Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Personal thoughts on the week’s events and Jazz, Tulips, Pork, Reading and the Himalayas


Welcome to the weekly round up and it has been a week of two extremes. The sadness and horror of more young people killed in a place where they should all feel safe in Texas, and the opulence and joy of a royal wedding.

The first is a problem that is not just confined to the United States, as violence and bullying in schools seems to be universal. We keep applying plasters to the symptoms, but do not seem to be able to resolve the underlying root cause of such anger, and the inability to communicate without aggression. I have no answers; only ideas, but surely some of the brightest minds in the world could get together, and come up with some constructive ways to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in any of our educational establishments.

The royal wedding yesterday was an example of how centuries of tradition and customs that have been passed down within a constitution, can be modified and amended to enable new and more relevant inclusions which work. Proclamations and edicts issued 500 years ago and amendments to constitutions written in 1791 had their relevance in those times. Change is necessary and for those young people that are paying the price for our alleged ‘rights’, it cannot come soon enough. And that applies in the UK where our own capital has now become a murder hotspot, with acid and knives being the weapons of choice.

That change needs to take place not just in schools, and the way that we teach children, but in the home, where the fundamentals of socialisation need to be established by good parenting. How we achieve that will require a massive social and educational shift. I know from experience that there are amazing teachers and parents who inspire, motivate and prepare their pupils and children to enter the world as responsible adults. Many of them are bloggers here on WordPress sharing their expertise and ideas. Sharing their posts with your own readers is a very good start to the change process.

And the most important element for me towards this change, is that we need to stop giving those who perpetuate these acts of violence their 15 minutes of fame, and instead take every opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the millions of young people, who are inspiring and motivating.

Along with the usual videos of music and humour; I am going to share some videos of amazing young people.

I don’t often use my blog as a platform to share my views on politics or other social issues, but today I felt that I could not mention my enjoyment of the royal wedding without paying respect to the young people and their families in Texas, where David and I were so warmly welcomed back in the 1980s.

Now on with this week’s round up of contributors, guests and of course, not forgetting those of you who have kindly been in to like, comment and share.

On that subject, with the GDPR coming into force on the 25th, you will find a note at the end of each post about the subject.

Because of the actions of a few of the large Internet players, we are now all being held responsible for their actions. Our privacy online is a very hot issue. We all know that when we are online and interact with a website, that our data is being collected. With the responsible websites, such as WordPress, this is to ensure the smooth running of the platform.

I have a privacy statement in the menu: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/privacy-statement-please-read/

This contains the links to both Jetpack and Automatic who provide services to WordPress, outlining what information is gathered and how it is used.

I have also added my assurances that I will not pass on your information to a third party, or misuse.

I do hope that this new regulation will not result in readers of blogs from leaving feedback on posts. It is one of the fundamental elements of blogging that allows interaction and communication between us all. Something we need more of and not less in this world.

Thank you for taking the time to read my views today… your visit is appreciated and here are the posts from the week you might have missed.

The Music Column with William Price King –

So far on the Music Column this year, William has featured Bono and U2, Madonna, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin. Next week a new series with the music of Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/william-price-king-music-column-the-artists-so-far-bono-and-u2-madonna-johnny-mathis-and-aretha-franklin/

Paul Andruss – The Gardening Column.

Paul Andruss treated us to an extra post this week with the history and varieties of the beautiful Tulip.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-gardening-column-extra-tulipmania-by-paul-andruss/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor who shares a sure fired way to crisp up that crackling on your roast pork and other fabulous recipes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-pork-perfect/

The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie

For various reasons we can find ourselves in a reading desert.. too much going on at work, relationships and online! It can be tough to leap back into reading novels.. but Jessica offers hope in how we can revive that reading feeling…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-youve-lost-that-reading-feeling/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Balroop Singh

This week my special guest is author, poet, book reviewer and blogger Balroop Singh.  Balroop is a wonderful supporter of other writers and I have been delighted to share her insightful and constructive reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-author-poet-and-book-reviewer-balroop-singh/

 

Personal Stuff.

Get Caught Reading Month and another author who has inspired me.. Dorothy Parker was born before her time… and today I share two of her poems and some of her quotations that have inspired me to write.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-writers-who-inspired-me-dorothy-parker/

This week on Odd Jobs and Characters, I share the events that took place when I was in my management training programme with a steak house chain. ‘The Night of The Mouse’ and the aftermath.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house/

Short stories – another from my collection Flights of Fancy.

A woman in a farmhouse on a Welsh hillside offers kindness to another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Letters From America – 1985 – 1987 – A baby arrives and I meet a new friend at the pool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-a-new-baby-arrives-and-i-meet-debbie-around-the-pool/

Finally Spring has arrived in my garden… some of the colour that has erupted with a few days of sunshine.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-finally-spring-has-arrived-in-my-garden/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlists #Music to get the weekend started.

The last of the request shows… and back to the usual posts next Friday.  This week requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-requests-from-requests-from-jacquie-biggar-john-rieber-judy-e-martin-and-janice-spina/

Posts from your Archives – Travel

This week Debby Gies shares her photographs from her cruise to the Caribbean.. and coming back through Canadian Customs.. where they have a special lane.. just for her!

St. Kitts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-caribbean-and-canada-customs-by-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

This week Craig Boyack.. C.S. Boyack celebrates the release of his latest book. The Yak Guy Project.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-book-on-the-shelves-the-yak-guy-project-by-c-s-boyack/

Poet Ali Whitelock introduces us to her latest release – And my heart crumples like a coke can.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesand-my-heart-crumples-like-a-coke-can-by-ali-whitelock/

A warm welcome to novelist Elle Boca and her Weeia series of novels.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-gypsies-tramps-and-weeia-the-weeia-marshals-book-1-by-elle-boca/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Meet the Reviewers. 

A celebration of those who take the time to review our work and help us sell books.

Cathy Ryan

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-judith-barrow-for-thorne-moore-balroop-singh-for-deborah-a-bowman-robbie-cheadle-for-john-w-howell-and-cathy-ryan-for-abigail-osborne/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Authors in the cafe with recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-vashti-quiroz-vega-geoff-le-pard-and-william-luvaas/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatejacquie-biggar-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-sarah-brentyn-and-brigid-p-gallagher/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Food in the news… heart and stress – good news for dark chocolate lovers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-heart-and-stress-good-news-for-dark-chocolate-lovers/

Heart health and stress – strategies to help save your life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-and-stress-strategies-to-help-save-your-life/

Vitamin D is a multi-functional nutrient that we need for some very important reactions with in the body to keep us health and our structure strong.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-vitamin-d-bones-immune-system-arthritis-and-hormones/

The next in the series of ancient healing therapies – Acupuncture..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-acupuncture/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-whose-been-sleeping-in-my-bed-meow/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-last-wishes-quickies-and-sports-injuries/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-and-pizza-hut/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-pharmacists-and-side-effects/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-wants-an-award-and-he-should-have-one/

I hope that you have enjoyed the posts this week, and would of course love to hear from you. Thanks Sally

Before I finish I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards that took place in London yesterday. So sorry not to have been there but I hear it was a great day. I was very honoured to have been nominated in the Best Overall Blog Category.

