Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday May 4th 2021 – #Progress Mary Smith, #Family Claire Fullerton, #Writing Richard Dee

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy them in full.. thanks Sally.

It is two week’s since Mary Smith’s last cancer update, and that is partly because she has been so busy with walks and visitors..Wonderful after months of cocooning because of Covid and treatments. However, a little too much activity which is tiring. However, Mary also shares some wonderful photographs taken whilst she has been out and about.

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a cancer diary update. I was feeling a lot better thanks to the steroids and the weather was good (bright and sunny, if still cold) so I was able to go out most days for walks.

The walks became longer until I was managing two to three miles on the level and my step count, adding in time working in the garden, was reaching 10,000 a day. I even managed a couple of walks round Doach Woods which is a bit steeper. Yes, I was out of breath on anything steeper than flat but my pulse rate soon dropped down again, I was hardly coughing and really thought the pneumonitis was on its way out.  

Head over to enjoy the photographs and give Mary a bit of a boost: Cancer Diary #33 – A bit of a blip.

The next post is from author Claire Fullerton writing on The Dead Mule School website, and she shares the story behind an antique cabinet inherited from her mother and how it has settled into her very modern home.

Claire Fullerton: Essay: Memoir May 2021 

Southern Legitimacy Statement: There’s nothing that steeps a Southerner in their own Southerness quite like living outside of the South. Having grown up in Memphis, I now live in Southern California, where, every day, it seems, I have to explain my Delta accent. I hold fiercely to my Southerness as a way of being in the world and am peacock proud to do so.

My Mother’s Cabinet

There’s a saying you hear bantered about the South: “The past is never,” the reference pertaining to the South’s storied history. I’ll add an amendment and take it a step further by including what’s implied: A Southerner never forgets.

We Southerners have deep roots and oral traditions that make us gifted story tellers. We’re big on family connections and boast pride of lineage, which we wear as a badge of honor. It’s touching, really.

Head over to read this wonderfully nostalgic post about how important a piece of furniture can be as it passes through generations: Memoir – Claire Fullerton – Essay

The final post today is from Sci-fi author Richard Dee who shares his thoughts on the importance of animals in our writing..

Creating your own Menagerie. Writing About Animals.

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

Do pets (or other animals) play an important part in your books? Tell us about them.

Writing Science Fiction gives you the license to create entire worlds and their contents. Although my main focus in many of them is on the people and places, I have included animal life in several of my novels and used it to add another dimension to the plots.

In my Sci-fi adventure, Survive, I crash-landed a group of explorers on an unknown planet. When they started to explore, they found that it was in the early stages of evolution. I gave them plenty of wild animals to keep them on their toes as they tried to stay alive until they could be rescued. To add to their plight and sense of disorientation and helplessness, I kept the species close to things that we (and they) would recognise.

Head over to read the rest of this post and leave your thoughts on the question there: Animals in our writing with Richard Dee.. Fur and Feather


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


24 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday May 4th 2021 – #Progress Mary Smith, #Family Claire Fullerton, #Writing Richard Dee

  1. These are all great posts, Sally. I couldn’t comment on Claire’s but her mother and I would be great friends. That cabinet would fit into my original old farmhouse an absolute treat. No minimalism in my life either. My house is packed with antique furniture and dolls, teddy bears, as well as my Africa collection of artworks and musical instruments. Oh and the books, they are everywhere. Soon, I’ll have to move hubby and the boys into the garage hahaha.

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  2. I’m almost as pleased as Mary about her walking talking trips and hope that she’s already been reassured about this blip. Richard’s creation of his own menagerie sounds like a lot of fun, and I have a house stuffed full of old things because of the way they link me to the past. Not sure if the children feel the same way about my ‘clutter’! Thanks for these, Sally! xx


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