Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Update – August 15th – 21st 2022 – Chart hits 2001, #Pavarotti, #Food, #Waterford 1940s, Podcast, Weight Loss, Stories, Reviews, Health and Humour


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

I hope the week going well so far for you. Nothing much to report on the home front as we continue to do our tidy up to sell.. it is the small fiddly jobs that seem to take the longest.

I continue with the online shopping for both location and properties that tick the boxes for what we hope is our last move. Whilst we are still hale and hearty, there may come a time in years ahead when we cannot drive and whilst we love being in a more rural environment, if there is no public transport close to hand it makes life a little more difficult. Also we are 40 minutes away from the nearest emergency department. Touch wood that has not been an issue and we do have a very good out of hours clinic. But I do think there would be some comfort in knowing you are not too far from emergency help should you need it.

Of course as the media is keen to point out in the UK, the wait for an ambulance in some areas is the issue not the distance. Being close to an ER certainly offers some options in many circumstances with taxis being one of them.

If you have to give up your car it is also good to have a decent size supermarket close by and again you can get taxis and to be honest with the cost of insurance, petrol, servicing and other car expenses you can get an awful lot of taxis in a year for a lot less.

Anyway, I have expanded our search to along the south coast of Ireland but we are not dismissing a return to the UK.

Stay tuned lol for the adventures to come.

As always my thanks to my friends who take time to share their expertise with us….

This week William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show and shared the first in the classical music genre with the life and music of the great Pavarotti. William is returning from his summer break at the end of August and we are going to be busy preparing next year’s Breakfast Shows which will cover the Big Band Era. Music I grew up with and looking forward to sharing some more great music with you.

You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies will be here on Monday the next post exploring our spiritual well being.. How Empaths Can Shield Negative Energies. Over on her blog you will find her posts including her Sunday Book Review – Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton and a promotion for fellow author M.J. Mallon and her new delightful collection. Head over to D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor  was here on Wednesday with an exploration of foods and culinary terms in her terrific series A-Z of foods with the letter E. On Carol’s own blog you will find Monday Musings a recipe for Pulled chicken and Coleslaw Rolls, an exploration of the wonderful potato...And her Saturday Snippets which is all about the word ‘Circus’. You can find the links in her CarolCooks2 Weekly Round Up.

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2001 Part Two – Train, Usher, Geri Hellewell, Depeche Mode

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Luciano Pavarotti – The Early Years

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘E’ for Egg Plant, Escargot, Elephant Ears and many more Eezee recipes and foods

The Fair, Ballybricken – before the tractor! From a photo by A. H. Poole, Waterford

A fishing story – Cattle Dealing and The Ferguson Tractor 1948 by Geoff Cronin

#Waterford #Ireland #History – The Colour of Life – The Dance Scene 1950 by Geoff Cronin

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #CandidaAlbicans – Starving the fungus and feeding the body by Sally Cronin

What’s In a Name? Brian the Birthright

#Cancer – The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

#Comingofage #Fantasy – Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1, by Dan Antion

#Crime #Thriller #Preorder – Haloed: Grafton County Series, #5 by Sue Coletta

Guest Round Up – Final Part – Richard Dee, John W. Howell, Staci Troilo, Annette Rochelle Aben, Hugh Roberts, M. J. Mallon, Judith Barrow

Posts from Your Archives 2022 – ‘Potluck’ – #Endofyear #Letter by Jennie Fitzkee

#Scammers #SocialMedia by D.G. Kaye

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part Three – Jacquie Biggar, Harmony Kent, Jan Sikes, Gwen M. Plano, Darlene Foster, William Price King, Toni Pike, The Story Reading Ape, Jennie Fitzkee

#Children’s #Jungle Joyce Murphy, #Mystery Elizabeth Merry

#Crimethriller Carol Balawyder, #Thriller #Haiti Mark Bierman

#Romance Ritu Bhathal, #Mystery Lisette Brodey

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Dolly Parton and Chain Letter

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Final Part – Richard Dee, John W. Howell, Staci Troilo, Annette Rochelle Aben, Hugh Roberts, M. J. Mallon, Judith Barrow


Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’.  This is the last part of the catch up series and I hope you have caught up with any posts that you missed.

 

Author Richard Dee who shares his perspective on life’s experiences and would have liked to share the knowledge and good news that most things work out as they should, to his 16 years old younger self.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Richard Dee!