If you would like to find out who the winners are in the various categories you can find them here: http://sachablack.co.uk/2018/05/19/the-winners-of-the-2018-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-are-bloggersbash/

and I will leave the last word to the Kid President 20 things we should say more often.

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Late Spring Bulbs, Corned Beef and Esme’s Party Piece.. and that’s just for starters…


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts that you might have missed. I have been editing Tales from the Irish Garden and breaking that up with time in said garden, planting pots and (if I am honest) sitting in patches of sunlight reading! It is another lovely day here so will be doing the same, as around here one is not really sure if this is ‘summer’ and you need to make the most of it.

We have some major work coming up with contractors in to lay a lawn and add some new fencing. We have been in the house two years in June and these will be the last of the major renovations…really looking forward to having the garden in bloom again.

As usual the posts this week do not all originate from my keyboard, and a huge thank you to the contributors for their commitment to delivering fabulous posts.

William Price King finished his series on the legend, Aretha Franklin in style on Wednesday, with plenty of tracks to bring back memories and to dance to. There is a slight break this week but then from the 23rd, William will be sharing the story behind the talented singer and songwriter, Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-up-to-date/

Paul Andruss shared some stunning images of late Spring bulbs that brought some colour into our lives, especially those of us who have been waiting rather a long time for spring to even begin!  The gardening column is clearly popular and don’t forget that our resident expert is happy to answer your questions. Not just for those of us in the UK and Ireland but across the world.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-late-spring-bulbs/

Carol Taylor enticed us and informed us with her post this week on the glories of beef.. in a Strogranoff, Corned and in the fabulous Thai Salad Nam Doc Nua… again if you have questions about any of the recipes or any food or cookery queries then fire away.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-recipes-beef-stroganoff-corned-beef-thai-beef-salad-nam-doc-nua/

Esme’s Party Piece… the health issues common to the specific zodiac signs and foods that are a good idea to include regularly.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-health-and-foods-for-your-zodiac-sign/

The Getting to Know you Sunday Show.

My guest today is the generous, forthright and passionate advocate for civil liberties, The Militant Negro™. Not a day goes by when one or more of my posts are shared on his eclectic blog and I know that I am just one amongst many have reason to be grateful for his kindness. You will find the arts, poetry, fiction as well as down to earth and compelling documentation of the the many civil rights violations that are part of all our cultures.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-the-militant-negro/

Sally’s Book Reviews

If you are a frequent visitor to the blog you will have seen D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies here many times as a contributor, commenter and supporter. It is no secret that we are friends. This however, does not influence my views on her books, and this applies to her most recent release. Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-twenty-years-after-i-do-by-d-g-kaye/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel with D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies

Time for the third of Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye’s travel posts. I would love to be a fly on the wall when she is traveling. Apart from her usual finesse with the check-in and carry on bags, there is the matter of the toxic passengers and glares over protective masks.. You don’t mess with Debby that is for sure.. As to the bathroom facilities…..aghhhhhhhh.

D.G. Kaye Arizona

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archivesflight-manifesto-with-d-g-kaye-debby-gies/

Personal Stuff – Letters from America

We were now into June of 1985 and getting the hang of things. We had met more people in the apartments and were planning our next trip later in the summer.  I also send photographs of our trip to Disney World to my parents.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-photos-from-disney-adventure-alone-in-america-new-arrival-by-sally-cronin/

Flights of Fancy – Short Story Collection

A woman is accused of murder.. and this is her response…..Getting Away with Murder

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-getting-away-with-murder-by-sally-cronin/

A recently purchased cottage is waiting for one more member of the family to arrive to make it perfect – The Other Side of Heaven.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-other-side-of-heaven-by-sally-cronin/

Get Caught Reading Month – Authors who have inspired me – Jean M. Auel – Earth Children Series.

These books did not just inspire me to continue writing, but to explore my own heritage, back 20,000 years to a woman’s bones in a cave in the southern France, northern Spain region.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/sally-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-authors-who-have-inspired-me-jean-m-auel-clan-of-the-cave-bear/

Another background story to my characters and jobs in Just an Oldd Job Girl. Originally hosted by Diana Wallace Peach. This week the cosmetic department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-department-store-part-two-the-cosmetic-department/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – The requests from readers over the last few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-requests-from-annette-rochelle-aben-n-a-granger-jan-sikes-judith-barrow-and-darlene-foster/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-cruel-romance-a-novel-of-love-and-war-by-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesguilt-my-companion-by-chuck-jackson/

Author Update – Recent Reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-christine-campbell-karen-ingalls-olga-nunez-miret-bette-a-stevens-and-a-t-balsara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lyn-horner-sandra-j-jackson-mae-clair-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

Meet the Reviewers.. A celebration of those who take the time to review and support the books of authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-colleen-chesebro-with-d-wallace-peach-olga-nunez-miret-with-mallory-james-richard-blake-with-joan-ohagan-and-d-g-kaye-with-michael-wolff/

Health Column

The right balance of LDL – Low density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol).

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-parttwo-the-fats-and-the-myths-by-sally-cronin/

One of the most common contributory factors to heart disease is stress… finding the right balance in our lives and diet is essential to reduce the risk of acute stress becoming a permanent state.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-health-and-the-stress-connection/

The next vitamin in the Nutrients we Need series is Vitamin C which is involved in over 3000 processes in the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-that-we-need-vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid-involved-in-over-3000-processes-in-the-body/

The start of a new series of ancient healing therapies – this week Reflexology.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-reflexology/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-ultimate-dog-talking-video/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-watch-what-you-say-and-do/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-your-dog-yoga-masterclass-sign-me-up/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-church-bake-sale-bachelor-parties-and-tick-warning/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-dog-wants-a-kitty/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Book #Reviewers – Colleen Chesebro with D.Wallace Peach, Olga Nunez Miret with Mallory James, Richard Blake with Joan O’Hagan and D.G. Kaye with Michael Wolff


This series is aimed at promoting and celebrating those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs, as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/

And here is last week’s post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-meet-the-bookreviewers-d-g-kaye-for-kathy-steinemann-barb-taub-for-terry-tyler-robbie-cheadle-for-ben-woodard-m-j-mallon-for-sacha-de-black-and-jan-sikes-for-nonnie-jul/

The series is already evolving as predicted and we will just see where it goes.

  • If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
  • Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
  • If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.

The first reviewer today is Colleen Chesebro with the review for Eye of Fire: Dragon Soul Book 2 by D.Wallace Peach – click on the image to be taken directly to Amazon.

Here is an extract from the review and a link to read the rest on Colleen’s blog.

Eye of Fire is the second book in the Dragon Soul Quartet Series, following book one, The Myths of the Mirror, which I reviewed HERE.

The story begins as the ancient Droom, the seer of the stones, she who guides the myths and the people of the Tie retrieves a stone from the embers of a fire. Partially blind, the seer’s prophecies come from deep within her soul expressed as messages etched upon her Runestones. The directive she receives is clear. Change is in the air and new beginnings have merged into the people’s current reality.

As the mountain dragons who fly freely in the skies over the Mirror arrive in Taran Leigh, Conall and Torin are merged with the belonging, sitting astride their own dragons. The people waiting to attend the yearly dragon expedition are filled with awe. They feel the songs of the dragons pulling at their hearts. Soon, the community will experience what it feels like to touch the resplendent dragons and to feel the belonging surge into their hearts for themselves.

