Smorgasbord Blogger and #Reviews Daily – Thursday July 12th 2018 – D.Wallace Peach, Sue Vincent and Wendy of My Plaid Heart #Scotland

Welcome to my small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed in the last couple of days. I hope it encourages you to head over and read the entire article….You will notice that most of the posts today are from authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Part of book promotion is sharing more about the authors and showcasing their writing and personalities. No better way than through their blog posts.

To kick things off today.. a review by Diana Wallace Peach for Fairies, Myths & Magic by Colleen Chesebro.

Colleen Chesebro has a new book of poetry and short stories. The tagline is “A Summer Celebration” and how perfect that it was released on the summer solstice. I snapped it up and read it while the sun lollygagged overhead. Rather than quiz Colleen, I asked her if I could share my favorite short story from the book, and she agreed. Her gorgeous story “The Pond” struck a deep chord, as if she’d written it just for me. My review for the collection follows. ❤
The Pond

by Colleen Chesebro

My journey brings me to a nearby prairie slough where prescient reflections shimmer under the summer sun. Today, I am in pursuit of mythical enlightenment. You know, the kind where magic resonates in the shriek of a hawk and in the howling yips from the coyote pups that play on the sandy shore under a full moon. The alchemy of the moment is not lost on my hungering soul.

A numinous pack –
as turquoise heavens beseech
Mother Gaia’s goal.
Spirit, water, fire, earth, air,
her connection reigns supreme.

As I gaze into the pond, I see the reflections of the woman I’ve become, Past and future meld as one. For today, the wisdom I seek is my bond with the one.

My Review:

The tagline on this book is A Summer Celebration, and what better day to read it than on the summer solstice. Chesebro’s book is a collection of poetry and short stories that celebrates not only the presence of summer, but the connection of the human spirit to the Earth, a bond that is ancient, new, and eternal.

Head over and read the rest of Diana’s review:

Both Diana and Colleen are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

D. Wallace Peach, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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Colleen Chesebro, Buy:


Next Sue Vincent hosts Balroop Singh as she explores the synergy between life and poetry and her connection to writing from early childhood.

Poetry and life seem synonyms to me. The prism of poetry reflects life and its varied colors but the spectrum of life is much wider than poetry, which tries to capture some hues and even drifts into the darker crevices to discover those emotions that lurk on the sidelines, yearning to be embraced. Poetry digs deeper into those sensitivities; it understands the finer nuances of life and offers solace.

How well has Walt Whitman summed up the connection of poetry with life:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering… these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.” – Walt Whitman

Most of the poets from John Donne to W.B. Yeats, from Emily Dickenson to Mary Oliver have talked about life in their poems. If Robert Frost reminds us of the promises that we make with ourselves, William Blake has highlighted discrimination and social injustice. Kipling inspires his readers to stick to goodness despite a streak of wickedness in humanity; Maya Angelou infuses a spirit of freedom and Adrienne Rich raises her voice against oppression.

Head over and read more of Balroop’s guest post and enjoy one of her poems:

Both Sue and Balroop are in the Cafe and Bookstore

Sue Vincent and Stuart France, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Sue’s blog to view all her books and those written with Stuart France.


Balroop Singh, Buy:


Now time for a new blog to me My Plaid Heart which you might guess is all things Scottish and is the domain of Wendy – When you head over you will find some fantastic articles on Scotland with beautifully photographic guided tours.

Hello again, my friends. Are you all having a nice weekend? I sure am. Just when My Plaid Heart thought it couldn’t physically handle another weekend of Virginia temperatures in the mid-upper 90’s, Mother Nature has finally thrown us a bone. It is GLORIOUS outside with early fall-like temps, lower humidity, and a nice, cool breeze. It’s short-lived, though. Pity that the dreadful temperatures are set to return next week. Pity indeed.

In keeping with the aforementioned cool breeze, I’d like to invite you to come along with me today as we set sail on the brackish waters of the estuary that meets the North Sea – the Firth of Forth.


Image © My Plaid Heart


Image © My Plaid Heart

Head over and enjoy many photos of this wonderful part of Scotland and find out more about the area:

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you have enjoyed the small selection of posts I have enjoyed.. thanks Sally


28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger and #Reviews Daily – Thursday July 12th 2018 – D.Wallace Peach, Sue Vincent and Wendy of My Plaid Heart #Scotland

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