Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, The Neanderthals and other legends


Thanks for dropping in and a quick review of the guests and posts this week in case you missed.

The Blogger Daily returns next week and to help me out it would be great if you would email me the link to your most recent post in the last week so that I can share from tomorrow. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

My thanks as always to contributing guests for their hard work. William Price King shares the 1970s and Stevie Wonder’s amazing music with us and Paul Andruss delights with news of our distant relatives – The Neanderthals and a doyen of the kitchen.. Mary the woman behind the Marie-Bain.

A poem that touched everyone’s hearts from Carmen Stefanescu and some cook from scratch Eggs and a bit of a disaster.

If you are in the bookstore and have a new release, review or offer then get in touch so that they can be included in the two Cafe and Bookstore updates on Monday and Friday..

Even if you are not in the bookstore you can join the 200 other authors with your books by emailing me sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

The new Air your Reviews post is doing well and this is open to any author even if you are not in the bookstore to share your latest great review.

I do check as many authors and blogs but I do not use a crystal ball so please help me out and let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks

Hope you enjoy the post and thanks again for all your tremendoous support.. It keeps me motivated.

William Price King meets some Legends.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-part-two-the-1970s/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/writer-in-residence-extra-meet-the-in-laws-our-neanderthal-relatives-by-paul-andruss/

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/smorgasbord-reblog-mary-the-jew-by-paul-andruss-one-for-the-cooks-amongst-us/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/the-colour-of-life-the-tanglers-hat-1965-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/the-colour-of-life-the-turkey-run-1968-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

The Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-marcia-meara-and-shehanne-moore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-1066-by-jack-eason/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-sandra-j-jackson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-c-s-boyack/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-amy-m-reade-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-karen-ingalls-and-paul-cude/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Cook from Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-magical-cloud-eggs-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-is-it-wrong-to-swear-when-baking-for-the-church-pie-sale-by-molly-stevens/

Nutrition in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-high-fructose-corn-syrup-90-hfcs-now-in-a-product-near-you/

Top to Toe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-eczema-genetics-or-lifestyle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbrod-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-cardiovascular-system-and-the-components-of-blood/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-afternoon-video-a-little-massage-between-friends/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-whats-in-a-name-cafes-getting-creative-and-an-odd-town-or-two/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/smorgasbord-poetry-self-portrait-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/weekly-image-and-haiku-desperate-for-water-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/flights-of-fancy-anthology-curtains-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-anthology-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Tales from the garden volume two

I have just finished writing the stories for the second volume.. You have not read them all and I am giving you the choice to read one of the stories beginning with the following letters. Q  V W X Y Z… put your choice in the comments section and the story will be posted on Tuesday.. The selection ends at midnight tonight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-you-get-to-pick-the-story/

Thank you so much for keeping me company.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.. Sally

Smorgasbord Poetry – Self- Portrait by Carmen Stefanescu


I am delighted to share Self-Portrait by Carmen Stefanescu as part of the new poetry series. If you would like to share your poem here then please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com and we can talk about what I need to showcase you and your other work.

SELF- PORTRAIT

I am the seagull
whose wings have been broken.
I am the frail leaf
snatched by the gust.
I am the hour
that’s already wasted,
I am a dream
that belongs to the past.

I am the foreseer
that people mock at,
Or the guitar
that has no more strings,
I’m the dried well
that won’t quench the thirst,
I am the jester
scorned by the kings.

I’m not the bright rainbow
that shines after storms,
Or the swift eagle
high up in the sky.
I am not the oak tree
defying the time.
I am just a drifter
reluctant to die !

©Carmen Stefanescu 2017

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Books by Carmen Stefanescu

Read the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Prodigy-Mistress-Book-ebook/dp/B071KVQ48W

Buy Dracula’s Mistress: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Mistress-Carmen-Stefanescu-ebook/dp/B06XNW7RXD

Connect to Carmen

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624397.Carmen_Stefanescu
Blog: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/carmens007/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Stefanescu-Books/499245716760283
Google: https://plus.google.com/117216040843648957646/posts

If you would like to share your poetry and also your other written work then please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-short-story-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-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:  http://dezawadzka.wix.com/donatasgallery
Buy her work on Redbubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donattien/works/7004053-the-birch-maiden?c=32080-ink-illustrations

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/writer-in-residence-extra-song-and-dance-man-by-paul-andruss/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-serialisation-the-rosary-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-extra-behind-every-great-man-joan-cronin-1920-1994/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/the-colour-of-life-tommy-and-the-fish-and-the-power-of-prayer/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-richard-ankers/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-13-steps-to-evil-by-sacha-black/

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-angie-dokos/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deanie-humphrys-dunne-and-lesley-fletcher/

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Jessica Norrie

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jessica-norrie-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-and-hugh-w-roberts/

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…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/smorgasbord-poetry-which-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-poetry-dark-waters-by-sally-cronin/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-novella-the-sewing-circle-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-the-sewing-circle-part-three-by-sally-cronin/

Some personal stuff

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

https://amreade.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-cronin-is-back/

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

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/odd-job-girl-on-lisa-burton-radio/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-reblog-bloggerbash-2017-voting-is-now-open/

Smorgasbord Health – Let’s Walk a Marathon Challenge

This week.. how to burn extra fat…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/lets-walk-a-marathon-update-and-methods-to-burn-extra-fat/

Smorgasbord Health – Top to Toe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skeleton-the-progresson-of-osteoporosis-over-50-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-the-largest-organ-of-the-human-body/

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.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/cook-from-scratch-the-sandwich-that-packs-a-punch-with-link-to-140-fillings/

Humour

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..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/the-afternoon-video-when-adverts-are-better-than-the-television/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-joys-of-old-age-and-a-slice-of-scotland/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-agility-circuit-try-and-keep-up-with-this-jack-russell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem/

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

Keep smiling

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Which Cake? by Robbie Cheadle


Today Robbie Cheadle ponders the question about what cake to bake for her husband and his impending birthday. There is already so much baking going on in the Cheadle household that coming up with something special to surprise him is going to be a challenge.