Author John W. Howell shares some early life lessons such as ‘talking back to your parents!’ but also some that apply to life in general and to writing.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by John W. Howell

Author Staci Troilo shares the lessons she took from striving to please family and those she worked with and how loss and surviving overwhelming grief can make you stronger.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now – Loss by Staci Troilo

Author and poet Annette Rochelle Aben shares her thoughts on life and the importance of forgiveness.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Life #Forgiveness by Annette Rochelle Aben

Author and Blogging advocate and mentor Hugh Roberts shares his experience growing up in the unforgiving school environment that did not support his dyslexia.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Dyslexia #Blogging Hugh Roberts

Author and poet M.J. Mallon (Marjorie) shares her thoughts on the prompt and how her father’s work abroad and visits to spend time with him in exotic locations and his stories ignited her own passion for writing.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Family #Travel #Writing by M.J. Mallon

Author Judith Barrow returns to her teenage years and the restrictions that at the time stifled her desire to write and to teach, both of which she now embraces wholeheartedly.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Family #Writing by Judith Barrow

 

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this series so honestly and inspirationally. It would seem that despite the rollercoaster randomness of life… the good times and the hardships, tragedy and loss, the human spirit strives to find its way and takes us to a place where we need to be.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part Three – Jacquie Biggar, Harmony Kent, Jan Sikes, Gwen M. Plano, Darlene Foster, William Price King, Toni Pike, The Story Reading Ape, Jennie Fitzkee


Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’. In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Romance author Jacquie Biggar shares a short story based on the prompt, that reaches out to those who are trapped in addiction and scared to reach out for help.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Shortstory by Jacquie Biggar

Author and poet Harmony Kent shares what wisdom she would impart to her younger self as she struggled to find her own way in the world.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Harmony Kent

Author Jan Sikes shares how her experiences in life may have benefitted her as a teenager in tenth grade.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Jan Sikes

Author Gwen Plano shares her appreciation of the love and strength she received from her father throughout her life and the lessons she absorbed.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Gwen M. Plano

Author Darlene Foster admits to coming from a long line of worriers and wishes she could pop back and tell her younger self that it is largely a futile exercise.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Darlene Foster

Jazz singer and composer, and permanent contributor to Smorgasbord, William Price King, explores dancing and its benefits, in particular tap dancing which he wishes his younger self would have taken more advantage of.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Tapdancing by Jazz singer and composer William Price King

Author Toni Pike shares a number of areas that she feels have impacted her life and would have benefited from her experience gained over the years.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Toni Pike

Chris Graham is more frequently referred to as The Story Reading Ape. Chris has been a huge supporter of my blog since the early days and this support extends out across the writing community. Chris shares his thoughts on the prompt in the form of a delightfully thought provoking piece of poetry.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Christopher Graham – The Story Reading Ape

Pre-school teacher Jennie Fitzkee shares her thoughts about the narrow views we tend to hold as children and young adults, and how life and experience teaches valuable lessons…

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Jennie Fitzkee

 

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have caught up with any posts you might have missed.. The final recap will be next week.. I hope you will join me and my guests again.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part Two – D.G. Kaye, Sandra Cox, Roberta Eaton Cheadle, Stevie Turner, Dorothy Grover-Read, Terry Tyler, Alex Craigie, Jacqui Murray, D.L. Finn, Rebecca Budd


Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’. In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Today my friend and fellow collaborator and non-fiction author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) shares her thoughts on learning from life lessons.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by D.G. Kaye Posted on June 2, 2022

Author Sandra Cox relives those days of manual typewriters and correction fluid that made creating a manuscript so interesting, especially when you needed to correct a paragraph halfway through the book!. Not to mention the snail mail approach to getting a publisher!

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Pre-historic #Publishing by Sandra Cox

Author, blogger and master baker Roberta Eaton Cheadle shares how it is important to grab opportunities when they present themselves as they open doors to not just successful careers but the fulfillment of other passions such as baking, poetry and publishing.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Author Stevie Turner shares her experiences with dentists in her teenage years and the probable devastating effect it had on her health.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Dentists by Stevie Turner

Newspaper and radio reporter, music promoter and hotelier Dorothy Grover-Read New Vintage Kitchen  shares a letter she would write to her younger self.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Letter to my younger self by Dorothy Grover-Read

Author Terry Tyler addresses a number of issues facing us as we grow up including the generation gap, affairs of the heart and making the most of your roaring twenties…

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Life by Terry Tyler

Author Alex Craigie shares some of her childhood escapades and encounters with nature, and how a regret still remains with her 47 years later regarding a family rift and the impact on what should have been the happiest day of her life.

