Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, Justice ‘East End’ Style, Skin and Bones

Welcome to the round up for the posts this week just in case you missed any. I feel a little guilty since I spent quite a bit of time off line and not spending time with your blogs but I promise that just another week to go and I will be more attentive.

The plan was to get the next volume of What’s in a Name finished.. I have two more stories to go Y and Z… already in my head and then I have some surprises to add that will be revealed when it is published.  A slightely different appoach to the names from K to Z with just ordinary people doing something they will be remembered for.. Even if it is only by those they love.

Some of you may remember that I wrote a story using an illustration by the very talented Donata Zawadzka.

This story along with 24 more make up the sequel to Tales from the Garden but this time set in Ireland. Queen Filigree is forced to escape from the palace beneath the magnolia tree in Spain and to seek refuge with her Irish cousin.

I am working with Donata who is producing four central illustrations that head up the four seasons in the book and I am very excited by the project. And I have to thank Paul Andruss for introducing us. It will be in print as well as Ebook and is the first book of mine to be written in Ireland since 1999.

You can find out more about Donata at her website and her sales site:
Buy her work on Redbubble:

I have managed to get some gardening done this week which has a duel purpose.. I pot plants and plot stories!  I am going to do the same this week whilst I finish the current projects but I will be in each day to check up on things and have a chat.

Thank you for all your wonderful support and wonderful comments… I am hugely grateful.

Now for a look at the posts from the week… with additional thanks to my two collaborators.. William Price King and Paul Andruss.

William Price meets the Legends

A brand new series and this time the artist is the amazingly talented Mr. Stevie Wonder who has entertained us for over 50 years. His first performances at age 11 propelled him to early stardom and some of his most iconic hits were written when he was a teenager.  To get you in the mood is one of my all time favourites.

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

Paul explores the origins of music and you might look at chimpanzees in a different light.

The Colour of Life – by Geoff Cronin

Just a few more chapters to go in my father-in-law’s memoir but since so many of you have enjoyed I will also be serialising his second book of tall tales.. This week too I pay tribute to my mother-in-law Joan who would have been 97 yesterday. A lovely woman with the most infectious laugh you will ever hear.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

Just  a reminder that if you are in the bookstore you are welcome to do a book reading and interview. The details of how to do that are in this post.  My guest this week was Richard Ankers and next week Sandra J. Jackson and C.S. Boyack.

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not already on the shelves of the bookstore then please pop in and take a look at this post which has a link to what you need to send me.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

If you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates of new releases, great reviews or offers.. Just send me an email to

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

This is open to all authors on the bookstore shelves or not… just send the link to your latest great review to

Jessica Norrie

Smorgasbord Poetry

My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for her contribution to this post this week.. In a dilemma about which cake to bake for her husband’s birthday she took to verse…

Smorgasbord Short Stories

The Sewing Circle is about a group of elderly residents of an East London estate whose lives are devastated by the actions of a family of thugs.  Here are all three episodes. More stories from this collection next week.

Some personal stuff

I was delighted to be interviewed by two writers this week. The first was with Amy M. Reade.

And the second was with Lisa Burton.... courtesy of Craig Boyack.

I was also very honoured to be nominated in the Most Informative Category for the #BloggersBash this year and voting is now open. There are ten categories and some wonderful nominees.. Please head over and vote for your favourites.

Smorgasbord Health – Let’s Walk a Marathon Challenge

This week.. how to burn extra fat…

Smorgasbord Health – Top to Toe.

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch

I would love to hear from you if you have a recipe made from fresh ingredients that is a favourite..


Put your troubles away for a little while and enjoy the outlook of a pug who has a neural problem but does not let it get him down..

Thanks for showing up, commenting, sharing and being so supportive.. hugs Sally

Keep smiling




Smorgasbord Reblog – #BloggerBash 2017 Voting is now Open.

I am very honoured to have been nominated in The Most Informative category of the #BloggerBash awards along with some outstanding nominees.   There are ten categories and if you would like your favourite blog to be recognised this year then please head over and vote.

Here is an excerpt from the post and a link so you can go and vote.

This is it. The waiting is finally over.

The THIRD Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2017 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations. Hundreds of them in fact! So thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your fave bloggers.

Voting Closes June 2nd at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 10th at the Bash in London. But if you can’t make it physically a winners post will go live at 5:15pm (BST) on the same day. Winners will have pingbacks to their blogs, but we all know how unreliable that is. So please make sure you check back to see if you won.

