Welcome to my small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed this last couple of days and the first is from Frank Parker who has a date with author Ceri Bladen.
A Date With… Ceri Bladen
My date this time describes herself as “a Welsh girl who now lives in Turkey with her family.” When she is not writing or drawing, she loves to cook with fresh produce from the market, and look after her “thirty-odd street cats and one street dog”.
I was curious about her choice of Turkey, given it’s poor human rights reputation, as a suitable place to bring up a family. Her experience gives the lie to that reputation:
“I enjoyed many years teaching primary-aged children in beautiful Swansea. Although I never dreamed of giving up my chosen career, my life shifted focus when I had a set of twins and another child just seventeen months later. My husband and I had waited seven years to have children so when we were blessed with them, they became our main priority. I decided to take time away from my profession to enjoy time with them.
While they were toddlers we spent a couple of weeks a year in Turkey on holiday. After a while we decided to move there for a couple of years.
Turkey is a friendly, family-orientated place, as anyone who has visited will know.
In our twelve years living there, we found the Turkish people welcoming and have never once thought it a ‘far from ideal’ place to raise a family; in fact, quite the opposite. They have been able to experience an idyllic outdoor childhood; they have acquired another language; learned about a different religion, and culture; and have had the opportunity to travel. Our focus in life has always been the children, and we are proud that our Turkish lifestyle has enabled them to grow into socially adaptable, polite teenagers.”
Head over and find out more about Ceri Bladen and her Viking books: https://franklparker.com/2018/07/14/a-date-with-ceri-bladen/
Frank Parker is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore
Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
A new blog to me but one I am sure I will enjoy...Stories I have Never Told..is a collection of moments that have shaped Alexis Ryder’s life…
Shortly after my grandmother was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, my mother decided we should take a trip to her home country; Uruguay. Her doctor said it might benefit her to see familiar sights and people from her past. The timing was good; she was lucid enough to know what was going on most of the time, and she was definitely still lucid enough to complain, which is one of her favourite activities.
On the third day of our family vacation, we took a road trip across the tiny South American country. The six of us piled into this rickety old van that we’d rented and hit the open road. Throughout the ride, when she was not asleep, my grandmother complained abut my father’s driving and of the various potholes we hit.
Around midday, we stopped at a tourist attraction that my cousin had recommended. It was about three hours out of the capital city. We took a few wrong turns before arriving at this huge metal bull, whose brass balls we had to rub for good luck. My grandmother complained about the steep hill that led to the bull and of the lewdness of the tradition.
Read the rest of this delightful post: https://storiesivenevertold.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/the-complaints/
And last but not least… a post from Kristina Stanley whose guest is author Tracy L. Ward talking about Canadian History.
You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar I Did My Research by Tracy L. Ward
If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “Canadian history just isn’t that interesting,” I could retire a very wealthy woman. It seems, in comparison to the oft romanticized aspects of American history (a rebellion for liberty from British rule, a civil war to free the enslaved and multiple presidential assassinations) any history Canadians have been a part of feels downright yawn worthy.
How did we become a county? We held a meeting and signed some papers. Yawn. How did slavery in Canada end? Well, Britain ended their involvement in the slave trade and we just kind of followed suit. Both these major events seem passive on our part, nothing revolutionary, nothing to write home about.
A lot of our apathy toward our own history comes down to how it’s taught. It’s standard practice to focus on dates, politician’s names and outcomes of battle. But what if I told you this is exactly the WRONG way to approach history?
I certainly had my fair share of “read this, fill in the blanks on this” history classes. If this is the only type of history class that young people are exposed to no wonder adult Canadians aren’t that particularly interested.
How did I get hooked on history?
Read the rest of this interesting guest post: https://kristinastanley.com/2018/07/09/mystery-mondays-author-tracy-l-ward-on-historical-fiction/
Kristina Stanley is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore
Kristina Stanley, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Stanley/e/B0106J097I
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these posts further.. thanks Sally.