Wedding – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Alex Craigie

Author Jacqui Murray shares the five things, that as a writer she wishes she knew then…wonderful insight for new authors about to begin their journey and a great review of useful tips for more established writers.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – #Writing, #Genres, #Indie Jacqui Murray

Author Denise Finn looks back on her teenage years that whilst rebellious in some respects also held some dark times. As an adult, she wishes she could go back and reassure her younger self that it would all work out fine.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by D.L. Finn

Writer, blogger and podcaster shares her thoughts in wonderful style by video, Rebecca Budd… Rebeccas believes one of the key elements to a happy life, is to live in the present and make every moment count.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Rebecca Budd

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have caught up with any of the posts in the series you might have missed. Thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – August 1st – 7th 2022 – Hits 2000, Nina Simone, #Waterford, #Nutrition, Podcast, Book Reviews, Health and Humour


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

I hope you have had a great week.. The sun has been shining most days and this has meant that the last of the outside jobs on the house are well underway. Water has been a great attraction for the birds who already enjoy their outsize bathing trays that can hold a flock of starlings at one time. If there is a crow investigating ways to get into the bird feed pyramid we have built they seem to perform a synchronised Haka facing the intruder from the safety of the pool. Very entertaining and effective.

Charlie the crow is exempt from this behaviour and I do think they sense that his permanent disability of being unable to open his beak very wide makes him a non-threat. I had some double cream that had gone sour… and I know a certain someone who is very partial to a bit of dairy for some reason. I managed to catch Charlie in the act as he polished off the small tub ending up with the evidence all over his face.

Anyway they do provide plenty of entertainment through the kitchen window or if I am sitting in the sunshine. Apparently I am not a threat either and they chatter incessantly amongst themselves about the standard of the food and facilities… thank goodness they cannot access Tripadvisor.

As always my thanks to William Price King, currently on his summer break for the Breakfast Show and the life of Nina Simone. You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies is back tomorrow morning with a brand new series exploring our spiritual well being.. Over on her blog you can you can enjoy her Sunday Review for Diamonds are for Now by Ruth Harris..and a lovely heartwarming tribute to her husband G’s sense of humour… head over to D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor  was here on Wednesday with an exploration of foods and culinary terms in her terrific series A-Z of foods with the letter D. This week on her own blog you can enjoy her Monday Musings, Chicken Recipes, Green Kitchen and Saturday Snippets.. all about the word ‘Tickle’. Carol Taylor’s Weekly Round Up

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

 On with the show…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2000s Part Two – Lone Star, Savage Garden, Anastacia, The Corrs

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Nina Simone – Part Four – The 1970s

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity, #CandidaAlbicans Part Two by Sally Cronin

Alexander Defender of Men part two

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘D’ for Dates, Dragon Fruit, Drupes, Durian and Dirty Rice.

#Memoir #Waterford #Ireland #History – The Colour of Life – James the Landlord 1939 by Geoff Cronin

#Memoir #Waterford #Ireland #History – The Colour of Life – Work on a Timber Gang – 1942 by Geoff Cronin plus an audio extra

#WWII #Family – Leora’s Letters by Joy Neal Kidney

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Posts from Your Archives 2022 – ‘Potluck’ – #Family #Storytelling by Jennie Fitzkee

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part One – Claire Fullerton, Noelle Granger, Pete Johnson, Sharon Marchisello, Jane Risdon, Balroop Singh, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor D.Wallace Peach, Sue Wickstead

#Romance #Comingofage – Hope at the Ocean’s Edge by Chantal MacDonald

#Cancer – The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

Summer Book Fair 2022 – #Flash #Life Pamela S. Wight, #Thriller Simon Van der Velde

#Ireland #Music #Romance Claire Fullerton, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Teaching Pete Springer, #Poetry Balroop Singh

#Interview Marcia Meara and D.G. Kaye, #Bookreviewing Robbie Cheadle, Jacqui Murray, Alison Williams, #Fear Cheryl Oreglia

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Masks and Funfair spells

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Tech Support and Crafty Poodles

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead… and if you have time to visit me that would be lovely… Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part One – Claire Fullerton, Noelle Granger, Pete Johnson, Sharon Marchisello, Jane Risdon, Balroop Singh, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor D.Wallace Peach, Sue Wickstead


Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’.  In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Author Claire Fullerton shares her treasured memories of the home that her mother grew up in and returned to with her own family when Claire was ten years old.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Home’ by Claire Fullerton

Author Noelle Granger shares the challenges facing the inequality in the academic field as a young professor.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger

Blogger and storyteller Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete) shares his wisdom obtained with his experience of marriage.