If you haven’t bought your ticket for the meet up yet, you can do so here.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 10 awards, (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once in every one.

TO THE NOMINEES – Good luck to you all. Every nomination is really well deserved and as a result, this year we are doing things a little differently. Winners will have their prizes and certificates shipped to them as well as their winner’s badges emailed. However, all nominees will be entitled to a Bloggers Bash nominee badge once the voting is over.

Please head over and cast your vote:


Smorgasbord Re-Blog – So, Did Those Feet? – By Paul Andruss

Last Friday Paul Andruss wrote his usual Friday post for the blog which was the story behind the legend, William Blake. Here is a follow up article on Paul’s blog.

With apologies to Terry Gilliam of Monty Python, Glastonbury Tor & of course God (Andruss)

This is a companion piece to the William Blake post written exclusively for Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life.

It explores the legend behind the lines in Blake’s poem Jerusalem…

And did those feet in ancient time

Walk upon England’s mountains green?

And was the holy Lamb of God,

On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

In the Middle-Ages it was widely believed Jesus came to England with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea (who took his body from the cross).

Cornwall had been trading in tin for 2,000 years before Christ. In the story, Joseph was a wealthy merchant who came to buy tin. Jesus accompanied him on trips to Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire during the years not mentioned in the Gospels; those between Jesus visiting to the Temple aged 11 and beginning his ministry around the age of 30.

There are places named after Jesus in Cornwall, like Jesus Well. Jesus is also mentioned in local songs and stories, such as he taught miners how to smelt tin from ore. According to one tradition Jesus lived in the Mendip village of Priddy. In another, he built a wooden church where Glastonbury Abbey now stands. The same tradition has it Joseph of Arimathea and his followers fled to this church after the crucifixion.

Other tales claim Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary, was the daughter of a British chieftain. This is a variation of the legend told about Constantine the Great’s mother. (He was the 1st Christian Emperor.) Arthurian legend has it Arthur was related to Joseph and thus to the Virgin Mary and Jesus, as Joseph was Mary’s uncle.

More recent stories claim a link between the Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect from the Dead Sea, and the British Druids. They add Jesus came to Britain to study under them. This view seems based on Julius Caesar’s book the Gallic War where he says Britain was the centre of the druid religion and French druids came here to complete their education.

Read the rest of this thought provoking article:


Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up… Music, Poetry, Book Promotions, Health and Humour

Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

We had a glorious run of good weather for about 6 days that came to a halt on Thursday with some rain (good for ducks and the garden). We managed to get lots done in the jungle and we now have much more light in the back of the house which is fantastic.

This next week I will be around but I have two books to finish and so have loaded the posts up in advance and will be in later in the day to check on them and to also visit the blogs that I follow. There is a slight change to the line-up with the Blogger Daily on hold until 22nd May.

I would like to remind you that there are two new ways you can get involved with the blog and promote your own posts or your books at the same time.

Cook from scratch

Darlene Foster provided a wonderful cake recipe this week and you will find the post below. It will show you what the finished post will look like and Darlene received 100 views so far  and so it is also a great way to promote your work.

I am looking for a recipe that uses mainly fresh ingredients and you cook from scratch. It can be an old family recipe or one you have used for years and is a favourite. If you have a picture of it that is great but I will find something to illustrate the post.  If we have not met before I will need your links to your work and social media and a photo of your would be good. If I have promoted your before I will have your links.  All I need is the recipe to

Smorgasbord Poetry

If you would like to share your poetry then please send with your links etc if we have not already been in touch to Perhaps one from your archives on your blog or a new one you would like to share here first.

Thank you for all the wonderful support this week and I hope you will pop in next week to see what I have prepared for you.

William Price King

On this coming Wednesday we begin a brand new series with the star being Mr. Stevie Wonder. This week I reblogged William Price King’s last interview in the Creative Artist series along with the links to all his previous posts for Jazz and classical artists. I hope you will pop in and check those out if you are new to the blog.

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul revealed the story behind the poet William Blake.. An extraordinary man born before his time. Another fascinating look at the legends of the past.

The Colour of Life

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir The Colour of Life. This week his musical career and a fisherman’s tale.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Promotions

I have a number of recommendations for you form proofreading to full book design and if you are just finishing writing your book you might like to take a look at some options to take through to publication.

Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

This series features authors already in the Cafe and Bookstore and I am just about to send another phase of interviews out for June and July. If you are interested please let me know

Cafe and Bookstore Author update

New books, reviews or offers for authors in the bookstore. If you have news to share please send to me so that I can include in the Monday or Friday update.

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not in the bookstore then this is how you get your book or books on the shelves and please check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in the menu to find out what I need.

Air Your Reviews

Book Marketing and Promotion

When you have written ‘The End’ and your story is over… what follows that in your book.. are you using it to promote your past work or what is coming next. With Ebooks you can link directly to your sales page. If readers have enjoyed this book they may be very willing to buy another.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Poetry

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Part one of my novella – The Sewing Circle from my collection Flights of Fancy. Parts two and three next week.


Let’s Walk a Marathon

Cook From Scratch

Top to Toe

Our skeleton is a complex, flexible scaffolding that keeps us upright and mobile. It needs a lot of nutritional support and care to enable it to last a lifetime. More on bone health next week.


Thank you for dropping in and if you are new to the blog you will find the details of FREE book and blog promotions in this link.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

A small change to the transmission schedule for the next ten days.

The Smorgasbord Blogger Daily that goes out Monday to Friday is on vacation until the 22nd of May as I am making a little more space on the calendar to finish a couple of my writing projects.

Everything else will be here including the new series from William Price King on the life and music of Stevie Wonder, The Cafe and Bookstore updates and book reading and of course the health, short stories, poetry and health.

Guests during the next week include a brand new post on William Blake at midnight tonight from Paul Andruss who uncovers the background to his subjects with meticulous care.

The guest on Saturday for the Book Reading at the Cafe is John W. Howell.. and next Wednesday the lovely Judith Barrow.

I also want to make a dent in my TBR which is currently groaning off in the corner of the office.

I will  be reblogging posts from time to time and if you have one in particular that you would like me to share then just email me on

I will be popping in regularly and look forward to seeing you here.. thanks Sally


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 10th May 2017 – Paul Andruss, Olga Nunez Miret, Fiction is Food and Love Books Group

Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to today’s selection of blog posts that I would like to share with you. Please head over to the blogs concerned and read the entire articles.

Finn Mac Cool

First post today is for Paul Andruss who shares the remarkable find in 1900 of an ancient analogue computer from 250BC. We think of Romans and their Empire as being invaders who gave us straight roads and built villas with central heating.. but the mechanics involved in some of their everyday operations were not to be utilised in our time for another 2000 years. Paul shares the evidence of both the Greek and Roman ingenuity…fascinating stuff.

In 1900, off the coast of the Greek Isle of Antikythera, fishermen discovered a sunken wreck from Roman times lying 150 feet underwater. The recovery operation was ground breaking given the deep-sea diving equipment of the time. A modern underwater archaeologist described it as being like ‘drunks with coal scuttles on their heads, working in 5 minute shifts, in the dark.’

They salvaged some incredible finds, Alexandrian glassware, coins and classical statues. The most remarkable was a lump of bronze encrusted in rock and barnacles. It turned out to be a mechanical computer from 250 BC. Turning a handle worked a 37 gear system able to predict the positions of the sun, moon and planets, lunar phases and eclipses.

Read the rest of this remarkable post:

Time for one of Olga Nunez Miret’s renowned book reviews and this one she admits is special..Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Today I bring you a book by a writer I’ve reviewed here before. And, well, it’s a bit special…
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The debut short story collection by the author of Eileen, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful – and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses. What makes these stories so moving is the emotional balance that Moshfegh achieves – the way she exposes the limitless range of self-deception that human beings can employ while, at the same time, infusing the grotesque and outrageous with tenderness and compassion. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating.

Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically – until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.

 Read the editorial reviews and also Olga’s review of this collection:

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Now an author spotlight by Gary Jefferies on the Fiction is Food Blog of  Lucy Brazier of PorterGirl fame.

Lucy Brazier is the author of PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys, a zany trip through mayhem and chaos as Old College suffers it’s first ever female Deputy Head Porter.

For those of you who have not encountered Lucy’s blog before, then I really think you might be missing out. Not only does it contain the blog version of PorterGirl and the goings on within Old College, but a wonderful saga in a post Brexit dystopia where England is now split into county realms and seedy goings on in “Who Shot Tony Blair?”