Finally, the time had come for the dragons of Taran Leigh to be freed from the confines of the lair. Once Earlin’s plan was set into motion there was no turning back. Meanwhile, in the dragon’s lair, Haral waits for the signal to swing open the doors so he can release the magnificent creatures and set them free.

Instead, the plan goes awry, and Earlin finds Haral’s crumpled body; the victim of a horrible murder. His death is the catalyst that forces the people of the Tie to grapple with the knowledge that they’re connected through the belonging to every living being. They must establish a balance within the world. However, this responsibility comes at a cost.

Head over and read the rest of post and the review:Colleen Chesebro review of Eye of Fire

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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The next book is reviewed by Olga Nunez Miret on her blog – Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James. A fascinating look into the past and a great source for writers and social history researchers

Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James. Book reviewAnd extract from Olga’s review

Thanks to Alex and the rest of the team at Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

I am a big fan of Pen & Sword books and I have learned a lot on a variety of subjects thanks to their great selection, but I must admit to having a soft spot for social history. Although I love history books and have recently become keen on historical fiction, I think that social history helps us get a better sense of what life was like in the past, not only for the kings, aristocrats, and powerful people but also for the rest of the population. The everyday life of going around one’s usual business, talking to people, working, rarely makes it into the big books, but it is what life is truly about. And those are the details that bring the past to life. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, these books are also great to provide background to writers, filmmakers, and, in general, artists looking to create works set in a particular time in history, as it helps them gain a better understanding of what it would have been like to live then.

This particular volume is a delight. I have read a number of novels set in the era and watched uncountable movies and television series that take place in the XIX century as well, and although I thought I was familiar with the customs, social rules and mores of the time, I was surprised by how truly complicated following proper etiquette was. As the author often explains, rules were not set in stone and they changed throughout the century. What was a must at the beginning of the XIX century would have been out of fashion by the end, and rules were open to interpretation, as sometimes different sources offered completely different advice. Should you eat fish with a fork and bread, two forks, or a fork and a fish knife (the answer depends on at what point of the XIX century we were eating it)? Would it have been proper for you to introduce people you knew, or even greet people you met in the streets even if you had been introduced? What was the best time to go for a walk or to visit your acquaintances? What did it truly mean if somebody was ‘not at home’?

Head over and find out more about Mallory James and her book: Olga Nunez Miret – Author and Translator

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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The next review is for Jerome & his Women by Joan O’Hagan posted by Richard Blake on his website.

An extract from the review for Jerome & his Women by Richard Blake

This novel explores the background to one of the most important events in history. When Constantine established Christianity as the preferred state religion in 313, he was saving Western civilisation. Until then, the religious settlement in the Roman Empire was divided both vertically and horizontally. The vertical division marked off the educated elite. For those at the top, the pagan cults were approaches to the concept of a Supreme Being and a universal moral law. Those at the bottom took these cults at face value, with their alarming or simply scandalous mythologies, and their frequent lack of mutual sympathy.

Christianity was a universal religion. For all its sectarian tendencies, it crossed every boundary of language and race and class. It was a way of life, and it had philosophical content. Once spread beyond the frontiers, it did much to humanise the barbarians, who would otherwise have invaded as pure savages. It also provided a check to misgovernment. The Jews aside, it is hard to think of any religious group that had been able to face down a determined pagan emperor. Once Constantine himself was dead, the clergy could rally the faithful as they pleased – usually for the Empire that they now dominated, but also against any emperor who in their opinion went too far.

The Christians did nothing to bring on the fall of the Western Empire. That was an effect of climate change and military blunders. But their wholesale conversion of the barbarian invaders, and their establishment of schools and libraries, led Europe seamlessly into the decentralised and highly creative civilisation of the middle ages.

Head over and read the comprehensive review in full: Richard Blake reviews Jerome and his women

Joan O’Hagan, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-OHagan/e/B001KDEZXE
Website: https://www.joanohagan.com/

The final author today is D.G. Kaye who read and reviewed the controversial but eye-opening Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff.

Here is an extract from Debby’s post on Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.

Today’s review is on Michael Wolff’s politically intriguing and informative book – Fire and Fury. This is a personal accounting of what he witnessed while having ease of access and being privy to the shenanigans that is currently ongoing in the Whitehouse.

Since the day Trump ran for president I’ve been fascinated with US politics. I follow journalists in the media, have acquired a lengthy reading list of political books, and my heart aches for the all that is going on in the US now from broken policies to the potential dangers of the world at Trump’s fingertips.

If you think you’ve seen or heard it all by watching the news, you couldn’t have because in this presidency there has been ongoing breaking news daily since Trump’s inauguration. In this book, Wolff shares his findings from when he had a ringside seat as to what on earth is going on in the Whitehouse. A play by play accounting is shared on the inside chaos that continues under Trump’s regime and the shameful and clueless shenanigans that continue to go on – a good who’s who in the zoo starring a plethora of unsavory characters.

Please head over and read the post and review in full: D.G. Kaye reviews Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will check out both the books showcased today and their reviewers.

I will be also sharing other recent reviewers for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore this week in the updates on Monday and Friday. I do check regularly but it helps if you email me with a link to any reviews on Amazon or Goodreads that you would like me to share.

Smorgasbord – Posts from My Archives – Odd Jobs and Characters – The Department Store – Part Two – The Cosmetic Department.


This series shares some of the jobs I have turned my hand to over that fifty years, and some were very odd. Not many have sat at a table between two teams of champion dairy cows, selling bull semen!  Over the years I have accumulated a massive dossier of characters and events that now take centre stage in my short stories. If you have read my novel Just an Odd Job Girl you will have met some of them but over the next twelve weeks I hope to bring you some of the others that inspired and stimulated my imagination.

Not all these posts appeared on Smorgasbord as some fantastic blogging friends allowed me to guest post. If that is the case of course I will include their books and links.

You can find the previous odd jobs here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/short-stories-odd-jobs-and-characters-2018/

This post in the series was kindly hosted by author  D.Wallace Peach  and you can find out more about her books at the end of the post…

The Department Store – Part Two – The Cosmetic Department.

I had been working in one of our large local department stores as I waited to begin my training in the Royal Alexandra Nursing Service.

Following on from my six weeks over Christmas and New Year in the shoe department of the store, I moved downstairs to the cosmetic department.

I was nineteen, and into make-up, as most of my generation was at the time. This offered me the opportunity to sample anything that I wanted, within reason, as I was appointed ‘roving consultant’. This meant that I would be trained by the different cosmetic houses in their individual products, and on their regular consultant’s day off, I would take her place.

For example, one of the cosmetic firms offered a powder blending service to its customers. This involved checking the skin tones of the client and then mixing a specific blend of powders for their complexion. There was a base powder and about twelve different shades that could be added. We used a giant spatula to whisk the powder over the tissue paper with little pinches of the different shades added until the perfect blend had been achieved.

The combination was noted on the client card, and would then be made up to that formula each time the customer needed it. The variety in my new position made my life much more interesting and I loved working with cosmetics and perfume.

I had been in the position about four weeks, and was practising my powder blending technique, when a rather large, reddened hand stretched across the counter towards me.

