Welcome to the weekly round up and it has been a week of two extremes. The sadness and horror of more young people killed in a place where they should all feel safe in Texas, and the opulence and joy of a royal wedding.
The first is a problem that is not just confined to the United States, as violence and bullying in schools seems to be universal. We keep applying plasters to the symptoms, but do not seem to be able to resolve the underlying root cause of such anger, and the inability to communicate without aggression. I have no answers; only ideas, but surely some of the brightest minds in the world could get together, and come up with some constructive ways to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in any of our educational establishments.
The royal wedding yesterday was an example of how centuries of tradition and customs that have been passed down within a constitution, can be modified and amended to enable new and more relevant inclusions which work. Proclamations and edicts issued 500 years ago and amendments to constitutions written in 1791 had their relevance in those times. Change is necessary and for those young people that are paying the price for our alleged ‘rights’, it cannot come soon enough. And that applies in the UK where our own capital has now become a murder hotspot, with acid and knives being the weapons of choice.
That change needs to take place not just in schools, and the way that we teach children, but in the home, where the fundamentals of socialisation need to be established by good parenting. How we achieve that will require a massive social and educational shift. I know from experience that there are amazing teachers and parents who inspire, motivate and prepare their pupils and children to enter the world as responsible adults. Many of them are bloggers here on WordPress sharing their expertise and ideas. Sharing their posts with your own readers is a very good start to the change process.
And the most important element for me towards this change, is that we need to stop giving those who perpetuate these acts of violence their 15 minutes of fame, and instead take every opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the millions of young people, who are inspiring and motivating.
Along with the usual videos of music and humour; I am going to share some videos of amazing young people.
I don’t often use my blog as a platform to share my views on politics or other social issues, but today I felt that I could not mention my enjoyment of the royal wedding without paying respect to the young people and their families in Texas, where David and I were so warmly welcomed back in the 1980s.
Now on with this week’s round up of contributors, guests and of course, not forgetting those of you who have kindly been in to like, comment and share.
On that subject, with the GDPR coming into force on the 25th, you will find a note at the end of each post about the subject.
Because of the actions of a few of the large Internet players, we are now all being held responsible for their actions. Our privacy online is a very hot issue. We all know that when we are online and interact with a website, that our data is being collected. With the responsible websites, such as WordPress, this is to ensure the smooth running of the platform.
I have a privacy statement in the menu: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/privacy-statement-please-read/
This contains the links to both Jetpack and Automatic who provide services to WordPress, outlining what information is gathered and how it is used.
I have also added my assurances that I will not pass on your information to a third party, or misuse.
I do hope that this new regulation will not result in readers of blogs from leaving feedback on posts. It is one of the fundamental elements of blogging that allows interaction and communication between us all. Something we need more of and not less in this world.
Thank you for taking the time to read my views today… your visit is appreciated and here are the posts from the week you might have missed.
The Music Column with William Price King –
So far on the Music Column this year, William has featured Bono and U2, Madonna, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin. Next week a new series with the music of Josh Groban.
Paul Andruss – The Gardening Column.
Paul Andruss treated us to an extra post this week with the history and varieties of the beautiful Tulip.
The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor who shares a sure fired way to crisp up that crackling on your roast pork and other fabulous recipes.
The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie
For various reasons we can find ourselves in a reading desert.. too much going on at work, relationships and online! It can be tough to leap back into reading novels.. but Jessica offers hope in how we can revive that reading feeling…..
The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Balroop Singh
This week my special guest is author, poet, book reviewer and blogger Balroop Singh. Balroop is a wonderful supporter of other writers and I have been delighted to share her insightful and constructive reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.
Get Caught Reading Month and another author who has inspired me.. Dorothy Parker was born before her time… and today I share two of her poems and some of her quotations that have inspired me to write.
This week on Odd Jobs and Characters, I share the events that took place when I was in my management training programme with a steak house chain. ‘The Night of The Mouse’ and the aftermath.
Short stories – another from my collection Flights of Fancy.
A woman in a farmhouse on a Welsh hillside offers kindness to another.
Letters From America – 1985 – 1987 – A baby arrives and I meet a new friend at the pool.
Finally Spring has arrived in my garden… some of the colour that has erupted with a few days of sunshine.
Sally’s Drive Time Playlists #Music to get the weekend started.
The last of the request shows… and back to the usual posts next Friday. This week requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina
Posts from your Archives – Travel
This week Debby Gies shares her photographs from her cruise to the Caribbean.. and coming back through Canadian Customs.. where they have a special lane.. just for her!
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves
This week Craig Boyack.. C.S. Boyack celebrates the release of his latest book. The Yak Guy Project.
Poet Ali Whitelock introduces us to her latest release – And my heart crumples like a coke can.
A warm welcome to novelist Elle Boca and her Weeia series of novels.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Meet the Reviewers.
A celebration of those who take the time to review our work and help us sell books.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Authors in the cafe with recent reviews.
Smorgasbord Health Column
Food in the news… heart and stress – good news for dark chocolate lovers.
Heart health and stress – strategies to help save your life.
Vitamin D is a multi-functional nutrient that we need for some very important reactions with in the body to keep us health and our structure strong.
The next in the series of ancient healing therapies – Acupuncture..
Humour and Afternoon Video
I hope that you have enjoyed the posts this week, and would of course love to hear from you. Thanks Sally
Before I finish I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards that took place in London yesterday. So sorry not to have been there but I hear it was a great day. I was very honoured to have been nominated in the Best Overall Blog Category.
If you would like to find out who the winners are in the various categories you can find them here: http://sachablack.co.uk/2018/05/19/the-winners-of-the-2018-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-are-bloggersbash/
and I will leave the last word to the Kid President 20 things we should say more often.