Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

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

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle writing on Writing to be Read with Kaye Lynne Booth. It is part of her series Growing Bookworms and this post focuses on handwriting, something that after 50 + years of typing has become a skill I need to hone again.l

Growing Bookworms: Handwriting skills for children, Part 2

Last month, I discussed the reasons why handwriting is still important for both children and adults. You can read that post here: Handwriting Skills Part One

Today, I am going to focus on strategies to improve handwriting.

The age of the child determines the best strategies for improving handwriting.

For a beginner writer in the early grades, the following strategies are useful to help children practice their handwriting and gain confidence with writing:

Head over to find out how to make handwriting fun for your children and grandchildren: Handwriting Skills for Children Part 2

The next post is from Pete Springer who shares the remarkable viral charity challenge that raised millions for both research and support for those suffering from ALS.

The Fight Against ALS

Photo Credit to iStock

I am an enormous fan of those who use their celebrity or semi-celebrity status to give back to their community, state, nation, or the world. I read a story on ESPN a couple of days ago, and I instantly knew I had to blog about it.

Even those who follow professional baseball somewhat closely have probably never heard of Stephen Piscotty. He is not famous for crushing home runs, stealing bases, or striking out opposing batters. Piscotty plays right-field for the Oakland A’s, but that’s not why I had to write this article.

Even if you have absolutely no interest in sports, I think it will be hard for you not to shed a tear after reading about Piscotty. In 2017, Piscotty was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals when he learned that his mother, living in California, was diagnosed with ALS.  

Head over to read this excellent post and find out more about ALS and those who have made it their mission to make a difference to those who live with this disease and their families: The Fight Against ALS by Pete Springer

The next post is from Allan Hudson who invited two of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore over for a chat.. Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie and lovely to find out more about their publishing journey.

Authors Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie from Southern England

This week, the Scribbler welcomes sisters Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie. Two accomplished authors who share many things – a popular website, a passion for writing, a love of detective thrillers, supporting authors and having fun.

It’s a pleasure to have them as guests this week. Read on to discover more.

Take it away, Ladies.

When Allan asked us to write a post for his website, we thought we could tell you how we began…

8 years ago, when we first started hearing about indie publishing, we never thought for a moment that it could be something we could do, as the thought of anything complicated to do with a computer, apart from playing solitaire, that is, filled us with dread.

Head over to  read more about Anita and Jaye’s experiences in publishing their books: Allan Hudson Blogspot


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


36 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

  1. Fab picks Sal. I’d already read Pete’s inspirational post, and thanks for sharing Allan’s wonderful interview with Anita and Jaye, and of course Robbie’s wonderful tutorial on children’s writing. ❤

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  2. Thanks for letting me join the party today, Sally. I taught third-grade (when cursive writing is introduced in the American educational system) in the later years of my career, and I’m glad to see Robbie touting the importance of handwriting and the strategies to help kids work on it. There are so many required things to teach, but this is one area that seems to slip through the cracks. I also enjoyed learning more about Anita and Jaye’s road to writing. As someone who hadn’t done much writing until retirement, I find encouragement that others have done the same thing.

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  3. Pleased to see, Pete here having already read his post dreadful diseases like ALS need to be promoted …Robbies’s posts are always interesting and lovely to learn about Jay and Anita Journey as authors…Great choices…Hugs x

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  4. Fascinating post. My handwriting used to be clear and flowing. I look like a spider dipped in ink leet lose on the page now. Too much computer. I do think how a pen or pencil is held is very important. I see children holding them in the most peculiar manner, making writing difficult I am sure. Ah, but then I see kids holding knives and forks awkwardly too. Early, good tuition is vital. Tweeted. xx

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