About Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Magazine, Dionne Warwick, Glastonbury and Watermelon


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you may have missed. After a stormy start to the week we are ending in the same way with heavy winds and lots of rain the last two days. But not as bad as Ophelia, but for those who have not still had power or water for the week it is hampering the repairs. Interestingly people here were saying that following the last hurricane in Ireland in 1961 there was a ferocious winter of snow and very cold temperatures, and the weather forecasters are saying the same thing now for the UK and Ireland.

Source: Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Magazine, Dionne Warwick, Glastonbury and Watermelon

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Magazine, Dionne Warwick, Glastonbury and Watermelon


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you may have missed. After a stormy start to the week we are ending in the same way with heavy winds and lots of rain the last two days. But not as bad as Ophelia, but for those who have not still had power or water for the week it is hampering the repairs.  Interestingly people here were saying that following the last hurricane in Ireland in 1961 there was a ferocious winter of snow and very cold temperatures, and the weather forecasters are saying the same thing now for the UK and Ireland.

I have been catching up this week and also putting in place some of the new features for the new look blog. As you will see if you read the post below, I am aiming for a more magazine theme, with contributions from other bloggers to provide a wider spread of content. Posts from Your Archives has been a wonderful start to this with posts on travel to La Palma and Kyoto, relationship issues such as rejection, education, mental health and food. I am scheduling posts for November and there are some slots still available. Please read the post and see if you have some posts gathering dust from your first days of blogging that might like to be given some TLC over here.

As always my thanks to my regular contributors, William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor.. their hard work and talent brings a great deal to the blog and I am very grateful for their efforts.

And thank you too, for all your support with likes, shares and comments. I really do appreciate it.

Time to get on with the round up… I hope you enjoy.

The new look Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

With even more opportunities to promote blogs and books. With more to come in the New Year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-invitation-blog-magazine-a-new-concept-and-more-opportunities-to-be-promoted/

Weekly contributors

William Price King with part two of the Dionne Warwick story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-a-hit-filled-1960s/

Paul Andruss explores the Zodiac map made from landscape features close to the legendary Glastonbury Tor.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-glastonbury-zodiac-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor turns the very healthy watermelon into delicious recipes that make it easy to include in your diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-wonderful-watermelon/

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

This week it is the turn of Paul Andruss to express his wishes for the top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List… I think you will love his response.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-something-close-to-my-heart-by-paul-andruss/

Posts from Your Archives

These are some of the contributors to this new series with posts on food, life, relationships, education, mental health, Personal challenges and travel.. Check you archives since you began blogging to see if you have any posts that would benefit from being shared to a new audience. Mine. Details are in the posts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/posts-from-your-archives-life-is-like-a-carousel-by-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/posts-from-your-archives-barcelonas-magical-beauty-lizards-cathedrals-casa-mila-tapas-spains-brilliant-imagery-by-john-rieber/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/posts-from-your-archives-a-good-education-by-pete-johnson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/posts-from-your-archives-screen-time-compromise-by-deana-metzke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/posts-from-your-archives-are-you-cleaning-up-your-amazon-links-be-careful-sharing-book-links-by-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-reblog-spiral-effect-volcanic-ambition-by-urban-liaisons/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-on-listening-to-schizophrenia-by-robert-wertzler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-reblog-posts-from-your-archives-and-now-kyoto-japan-by-lillian-csernica/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-rejection-the-ultimate-teacher-by-tina-frisco/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-art-music-and-technology-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Odd Jobs and Characters series – Shoplifters in Liverpool hosted by Jane Sturgeon

My thanks to Jane Sturgeon for featuring the most recent episode of Odd Jobs and Characters.

https://janesturgeon.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/odd-jobs-and-characters-fashion-department-manager-and-shop-lifters-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-boomer-on-the-edge-by-molly-stevens/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sacha-black-marcia-meara-and-m-j-mallon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-paul-cude-d-g-kaye-and-alethea-kehas/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-lucinda-e-clarke-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-gigi-sedlmayer-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Cook from Scratch

Robbie Cheadle has shared a very simple but delicious recipe for brown yoghurt bread.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-delicious-and-easy-brown-yoghurt-bread-by-robbie-cheadle/

