Smorgasbord Special Feature – Understanding – An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events- Contributors – Clive Pilcher, Abbie Johnson Taylor, Stevie Turner and Beem Weeks


Over the last two weeks I have been featuring the contributors to this anthology of true and significant events. Writers share intimate and life changing events in their lives with courage and honesty whilst inspiring others.

Compiled by author Stevie Turner – the proceeds from this anthology will be going to Cancer Research and it is a very worthy cause.

Here is the link to the previous post where you can also find the link to the first posts in the series: Contributors Part Five

About the anthology

The following authors and bloggers answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

One of the reviews for the anthology

This collection of experiences, told mainly in the form of questions and answers, from twenty authors and bloggers, is a unique and emotional read. Each of the twenty participants has been through a traumatic time in their lives and each of them has overcome their particular set of circumstances, whether it is a struggle with cancer, sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one or a personal obsession gone wrong. Despite its emotional and heart wrenching content, this book is, on the whole, an uplifting read as well as being an enlightening one. I was impressed and encouraged by each of these writers ability to overcome their personal hardship and find a successful path forward.

To my mind, the stories in this book can be divided into two sets, those participants who had to deal with circumstances imposed on them by a third party or outside force creating circumstances over which they did not have complete control and those participants who ended up in a situation of their own making through their obsessive natures or those human frailties, like low self esteem and anxiety. I know from personal experience with friends and family that overcoming such mental barriers is an incredibly difficult thing to do.

I commend all of these authors and bloggers for their courage and honesty in writing their personal stories to help and encourage others who many be facing similar situations.

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research:

Read the reviews and buy the anthology for only 99c:

And on Amazon UK for 99p:

More of the contributors.

The next contributor to the anthology is Clive Pilcher who was diagnosed with clinical depression and shares his eventual recovery including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Clive was not diagnosed until his 60s and he looks back at this life and the possible triggers for his depression and later panic attacks. He also gives some valuable insights into what we should be aware of as possible indications that we are coping with life as much as we might appear to.

About Clive Pilcher

I retired in September 2013 from working in the NHS, for a large mental health Trust in London. I am a Man of Kent, exiled for many years in Essex, but am content in my adopted county. I love books, both real and electronic, and listening to music both at home and live – particular favourites are what might be termed folk, rock, Americana and alt-country. I also watch a lot of sport on TV, especially football and cricket, and am a long-time supporter of Dover Athletic, my home town team, and after retirement I became a season-ticket holder at my local team – Leyton Orient. Sadly, I’ve had to give that up, for health reasons, but am hopeful of renewing again at some point.

All very ordinary then, so why am I telling you any of this? This is my first, and so far only, blog. I have had two periods of depression, and returned to work from the second, longer spell in July 2012. I was encouraged by my counsellor to write about my experiences and to share them, both as therapy for me but more importantly in the hope that others will find this helpful, especially if they are fellow sufferers. The fuller version of my story is in three parts, which you will find in the archive for November 2012 or by clicking on ‘My story’ in the menu at the top of the screen.

I hope you find this interesting, helpful and maybe even amusing in places. Please drop in and say hello at

The next contributor is Abbie Johnson Taylor who is an author of a romance novel, a memoir and two poetry collections. She had only been married for a few months when her husband suffered a stroke and Abbie became his full time carer. In her article, Abbie shares the challenges for a sight impaired person to care for another, particularly with mobility challenges. She did so for six years with some home help, but it required round the clock care, including many sleepless nights. It is inspiring considering the effort required and the commitment to caring for her husband at home.

About Abbie Johnson Taylor

I live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband Bill, totally blind, who was partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married. Before that, I was a registered music therapist and worked for fifteen years in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. I have a visual impairment, and during this time, I facilitated a support group for others like me. I also taught braille and served on the advisory board of a trust fund that allows persons with blindness or low vision to purchase adaptive equipment and services.

I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and am working on another novel. My poems, short stories, and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies. I belong to several writers’ organizations and a women’s singing group and take water exercise classes at the YMCA

Books by Abbie Johnson Taylor – for more details

Books also available on Amazon:

The next contributor is Stevie Turner who wrangled those of us who contributed to the anthology, and compiled and produced the collection. She was asked her questions by fellow author and contributor Miriam Hurdle. Stevie is a thyroid cancer survivor and she shares the initial finding of a small lump that developed into stage IV requiring many operations and radiation treatment. It returned in 2007 and 2014, but Stevie is confident that following her final surgery and treatment she is now cancer free.

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.

Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. You can find more information on her website:

A selection of books by Stevie Turner please visit Amazon to view them all.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: – Amazon UK: Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads:

The final contributor to the anthology is author Beem Weeks who shares his addiction to alcohol, the development from social drinking to dependence and the near death experience that resulted in his 18 years of sobriety. It is an article that everyone will find thought provoking as drinking is a large part of our lifestyle and in some cases our identity.

About Beem Weeks

Beem Weeks is an author, editor, blogger, blog talk radio host, video producer, and social media director for Fresh Ink Group. He has written many short stories, essays, poems, and the historical fiction/coming of age novel entitled Jazz Baby. Beem has also released Slivers of Life: A Collection of Short Stories and the recently published Strange Hwy: Short Stories. Apart from two years spent in Ft. Myers, Florida, Beem is a lifelong native of Lansing, Michigan, USA.

A selection of books by Beem Weeks.

Read the reviews and buy the books:

I hope you have enjoyed meeting the contributors to this anthology, who have shared some very intimate glimpses into their lives and the challenges they have faced.

Here is the full list of contributors and you can read the posts by clicking on the link at the top of the page to the previous post.

Alienora Browning
Sally Cronin
Dorinda Duclos
Scarlett Flame
Bernard Foong
Darlene Foster
Janet Gogerty
Debbie Harris
Lucy V. Hay
Miriam Hurdle
Phil Huston
Pamela Jessen
D.G Kaye
Lynda McKinney Lambert
Jaye Marie
Clive Pilcher
Abbie Johnson Taylor
Beem Weeks

All proceeds to Cancer Research

23 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Special Feature – Understanding – An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events- Contributors – Clive Pilcher, Abbie Johnson Taylor, Stevie Turner and Beem Weeks

  1. Hi Sally

    I did respond to this, but I’m not certain that you got my message. I wondered if I qualified for this?


    On Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 13:31 Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. posted: ” Over the last two > weeks I have been featuring the contributors to this anthology of true and > significant events. Writers share intimate and life changing events in > their lives with courage and honesty whilst inspiring others. Compiled by > auth” >

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  2. Thank you, Robbie for the review, and thank you Sally for this post. All these life experiences are not the every day social conversations. The book is appropriately titled – “Understanding…” I appreciate all the contributors and especially Stevie who compiled them.

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