Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 11th January 2021 – #Spaghetti John W. Howell, #2020 Don Massenzio, #Unfinished #Books Jacqui Murray

Welcome to the blogger daily and I hope you will head over to check these posts out in more detail.

Most people I know love pasta with a variety of sauces however in this post author John Howell has some warnings about what not to do on the day dedicated to this staple food.

Top Ten Things Not to Do on National Spaghetti Day

Pixabay image

Normally I would be doing a post on a historical event but this week was pretty slow in the History department. (Sorry, Susannah and Andrew) It just so happens that today is National Spaghetti Day. So I thought it would be fun to lay out some things not to do in celebration of spaghetti day.

Top Ten things Not to Do on Spaghetti Day

10 If you celebrate, do not wear white. If you do, at best, the sauce will be alfredo. At worse, you will be served a big bowl of sausage and basil. (good move, Martyn. You now look like the subject in a Lizzy Bordon reenactment.)

9 If you celebrate, do not reach for Tiny the WWF champ’s bowl of spaghetti. If you do, at best, have a $20 bill handy. At worst, Tiny, who has skipped several group sessions on his food aggression treatment plan, will grab your arm. (Looks like Tiny wants to separate you from the bowl, Malcolm. I think to drop it while your hand still works is good advice.)

Head over to read and enjoy the other 8 entertaining things not to do on National Spaghetti Day: Top Ten Things Not to Do on National Spaghetti Day with John Howell

Author Don Massenzio shares his reflections about 2020 which saw his working environment change dramatically, ill health turning into resolve, community and the world at large. He would love to hear from you about your year.

2020 – A Year in Reflection – How did you cope?

2020 was a unique year. If a modern day 2019 Nostradamus had predicted a world-wide pandemic, a circus of a election in the United States, Civil Rights protests at levels not seen since the 1960s, double hurricanes, murder hornets and many of the other bizarre items that I’ve either forgotten or blocked out of my mind, it would have been a short career for that prognosticator.

Too many bizarre things converged in this year just gone by. At the beginning of the pandemic, way back on March 19th of 2020, I posted the image below written by Laura Kelly Fanucci.

You can find that post HERE. I expressed optimism that the time quarantined at home (then estimated to be a few months) might actually teach us to appreciate ourselves and each other.

As I sat down to ponder the outcome of 2020 for me personally, I became curious how others have handled the worldwide situation. Of course, some of the smartest, most insightful people I know are some of you, so I thought i would initiate a discussion of how the past year affected you across five dimensions, Self, Home, Work, Community and Society.

I’ll start by briefly sharing how I fared across these dimensions. Feel free to use the comments to share your results in one or more of them. I look forward to hearing from you.

Head over to read Don’s thoughts on the year with regard to self, work, community and the wider implications of politics and Covid.. and share your thoughts: A Year in Reflection with Don Massenzio

And certainly last but not least today, another author with a question for you.. Jacqui Murray reveals why she doesn’t finish a book and would like to know your reasons for leaving a story before the end.

#IWSG Why I Don’t Finish a Book

This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?

That is a good question. I used to finish every book I started but not so much anymore. There are too many options and with KU (Kindle Unlimited), I can get a lot of targeted stories for free. So now, I finish maybe 90% of the books I start. Except today. In an effort to clean up my TBR pile, I deleted about five books that have been languishing there.

Why do I quit early? 

Head over to read the list of reasons why Jacqui closes a book after a short read and leave your reasons over there in the comments: #IWSG Why I Don’t Finish a Book by Jacqui Murray


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full..thanks Sally.

38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 11th January 2021 – #Spaghetti John W. Howell, #2020 Don Massenzio, #Unfinished #Books Jacqui Murray

  1. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th January 2021 -1960s music, Breakfasts, Anti-Aging, Book Reviews and Funnies. | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.