Smorgasbord Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterise-your-body-a-little-herbal-health-insurance-echinacea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-health-2017-two-ways-to-look-at-your-shopping-list-by-food-and-by-nutrient/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/smorgasbord-health-in-the-news-aspirin-can-trigger-teeth-to-self-repair/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-graveyard-humour-laugh-while-you-can/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/laughter-the-best-medicine-hippies-beethoven-and-natural-born-citizens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-parrot-accompanies-pavarotti-and-pavarottis-most-ardent-fan-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/afternoon-video-three-bears-and-a-hammock-and-one-joins-the-fishing-party/

Thanks very much for dropping in this week and your support.

Head Injuries – Acquired ADD?


Something for you to think about this morning with a post from Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on a subject that impacts millions of people around the world, sometimes without them being aware of the cause. A hit to the head in sport, by accident, in the boxing ring, whiplash or intentionally when hit by someone else, can result in a number of long-term mental deficits. Do you find yourself confused, losing objects, unable to carry through a simple task? Madelyn shares a very long list of symptoms that could identify that you are suffering from some form of mild to severe brain injury. Do head over to check it out.. and if I could add.. if you are cycling, skateboarding or any other activity where you might bang your head including being up a ladder… wear a helmet. #recommended

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Head Injuries Affect Attention & Focus
whether the injury was mild or severe

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Brain-based Coaching Series

Boing-oing-oing-oing . . . OUCH!

© Phillip Martin, artist/educator

As long as there have been humans, there have been hits to the head. Some of them were a actually caused by those humans!

Much attention has been paid to sports-concussions and severe forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially those resulting in concussions and coma.

The milder impacts, such as those from falling off a bicycle or a ladder, the jolt from a low-speed car accident or taking a weak punch in a fistfight are far more common.

These milder injuries may not entail losing consciousness — more likely to result in a slightly dazed feeling or a brief lack in responsiveness before recovering — have gotten the attention they deserve only relatively recently

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Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – “Art, Music and Technology by Jennie Fitzkee


Jennie Fitzkee has been a pre-school teacher for over thirty years, I have reblogged several of her posts because they demonstrate how a dedicated and passionate teacher can ignite imagination and a passion for books and music in the very young.

In this last post in Jennie’s current series, ( I am sure that there will be more from her in the future), she describes the wonder for both children and teachers to be found in the magic of music especially when combined with creating art.

Source: Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – “Art, Music and Technology by Jennie Fitzkee

Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – “Art, Music and Technology by Jennie Fitzkee


I recently invited you to share some of your posts from your archives. It is a way of giving your earlier or favourite posts a chance to be read by a different audience. Mine.  Details of how you can participate is at the end of the post.

Jennie Fitzkee has been a pre-school teacher for over thirty years, I have reblogged several of her posts because they demonstrate how a dedicated and passionate teacher can ignite imagination and a passion for books and music in the very young.

In this last post in Jennie’s current series, ( I am sure that there will be more from her in the future), she describes the wonder for both children and teachers to be found in the magic of music especially when combined with creating art.

Art, Music and Technology by Jennie Fitzkee

We’re learning about France in the classroom and also studying the art of the old masters, like Monet, Picasso and van Gogh. Describing styles of art to young children with pictures and techniques is always exciting; using real watercolor paints from tubes squeezed onto a palette, painting at an easel, demonstrating brush strokes, and finding geometric shapes in abstract art. As they begin to actually use real tools and techniques, they feel proud. We encourage children to come back to their piece of art, over and over again. After all, a masterpiece is not created in a day. Music is also art, and when the two come together, magic and creativity seem to explode. That’s exactly what happened this week.

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We used the book Can You Hear It? from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which matches a famous work of art with a classical piece of music. Fabulous book! The first pages, before the art and music, show different instruments. The children were so interested that we had to slow down and really go through each instrument. Of course! How simple, and how perfect to begin the process of listening to music. I was so eager to get to the ‘real part’, the pictures of art and the accompanying music, that I nearly overlooked the most important and fundamental part; the musical instruments. if you don’t know the instruments and the sounds they produce, how can you listen to music, especially when it can identify with art? For example, the violins in “Flight of the Bumblebee” matched with the art piece Chrysanthemums can’t be fully understood or appreciated if a child has not heard or seen a violin.