PorterGirl is a quirky trip into an elite educational bastion of medieval lore and clandestine tradition, hiding dark secrets and practices seemingly time locked around the fourteenth century.

Find out more about Lucy and also a preview of her new book coming out in June 2017:

Another book site that you will find interesting and useful to follow is Love Books Group Blog where you can meet authors.. find out about their books and read their Q&A. In this post we meet Carys Jones author of Last Witness.

The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. With her husband gone and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge. Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with. Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started. McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals, and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth? A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down. . .

Read the Q&A with Carys:

Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure you will enjoy these posts in full. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Jena C. Henry

Sally's Cafe and BookstoreThis week my guest for the book reading at the cafe is author Jena C. Henry whose series of books about post retirement for Charli strike a chord with most of us of a certain age. And for younger readers offer the hope that there is life after 60.

Just a reminder that this is an interactive interview and Jena is looking forward to answering your quesions in the comments over the next couple of days.

But before we get into the interview here is a reminder about Jena’s work.

Jena C. Henry is an active, high energy gal who is a wife, mother, non-profit volunteer and bon vivant. She created the book series, The Golden Age of Charli, to encourage, entertain and share her joy of living and laughing. Jena C. Henry holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Now retired, she and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends and darling dog.

Jena presents writing workshops to help creatives achieve their dreams of writing a book and publishing it.When she is finished tidying her house, Jena likes to relax on her front porch and read and write. She enjoys fine dining, traveling to visit family, and lounging by lovely bodies…of water.

Jena’s books

About The Golden Age of Charli -RSVP

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

One of the reviews for the first book in the series.

The Golden Age of Charli RSVP by Jena C. Henry is an enchanting, feel-good story. Chock full of savvy humor, this book is pure enjoyment.
The protagonists, Charlotte McAntic, aka Charli, and her golf-addict husband, Pud, take on retirement, and the tale that ensues is pure gold. Reading this book was like watching a reality show as the author leads us into the McAntic’s household and introduces us to every aspect of this newly retired couple’s life.

Charli tackles every situation with determination and a high dose of optimism, whether it is as simple as what to plan for dinner, or as complex as how to get her golf-crazed husband to spend more time with her and less time on the golf course. I won’t spoil the story for you and tell you if she succeeds or not.

Current retirees may just get a few new ideas from this book, those about to retire will get some experienced insights, and young people will learn that growing older is definitely not the end, but rather, the beginning of a new adventure with new challenges aplenty. Therefore, I highly recommend The Golden Age of Charli RSVP to people of all ages. I look forward to reading more about Charli as her adventures in retirement continue.

And a review for Jena’s latest book The Golden Age of Charlie – GPS

Press On! on March 23, 2017

I always enjoy reading about the McAntics, since their lives so parallel my own. Learning how to navigate days when a person is no longer punching a time clock or waking up to an alarm can be trying and confusing, but Charli’s outlook on life always gets her through the tough times with a sense of humor. “Press on,” she tells herself, and she does.

In the third book in The Golden Age of Charli series, when an unusual and shocking event happens in her neighborhood, Charli mentions that “bad things comes in threes,” and she begins to worry what will come next.

I laughed out loud when Charli decided to make a “death notebook,” being guilty of something similar myself. “Pud and I needed to get our affairs in order. As the past three sad events had showed us, you never knew when something bad would happen.” It’s not that Charli is a pessimist, in fact, she is quite the optimist, but she wants to make sure her life is in order so her sons don’t have to go through what she had to when she deatl with her parents’ home and documents.

With free time that was never before available, Charli cleans closets, and organizes drawers and cupboards. All the while her husband Pud continues to play golf, seemingly unaware of his wife’s dissatisfaction with her empty, quiet house. Wondering what is in store for her she comes to this conclusion: “This is my looking year, so I’ll keep looking.” As she searches for something to keep her interested in life and make sure she is still a contributing member of society, she encourages her husband to join her, and through traveling and volunteering she forges ahead, and proves that life is not over after retirement, but only just beginning.

Life in The Golden Years of Charli:GPS is a surprising and funny romp through life, as Charli proves to us all that the golden years can truly be golden.

Check out all the reviews and buy the books from Amazon:

Check out other reviews on Goodreads:

Now it is time to get a little more personal with Jena and find out more about her life, work and projects.  Jena has also chosen an extract from her latest book The Golden Years of Charli: GPS for her book reading at the end of the interview.

