Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th October 2021 – Crows, Robins, Diana Ross, Relationships, Stories, Reviews, Health and Humour

Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope all is well with you. Quite a bit going on around here with spare parts for the wood burner, tiles to replace cracked ones and other bits and pieces arriving daily. We are still waiting on those who will be installing topsoil, lawn, fixing said wood burner and chimney sweeping but early days yet… no fixed day or week was mentioned in negotiations! When we can ‘fit you in’ seems to be the common phrase you wait patiently.  David will be fixing the tiles himself during the redecoration process so no mystery there.

An earlier photo of Charlie

We believe that Charlie has been back in the garden. We noticed a crow, slightly bigger which is to be expected, but with the same mottled grey markings foraging under the bird feeder, accompanied by a friend. He still has trouble flying but managed to clear the hedge and perch on a telephone line. What made us think it was Charlie was that he wiped his beak from side to side on the line. Because his beak was damaged he did that after eating so we are hoping it was him.

Other than that I am making progress on the writing front and you can read an example in the post that Jane Risdon kindly shared this week…with an excerpt from the next collection.

I was the guest of author Jane Risdon who shared my short story, Miss Lloyd’s Robin, from the new collection due out at the end of the year… I hope you will head over to read.. Thanks to Jane for also showcasing Life is Like a Mosaic…

Guest of author Jane Risdon with a short story

This week William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp contributed their expertise in the form of music, relationships and humour… they are amazing. Thanks to you for dropping in and the support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – October 2021 – No Contact – The Breaking Point

Walter – Lost and Alone by Sally Cronin

What’s in a Name? – Xenia – Beloved by Sally Cronin

#TankaProse – The Hunter’s Moon by Sally Cronin Posted

New Review #Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

Memories, Music and Movies – 1966 – Manfred Mann, kittens and Georgy Girl

Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part Two – by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health – The Heart and Stress by Sally Cronin

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2 by Sally Cronin

#Finance – Absolutely Necessary Expenses by Sharon Marchisello

#FlashFiction The Last Ride of the Night by D.L. Finn

Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged? Hugh W. Roberts

#Offer Marcia Meara, #Teaching Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Halloween John Howell.

Thursday October 14th 2021 – #Humour Joy Lennick, #Interview Terry Tyler, #Booklaunch Mae Clair with Joan Hall.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Book Review – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy by Janice Spina

New Author on the Shelves – #Portugal – #Memoir – Another Day in Paradise by Karen Telling

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal, #UrbanFantasy, #Shortstories -Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair

#Reviews – #Menopause D.G. Kaye, #Mennonite Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Comingofage Bette A. Stevens

#History #NorthernIreland Jane Buckley, #Mystery James J. Cudney, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton

#History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

October 12th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Funny Bone and Famous Last Words

October 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Recovery Time and Lost in Translation


Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed the week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Reblog – Jennie Fitzkee is a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show…wow.

The amazing Jennie Fitzkee who delights us with her stories from her classroom came to the attention of the producers of the Kelly Clarkson Show and that began a wonderful adventure with the culmination in Jennie’s appearance yesterday on the show.

If you live in the USA you should be able to access the show here: The Kelly Clarkson Show

I will hand you over to Jennie to get the story started and then I hope you head over to read about the whole adventure.

The Kelly Clarkson Show – And Me

Everything people say is true. Kelly Clarkson is genuine. She’s as nice as the day is long. She is all about others (not herself), and so much fun.

I know. I am on her show tomorrow- in person with Kelly.

Kelly is the real deal, and she could be my best friend. That’s just who she is. When the doors opened to walk out onto the stage, she smiled and waved. I did, too. It was across a very crowded and busy room, a locked-on moment.

Everyone associated with the show is the same way. Surely they must have to pass a ‘kindness test’ in order to work there.

To tell you the story, I will start at the beginning, nearly a year ago. In the words of a ‘Jennie Story’, “It Happened Like This”: 


Head over to read the post in full: The Kelly Clarkson Show and Jennie Fitzkee


Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you will enjoy Jennie’s wonderful day out…

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 30th September 2021 – #Reviews D.L Finn, #Statistics Jim Borden, #Facebook Pete Springer, #Spotlight D.G. Kaye with Stevie Turner, #Pavlova Eat Dessert First Greece

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

The first post is from Denise Finn with some books from September that changed her…including authors Karen Ingalls, John W. Howell, Suzanne Burke and W.J. Scott

for blog summer edition pic

Happy Summer! It’s the season when air conditioners are running, swim holes are appealing, the BBQ is fired-up and the stars beg to be observed. There is the thrill of baseball games or the Fair when it comes to town offering food, rides, and farm animals. Then, there’s the quieter times to stretch out on the freshly cut grass watching a cloud or two float by, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire. The most important thing about summer is to remember that carefree child again.