‘Have you something that might tone this down a little please?’ said a rather deep voice.

I looked up, a little startled by the depth of this female voice, to be confronted with rather an arresting sight. She was very tall with broad shoulders that were draped with long blonde hair. She also sported a five o’clock shadow. I was rather taken aback, as this anomaly was something I had not previously encountered. My training and upbringing took over and I stopped staring directly at her face and concentrated on the hand still being proffered to me.

‘I think that we might have a foundation that would tone down the redness,’ I offered.

‘I can then blend you a powder to ensure that it lasts all day if that would help?’

She smiled at me and perched on the little round stool the other side of the counter. The following half-hour was both informative and enjoyable. My new customer was funny and totally unconcerned by her strange appearance. She introduced herself as Dolly and regaled me with her recent escapades on her path to becoming the woman she wished to be. One of these being the removal of hair on the backs of her hands and lower arms. Hence the reddened skin on show.

As I came to the end of her particular powder blend, she leant across the counter and motioned for me to come closer.

Slightly reluctantly, I edged forward until I was staring into large blue eyes, below rather bushy eyebrows that were considerably darker than the cascade of blonde hair.

‘My real name is Arthur’ she whispered quietly. ‘I have to dress and live like this for a year before  I undergo more treatment.’

This encounter was to lead to a rise in takings for the cosmetic department, as we became the best place to go for advice and products to enhance feminine beauty, for anyone who needed it.

Dolly became our unofficial PR agent, and I was invited to a party in a pub one night, where I was delighted to see all our advice and products being used to their full advantage.

What a lovely bunch of ladies and they taught a young woman much with their bravery and support for one another.

Dolly went on to star in my book Just an Odd Job Girl with some creative embellishments.

©Sally Cronin – 2017

Next week the Steak House originally hosted by John W. Howell.

Short story anthologies.

You can find all my books at these links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6

Smashwords for Epub: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SallyGCronin

More reviews can be found on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

My thanks to Diana Peach for hosting me last year and whilst I am sure you are familiar with her fantastic books here is a reminder.

About D. Wallace Peach

I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed my life.

I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem untethered in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.

D.Wallace Peach has just released her first children’s book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters. Not only written by Diana but illustrated by her too. An amazing amount of work but as you will see from the cover it is fantastic. Available in print only in US, UK and Canada.

A selection of books by D. Wallace Peach

A recent review for Myths of the Mirror.

on April 4, 2018

After I finished reading D. Wallace Peach’s The Rose Shield Series, I found myself bereft, desiring more of her storying. A visit to her Amazon Author page gave me everything I needed. I was thrilled to find her first series, Dragon Soul Quartet and couldn’t wait to dive right in.

The Myths of the Mirror, Book One, is a haunting tale of resplendent dragons, exhilarating magic, and how the myths of the people from Taran Leigh and the Mirror intertwine and intersect. Their myths become the allegory from where ancient enlightenment springs.

Far from the village of Taran Leigh is a spot in the wilderness where a bowl-shaped lake, called the Mirror, hosts a civilization of people who ride the bejeweled dragons in the Old Way communicating with their souls as they become one with the dragon’s spirit. This merging of man and dragon comes by invitation from the dragon, signifying a magical union like no other.

In comparison, the dragons of Taran Leigh are imprisoned, forced to live in a stone lair, and brutalized by their captors, all the while compelled to perform for “coin.” Years ago, the greedy governors tricked the skyriders into believing their lies, looking only for ways to line their own pockets. The people of Taran Leigh have lost their connection to the old ways.

It takes a calamity greater than Terasa and Conall have ever known to teach them the myths of their people. Conall faces his demons while Terasa learns the myths of her father and those of the magical dragons who teach the lessons of “the tie” and of “the belonging.”

I know I’ve written before how I feel like a silly fan gushing over Diana Peach’s work. But, I must share with you that this book touched me in ways I have never experienced before. It was as if I had my own epiphany, at one with the divine truths the author penned in this tome. I can only say that my reading was akin to a spiritual encounter. The entire reason I read is for that magical connection, and The Myths of the Mirror delivers that and more.

I loved this first book so much, I’ve bought the entire series! ❤ Myths of the Mirror (Dragon Soul Quartet Book 1)

MY RATING: Character Believability: 5  Flow and Pace: 5  Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5  Reader Enjoyment: 5 Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect to D. Wallace Peach 

Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/d-wallace-peach+0_2F1UmSg–qRIqYJlk2W1Q_?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_yourupdates
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101899993447765818692/posts

Thank you for dropping in and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Letters from America – 1985 – 1987 – Photos from Disney Adventure, Alone in America, New Arrival by Sally Cronin


We were now into June of 1985 and getting the hang of things. We had met more people in the apartments and were planning our next trip later in the summer.

23rd June 1985

Dear M & D,

Thank you for your letter, and by the time you get this you will probably have spoken to David. He left yesterday for a very hectic nine days to try and get things tied up over there. It feels a little stranger than normal. Although I am used to him being gone at least a couple of days a week for work, he was at least still in the US and could be home in a few hours if needed. I almost don’t want to go out in the car in case something happens which is silly, but Vicki, who is nearly due, has said she will come out with me to the shop as she would like the company too in case she goes into labour!

She and her mother are coming here for fajitas tomorrow night and a movie. She is trying to stay occupied as she is of course very nervous. Her mother is great and she is minding us both. I had better not make them too spicy otherwise there might be a quick dash to the hospital at midnight!

No doubt you will have noticed the envelope was a little thicker than usual and discovered the photographs of our Disney adventure when we were in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. They don’t capture the atmosphere but gives you an idea of how vast it is.  I took one of an Indian chief for you Daddy.. but could not find any cowboys.. sorry.

The last two days we have had thunder and torrential rain and there have been flash flood warnings. Another reason not to venture out. I am missing my daily swim and have been doing a daily workout to a television fitness instructor who is crackers. She must have rubber legs because there is no way I can get myself in to most of the positions that she does. I was chatting to the apartment complex manager who is about my age, and she has suggested that I go to aerobics with her at the local gym three times a week. That would suit me as I want to shift another 30lbs in the next few months. I am starting next week and looking forward to it.. I think!  If the mad woman on the television is anything to go by it is not for the fainthearted.

Anyway, I am sure the sun will be out tomorrow and back to swimming in the meantime.

Once David gets back we should have a better idea of whether we will be moving from here or not. The advantage of Houston is that it is a huge hub for internal airlines, and we usually fly Continental. It is easier to get to other parts of the country, and since David can visit several states in a month, we do need to be close to a major airport as we are here.

And apart from the occasional thunderstorm.. well at this time of year frequent ones, I like it here and we are beginning to meet more really interesting people.  I will be sorry when Vicki leaves in a month or so when the baby is born but she is so excited to be able to join Kelly and their new apartment.

Another thing that I miss is M&S and David has promised to go and pick up one or two things for me. Not sure what the customs are going to say this end when David arrives back with several pairs of knickers and bras!

You mentioned that you have started to make plans for your trip and once David gets back we will have a firm decision of when or where we are going to move to. Once we have that we can finalise your travel arrangements. They might even send us back to the UK in the New Year so it is great that you are thinking of coming over in October.. November time frame.We would like to stay another year if we can and the work supports that. There is so much of America we have not seen yet and being such a vast country we need as long as possible.