Thank you Sally for the warm welcome to you charming café and bookstore.

Delighted to have you here Jena and can you tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

I write in the “Jena” genre. This genre of fiction features humor, optimism, love, joy, and a few jolts, told from an old gal’s point of view.

Tell us about your blog and your main features. With a link to what you consider best sums you up as a blogger.

I was told “You need a platform.” Hence, my website spotlights my books. But wait…there’s more! I also showcase other authors on my FREE Book Promotions page, and I feature me in my eponymous blog, Jena’s Blog. I blog every Thursday and touch on the writing life, as well as regular features such as Charli’s World, A Sexagenarian’s Tool Box, and Life in the Golden Age. You can read about ice cream, scotch, green bean casserole, podcasts, millennials, and armchair travel. Thank you Sally for giving me the opportunity to use the word eponymous.

Here is a link to a recent post that encompasses all my bits and bobs- social media friends, fine and fun dining, sight-seeing and Believeland!

Where would you like to be in 5 years’ time?

Hale and hearty! I had a nifty conversation with my younger son the other day. He told me his twenty-year plan for me and our family: trips we should take, how we should fix up the house, what cars we should buy- in other words a lot of fun dreams. I don’t think he even realized that his horizon stretches ahead more than mine but I appreciated his sweet optimism.

As far as my writing life, I keep grabbing opportunities one day at a time. I may start another book series, or create a YouTube book review series, or a podcast biz or finally go to see Mount Rushmore! Press on!

You write in a humorous way about retirement but a long career in such a demanding profession as the law, what do you miss and why?

Actually, my long, demanding career was/is motherhood which I enjoyed even more than law. From my motherhood career I miss watching the day to day blossoming and growth of my kids. From law, I miss the variety of problems that my clients and I faced. Which sounds like motherhood, too. So I guess I like variety and challenges.

You mention in your bio that you are a non-profit volunteer, can you tell us about that very important role in the community and why you would recommend others to do likewise?

Here’s another example of variety, challenges, as well as love and hope! We all like that feeling of brightening the corner where we are. Yet, as many of you may know, one can work harder as a volunteer than as a paid employee. One thing I have learned is that if you want to serve on a Board, the position of recording Secretary always seems to be available. No one likes to take and maintain the Minutes. It’s a good job for a writer! (But the Minutes must be non-fiction! No embellishments!)

You present writing workshops. In your experience what would you say is the main barrier to publishing that most of your group find the most difficult to overcome? For example self-publishing, marketing books etc.

I lead a workshop that meets weekly in the summer at a lovely arts center on Lake Erie. I have met many wonderful creatives. What’s the main barrier to publishing? Is it finding an agent, publisher, editor, or marketing pro? No, it’s writing the book!

Some folks are like me, they just never got “a round tuit”. (I finally found mine!) Others worry that their idea isn’t any good. One lovely woman told us at the workshop, “I was raised sixty years ago in India. My parents were medical missionaries. My siblings and I lived at a boarding school on the Indian Ocean. I thought about writing my memoirs, but would anyone really want to read them?” “Yes! Yes!” We all shouted. I hope she is writing about her amazing life.

Here is my book reading from The Golden Age of Charli- GPS, the third book in the Charli series

An Amuse-Bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. An amuse-bouche is different from an appetizer in that it is not ordered from a menu by diners, but is served gratis and according to the chef’s selection alone.

You may have been surprised with an Amuse-Bouche at the beginning of your meal, but I like to treat my readers at the end of each of my books. The third book in my series finds Charli recalculating her life. Here is the Amuse-Bouche. Audrey Hepburn flits in at the start of the book, so I chose her to delight my readers at the end.


Audrey Hepburn said it best: “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

What can one small, gamin-like woman accomplish when nothing is impossible?

She could become an actress. Audrey Hepburn created many memorable screen and stage roles from Gigi to Sabrina to Sister Luke in The Nun’s Story—quite a range of characters, and that’s not even including her iconic, defining role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“I’m possible.”

She could become highly honored. Ms. Hepburn earned an Academy Award and Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards as well as lifetime-achievement awards.

“I’m possible.”

She could define fashion with her glamour and style and be named to the International Best Dressed List. Givenchy and Ferragamo adored her.

“I’m possible.”

She could change the world as an international humanitarian. Ms. Hepburn was a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the United States. She personally visited and worked in many countries to ameliorate their strife and hardship, and she had a true heart for the suffering of children.

