Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 12th November 2021 – #Remembrance Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Ceramics Rebecca Budd, #Review Olga Nunez Miret

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

The first post today is from Robbie Cheadle and is a tribute to Remembrance Day.. Robbie is currently working on a project about the entrance of the USA into WW1 in April 1917. She shares an extract with us.

Roberta Writes – Remembrance Day and an extract from The Soldier and the Radium Girl

Enlisting in haste, repenting at leisure
The diary of Jake Tanner
16 October 1917

It’s raining. It’s always raining in this godforsaken place miles away from home.

I’m sitting propped up against my bulging backpack with my inadequate covering tucked around my shoulders. The rough grey wool of the army-issue blanket reeks of mold and feels clammy to the touch, but these small discomforts ceased to bother me days ago.

Head over to read the rest of the extract from Robbie’s new project: Roberta Writes – Remembrance Day and an extract from The Soldier and the Radium Girl

Mary Smith shares a wonderful update about her Afghanistan family including a delightful younger member who introduces herself and shares her recent trips back to her homeland from America where she lives.

#Afghanistan #Friendship # Family

In my last post I said my next one would be about the discussion with the oncologist. I’ve changed my mind. I’ll put up a cancer update soon, but in the meantime, I want to introduce you to a special person who is part of my extended Afghan family. In fact, I’m going to let her do the introduction herself but before she does, I’ll fill in a bit of our shared family history.

I met Sausan’s grandfather, Jawad in the Jaghori district of Ghazni province in 1989, the year the Soviets left Afghanistan, when he came to work as a driver for the leprosy/tuberculosis NGO (non-government organisation) for which I was joint co-ordinator. Later, he moved to an administrative role in Quetta, Pakistan, which was, at the time, our operational base.

His family joined him in Quetta. They were among the first visitors when my son was born. I remember looking at Jawad’s wife as she held him and seeing the longing in her eyes. I was pretty sure another addition to their growing family would be coming along. Jawad didn’t think so – I was right!

Head over to meet Sausan in person: Mary Smith’s Place Afghanistan, Friendship, Family

Rebecca Budd interviews Marcelle Glock who creates amazing pieces using traditional wood fired kilns. This is part one of two

Season 3 Episode 45: Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition 

Today, I am heading over to Mudge Island, located within the scenic Gulf Islands, between Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island. I am delighted and thrilled to meet up with Marcelle Glock, Ceramist to discuss the wood fired ceramic tradition.

Marcelle is a remarkable artist. Her pottery and sculptures sit in private collections around the world. Her artwork encompasses stoneware, raku, and local wild terra-cotta. Marcelle forms clay into extraordinary artworks – from functional to sculptural, wearable and oracle. She imbues each piece with a primal reverence toward the natural world.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. 

Head over to listen to this fascinating interview with and extraordinary artist: Tea Toast and Trivia Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition

If you are looking for a new book to read you will find reviews for hundreds in the archives of Olga Nunez Miret… a prolific reviewer who often shares books that might slip under our radar.. This week is no exception.

Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery by Andrew Cotto

A beautiful young French girl walks into a bar, nervously lights a cigarette, and begs the bartender for help in finding her missing artist brother. In a moment of weakness, the bartender—a lone wolf named Caesar Stiles with a chip on his shoulder and a Sicilian family curse hanging over him—agrees. What follows is a stylish literary mystery set in Brooklyn on the dawn of gentrification.

While Caesar is initially trying to earn an honest living at the neighborhood watering hole, his world quickly unravels. In addition to being haunted by his past, including a brother who is intent on settling an old family score, Caesar is being hunted down by a mysterious nemesis known as The Orange Man. Adding to this combustible mix, Caesar is a white man living in a deep-rooted African American community with decidedly mixed feelings about his presence. In the course of his search for the French girl’s missing brother, Caesar tumbles headlong into the shadowy depths of his newly adopted neighborhood, where he ultimately uncovers some of its most sinister secrets.

Taking place over the course of a single week, Outerborough Blues is a tightly paced and gritty urban noir saturated with the rough and tumble atmosphere of early 1990s Brooklyn.

Andrew Cotto has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Men’s Journal,, Teachers & Writers magazine and The Good Men Project. He has an MFA in creative writing from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Head over to read Olga’s review for the book: OUTERBOROUGH BLUES. A BROOKLYN MYSTERY


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

28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 12th November 2021 – #Remembrance Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Ceramics Rebecca Budd, #Review Olga Nunez Miret

  1. Thanks, Sally, for sharing Sausan’s post. I just heard from her grandfather (Jawad) that her uncle who has been in Albania since getting out of Afghanistan has been given permission to go to Canada. Excellent news.

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  2. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 7th- 13th November – Remembrance, Anniversary, 1982 Hits, Book reviews, Guest Bloggers, Health and Laughter | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

  3. Hi Sally, thank you for including my post here. I am horribly behind with blogging this weekend as I have been helping Michael prepare for his exams this week. It was a bit harder than usual because he missed big chunks of school while he was ill.

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