#Marriage – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete)

Author Sharon Marchisello looks back to her teens and shares her thoughts on how she might have made different choices.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Sharon Marchisello

Author Jane Risdon shares her nomadic childhood and dreams of becoming a war correspondent and reflects on the message she might have offered to her younger self to reassure her that one day, she would be a writer..

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Writing by Jane Risdon

#Life #Poetry – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Balroop Singh

 

Pete Springer shares his experiences in high school following a move to California in response to the prompt and finding his true self in college, leading to many happy years as a teacher.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Springer

Blogger and food and advocate for sustainability Carol Taylor shares her passion for the environment and ambitions to become a scientist, and how with her blog and writing she has created a platform for both.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Carol Taylor

Author Diana Wallace Peach shares her thoughts on the prompt and how low moments and the high points in our lives are all part of the journey.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Diana Peach

A poignant post from teacher and children’s author Sue Wickstead who shares her thoughts about her dad who she lost at an early age and her pride in her family name.

Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Dad’ by Sue Wickstead

 

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have caught up with any of these guest posts you might have missed.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round up July 25th – 31st July 2022 – Hits 2000, Nina Simone, Waterford, History, Podcast, Book Reviews, Summer Bookfair, Health and Humour


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

I hope that you have had a good week.  I know some of you are on holiday either at home or abroad and enjoying different surroundings. Hopefully not too long in the airport and reunited with your luggage. The UK is definitely in a mess in that regard and the strikes don’t help. Whilst it certainly gets the attention of the media, it seems that the only people who suffer are those ordinary citizens trying to get to work or take their families on well earned breaks. I am all for fair wages for a days work, but when a train driver is earning almost three times more than a nurse and considerably more than a fireman, it does seem a little aggresive. Whilst the leadership of the UK is in flux I suppose it is seen as an opportunity to cause as much chaos as possible.

On the home front, rain has caused a stoppage of work for the main contractor. To be honest he has painted three quarters of the outside of the house including all the window surrounds and corner stones in white and it looks amazing. I am quite happy that he has to take a break from climbing ladders after 12 days solid. There are some inside jobs that need attention so you can rest assured he won’t be wasting any time!

Thanks to my friends William Price King and Debby Gies for their music and humour contributions this week and you can find out more about them on their own sites. .

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1999 and for the next part of the new series about the legend Nina Simone. William is on his usual summer break until September with his family but he has left me well stocked with his selections for the Breakfast Show and also his posts on the music legends..You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies is on a short break until August 8th when she returns with a brand new series exploring our spiritual well being.. Over on her blog you can you can enjoy her Sunday Review for Count the Stars by Lois Lowry,a fascinating Q&A with Denise Finn, and the perks in living in a mainly senior community.. head over to D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor  will be here on Wednesday with an exploration of foods and culinary terms in her terrific series A-Z of foods with the letter D. This week on her own blog you can enjoy her Monday Musings, an exploration of the cuisine of the island of Dominica, storecupboard basics with the benefits of bulk buying and cooking and then freezing and her Saturday Snippets exploring the word ‘Magic’. Carol Taylor’s Weekly Round Up

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

 On with the show…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2000s Part One – Destiny’s Child, Santana, U2, The Baha Men

Price King meets the Music Legends – Nina Simone – Part Three – 1960s and Civil Rights

-#Memoir #Waterford #Ireland 1930s – The Colour of Life – The Price Of A Habit – 1937 by Geoff Cronin

#Ireland #History – The Colour of Life – The Shop and Bakery – Family 1840s -1940s by Geoff Cronin

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Alexander – Defender of Men Part One by Sally Cronin

The Obesity epidemic – Where in the Lifestyle can we Intervene? 7 – 14 healthy diet for brain function and hormones by Sally Cronin

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity, #anti-biotics,#Candida #hormones #yo-yo dieting by Sally Cronin

The new series of posts from your archives will be starting soon and so I thought I would kick the series off with one of mine.