Anyway, off to write to David’s parents and keep them up to date. Love to you both and will call you next week once David arrives back with the plan for the rest of our stay.

Sally and David.

©Sally Cronin 2018

Thanks very much for popping in today and you can find the previous letters in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/letters-from-america-1985-1987/

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Flight Manifesto with D.G. Kaye…Debby Gies


Time for the third of Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye’s travel posts. I would love to be a fly on the wall when she is traveling. Apart from her usual finesse with the check-in and carry on bags, there is the matter of the toxic passengers and glares over protective masks.. You don’t mess with Debby that is for sure.. As to the bathroom facilities…..aghhhhhhhh.

D.G. Kaye Arizona

Some of you may have read my book, Have Bags, Will Travel (see details below), and could consider this post as a little side chapter to that book. And for those who haven’t, you will find a detailed accounting of my flight home from Phoenix, Arizona.

Arizona baggage with D.G. Kaye

My usual bag of tricks worked in preparation for airport packing strategy 101:

Hub had limited me to three bags between us instead of the allowable four. Although I’m not sure why he was so adamant because I became the lifter and schlepper of all bags. We were each allowed one carry on bag and one personal item. Said personal item for me is my purse, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t put whatever I needed in it, mainly another purse. I’d also brought with an extra folding bag for another carry on we may have needed for our return. Hey, it was regulation size and after all, hubby doesn’t carry a purse so surely he was allowed another ‘personal’ carry on item.

purse in a purse

Each suitcase is allowed up to 50 pounds weight. I had purchased my new trusted mini scale to weigh the bags before setting off to airport to avoid unpleasant surprises once the bags were ‘officially’ weighed. As it turns out, each of my three bags came in weighing 49.5 pounds. What a miracle. And thank goodness I brought that extra carry on, for a good 10-15 pounds weight of gifts I’d purchased.

I also had with me a huge plastic shopping bag with handles. This baby I use to put the extra carry bag inside along with coats, cowgirl hat, water bottles and any incidentals that wouldn’t fit my purse, just until I got to the boarding gate to avoid having to carry all that extra stuff. I know that big plastic bag would be a huge flag to boarding attendants, so for boarding purposes, the carry on comes out, the coats and hat get put on, and all other incidentals get thrown in wherever they may fit. Smaller purse had already been neatly tucked into bigger purse (okay, maybe it was a tote bag, disguised as a purse), where all other items that didn’t fit the smaller purse went : sunglasses, phone, kindle, notebook, water bottle, jewelry roll, make-up pouch, two masks, and some other crap. Smooth boarding!

Organized travel

Once on the plane, the hackers and sneezers begin their symphony of song. Besides the fact that I can’t stand the sight of blood, I know I couldn’t be a surgeon because I spent the better part of the flight adjusting my mask so I could breathe properly avoiding the fog up of my glasses. Hub and I had previously inhaled our Colloidal Silver spray in our mouth and nostrils as instructed by the naturopath, before boarding to prepare to fight off the germs circulating the airplane. (We weren’t interested in a repeat of last year’s return when we contacted influenza on the airplane.) I felt secure with the Colloidal Silver circulating my throat and nasal passages and almost hesitated to wear the dreaded mask until Mr. Winnipeg sitting two seats away by the window began his sneezing and coughing repertoire and other sickies soon followed suit. I didn’t dare eat and barely took sips of my bottled water for fear of staying out of the mask too long. So I remained fussing and pulling at the mask to breathe with ease, already surrendering myself to odd looks from other passengers, where I no longer cared about their wondering looks about what disease it was that I may have had.

I caught my other seat mate, Miss Badly Glued on False Eyelashes, glancing at me, peeking through the corner of her eyes while on her Ipad. Her questioning eyes wondering why I was wearing a mask. I finally positioned my mask in a bearable position when I had to lift it when the stewardess passed by asking if I’d like to purchase anything from her cart of microwaved meals to eat. As I did so, I couldn’t help but wonder if the various orange marks from my lipstick had stained the mask and left their mark on various parts of my face as I politely declined her offer.

Mr. Germy Winnipeg in his shorts and sandals ( what’s up with these diehards wearing summer attire coming home to winter?), sat by the window and decided to shut the shade as the plane took off, keeping me from having my last arial views of the beautiful Arizona mountains. He was yapping to Miss False Eyelashes in the middle seat about having to fly all the way to Toronto just to connect and fly west back to Winnipeg. The lady in front carried her tiny poodle in a bag on her lap as she flapped away about how small the ‘doggy toilet’ area was in the airport and that she expected it to be much bigger so her dog could run around at leisure before the flight. Really?

The stewardess later came by to bring us our customs declaration forms to fill out, my favorite part . . . Not! I’d kept the receipts as I’ve learned to do, from my many purchases of various shopping ventures, but had yet to sort them out, and took them out of my purse to calculate and write down the value of goods I was bringing back on the customs form. I’ve found this procedure to be helpful, by keeping all receipts in hand to hand customs officer if asked what I purchased, showing I’m organized with receipts in hand, it somehow makes my claim more certifiable. (I may accidentally on purpose omit some receipts.) I thought nothing of my method of receipt accounting when I felt Miss False Eyelashes watching me and my thick wad of receipts when she uttered her first words to me, “Oh, you’ve been busy.” Sheesh! That’s what I get for minding my own business!I turned my head around to acknowledge her comment with my smiling eyes while my mouth stayed tight under wraps.

Poodle lady in front was driving the stewardess crazy with dog questions and poo issues. I tried hard not to listen. Hubby slept most of the four hour flight home, cramped in his seat, waking to the sound of each cough and sneeze echoing through the plane, turning his head to look at me to ensure I had my mask on.

Day dreamer

I kept busy reading on my kindle and drafting this post in my trusted ‘Professional Day Dreamer’ notebook to document the flight home. Miss False Eyelashes kept eyeing my writing through the corner of her eyes as she continued crushing candy on her Ipad. It’s a good thing my handwriting is atrocious, I thought, as I couldn’t help but wonder if she was wondering if she was about to be put into my story.

We were almost ready to land after a last 20 minutes of frantic turbulence when I decided I should use the washroom before having to wait in customs lines and for baggage to come out. I took the opportunity to go when there was nobody in line and the seat belt sign was still on from the rocky ride. The stewardess standing there warned me that I should be sitting as I warned her that I should be using the washroom. I won.

If any of you know my phobia about germs, you will know that my bladder has to be bursting before I’ll even consider using the germ infested airplane toilet. After watching half a plane load of passengers use the stall for the previous 3 1/2 hours, without going into great detail, I’ll just say that it was wet, cramped and sparse of toiletries in there. I lift the lid with toiilet paper, carefully pull down my pants to a grinding halt just before they reach my ankles so no part of my clothing touches the floor or bowl, and do the proverbial squat. As I get myself put back together and wash my hands, I discover no paper towels to dry hands. I become more grossed out thinking how many people have used this toilet and didn’t wash there hands because of no paper towels. How long were there no paper towels in this washroom? I wash my hands and rip off a long stream of toilet paper to dry them and then to open the lock and door handle with before disposing of it. I alerted the stewardess there were no paper towels and she nodded in agreement telling me she knew and they ran out. I shook my head in disgust and walked back to my seat wondering how they ran out. When did they run out? Aren’t they supposed to clean a plane after each landing and check supplies, especially ones which pertain to cleanliness?