Books have the same effect on me that seasons do. They can be renewing like spring or like summertime taking a journey to that special place remembered from childhood. That trip can be either in wonder or to that scary place that keeps eyes focused on the darkness instead of sleeping. All I know is I am never the same again after reading a great book.

Here is my second list of the year for the summer of books that have changed me by reading them! 

Head over to read discover Denise’s recommended books and reviews: Books That Changed Me–Summer Edition

The next post is from Jim Borden who explores the some of the statistics online that can lead you down rabbit holes that lead to some interesting discoveries.

This is probably about the fifth post I’ve written that refers to the word serendipity.

It’s no surprise given how much I surf the web, and end up clicking on random links that pop up.

Today’s serendipitous moment started while watching ESPN’s Gameday show, which was set at Penn State (where they are having one of their famous whiteout games, as shown above).

One of the student signs said something along the lines of:

“Lions Eat Tigers”

which refers to the fact that the Penn State Nittany Lions were playing the Auburn Tigers.

One of my first thoughts after seeing the sign was who would win such a fight.

Head over to read Jim’s post and find out apart from humans who is the dumbest creature: Serendipity, Stupidity and the Web

The next post also features social media with a focus on Facebook as Pete Springer shares some of the more comedic aspects of this sometimes frustrating social networking site.

Photo Credit to Brett Jordan on Pexels

Like most things in life that become popular, I’m not in sync. It seems like I’m either late or not invited. My wife and I are Baby Boomers. We got lost somewhere along the way with Generations X, Y, and Z, but I also take pride in not always going with the latest fad or trend. It doesn’t mean I necessarily think less of people who always follow the crowd, but that’s never going to be me, and I’m okay with that.  

Head over to discover Pete’s views on social media and some of the funnier aspects of Facebook: The Humour of Facebook

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies was in the spotlight at Stevie Turner’s and talks about her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do” .

Hi all, today the spotlight is on D.G Kaye, a non-fiction author I feel I know very well even though I’ve never met her.

We’ve gone through a few similiar life experiences, and we have the same opinions on many subjects. Reading Debby’s bio below, I’ve often wished I could have been a reporter too, and it’s quite uncanny how much alike we are in so many ways!

I enjoyed reading Debby’s book ‘Twenty Years: After “I Do”, which contains many tips for a successful marriage based on the author’s own twenty year marriage to the love of her life, Gordon, who sadly passed away earlier this year. 

If you would like your book featured on Friday Spotlight, please email me at and put ‘Friday Spotlight’ in the subject box. Thank you. 

Head over to enjoy Stevie and Debby’s chat: Friday Spotlight D.G. Kaye and Stevie Turner

The final post today is a sweet treat from the team at Eat Dessert First Greece… and looks amazing. As always there is the background to the dessert and in this case the story of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

We learned that the dessert we will study was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) who was famous when she toured in the 1920s. We read that her dance was so light that they said she did not dance, but flied high with her wings. Anna Pavlova was a superstar of the time. Various dishes were named after her. In France there were frog legs à la Pavlova and in America Pavlova ice cream.

Head over to find out more about the history of the dessert and get the recipe and enjoy the rest of the post: Eat Dessert First Greece Pavlova


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you would head over to the posts to read them in full.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday September 21st 2021 – Jacqui Murray, Jan Sikes, Robbie Cheadle and Harmony Kent, John Howell, D.G. Kaye with Frank Prem

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

Jacquie Murray shares a post on a useful project management tool for writers.. Planning a book or Marketing..

Google Drawings for Planning and Marketing Your Story

Google Drawings is a free Google Drive-based drawing tool that allows writers to create drawings, devise marketing pieces, brainstorm stories with concept maps, and more. Here’s how you use it:

  • Open your Google Drive account; go to New and select Google Drawings (it may be located under ‘More’).
  • Insert shapes, lines, an image, or text with the editing tools.
  • When finished, publish the drawing as a stand-alone or add it to a Google Doc, slideshow, or spreadsheet. As will all Google tools, it can be shared with others in a wide variety of methods.