Posts from your Archives – Why I am skipping old age and heading into my second childhood by Sally Cronin

July 2022- #Romance Jan Sikes, #Poetry Harmony Kent, #Dogs #Caravans Jacqueline Lambert, #Flash #Poetry M.J.Mallon, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Western #Romance Sandra Cox

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Family #Writing by Judith Barrow

#Reunion Jennie Fitzkee, #Poetrystars Colleen Chesebro, #beefstew Robbie Cheadle, #Communityliving D.G. Kaye, #Raptors Cindy Knoke, #Bears Tofino Photography

New Book on the Shelves #YA #Friendship #Faith – Heroes by Design by D A Irsik

Making Your Mark | Leaving a Legacy | And then… A Grand Exit That’ll Have Their Tongues Waggin’ by Peter Davidson

#1920s #Historical Beem Weeks, #Psychological #Thriller Stevie Turner

#History #Britain Mike Biles, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

#Ireland #Family Mary Crowley, #Thriller Jack Talbot

July 26th 2022 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Lottery Win and Appearances Count

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Grammar Police and Butlers

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and during the week… look forward to seeing you again in the coming days.  Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Family #Travel #Writing by M.J. Mallon


I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

Today author and poet M.J. Mallon (Marjorie) shares her thoughts on the prompt and how her father’s work abroad and visits to spend time with him in exotic locations and his stories ignited her own passion for writing.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Family #Travel #Writing by M.J. Mallon

Thank you so much to Sally for inviting me to share my thoughts on I wish I knew then what I know now!

In many ways, I led an unusual life as a teenager. My father was often away for long stretches of time working abroad. He tried to work in the UK but was stifled working in a dreary accountant’s office. My mother elected to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland with my brother and I, so that we would have a good education without any interruptions. My parents didn’t want to send us to boarding school, like a lot of their contemporaries at the time.

We’d regularly go to visit my dad in exotic locations such as The Caribbean British Virgin Isles, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, much to the envy of my contemporaries at school. Here are some photos of Dad in Malaysia where he met my Mum, and in Papua New Guinea, Senegal and in the Middle East.

Each time I saw my dad after his spells away he seemed different in some way… grew a beard, developed a fatter belly, or the like. To this day, I admire him enormously for his love of travel, his spirit of adventure and his desire to live amongst different cultures.

In fact, one of the favourite stories he told me was of his time living in the Malaysian jungle with the dajak tribe!

Here is an image of the dajaks on the river…

Dad and Mum are such fascinating people. Here they are at the time of their engagement.

My Dad has always been a wonderful raconteur and my Mum has many tales to tell too. I believe their combined influence has made me the writer I am today.

My Mum loved living in Scotland. She embraced the culture with great enthusiasm, going to Scottish Country dancing and the like. She still loves Edinburgh, which is bizarre given that she comes from a very different country culturally: Malaysia.

No doubt she must have found it difficult to adjust to living in Scotland to begin with. But perhaps having a Scottish dad helped!

Looking back, I wish I had continued writing. I started during my teens, writing diaries about my travels, and the like but then boys came on the scene, and later my graduate studies. I lost a sense of direction of who I was meant to be. This remained the same until eight years ago when I started blogging. My blogging site – Kyrosmagica which means crystal magic – grew with many activities, such as book reviews, photo challenges, poetry, and blog posts about my life and travels.

Sadly, I don’t have as much time for all these wonderful challenges these days. But I occasionally I still participate. I remember the pre-pandemic blogging bash events in London with great fondness. Blogging helped me grow as a person, develop my confidence and I will forever be grateful for that.

Whizzing forward to the present time, my hubby and I have decided to take early retirement recently and oddly I seem to have less time than I did before which is really strange given that there were times when I was working 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, getting home at least an hour later in the evening and still finding time to blog. I suppose your priorities change as you get older and our lifestyle is in the process of a major overhaul. We are making plans to spend more time in Portugal.

So, we have been travelling a lot. Exploring Portugal. Lisbon, Tavira, Sagres, …

More About Mum…

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve grown up with the idea of living abroad. My father, against local advice at the time, went off to the Far East and married my lovely mum, Paula, a Eurasian girl. Sadly, there was a far bit of prejudice at that time. My mother recently told me that at Dad’s office parties she often felt left out (due to being of Chinese/Eurosian parentage,) with few people to talk to. I was shocked to learn about this but perhaps not surprised. She had one or two allies who she spent time with and coped with it all admirably. When I look at photos of my mum, I see enormous strength of character.

Here she is the day she left for the UK (at the tender age of eighteen,) saying goodbye to her dear Malaysian friends… there is a touch of sadness in this photo.

Here she is with my brother and I… looking all smiley. Well, she is, I look a bit serious!