The plane was finally approaching landing, My sister had told me that spring had come early the last week or so in March and they were already wearing sweaters. We sailed through customs. I handed the officer my declaration form and he didn’t so much as ask me one question this time. Usually I’m asked, what did I buy, how long was I gone for, am I carrying any liquor or cigarettes, bla bla bla. Nada. I handed him the form, he looked up at me, stamped the form and said, “move on.” Hubby and I understand one another’s looks well. We looked at each other with questioning eyes, careful to never speak until we’re out of custom’s orbit for fear of microphones and/or cameras. We were both wondering if the quick pass through meant we’re good to go, or if the officer didn’t even bother asking a question because he automatically decided we should be further investigated.

We collected our bags with a porter in waiting to help us out, and when we got outside it was freezing rain. The limo took us home on a slow crawl through the snow covered and icy highway. I looked out the window questioning myself, Are you kidding me? I wasn’t away long enough to avoid winter’s wrath? I thought my sister said it was spring? Was this a Karmic payback for being away and avoiding most of winter?

Once home, I called my sister. I asked her what the weather was all about. She told me it was payback for me, and I brought it on for having so much sunshine throughout the winter on vacation. Nature’s little joke. The next day was mild and rainy. By Sunday the sun was back and the temps reached the high 50s, and supposedly it’s supposed to stay that way. Onward into spring!

©D.G. Kaye 2017

My thanks to Debby for another of her entertaining and useful traveling posts. I have read Debby’s book Have Bags Will Travel and I am sure you will enjoy.

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Debby has written a book about her travel adventures – Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

A recent review for Have Bags Will Travel

Super fun travel reading on April 20, 2018

“Have Bags, Will Travel” is a delightful read on the experiences of travel, fashion, the art of packing suitcases with the emphasis on having a good time. Author, D.G. Kaye details her days on board planes to many popular destinations and her vivacious antics with friends. She also relates her solo travels to exotic destinations with steep cliffs and too much baggage. I particularly enjoyed the details of the by-gone, romantic days aboard Wardair, and the exquisite details of vintage Las Vegas.

A consummate shopper, D.G. Kaye relates her rather humorous run-ins with customs officials. How does it feel to be singled out routinely by airline officials? A read through this humorous pages will give you the insight to these first-hand conflicts.

I would say this might be required reading for shoe connoisseurs and fashion mavens especially if they have a plane ticket in hand. Germ avoidance theory is also discussed, and it may never be possible to look at airplane bathrooms the same.

D.G. Kaye brings back the memories of best friends and blazing trips through the desert. Many readers will identify with the struggles of this stylish lady attempting to blend in to avoid a custom’s mishap. A short and super fun read, “Have Bags, Will Travel” is perfect for your next airplane ride.

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google: http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

 

How to participate in this series.

The aim of this series is to showcase your blog and any creative work that you do from books, art, photography and crafts. You pick between one and four links to posts that you have written for your own blog since you began blogging up to October 2017 and you simply send the link to those blogs to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

You have to do nothing more as I will capture the post and images from your blog and I will then post with full copyright to you.. with your creative work and your links to buy and to connect. I might sometimes need a little more information but I am quite resourceful in finding out everything I need.

So far in the Posts from Your Archives from September 2017, there have been over 600 posts from 150 + bloggers that have reached a different audience and encouraged more readers for their own blogs and current posts.

The deal is that you also help promote the post by sharing on your social media and responding to the comments.

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Update. – Aretha Franklin, Restoration Women, Hot Soup and Texas Thunderstorms


Another week gone but one with some sunshine which is always worth celebrating. I have also finished writing Tales from the Irish Garden and phase one is over. Catching my breath and then back into each chapter to tidy up and elaborate before another run through for the first edit. I really don’t mind this part and at least I am on target to publish mid-summer.

I am so grateful for the amazing columnists who contribute to the blog each week and it would not be the same without them.

Great to have William Price King back after his week away and we just have one more post to come in the Aretha Franklin series. I am delighted that it has brought so many memories back and thank you for your comments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-1970s/

Paul Andruss posted on his own site this week.. Plight of the Restoration Women.. when your money and assets belonged to the man you married. A companion piece to last week’s post here on Barbara Villiers.

Elizabeth Pepys by Rita Greer 2007 (Historical Painter)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/writer-in-residence-companion-post-to-barbara-viliers-plights-of-restoration-women-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor, like so many has been battling a chesty cough but still managed to get into the kitchen and produce some of her delicious soup recipes, it may be spring but the weather is still a bit cool and soups make perfect light lunches.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-warming-soup/

The Sunday Interview Getting to Know You.

Welcome to the Sunday interview and this week my guest is poet Ritu Bhathal who I enjoyed meeting at last year’s Bloggers Bash in London. And it was fantastic to be there when she won the Best Overall Blog Award 2017. Find out more about her phobias, her love of dusting!…. her passion for singing and meet her cat..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-poet-ritu-bhathal/

My personal stuff – Letters from America.

The weather becomes more turbulent in Houston. with the hot humid days and we experience our first thunderstorms and torrential rain. My friend Kelly’s due date comes closer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-thunderstorms-texas-style-pool-antics-and-birth-coach-on-standby/

Posts from my archives – Short stories – Odd Jobs and characters.

This week I work in the shoe department of our local store and find that I am still using x-ray equipment and some ladies do not wear knickers!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-shoe-department-by-sally-cronin/

Get Caught Reading Month – Authors who inspired me to writer –  The books of Wilbur Smith.

Since my teens I have read and collected the books of Wilbur Smith. As part of Get Caught Reading Month, I will be sharing some of his work and three other authors who inspired me to write.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-authors-who-inspired-me-wilbur-smith-memoir-on-leopard-rock/

Sally’s Friday Drive Time Playlist – more of your requests.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-the-requests-part-two/John Howell, Annette Rochelle Aben, D.G. Kaye and Judy E. Martin

Short Stories – Tales from the Garden – Mollie’s Gardens.

My mother loved her gardens and in this post I share some of her memories spanning 94 years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-mollie-the-duchess-coleman-by-sally-cronin/

Posts from Your Archives

Debby Gies, D.G.Kaye shares another of her entertaining and informative travel posts. The joys of carry on luggage and the moving goal posts of their dimensions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-joys-of-travel-not-by-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-impending-disaster-by-colin-guest/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-jericho-prophesy-book-one-of-the-eternal-realm-by-fiona-tarr/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatestevie-turner-m-j-mallon-terry-tyler-and-phillip-t-stephens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deborah-a-bowman-matthew-drzymala-angie-dokos-and-john-w-howell/

Meet the Book Reviewers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-meet-the-bookreviewers-d-g-kaye-for-kathy-steinemann-barb-taub-for-terry-tyler-robbie-cheadle-for-ben-woodard-m-j-mallon-for-sacha-de-black-and-jan-sikes-for-nonnie-jul/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Aromatherapy – Marjoram essential oil – Muscles and stress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-health-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-marjoram-essential-oil-muscles-and-stress/

Our heart is very dependent on us to provide it with the nutrient it needs to do its vital job of keeping us alive. It does not ask for much…just lots of fresh food, prepared from scratch and less packages, cans and bottles.