There are a lot of drawing programs. SumoPaint, GIMP, and Photoshop are some of my favorites. All are wonderful in their own right and many more powerful than Google Drawings. So why use Drawings?

Head over to find out the eight reasons you should explore this Google tool further: Jacqui Murray – Author Tool Box Blog Hop

The next post is from Jan Sikes who will be sharing some of her passions over coming weeks including the stones she has collected over the years. Last week it was the Amethyst  which happens to be my birthstone. Jan provides a detailed background to the stone and its legendary properties.

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones – #Amethyst

Photo by Jan Sikes – A tiny portion of my gemstone collection

I love rocks!

Since I can remember, I’ve been a collector. When we’d go on family vacations, I always came home with a pile of rocks, much to my parent’s dismay.

But for me, that love tripled shortly after Rick passed away.

After his death, and my decision to leave our home, I started the process of packing. Then about six months later, I moved into a new house and started the unpacking process.

I had (have) lots of Rick’s paintings. As I was deciding which ones I wanted to hang in my new house, I opened all of the boxes and pulled them out. Then as I made my choices and returned them to their packing boxes, there was one box that the painting wouldn’t fit back into. Puzzled, I turned the box upside down, and lo and behold, this fell out.

Head over to find what fell out of the box: Wednesday Wonders – Gemstones with Jan Sikes.

The next post is by Robbie Cheadle and is part of her Treasuring Poetry series and this week she interviews Harmony Kent and also reviews Harmony’s Slices of Soul collection

Treasuring Poetry with Robbie Cheadle – Meet poet and author Harmony Kent

Today, I am delighted to feature poet and author Harmony Kent as my guest for Treasuring Poetry. I have read one of Harmony’s fictional books and her non-fiction book, Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer: Inspirational Tools to Fire Your Imagination, and they are both excellent. I have read and reviewed her poetry book, Slices of Soul: A Collection of Contemporary Poetry.

Welcome Harmony! Which of your own poems is your favourite? 

Head over to find out which of her own poems Harmony considers her favourite and read Robbie’s review for Slices of Soul: Robbie Cheadle interviews Harmony Kent

Over the last 18 months I am sure that like me you may have bought more items online.. I have been very lucky but as John Howell points out.. ‘Buyer Beware’ with Ten Things Not To Buy Online!

Top Ten Thngs Not to Buy Online


This list is inspired by having some unpleasant experiences with items purchased without having the luxury of trying them out first. Although extreme, this list represents some of the potential disappointments a buyer can experience in shopping online.

Top Ten Things Not to Buy Onlne

10 If you are shopping online, do not buy that cosmetic kit that promises an instant youthful appearance. If you do, at best, you’ll learn that what seems too good to be true is too good. At worst, you will need an intervention by an expensive dermatologist just to remove the facial mask. (And don’t you look good with a Jim Carrey green mask?)

Head over to discover the nine other items to avoid buying online: Buying online guide by John Howell.

The final post today is a book review from D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies for the poetry collection Voices in the Trash by Frank Prem.

Bitmo Sunday book review

Sunday Book Review – Voices in the Trash by Frank Prem – #Poetry

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today my review is for a short but lovely poetry book by Frank Prem – Voices in the Trash. For those who are familiar with Frank’s inventive poetry, you will enjoy this imagery plus poetry together as the author depicts what the images speak to him.

Head over to read Debby’s review for Voices in the Trash: Book review D.G. Kaye for Frank Prem


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


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday September 16th 2021 – Colleen Chesebro, D.G. Kaye, Valentina Cirasola with Teagan Riordáin Geneviene, Balroop Singh, Rebecca Budd with Miriam Hurdle

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full…. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Colleen Chesebro with this week’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge. It is synonyms only… with the prompt words Family and Peace… Many a poetry collection has been inspired by those of us participating in Colleen’s challenge and worth remembering that by writing a poem every week, at the end of the year you have 52 ready for a collection.. Colleen has a number of pages which provide the details of the various forms and links to other sites to help you create your poem. Also check out the next post which is a five star review for Colleen’s definitive guide to syllabic poetry which I can also highly recommend. Word Craft Prose & Poetry


Head over to read the post in full, particularly if you have not participated before: Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge

Following on from the post above, here is the 5 star review for Colleen’s guide to syllabic poetry by D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies.

Bitmo Sunday book review

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m thrilled to review Colleen Chesebro’s latest book – Word Craft Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry. If you are a lover of poetry writing, I would highly recommend this book. You’ll have to read my review below to find out why! 

