those who don’t, this is your chance to share an excerpt from one of your published books or a work in progress, with your Book Blurb, Author Bio, Buy Links, and Social Media Links. It’s a great chance to tell everyone why they should buy your book, so don’t miss out!

If you are already a contributing author on this site, feel free to post at will, on any day that works for you. And you may post more than once during the week, though only once a day, please. If you are not already a contributing author, you will have to email me to find out how to take part. My contact info is in the Menu at the top of the page under About/Contact Me.

Find out all the details of how you can participate in this great opportunity: https://marciamearawrites.com/2017/07/28/excerptweek-is-coming-up-again/

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The Irish have always known how to throw a party and in our family we also have a celebration of the long goodbye.  We start making for the door two hours before we actually leave and it can be as much fun as the do itself.  Anyway Ali Isaac who is the go to person for all things Irish Legend…. shares the history behind one of the four main Irish celebrations from ancient times… get ready to party.

A celebration of life

Today, the Irish are well known for their love of partying and enjoying the craic; whilst this may seem like stereotyping, it’s no exaggeration. Nor is it a new phenomenon… I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was one day discovered to be a trait handed down through the centuries in Irish DNA. 😀

Historically and mythologically, Lughnasadh was pretty much the biggest party of them all. One of the four ancient Irish pre-Christian festivals (the others being Imbolc, Bealtaine and Samhain), Lughnasadh was celebrated midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, around August 1st.

As Christianity spread across Ireland, the event was adapted as a festival of thanksgiving for the harvest, and moved to the nearest Sunday.

In a way, this feels very appropriate to me, for Lughnasadh originated way back in the era of the Tuatha de Danann, not so much in thanks for the harvest, but in thanks for a life… the life of a very special woman, or Goddess, named Tailtiu.

Life, whether in the form of crops which sustain us physically, or our loved ones who sustain us emotionally, is something worth celebrating. The fact that this particular festival grew out of a love so strong and so enduring makes it feel special to me, and yet nowadays, its significance pales in contrast with the more popular Samhain and Bealtaine.

Read the rest of this fabulous post and join the party: https://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2017/07/30/lughnasadh/

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12 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday August 2nd – Balroop Singh, Marcia Meara, Ali Isaac and Christy Birmingham

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