Our heart is only as good as the food we eat……

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-our-heart-is-only-as-good-as-the-food-we-eat/

A-Z of nutrients that we need to be healthy – Vitamin B12.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-b12-cyanocolbalamin-cell-health-dna-and-sleep/

Why we need cholesterol….

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-part-one-an-essential-substance-our-bodies-need-by-sally-cronin/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-perhaps-a-cuddly-rabbit-might-be-the-answer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-writing-witticisms-and-nonsense/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-more-animals-making-music-well-noise/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-time-and-motion-study-last-wishes-and-grand-parenting-tips/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-meet-an-amazing-service-dog/

Thank you so much for dropping in today and as always my thanks for the amazing support and feedback. Enjoy your week and see you soon. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Reblog – Memoir Bytes: – The 10 Red Flags I Didn’t Pay Attention To – Domestic Abuse by D.G. Kaye


D.G. Kaye writes memoirs, which in some cases, takes nerves of steel. It is very hard to live through an abusive relationship and even harder when you relive it by sharing. But by sharing others who feel helpless can become empowered and that in itself is worth the pain of writing the story. Debby shares a story from her life today that resonates with many of us and I do hope that you will head over and read.

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Oh c’mon Deb, you never give a guy a chance,” my bestie Bri lectured on. “You have too many stipulations about dating before you let anyone into your life.”

I was managing an office for a PR firm when I met ‘him’. He’d drop by once a week to pick up work as a freelance editor, After five or six visits and a couple of flirty chats with ‘him’ he’d asked me out for dinner and I accepted,

‘He’ was somewhat handsome and at least gave some interesting conversation. He mentioned his failed marriage and almost had me feeling sorry for him. But as I am ever the skeptic, I always believed there are two sides to every story. It only took me a few more months to discover why he was most likely the ‘dumpee’.

We continued to date despite my nagging little doubts about things I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but my inner alarm system signaled something was amiss with this man, yet, my curiosity got the better of me. So I continued to date him. ‘His’ personality went from hot to cold – sometimes acting affectionate and sometimes downright mean – a streak I learned to fear.

Almost a year had passed and as so many of us do in life, I got complacent. I was in my early thirties when I had brainwashed myself into thinking this was the lot I was dealt, so I better make the best of it, instead of asking, Is this all there is? Don’t I deserve some of those tingly butterflies in my stomach when I’m kissed by the man I’m supposed to be loving?

To read the rest of this incredibly honest and forthright post please head over: https://dgkayewriter.com/memoir-bytes-10-red-flags-pay-attention-domestic-abuse/

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

One of D.G. Kaye’s memoirs.

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

Here is one of the recent reviews for the book  

D.G. Kaye has given us a very personal account of twenty years of marriage with an older man – the highs and the lows, the joys and the concerns. What I read between the lines is the strength of this couple’s love and commitment to each other, their determination to find the positive in every situation and the joy in every moment. Kaye opens her heart for us all to see and through her process shares wisdom that can be of value to any couple of any age. True love knows no barriers. Thanks for sharing your journey and wisdom, D.G. Kaye.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077V386TL

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077V386TL

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google: http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Smorgasbord New Series -Starting this Saturday – Meet the Book #Reviewers.


Now that Amazon is blocking us from posting on multiple Amazon sites unless we spend $50, it is up to us to spread reviews as widely as we possibly can. Whilst my followers are not in the millions, they do come from over 40 countries on all the continents.. except from the frozen north.

I did notice today that at the bottom on my account on Amazon UK for each of the books that they have put a link to Amazon US at least.. Unfortunately it does not work the other way with a link on the US site back to the UK. Small steps but it is better than nothing.

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

This series is all about the reviewers.

There are people who regularly review books on a daily or weekly basis and I thought that I would showcase them on a Saturday morning.

They do an amazing job of showcasing our books which is vital if we are to keep our books in front of the buying public. Book marketing is a challenge, and certainly not one you can tackle in isolation. Being on social media is important as that is where most books are seen, but if you have a reader who is willing to take the time to review your book.. and in a blog post as well that is shared across their own social media.. it is gold dust.

I would like to share those people who take that time and for this series it is about those who do so on their blogs. This series is about the reviewers.

There is already two posts a week where I share reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore from Amazon and Goodreads, but I don’t usually promote those that have written them.

I intend on putting in a cover of the book they are reviewing (with an amazon buy link embedded) and an extract from their review with a link back to their blog. Also if they are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore, put their entry there too.

I know that some reviewers will also review books as part of a team and when they appear on that blog I will also share their own website.

Authors – If you have been reviewed in April on a blog then this is a way for you to share that good news by sending me the link to that review.

It will take a couple of weeks to evolve but I hope it will at least boost the review to my followers, bring more traffic to the review site and encourage more people to buy books.

I already have some reviewers for this week’s post but if you have reviewed a book in April can you send me a link please to your blog or to Amazon.. either in the comments or email me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Authors… if your book has been reviewed in April then please send me the link to the reviewers post by email or in the comments.

To show you what each individual spot will look like.. here is a bit of shameless self-promotion!!!! Amy M. Reade kindly reviewed What’s in a Name Volume 1 last week.

Reviewed by Amy M. Reade: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/book-recommendation-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin/

Here is an extract from Amy’s post.

Back in May of 2017, I published an interview with Sally Cronin. You can read it here if you’d like to refresh your memory. In that interview she talked about her new book, What’s in a Name?

I read the book recently (I need to get on Amazon and post my review) and I’d like to share my thoughts with you. And since this post it entitled “Book Recommendation,” I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of my thoughts.

What’s in a Name? is a collection of short stories, all written by Sally. She had the genius idea of writing two stories for each letter of the alphabet: the name of the story would be the first name of the male or female main character. Hence, Sally has penned the stories “Anne” and “Alexander,” “Grace” and “George,” and “Jane” and “Jack.” I’m sure you get the picture.

Volume I of What’s in a Name? contains stories for letters A through J. Volume II, it follows, continues with the rest of the alphabet. I haven’t read Volume II yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

Please head over and read the whole review: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/book-recommendation-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin/

Amy M. Reade is an author in the bookstore

Amy Reade, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

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If I get inundated with entries then I will expand the post to two days. It may seem a drop in the ocean but I hope that ‘Every little helps’ get book reviews read and books sold.

Reviewers please drop the link to the latest book you have reviewed in April to me by email – sally.cronin@moyhill.com or in the comments.

Authors who have been reviewed in April in a blog post, please let me have the link to the reviewers site by email or in the comments.

If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore contact me by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com so we can discuss getting you in there.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

If you are an author in the cafe and bookstore who has received a review on Amazon or Goodreads in the last month then let me know so I can put in the twice weekly updates.

Thanks for dropping in and looking forward to getting your links.. Sally

Smorgasbord posts from Your Archives – Travel Day -Day 1 Arizona Here I Come by D.G. Kaye


Welcome to the first post in a four week series from D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies. Originally posts in 2016, this post takes us through just the first day of travel on Debby and her husband’s winter vacation to Arizona for two glorious months. As you will see not plain sailing…although they were not on a boat,  actually there was the limo first and then a plane, but that came with optional extras… Including germ distributing fellow passengers.