Head over to read the post in full including Debby’s review for the book: Sunday Book Review – Word Craft Prose & Poetry by Colleen Chesebro

The next post is from Valentina Cirasola and is her interview with fantasy author Teagan Riordáin Geneviene who shares the background to her books and in particular the serieal novellas being published monthly on Amazon.

Today, my guest is an author from New Mexico with a vivid imagination. She writes fantasy books for adults. When I saw her on Google+ I was attracted to her unusual name Teagan Riordáin Geneviene and the striking cover of the book she was writing “The Delta Pearl”. The sepia tone of the cover and the entire imagery made me fantasize being on the river boat and immediately took me back to that Jazz era I like so much. People say don’t judge a book by the cover… I let Teagan speak. 

Head over to enjoy this interesting interview and discover more about Teagan and her work: Autumn With An Author: Teagan Geneviene

The next post is a very powerful poem by Balroop Singh that I believe should be shared far and wide. For too long the powerlessness of woman around the globe in war torn and violence dominated societies has been allowed to fester..

Photo credit: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) 

Despair and suffering has been the fate of women for centuries. I am dismayed that it still is in many parts of the globe. The long, endless battle against conservative forces that take pleasure in subjugation continues! The following poem is inspired from this thought.

Head over to read this powerful call to action: Seeking by Balroop Singh

And the final post today is from Rebecca Budd interviewing poet Miriam Hurdle who shares her positive approach to the devastating cancer diagnosis and treatment and how her gratitude inspired her collection Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. Miriam shares some of her poetry and you will also find some wonderful examples in the post.

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that poet and writer, Miriam Hurdle and I are connecting California and British Columbia to discuss how nature’s capacity for healing has ignited her poetic journey. Miriam’s book of poetry, “Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” is an exploration into the breadth and depth of the human experience, of feeling the joy of being alive, of living with hope even when faced with difficult pathways.

Head over to enjoy the interview and to listen to some of Miriam’s wonderful poetry: Miriam Hurdle on Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday September 14th 2021 – Jessica Norrie, D.G. Kaye, Joy Lennick, Carol Taylor, The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week so far and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full…thanks Sally.

The first post is from Jessica Norrie with an interview with one of the authors in her writing group who has recently published a new novel.

News from the writing group

Some authors roam their keyboards alone, but many like the comfort of a writing group. I found mine when, after weeks critiquing each others’ work on a Writers & Artists course, four of us decided to continue.

When the world was normal we met in an art deco cocktail bar in Holborn. Sometimes we’d emailed extracts in advance, sometimes it was more ad hoc. Then in lockdown we read each others’ entire books and commented, raising our glasses on Zoom. It really has been invaluable.

One of us, Sofia Due, has just published an earlier novel. Ed and Lily is a cleverly constructed story of the dangers of “couple fatigue”

Head over to find out more about the book by Sofia Due: Jessica Norrie with news from the writing group

The next post is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) and is her monthly look at the blogs posting on writing..

Writer's Tips

Welcome to September edition of Writer’s Tips. In this edition it’s chock full of goodies for authors. Author Marketing and a new series open for writers from Sally Cronin. Anne R. Allen keeps us up to date on scams against authors. Ruth Harris on writing the danged blurb. How to structure memoir using storyboard. Harmony Kent on writing in 2nd person, and a warning to check your Google extensions so you aren’t auto-opted in to their exploitive policy.

Head over to check out all the posts as some very helpful information provided: Writer’s Tips – Publishing Scams, Google Caveat, Writing the Blurb, #Scammers, Author Marketing

The next post is by Joy Lennick with a wonderfully detailed tour of the home of the Brontes and the background to their tragic lives and their iconic writing.


The sun slunk behind a threatening cloud as we trudged, slightly out of breath, up the winding, steep hill, past a tea shop which registered and whispered as we passed…My hitherto excited mood, dampened slightly, but I was determined to enjoy the experience. After all, I was about to visit Haworth Parsonage, where a tragic, literary family doggedly wrote their way through too many illnesses and deaths, and a slender-built young woman literally penned one of my favourite books, JANE EYRE.

