Welcome to the round up of posts from the week and a very big thank you for dropping in and sharing the articles.
It has been a busy week getting the blog sitting posts scheduled for my time offline. I will be posting a calendar of posts tomorrow but I promise you have some treats in store from some of your favourite writers and some new contributors.
There will be some of the regular posts too, but the one real change is that the blog sitters will be in charge in my absence and I know that they will do an amazing job.
I have mentioned before that I am leaving David at home (he is looking forward to peace and quiet) whilst I join my two sisters for a joint birthday celebration.
This means that if you do send an email to email@example.com between Thursday 15th and 21st of February, you won’t get a reply until my return. I also will not be responding to comments on the posts either but promise to catch up as soon as I can.
As always a thank you to the regular contributors to the blog who write amazing columns and this week William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor have shared music, poetry and a St. Valentine’s Day feast.
Next week there will not be a round up on Sunday but I will do a blog sitting round up on Wednesday 21st.
On with the posts from the week and again, thank you for stopping by…Sally
The Music Column with William Price King
William Price King and I are taking a break from the music series the next couple of weeks as I prepare for my trip away. But we begin a brand new one on Wednesday 21st with the life and career of the pop legend Madonna. I hope you will join us.
In the meantime I would like to share the creative artist interview from last year in case you missed meeting William Price King in person.
Writer in Residence Paul Andruss
This week Paul Andruss shares a conversation between a Muse and a Pilgrim on the subject of poetry…..and its various forms. With examples from some of the most revered poets of all time. Part two in a few weeks. According to the Muse – A Dialogue in 2 Halves – What is Poetry
Carol Taylor’s Food Column
This week Carol shares a Valentine’s Dinner that you can prepare for your loved one… providing just the right romantic vibe and privacy in the comfort of your own home. Staying in for Valentine’s Day by Carol Taylor
The Open House Sunday Interview
Today’s guest is author Debra Purdy Kong who will be sharing the background to why she writes mysteries, her publishing adventures, her viewing preferences and favourite quote. We will also find out more about her work at then end of the interview.
The New Series of Posts from YOUR Archives begins in March with a slight twist.
Letters from America – 1985- 1987
My first birthday in Houston was my 32nd on February 13th and a lot of things came together around that time as we found both our new home for the next two years in the Chancellor apartments, Parramatta Lane. Here is my letter to my parents announcing the good news and sharing a photo of our new car on February 23rd 1985.
I thought I would share one of the stories from my WIP – Tales from the Irish Garden to prove that I had actually been working away in the background… This story is based on the bedtime stories we told to my younger brother..called Jeremy, and is about a little donkey who finds himself on the wrong side of the hedge… because of a mean bull called Gerard.
Donata Zawadzka has created six of the book’s illustrations and I think you will agree the one for Jeremy is delightful. I hope you will pop and see it.
Sally’s Drive time playlist
This week two pieces of music that have always emotionally moved me. The theme song from The Last of the Mohicans and the hugely successful theme from Beaches.. The Wind Beneath My Wings sung by Bette Midler.
Posts from MY archives.
To promote the upcoming Blog Sitting Special whilst I am away with my two sisters for a few days.. I shared some of the posts from last year at the same time. Last year Linda Bethea entertained us with the story of the moral ambiguity attached to a suitcase!
Linda will be joining the blog sitting team again with a wonderful tale of her mother’s spending strategies.
I was delighted that my lovely friend and talented author Tina Frisco leapt into action when I invited writers to blog sit whilst I am away with my two sisters last year. Tina is hugely supportive of all her blogging friends and in this post she explores our perception of time. Time is an illusion
Last year whilst I was away with my sisters in Portsmouth, Mary Smith shared a photograph and memories of her time in Afghanistan. A wonderful post to revisit and also a reminder of Mary’s books and recent reviews.
Last year when I was away on my annual family reunion, Colin Chappell entertained us with some funnies. You can find out more about Colin and his book after you have had your laffs.
The Saturday Meet and Greet – Watering Hole for Bloggers.
As it is St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday I thought that today we should feature some of the elements that have played a part in the celebration traditionally. Featuring Colleen Chesebro, Dolly Aizenman, and Mairi from Citrus and Cinnamon.
The first poetry written about romance was probably slipped into an epic poem at some point by some lovesick Greek or Chinese scholar. The earliest recognised written poem was written in Hieratic in around 2,500 BCE. Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor and I am sure there must have been a line in there that formed the toast of all sailors since then ‘To our loved ones, and may they never meet’! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry
Posts from Your Archives
D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies kicked the week off with one of her commonsense guide to working with social media. There is nothing more pleasing, having composed a blog post than to receive feedback in the form of likes and shares.
There has been a publishing revolution in the last twenty years and more recently with the advent of eBooks. Janet Gogerty explores the options now open to us with this format and also Print on Demand. A way to print a limited number of books at a time to order. Reinventing The Printing Press
Darlene Foster gives us a guided tour of the port of Messina with its stunning architecture and history.
Another Time, Another Place by Geoff Le Pard People know the Angel of the North, that scary be-winged man that startles the unsuspecting motorist on his way north, but I’m not sure how many people have made it around Liverpool to Crosby Beach and three kilometres of sculpture.
This week Jennie Fitzkee shares with us one of the teaching experiences which resulted in a wonderful suprise. A small child who noticed something in a masterpiece that Jennie has not noticed before….
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update
Smorgasbord Health Column
Gender-bending chemicals found in plastic and linked to breast and prostate cancer are found in 86% of teenagers’ bodies
Almost 90 per cent of teenagers have gender-bending chemicals from plastic in their bodies, according to a study. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic containers and water bottles, on the inside of food cans and in till receipts. The chemical, used since the 1960s to make certain types of plastic, mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen, and has been linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
Welcome to part three of this series on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.. In the last two posts I covered the new research showing the involvement of Vitamin D in our gut health and also some of the strategies you can put in place to minimise the symptoms. I also looked at the impact that chronic stress can have on our digestive system and our gut welfare.
The two previous posts can be read here at these links.
The six week programme.
Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my book on anti-aging.. Turning Back the Clock. This is a natural anti-aging programme. We all age but many of us are assisting the process with diet and lifestyle choices. This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!
Last week I posted about the epidemic levels of Pre-diabetes and today I am following up with a mineral that is contained in sufficient foods to include on a daily basis in your diet that helps to control blood sugar levels. And in my experience help to curb sugar cravings. Chromium
Humour and Afternoon Video