Travel Day -Day 1 Arizona Here I Come by D.G. Kaye

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The limo was to pick us up at 630 am. I thought this would give us plenty of time to get through the travel ritual and rigamarole one has to endure to get where they’re going to via airplane these days.

After playing switcheroo for a few days, by adding, subtracting, and switching items in my 4 full-sized suitcases, and 3 severely overweight carry-on bags, in efforts to get ready for the trip to Arizona, I was ready. I had been high dosing on homeopathic remedies for a few days to help heal my injured hip and gratefully I had regained more than half the ability back in ease of movement for travel day. Lord knows I needed mobility to lug the lot of bags through airports, customs, on and off carousels, and on and off a shuttle bus from Phoenix airport to the car rental building.

Have Bags Will Travel

We waited for the limo driver to buzz us to inform us he’d arrived, and when the clock ticked 640 am, we began to worry they may have forgotten us, and we’d be getting into morning traffic to and at the airport being that we were flying on New Year’s Eve day. Hub decided to go down to the lobby and check, and sure enough, there he was sitting in the limo, apparently there for half an hour waiting for us. Thanks to our great ‘security’ at the gate of our building (NOT), the driver was told we were coming downstairs, only nobody told the gate such a thing, and so he waited patiently instead of buzzing up to confirm for himself.

I digress, this little incident reminded me of a conversation I had with the management office in my building when we first agreed to move there and I questioned them on the extent of security. Yes, there’s a security guard who opens the gate through the entrance when guests pull in – quite nice, but really irrelevant when they don’t ask where you’re going, or write down a licence and proceed to let anyone in. And yes, our building has a security guard at the desk in the lobby, who is rarely sitting there when anyone who comes to visit me makes their way up to my apartment door without having to buzz up for me to let them up. So when I was concerned about the underground parking and the safety, the management office told me it’s very safe. I pointed out that I didn’t see any cameras and she assured me that anyone would have to come through the security gate to get to the underground. That was not reassuring, so I said, “Ok, let me get this straight, the security at the gate entrance is supposed to make me feel safe? So after something happens to me and I’m left for dead it’s ok because they got a licence number?” How reassuring.”

Anyhoo, after getting to the airport and worrying about huge lines, which didn’t turn out to be too bad, but getting grilled by a grizzly US customs officer about the sandwich I brought to eat on the plane that was considered food that I didn’t check off on the customs form which gave me a choice to tick off of ‘are you bringing into the country … a multiple choice question of , from a farm, dairy, poultry, eg. ‘(there was no tick box for egg salad on a flaxseed wrap). He finally let me pass. Then we whizzed through security after undressing and redressing and proceeded to the gate. The plane was an hour delayed in leaving due to some mysterious unknown reason.

After getting settled in my seat on the aircraft, I once again began to feel as though I was contained in a metal can in a cess pool of germs. The plane was full, with at least 200 and some odd passengers and the heavy-set woman who whooped her cough and didn’t let up for longer than 3 minute intervals with her hyena-like coughing fits. Where was she sitting? Need you really ask? Right behind me!

My hub and I rolled our eyes at one another and bitched back and forth how people who are sick were allowed to fly and spread their germs without at least wearing a mask. We huddled our heads into our jackets as long as we could endure, hoping to stave off her ominous germs. My hub became quite snarly by the time we’d had an hour of whooping woman. He turned to me and asked me how on earth is it possible that every time we travel, we get the sickos behind or beside us. I mean really, what are the bloody odds?
I’ve always been the 1% girl when it comes to the odds of something happening to someone. So once again, I replied to him, “We’re bound to win a lottery one day. Surely all the 1% situations we encounter can’t only be negative ones? We’re gearing up for a big win!

Four and a half hours later, we landed in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The stunning view of the mountains from the airplane window was like winning a lottery for me. We deplaned and headed through the airport on a very long walk to the luggage carousel. By this time toting my heavy and large overstuffed purse and carry-on bag, while my hub toted the other carry-on and another overstuffed computer bag, we proceeded to the luggage carousel. We loaded a cart that could barely hold 7 pieces of luggage and proceeded to push that through baggage claim to the outside through a busy walkway to the shuttle bus we had to catch, which took us to the car rental.

Once again we off-lifted the bags to lift them back onto the shuttle, only to have to lift them off once again at the car rental. We were grateful for a man who generously offered to lift our bags back onto a cart. I’m sure he could see my hub was worn right out and I was walking with a slow limp. We had only to sign in for the car and load the bags into the car, which became a mathematical puzzle we managed to accomplish.

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We were worn out and feeling pretty broken in the back department when we finally arrived at our rented accommodations and discovered our condo was on the second floor with 2 flights of winding cement stairs. We only had to lift those cases one more time; each of 4 bags weighing nearly 50lbs and the smaller ones at 30 lbs. We both held an end of each bag and with our last ounces of energy managed to get them all up to our floor.

We got inside and saw this beautiful condo we’d be living in for two months, which we could barely appreciate from our worn out state of exhaustion and realized it was already nearing 4.30 pm, New Year’s Eve, and had to run and buy groceries before the stores closed until Saturday. The last thing we felt like doing was go grocery shopping and carry more bags up those stairs, but we did.

We got back, dragging our asses and bags up a few trips from the carpark up the stairs and putting the groceries away, it was nearing 6.30 pm when my phone rang and it was our good friends Larry and Lois who live in Scottsdale, informing us that they’d be over to pick us up at 7.45 pm to go out for dinner.

This was the first New Year’s Eve I can remember ever getting ready to go out in 20 minutes. The food was great, the company was great. We got home by 11pm. I barely got my face washed and creamed, hit the mattress, never saw the ball drop at midnight, and couldn’t think of anything better I’d rather be doing at midnight than sleeping.

Stay tuned for more adventures as they happen!

©D.G.Kaye 2016

Thanks to Debby for her detailed itinerary and it does sound like the condo was worth the effort….

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Debby has written a book about some of her travel adventures – Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

A recent review for Have Bags Will Travel

This amusing memoir by D.G. Kaye is all about the difficulties faced by a shopaholic whose idea of travel centers largely around shopping and getting all her fantastic purchases home without paying excess baggage costs. I could relate to this book really well because I am both of the things the author is; I am a germ fanatic and I love to shop. My shopping also comprises of bulky objects because I collect antique and vintage dolls and books. Have you ever tried to pack three teddy bears, two porcelain dolls, gifts for everyone you know and about twenty vintage books into your return suitcase without it being overweight? I have so I can relate to D.G. Kaye’s weakness for shoes and having to get them back home.

I really laughed at the descriptions of trying to make do with the tiny bathroom facilities on an overnight flight without touching anything. I recently bought my Aunt, who was travelling overnight to Dubai, a pair of soft slippers to wear on the aeroplane so that she would not get dirty socks.

D.G. Kaye has traveled to some interesting places, and it was entertaining to read about some of them and see them through the eyes of a shopper who is focusing mainly on what she can buy. Her reflections on Las Vegas, a city I have never visited, were particularly interesting.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-packer/dp/0992097495

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

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