Head over to read this delightful post and enjoy the photographs: The Brontes World with Joy Lennick

Carol Taylor shares her packed week in the round up with some sobering facts about rainfall.. something we take for granted here in Ireland.. but in some parts of the world there might only be 3 days a year…there is also an update on plastics, a recipe for coconut cookies how to use neem oil, banana flowers and Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of postsEspecially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the month of September time just fliesYesterday was a sad day of remembrance around the world, particularly in the USA…my thoughts and prayers were with you yesterday as was the rest of the world…for those who lost their lives and for those left behind with memories of the horror…God bless you all xx

Head over to catch up with Carol’s busy week and enjoy her informative and entertaining posts: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 5th-September 11th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Coconut Cookies, Ants, Neem Oil and Banana Flowers…

Now time for some words of wisdom from Aunty Acid that are also very funny, courtesy of The Story Reading Ape, Chris Graham…

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape


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

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – August 31st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Sunscreen and Last Respects

Debby Gies has been foraging on line for some funnies and I have a joke or two from the archives.

   If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest relationship column here on Smorgasbord: Realms of Relationships – Soul Mates

Now something from Sally

National Pride..

An Indian cab driver picked up a Japanese man from a hotel. Along the way, they saw a Honda motorcycle overtake the taxicab and the Japanese guy said, “Motorcycle very fast, made in Japan.” Then a Toyota car overtook the taxicab and the Japanese guy said, “Car very fast, made in Japan.” When they reached the destination the fare was 1500 rupees. The Japanese man thought the ride was would only cost 500 rupees. He asked the driver why the ride was so expensive. The driver said, “Meter very fast, made in India.”

Last Respects

At a motivational seminar 3 men are asked to come up to the stage.

They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say…… LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!”

Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 30th August 2021 – #Bookclubs Rebecca Budd, Reviews D. Wallace Peach, #Review D.G. Kaye

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

The first post is from Rebecca Budd and her guest Karen Saunders who shares her experiences of belonging to a Book Club and how it can be both a social and a fulfilling reading experience.

Karen Saunders – St. Peter’s Square, in Vatican City

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Karen Saunders, has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to discuss how book clubs build compassionate communities and encourage life-long learning.

Karen called New Brunswick home. That is, until her family decided to settle on the other side of Canada in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Karen is passionate about literature, languages, and books. She attended the University of Victoria and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, a double major in English Literature and French Language. In 1983, Karen obtained a Master of Library Science from McGill University, Montréal, QC. During all her studies, she married the love her of life, Patrick.  

Head over to enjoy the podcast and post in full: Season 3 Episode 34: Karen Saunders on Books, Book Clubs & Belonging

The next post is from Diana Peach with part two of her August reviews for great authors including Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle and for children’s author Dawn Doig.. some new to me authors too which is always exciting..head over to read the reviews in full and top up your TBRs.

Part 2 of a busy month of reading!

Thanks for all the kind wishes about my dang back. It’s made giant strides toward wellness, and I intend to keep it that way after spending the entire month of August groaning.

August book reviews (part 2) include my 4 and 5 star reads of poetry and fantasy, a courtroom romance, a book of dark short stories, two sci-fi reads, and three children’s books. 

Head over to enjoy these terrific reviews: Diana Wallace Peach – Myths of the Mirror book reviews

The final post today is a book review by D.G. Kaye – a glimpse into what is beyond this mortal life of ours. It is often said that those who have passed have never returned to tell us of their findings.. but in Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death written in 1969 this may not be the case… head over to read more about this book and Debby’s review.

Bitmo Sunday book review

Sunday Book Review – Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death
August 29, 2021

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing a recent read – Testimony of Light written by Helen Greaves, but the writing is all telepathically transmitted to Helen from her departed good friend and former nun, Frances Banks. Fascinating read on the spiritual life we encounter after we pass to the other side. 

Testimony Of Light: An extraordinary message of life after death by [Helen Greaves]

Head over to find out more about this book and read Debby’s review: Testimony of Light – An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death


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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – New Series – #Nonfiction – Guest Posts – Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Recently I shared a short series on people how I considered an been a positive influence in my life, either by teaching me to read and write, that dreams can come true, that human kindness comes in many forms or by helping me transition into a responsible adult.

Of course our parents and other members of the family have a direct impact on who we are today, but for me  in addition there are those who came and went in my life, but whilst there changed the way I looked at life in general and my own future.

This series is about the person you feel has had the most influence on your life and has shaped the person you are today, and what you have achieved.  That might be in reaching personal goals or to do with your career.

This is of course also a marketing opportunity for your blog and books, and a showcase of your writing skills.