Nothing is impossible. For Audrey Hepburn, for me, for you.

“I’m possible.”

 I hope you will head over and connect to Jena on her blog and social media.


My thanks to Jena for joining us today and please leave your questions in the comments section. Jena lives in the US so will be in later today to answer them and over the next couple of days. Sally


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 9th May 2017 – Sue Vincent, Kevin Morris, Texas Wine, J. A. Allen, Michelle Proulx

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

There is one event in our lives that is hard to avoid and that is death. But it has provided writers across the board with a wonderful subject to explore.  Poet Kevin Morris is the guest of Sue Vincent and discusses this exploration of death by sharing some poetry including his own on the topic.

It is frequently remarked that “the only things certain in life are death and taxes”. While this old adage contains much truth, one may, perhaps rephrase it to read thus, “the only thing certain in life is that poets will write about death”.

One of the finest poems concerning mortality is, in my opinion Ernest Dowson’s “Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam”:

“They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,

Love and desire and hate:

I think they have no portion in us after

We pass the gate.

Read the poetry and the rest of the post:

For those who are interested in Amazon Marketing Services author Michelle Proulx shares her recent experiences.. She would welcome your views if you have tried this promotion.

In my continued desperate attempts to get people to read my books, I decided to try out Amazon Marketing Services. For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, it’s basically a marketing service run by Amazon where you create an ad that will show up when people browse related products. You set a CPC bid (i.e. how much you pay when someone clicks the ad), along with a max budget. Then you sit back and hope the people who click your ad are willing to take the next step and purchase your book!

My marketing adventure …

I set up the ad for my first book, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It, back in January of 2017. The CPC bid I chose was $0.35 — as in, every time someone clicks the ad, I pay Amazon 35 cents. I tried a cheaper CPC bid (25 cents) but it wasn’t getting any views, so I had to up it a bit to make it worth Amazon’s time to actually show my ad.

Find out how Michelle did with the promotion:

I don’t recall any vinyards in Texas when we lived there in the mid-80s but perhaps we were too focused on Tequila.. anyway apparently they do indeed produce excellent wine as shared by the Wine Wankers blog.. they make some great recommendations.

If you thought Texas couldn’t make decent wine – you need to read this

The USA is the full of surprises, and that’s not just reserved for politics, it’s also evident in its wines. If you’re an everyday wine lover living outside the US bubble, you’ll be forgiven for thinking American wine is like its fast food; mass produced and overloaded with too much flavour. You see, that’s basically what’s exported, the uninteresting wines that are produced in massive quantities – they are the only wines that can be sold at ‘normal’ prices once heavy export taxes are added. The good stuff treacles in – but trust me when I tell you it’s very rare and freakin expensive!

Find out more about Texas wine:

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Finally what is a very poignant and reflective posts by J.A. Allen beautifully written and will make us all remember that last time we said goodbye to someone we loved.

Where I Came From

Once when I was young we drove to the farm to show my grandpa our new camper. He jumped from the combine, waving when we turned onto the long driveway. As we came closer my sister, brother, and I noticed something was wrong. He wasn’t waving anymore. He was stooped over, groaning.

Dad’s truck skidded to a stop on the gravel, sending up a swirl of dust. He told us to wait in the camper and ran across the field. Pain sounded in Grandpa’s voice through the screened windows. The men staggered to the truck and Grandpa sat across the table, rocking, clutching a paper towel to soak up the blood. He’d cut a chunk from his hand when climbing down from the tractor.

It was the only time I recall seeing him hurt. And for some reason, it was all I could think of the moment I hung up the phone with my dad, taking the time to allow the word “tumor” solidify in my mind.

Read the rest of this tribute to a wonderful grandfather:

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy today’s selection.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 8th May 2017 -Debby Gies, Cindy Knoke, John Fioravanti and Haddon Musings

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Hope you all had a great weekend.. I have been in the garden helping with the tree clean up and getting some sunshine.. Never was the term Make Hay while the Sun Shines.. so appropriate.. rain is due back in from Wednesday.

Here is a small selection of blog posts you might enjoy as much as I did.

First is Debby Gies.. D.G. Kaye with her Sunday Book Review and this week it is for the Swamp Fairy by Colleen Chesebro..

The Swamp Fairy

Today’s book review is on Colleen Chesebro’s, The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 of The Heart Stone Chronicles. Although this book is in the genre of YA/Fantasy, I found it an enjoyable read for all ages because of the compassionate storyline that I feel anyone with heart will enjoy.