The cello captivated the children. It looked big and interesting in the book. Technology to the rescue. My co-teacher had her iPad at school, and she found a cello solo for the children to watch and listen. It was “Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G”, played by Mischa Maisky.

The sounds that flowed from his cello had thirteen preschool children listening to and loving every single note. Everyone was breathless, including teachers. The only words that were spoken were, “I love this music”, “Olivia isn’t here, she would love this”, and “That was awesome.” The only movements were children trying to copy playing the cello. The next day we continued with the book, and again used the iPad, this time with a classical guitar solo. We played “Cannon in D” by Johann Pachelbel. As you can imagine, children were equally captivated. The only words spoken were by one child, “This sounds like bedtime music”.

We then combined listening to music and creating our own art. So far, the results are astounding. Really! When young children are given the tools and encouragement, they have so much to give. In this case, the tools were books, music and technology. The results are the artwork that is shaping up to be well beyond the developmental skills of preschool children. That’s just wonderful.

©JennieFitzkee 2014

About Jennie Fitzkee

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It’s the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That’s what I write about.

I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease’s bestselling book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.

Connect to Jennie

Blog: https://jenniefitzkee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennie.fitzkee

My thanks to Jennie for sharing this lovely post with us today and for those she contributed over the last four weeks. In the meantime I hope you will head over to her blog and catch up on her current posts.

If you would like to give some of your posts from the past a little TLC then dust them off and send four links to me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com. If this is your first time on Smorgasbord then please include your links to social media. If you like the experience then we can always look at sharing more.

This is for posts of general interest rather then book promotion, although your work will feature. If you would like to promote your work here then please contact me at the email address above.

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Something close to my Heart by Paul Andruss


Welcome to the Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.

In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.

Here is more about how you can participate here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/

Today my guest is our own Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with his two top bucket list items. And whilst you might think that Paul might like to travel back in time and resolve the mystery of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table once and for all…… he actually wishes for something much closer to his heart.

Source: Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Something close to my Heart by Paul Andruss

Meet Guest Author, Billy Ray Chitwood…


Head over to The Story Reading Ape’s blog and enjoy the guest post by Billy Ray Chitwood who has lived quite the adventurous life in many respects. He is the author of 14 books and well worth acquainting yourself with him and his work. #recommended

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My name is Billy Ray Chitwood. 

Giving my name gives me away…but, then, that’s what I wish to do! That’s what one does when one writes an honest introductory article – ‘rat’ on your life, where you’ve been, the scandals, the ‘ugly rap sheets’, the fourteen books I’ve written, the 350-plus blog posts… 

Okay, cute, but leave out ‘scandals’ and ‘ugly rap sheets’ from the last sentence in the preceding paragraph. There are none! Really, there are none! Unless we go way back in time to a Sunday night car wreck caused by Lambda Chi Alpha, my fraternity and its initiation rite.

Okay, not so cute and not so true on the above last line of the preceding paragraph. 

Don’t leave, please! I promise to play straight from this point onward.

Here is my true story…

My name does give away my heritage. Born in poverty in an Appalachian Saw…

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Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Something close to my Heart by Paul Andruss


Welcome to the Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.

In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.

Here is more about how you can participate here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/

Today my guest is our own Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with his two top bucket list items. And whilst you might think that Paul might like to travel back in time and resolve the mystery of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table once and for all…… he actually wishes for something much closer to his heart.

Something Close to my Heart.. by Paul Andruss

I don’t have a bucket list. I guess I am quite accepting of what life throws at me. Perhaps I’m a reincarnation of some old Buddhist or something.

So let me see…

Regrets?

I’ve had a few.

But then again too few to mention!

Oh Lord! Not the Frank Sinatra song!

Sorry… Zilch! Nada! Diddly squat!

Mind you that’s not to say if someone offered me a free trip to Machu Picchu or Mars or somewhere I wouldn’t bite their hand off. It’s simply that if I don’t, then I don’t feel my whole life has been a wasteland.