I love that she used to climb trees as a child and had a very free childhood to be adventurous herself!

I was a cheeky one too! And still am… Here’s me on a boat when I was little. I’ve always loved the sea.

So, in response to Sally’s question I wish I knew …I’d say that… doing things out of your comfort zone (like my Dad travelling abroad, my Mum leaving Kuching, Malaysia and my current plans to spend time abroad,) these adventure can enrich your life in ways you would never imagine. As can the smaller steps we take, like moving from Edinburgh to Cambridge. If I’d stayed in Edinburgh all my life, I am sure I would have been happy but… think of all the friendships I would not have made. The places I may not have seen.

I regret nothing and am looking forward to this next chapter in our lives.

And to future writing adventures!

©M.J. Mallon 2022

My thanks to Marje for sharing this lovely story of family and travel and the wonderful childhood of travel and adventure… as she says.. more to come. I know she would love to hear from you.

About M.J. Mallon

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.

Her motto is to always do what you love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too, even it if appears that the odds are stacked against you like black hearted shadows.

Favourite genres to write: Fantasy/magical realism because life should be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!

Books by M. J. Mallon

My advance review for The Hedge Witch & the Musical Poet July 16th 2022

This is a poetry and flash fiction collection seeped in nature and illustrates the love the author has for the environment, particular the forests.

The first pages share the delightful love story of the Hedge Witch and the Musical Poet, bringing two solitary characters together in the sanctuary of a magical forest far from the human world.

This story is followed by poems and flash ficton, some of which are poignant such as the tribute to a ginger cat in Chester, Don & I,and bewilderment voiced in The Network of Treesas they stand in danger from the human need for progress.

There is also the sad reflection that much of the beauty and adventures to be found in the forests are being missed as children find themselves engrossed in the online world instead. The author makes sure to include the fun they could be enjoying instead.

The Teddy in the Woodsprobably should come with a tissue alert.

There are some reminders of poems from another collection which I also enjoyed Mr. Sagittarius Poetry; one of my favourites being Rainbow – Parasol of Light.

In the second section of the collection there is a series of poems inspired by other writers. Set in the woodlands and the beauty they offer. This includes the ethereal The Forest King.

The forest king lives in the shadows
his hair and beard, a flame alight
in his crown, the fairy queen sits
far from the tangled roots of his throne.

This is a collection to savour and to dip into when the technical world we inhabit becomes too demanding, or we are in need of a touch of magic. I recommend to lovers of nature and fantasy.

Head over to pre-order the collection for August 15th: Amazon UK – And:Amazon US

 Read the reviews and buy the other books: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK Website: M.J. Mallon – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon

Thanks for dropping in today – Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – July 11th – 17th – Hits 1999, Nina Simone, Ireland 1930s, Book Reviews, Summer Book Fair, Poetry, Podcast, Health and Humour


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

It seems that summer is here with a vengeance and for some on the continent it has brought the dreaded wildfires that put not just people but wildlife at great risk. We count our blessings that we have cloud cover much of the time and we are unlikely to get over 24 degrees. With onshore breezes it does help to keep the heat down. Those of us of a certain age still remember the summer of 1976 when the heatwave went on for several weeks. It looks like this one will be shorter lived and hopefully for those experiencing the severe temperatures and risk of fires will get rain soon.

Work on the house continues and the outside walls are getting the attention at the moment and another couple of weeks and it will be time to look at each room and arrange and dress ready for inspection. I am looking at property sites at the moment in the area that we would like to move to on the south coast and one house I was checking out was dressed immaculately throughout. Clearly the estate agent thought that two very large multi packs of toilet rolls set off the master bedroom ensuite perfectly or perhaps thought they might be a selling point!

Anyway… keep cool and safe.

On the blog front…

On the blog front.. the new series of ‘Posts from Your Archives’ begins in August. With your permission I will browse your posts between January and the end of June 2022 and select two to share in a post on Smorgasbord. They are copyrighted to you and will also include links and books etc. Full details are in the post along with an example of what your post will look like.. already 15 friends have signed up and I am looking forward to diving into their archives.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries August 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ and Do You Trust Me??

 Thanks to my friends William Price King and Debby Gies for their music and humour contributions this week and you can find out more about them on their own sites. .