At the end of the post I have shared the links to my recent series so you can see how it might look when posted.

Some guidelines.

  • If you look back at your life, who would you say had the most influence on who you are today or your life’s achievements?
  • It might be a parent, grandparent, or other relation, perhaps a teacher, employer or someone who you only encountered for a brief period, but changed the course of your life in a positive way.
  • It might be someone you have never met but influenced you in another way such as by their actions or a book that you read by them. This is a tribute to that person.
  • It can be a post your have already written or one that is unpublished.
  • If already published just send me the link.
  • I will top and tail the post with the usual links and a recent review etc.
  • This is an opportunity to show off your writing skills and to encourage readers to follow your blog or buy your books…dress to impress.

What I need from you sent to my email

If you are have been promoted here before.

I just need your word document 1000 to 1500 words and two or three photographs to break up the text.. perhaps of you at that stage in your life or one of the person who you are writing about.

If they are an author then an Amazon link so I can copy the cover of their book or books with a link.

If you have not been featured on the blog before

  • In addition to the word document and photographs for the post I will need your information.
  • A profile photograph, up to date  biography, social media links for website or blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.
  • If you are an author your Amazon Author page, Goodreads and Bookbub if you are there too.

Once I have received your post

  • I will schedule and let you have the date.
  • On the day of publication I will send you a link for the post.
  • It would be great if you could share your post on your social media.
  • I ask that all comments are responded to individually as it does make a difference to the number of times the post is shared.
  • When shared on social media I will tag you if you are on that platform and it would be great if you could thank the person who has shared the post..

I am looking forward to discovering the amazing people who have inspired you and sharing them here in this series… get in touch… thanks Sally.

My series of posts on those who had an influence on my life.

Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf

Grazzi hafna from Sally aged seven to the old Prickly Pear farmer and his donkey

-Baie dankie my vriend Linda Mooi from Sally aged Ten. Capetown 1963

Thank you Betty Lavington from Sally aged Seventeen – #Drama

Thank you Roland Phillips DDS for teaching me about work ethics


Look forward to hearing from you soon… Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 24th August 2021 – #Review Toni Pike for Robbie Cheadle, #Childhood Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye

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

The first post is from author Toni Pike with her five star reviews for the historical paranormal novel A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie).

I’m delighted to share with you my five-star review of A Ghost and His Gold, by Roberta Eaton Cheadle. It is a dramatic historical paranormal story set in South Africa, and if you love history then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African author with a keen interest in history. She wrote her novel, A Ghost and His Gold, with the intention of sharing some of the history of the Second Anglo Boer War and the impact it had on the various people of South Africa. The historical elements are interwoven with a modern storyline to draw parallels between the past and the present and demonstrate how the same issues and problems that existed in the past continue to blight our modern lives. 

Head over to read Toni’s review for this terrific book: Toni Pike – Book Review – A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

The next post is from retired teacher Pete Springer with a thought provoking post that explores the myth that we more mature adults had a tougher childhood that today’s children.. personally happy to have spent mine in the 50s… but Pete would love your views.

Photo Credit to Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

I recently read a thought-provoking piece from one of my blogging friends, Jim Borden, over at Borden’s Blather, regarding a recent CBS Sunday Morning piece regarding stress and helping students cope with the pressure to succeed.  I’ve previously written about Jim and his amazing blogging streak. He has blogged every day since Jan. 1, 2015.

The CBS story and Jim’s accompanying article struck a chord as I can think of no other time in my life when the pressures of everyday living have been greater.

Head over to read Pete’s thoughtful exploration of this subject and leave your thoughts in the comments: Pete Springer Do kids today really have it easier

The final post is from D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies and is her monthly Writers links including Facebook woes, building up an ARC review team and other helpful posts.

Writer's Tips

Welcome to my August edition of collaborated links full of Writer’s Tips and great promotional ideas for authors. In this edition – Facebook Woes, Building an Arc review team, Slashing your word count, how to use BookBub effectively, branding your blog, and how to get the most out of your Amazon author pages.

Kathy Steinemann wrote an excellent post on Facebook woes – When Facebook AI Runs Awry. As many of us writers have experienced Facebook woes, Kathy shares her experience and links to contacting the ‘elusive’ Facebook. Check out Kathy’s new author page she created since Facebook would no longer let her into her page.

Head over to check out these very useful links from Debby Gies: Writer’s Tips – #Facebook Woes, Building #ARC Review Teams, #BookBub, Author Branding


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