When I was younger there were lots of people I wanted to meet. But as the decades passed and the great and good took the one way trip through the protecting veil in ever increasing numbers, my old bucket list became a post-bucket list.

To be frank, I’m not terribly sure what lies beyond kicking the bucket, or shuffling off this mortal coil, or any one of the numerous euphemisms we use to face the unfaceable. But I know this. Eternity or oblivion, it’s a win-win situation.

If it’s welcome to eternity, I shall be one busy little bee catching up with my heroes. I certainly believe any afterlife is better than this world. No loving creatrix, no Great Mother, would be so pretty to her children as to punish us for our failings. After all if she does not make mistakes, she knew exactly what she was doing when she gave us our flaws and foibles.

On the other hand, if I’m destined to be extinguished like a candle-flame then I cannot find much wrong with that either. Remind me to ask an ex-candle-flame what the afterlife feels like next time I meet one.

So where does that leave my pre-bucket (as opposed to my post-bucket) list?

Well, given death is a part of life…

(Look on it as God’s final surprise.)

After careful consideration, my top two are:

One. Dying at the same time as my partner.

We’re best friends, pretty inseparable for decades and have had lots of adventures together. So to be blunt, why should this one be any different?

Two. Choosing the time I go and making it as quick and painless as possible.

I realise that might shock you. We tend to look on suicide as a big old mortal sin. But, do you know the story of Pandora’s Box? I mean, do you really know it?

In the Greek myths, Pandora (All Gifts) was given a chest by the gods and told not to open it, which of course… she did!

Wouldn’t you?

Out came all the evils the gods had thoughtfully locked up away from man. The last out of the box was hope.

According to the Christian version, the gods put in hope as a remedy so mankind would not give in to despair.

In the original Greek version, hope was out last because it was the most despicable evil of all. When all is lost, hope stops you walking away from the inevitable.

In my defence, all I can add is this…

Hey, you read my stuff. You should have known I’d be controversial.

© Images Paul Andruss 2017

About Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.

Paul lives in Wales with his partner and they are avid gardeners. As you can see from some of the photographs I have shared of their garden in this post.

Paul is a modest but very talented author and he has two books currently available. Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

Here is the most recent review for Thomas the Rhymer

Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance. Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidants and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked fairies hold over his brother .

The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in Rhyme:

“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”

The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.
We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul AndrussPaul also has a pdf file available and you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options at this link. http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

It would be amazing if you do download and enjoy the book as much as I did. If so then it would be great if you could put a review on Amazon by adding in a sentence at the beginning – Disclaimer: I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author..  Or you can leave a review on Facebook and tag Paul in the post by using his full name Paul George Boylan.

Finn Mac Cool

Paul’s second books is Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

Connect to Paul on social media.

Blog: http://www.paul-andruss.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paul.andruss.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paul_JHBooks
Google+  https://plus.google.com/s/+jackhughesbooks

You can find all of Paul’s posts in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

Thank you for dropping by today and please feel free to share the post on your own blog and networks. If you would like to participate in the Ultimate Bucket List series please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com Thanks Sally

 

Guilin: Out and About


One of my usual stops on a Saturday is Tess Karlinski’s tour of China.. this episode is one of my favourites as I am a huge fan of pearls… Tess takes us on a tour of the South Sea Pearl museum.. #recommended

How the Cookie Crumbles

Image Courtesy of Sally Cronin

Next stop: South Sea Pearl Museum

Upon arrival, we were whisked through a five-minute presentation on the color of pearls. Glassy-eyed, the husbands trailed behind. A runway fashion show followed with five formally dressed beauties displaying pearl earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Afterwards, we were whisked with a flourish, through double-doors into the salesroom. The room was divided into three sections: good, medium, and best. One of the ladies in our group bought river pearls for 1,500 Yuan (about $250.00 USD. “A bargain,” she said. I don’t wear pearls when I write. No bargain for me.

Quick Facts:

  • Freshwater pearls are an irregular shape (not round)
  • Seawater pearls always round, only white, black and gold
  • Lots of iron in the water = black color
  • Lots of copper in the water = purple, pink
  • Chinese females don’t wear gold pearls as they don’t look good against their skin color
  • North Americans wear…

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