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the first part of the hits from 1999 and for the first part of the new series about the legend Nina Simone. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies gifted us some great and funnies this week and will be taking us to Cuba tomorrow morning for an exploration of this island of music, dancing and history.. Over on her blog you can you can catch up with her posts including a post on the massive Canadian outage that resulted in the loss of phone and internet services as well as vital card payments for much of the country… and her book review today for the fictionalised story of Coco Chanel. Queen of Paris.. D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor will be here on Wednesday with an exploration of foods and culinary terms in her terrific series A-Z of foods with the letter C This week on her own blog an exploration of the cuisine of Djibouti which is a small African country on the north east horn of the continent. Also a peek into her store cupboard at herbs and stock cubes and Carol finishes off the week in style by spilling a great many secrets in her Saturday Snippets – You can read all the posts for the week by clicking on her blog link Carol Cooks2

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

On with the show

Chart Hits 1999 Part One – Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Ronan Keating

Price King meets the Music Legends – Nina Simone – High Priestess of Soul and The Early Years

How the Stable was built and warts 1936

#Ireland 1930s – The Colour of Life – The Devil Finds Work 1936 by Geoff Cronin

Lanturne – Marriage by Sally Cronin

A story from Flights of Fancy… an elderly woman looks back to her twenties and meeting the love of her life during wartime.

Flights of Fancy – Curtains

The Obesity epidemic – Where in the Lifestyle can we Intervene? – 2 to 7 years old – Activity – Sally Cronin

Size Matters The Sequel – The Accumulative Factor of Food and Life

#Life #Forgiveness by Annette Rochelle Aben

– I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Dyslexia #Blogging Hugh Roberts

first in Series – #Shortstories Hugh W. Roberts, #Fantasy Paul Cude

-#FlashFiction Annette Rochelle Aben, #Biography S. Bavey

#Children’s #YA – #Travel Darlene Foster, #Mystery #Detective Janice Spina

#MurderMystery Sharon Marchisell, #Family #Mystery Harmony Kent

Blogger Weekly July 15th 2022 – #Writing Mae Clair, #Kindness John Howell, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Nostalgia Darlene Foster, #Tafftrail Judith Barrow

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Washington Shire Sauce and Hiccups

The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Legal Shenanigans

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week. Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Dyslexia #Blogging Hugh Roberts


I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

Today author and blogging advocate and mentor Hugh Roberts, shares the devastation of the lack of recognition of his dyslexia at school, isolating him and finding himself without support from teachers and doctors. However Hugh is an inspiration to others who feel that they cannot write or be respected for their work with both his short stories and his blog.

I Wish Knew Then What I Know Now – by Hugh W. Roberts

Hugh and his mother

Even with hundreds of people around, many of them family or close friends, planet Earth can still feel lonely.

Growing up in the 1970s, I disliked much of my time at school. I was the victim of bullying from some of the other children. However, worse was that I was sometimes the target of humiliation from some schoolteachers.

‘Your son is dim. He has something wrong with him. Have you taken him to see a doctor?’

‘Why don’t you act your age, you silly boy? A five-year-old could write better.’

‘What’s wrong with you?’ Can’t you read what I’ve written on the blackboard? Get out of my class, you idiot.’

These were just a few examples of memories I have from my schooldays.

How I’d wish I’d known then what I know now.

When my parents eventually took me to a doctor, he could not understand what I told him.

‘The letters sometimes jump around. Sometimes, I don’t see them.’

At first, he thought I had something wrong with my eyesight, but when the results showed nothing was wrong with my eyes, he struggled to pinpoint what was happening. Eventually, he came up with an excuse that got me into trouble.

‘He’s tricking us. I expect he does not want to go to school, so he’s pretending that he can’t read or write correctly. I’m sure he’ll soon stop pretending with some discipline from you and the teachers.’

I (and many others) didn’t understand that I was dyslexic back then. Therefore, I couldn’t blame the doctor or my schoolteachers, could I?

Even with extra lessons and some help from my mother with reading and writing, my dyslexia remained invisible to everyone except me.

Hugh, his mother and younger brother Paul

I often wondered if my friends were experiencing the same trouble I had with reading and writing. When I told who I thought was my best friend at the time that I wanted to write a book and become a published author, he duly told many of my friends, my parents, and regrettably, my English teacher.

‘An author?’ laughed my English teacher. ‘You’re too stupid to be an author. Authors need to be able to read and write correctly, and that’s something you’ll never do. I’d give up on that dream and perhaps think of another dream that doesn’t require words,’ she laughed out loud in front of the class.

By the time I left school, I’d given up my dream of writing a book and becoming an author.