Find out what Debby has to say about the book:

I normally reblog Cindy Knoke’s photography as in my opinion there are few photographers who capture nature, an ancient Italian town, a coastal village in such a magnificent way. The fact that hundreds of people view Cindy’s post is a testament to her artistry.. So today I am going to share the link to her latest post showcasing the canals of Venice but also Cindy’s about page.

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either!)

Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.

It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.
To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey.

My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “you’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.

I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included too.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos and honest reviews of locales, attractions and accommodations from all over the world. The good, bad and the ugly.

So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, our leisurely pursuits!

Find the links to Cindy’s online platforms:

And while you are there check out the majesty of Venice.

John Fioravanti reminds us that yesterday was officially the anniversary of VE day .. Victory in Europe on May 7th 1945. The following day the world received the news. I remember my mother telling me about the church bells ringing that the villagers gathering in the square. My father was serving in the Far East and then went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where his job was to repair the destroyers that had been fighting the Japanese Navy so that they could return to the UK.. He only got back to my mother in 1946.  When we think of war it is usually to pay tribute to the fallen, but for millions VE day brought a huge relief that those they loved would be coming home at last.

John’s series Believe it or Not  looks at the events on May 8th across the last few decades.

1945 – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day. (Victory in Europe Day – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day, as the unconditional surrender of Germany, signed at Rheims on May 7, is ratified at Berlin; World War II ends in Europe with the unconditional surrender of German land, sea and air forces.)

* 1945 V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain. (On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark–the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany. The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender. Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain. Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations…has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”)

Find out more about what happened on May 8th in history..:

It is Mother’s Day in the United States on the 14th of May and a time when families come together to celebrate. Bernadette of Haddon Musings has collected some quotes of the famous on their mothers.. It makes for interesting reading..


Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 14th in the United States. I started to think about what some famous people had to say about their mothers. Here are a few quotes:

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington

“The doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” – Wilma Rudolph

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options; nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Read more of the quotes:

Thank you for dropping by this evening.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Evolution, Rebellion and The Colour of Life

It is a wonderfully sunny day and I have enjoyed the morning in the sun.. but before I head off to help with clearing more trees… it is time for a round up of the guests and posts this week.

I have said many times before that this blog is a collaborative effort and every time you visit and like, comment and share you are contributing. Please do not be shy and it would be great if you would put the link to your latest post in the comments section. I do have the blogger daily Monday to Friday and I am addicted to the reblog button so I will share one way or another. But, it also introduces you to the other readers who have popped in.

I like to think of this blog as the water cooler at the office and I like nothing more when I see a conversation striking up between two people who have never met before.

I have a pile of pine branches to strip so that they can go through the without further ado.

My thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss for their outstanding contributions…they provide such wonderful posts and I am so grateful for their continued support.

William Price King Meets some Legends

Although Dame Shirley Bassey has performed some sell out concerts and been featured in television specials in the last 17 years she is semi-retired so we chose to leave her career at the point where she received her honour.

This coming week we take a small break but there will be a recap post on the series so far including jazz, classical and contemporary with some of the stand out performances. The following week we will begin the new series on the iconic musician and singer.. Mr. Stevie Wonder.

Writer in Residence Extra with Paul Andruss

This week I featured one of a series of posts on the evolution of mankind from Paul’s archives on his own blog. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did, especially our close bond with rats.

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-laws memoirs and this week some canny business sense at the mobile cinema and the market place.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Book Reading and Interview

Author Update

New on the Shelves

Air Your Reviews


Let’s Walk A Marathon

New series of Cook from Scratch.. guest cooks wanted.

Nutrients in the news

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Personal stuff

Hugh Roberts honoured me by making What’s in a Name his book of the month.. A lovely gesture and one that is much appreciated.


As I delve back into my archive of poems written from my teens onwards it amuses me to see what emotional turmoil I put myself through… and others.

This poem was written when I was sixteen following a trip to the West Country with my sister Diana.. as you can see I was the cat.. and I was away!

Rebellion in Frome by Sally Cronin

My mother said no, that while I was home
That my ears should stay pristine
But away from her, in far distant Frome
I laughed at being sixteen

Read the rest:


Thank you again for dropping in and look forward to seeing you again in the next week… thanks Sally