Just over 30 years later, I stumbled upon a form of writing known as blogging. I wrote this story a few years after writing and publishing my first blog post.

 

Once upon a time, a boy called Hugh hid a secret.

It was not only a secret but a monster that had haunted him since childhood. He had locked the monster away since the first day he realised it existed.

The monster had a name – Dyslexia. But in February 2014, Hugh turned the tables on Dyslexia.

He had never admitted to having dyslexia, and his school told him there was no such monster and that it was all make-believe. So, dyslexia became part of his life, and he decided to lock it away and throw away the key.

Some suspected Hugh was hiding something, but no one would say what they thought the secret was. However, many years later, his lifetime partner, John, confronted him one day and uttered the monster’s name.

“There’s no such monster,” said Hugh, embarrassed that John had uttered the monster’s name.

Hugh never wanted to hear that name again.

He walked away feeling like he wanted the world to swallow him up and rid him of what had happened.

He would still not admit to John that he had a monster locked away, even though this monster prevented him from doing what he wanted.

John would mention the monster’s name a few more times until, one day, Hugh got so fed up with it that it made him look for the key to the closet where he’d locked the monster away.

The key was hard to find, and his mind would not allow him to unlock the closet door.

Then, after mentioning to a relative that he had heard of a form of writing known as blogging, Hugh was given the details of a wonderful writing weapon that, if used with courage and commitment, would defeat the monster Dyslexia.

He hesitated for a few days while checking over the weapon called ‘WordPress’ and marvelled over its stories, articles, and photographs.

He wanted to be a part of those stories, articles, and photos, but the monster was having none of it.

Finally, having studied the WordPress weapon for many days and realising that other WordPress users had the same monster in their lives, he switched on WordPress by creating an account and pressing the ‘new post’ button.

Somebody told Hugh that this was the weapon’s most powerful part and that if he pressed the ‘publish’ button, his monster would be killed.

Today, Hugh’s monster is still part of his life, but it no longer embarrasses him to tell people that he has dyslexia, and he no longer lets it stop him from writing.

John, Toby, Dyslexia and Hugh now all live happily ever after.

And there ends this tale of how WordPress helped Hugh defeat the monster called dyslexia.

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I know nobody can predict the future (or can they?), but if I had known that blogging would become a part of my future, I’d have felt much less lonely during schooldays.
©Hugh Roberts 2022

My thanks to Hugh for sharing his story as I am sure that whilst dyslexia has acheived recognition, and is supported within the education system, it still can lead to isolation. As Hugh has demonstrated you can you must not let it stop you from writing and enjoying being part of the writing community. I know he would love to hear from you.

About Hugh Roberts

My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

I’m a passionate blogger and have been blogging since February 2014. My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, a little bit of your time.

I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing.

Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.

I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.

I write about life because I find it so fascinating. I have many stories to tell, some of which I have started to put into a book. I think my life has been incredible and I want to share it with anyone who wants to listen. I am also an excellent listener, and I love to be interactive with other people. I guess you could say I am a ‘people person’.

You will find some of my short stories and flash fiction on my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading them. Flash Fiction has become a big part of my writing, and I enjoy participating in various writing challenges.

Books by Hugh Roberts

One of the reviews for More Glimpses

Whether funny, sad or downright deadly, from drama to comedy, science fiction, murder/mystery, paranormal and horror, the author leads us through a gamut of emotions in every story and keeps us guessing to the end with a twist in every tale. Characters like Prudence Pebblebottom, the Easter Bunny and The Queen, to name a few, make us chuckle and shiver in equal measure.

Tiny people, elderly time travellers and a boarded up music hall transport us to worlds unknown. ‘Murder in Evershot’ takes us to a beautifully quaint English village in deepest Dorset. I know it well, and all I can say without spoilers is I will never read an Agatha Christie murder mystery in quite the same way again. My favourite story is ‘Dream Catcher’ because I obviously share the author’s disturbingly dark humour.

So pull up your chair, turn down the lights (except the one you read by) and get ready for a page-turner collection in the mind-popping tradition of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, two of my favourite TV shows. An excellent, thought-provoking and thrilling read from author Hugh Roberts, his second volume following the success of his first short story collection, ‘Glimpses’.

Hugh Roberts, Buy: Amazon UK – And on: Amazon US – Follow :Hugh Roberts Goodreads – BlogHugh’s Views and NewsTwitter: @HughRoberts05

 

Thank you for dropping in and Hugh would be delighted to hear from you.. thanks Sally.