Which cake?

My hubby’s birthday is coming
I must make him a cake,
It really hard to decide,
Which one I should bake.

Should it be chocolate
Decorated with cherries,
Or a meringue tower
With cream and wild berries.

A gingerbread house,
Covered in bright sweets,
A selection of pastries,
Filled with sweetmeats.

Something quite tart,
Like lemon and lime.
Or a baked cheesecake,
With tastes quite sublime.

Something quite simple,
Like scones, jam and cream.
Or a yummy treacle pudding,
Cooked in a basin, over steam.

So many delicious choices,
What would he like best?
I’ll conjure up a surprise,
And put it to the test.

©RobbieCheadle 2017

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Robbie for contributing her poem and I am sure she will come up with just the right cake to celebrate her husband’s birthday.

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. 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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/writer-in-residence-william-blake-a-man-born-before-his-time-by-paul-andruss/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/the-colour-of-life-the-dance-scene-1950-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-colour-of-life-the-haul-of-bass-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/author-services-and-promotion-sites-2/

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-john-w-howell/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bethea-jacquie-biggar-and-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sally-cronin/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-miss-chevrolet-by-philippa-church/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-and-agnes-mae-graham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paige-addams-and-linda-bradley/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-book-marketing-and-promotion-what-comes-after-the-end/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-may-2017-debby-gies-cindy-knoke-john-fioravanti-and-haddon-musings/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-may-2017-sue-vincent-kevin-morris-texas-wine-j-a-allen-michelle-proulx/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-may-2017-paul-andruss-olga-nunez-miret-fiction-is-food-and-love-books-group/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-poetry-the-lure-of-the-waltzer-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/smorgasbord-poetry-molten-lava-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Let’s Walk a Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-health-lets-walk-a-marathon-walking-offers-hope-in-fight-against-alzheimers-disease/

Cook From Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/cook-from-scratch-yeast-free-irish-soda-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/cook-from-scratch-australian-apple-chocolate-cake-from-darlene-foster/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/the-incredible-structure-that-keeps-us-upright/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/afternoon-video-the-only-way-to-wear-a-fox-collar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/afternoon-video-if-you-think-you-are-going-to-get-some-smooching-in-somebody-wants-in-on-the-act/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Poetry – The Lure of the Waltzer by Sally Cronin


I have been revisiting my poetry from my teen years and have added some of the life’s experiences gained in the intervening 50 years. This one takes me back to fourteen and the lure of the summer fairground along the seafront.. and one slick operator in particular.

The Lure of the Waltzer

Preparations take an hour to complete
With curlers, mascara and bright red lipstick
The adding of two years is quite a feat
As is the hairdo with the right little flick.

We sneak from the house without a goodbye
Heading for a forbidden destination
Very keen not to be caught in a lie
But we are obsessed with a fascination.

We loiter along the rails of the ride
With the others who have a similar aim
To walk away with a swagger of pride
Being winner of this particular game

Black-haired and blue-eyed with a rakish air
He knows the effect he inflicts on his prey
As he deigns to spin a customer’s chair
And rotates his hips with an arrogant sway

Spellbound we wait for him to catch our eye
All desperate to be singled out as the one
And when he does, and smiles, you almost die
From the joy of having your time in the sun

The Gypsy boy on the waltzer is god
But we know to only worship from afar
For we have heard tales of those he has awed
And have then ventured far too close to this star.

But the excitement and danger is bliss
For young girls exploring tales of the bad boys
To test new found womanhood with a kiss
Now that we have stopped playing with a child’s toys.

He grins as he whirls faster and faster
For he has finally selected a date
Let it be me, and not the disaster
Of him deciding that he fancies my mate.

To my relief he ignores both of us
And with virtue intact we leave for the day
Plotting next moves on the top of the bus
To win at this fun game of love we all play.

©sallycronin2017

Image: From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

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 mulcher..so 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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-1980s-and-1990s/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/writer-in-residence-extra-last-man-standing-and-rats-to-you-by-paul-andruss/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/the-colour-of-life-the-mobile-cinema-1947-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/the-colour-of-life-the-ferguson-tractor-1948-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-poetry-reading-and-interview-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-brigid-p-gallagher/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-sue-coletta-and-christoph-fischer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carmen-stefanescu-rick-mcbee-and-malia-ann-haberman/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-mingers-tale-by-r-b-n-bookmark/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-rorkes-drift-north-by-lindy-rorke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-made-for-me-by-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-helen-jones-and-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-sally-cronin-and-luna-saint-claire/

Health

Let’s Walk A Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/lets-walk-a-marathon-how-to-burn-more-fat-and-exercise-equivalents/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/lets-walk-a-marathon-intermittent-fasting-and-new-series-of-cook-from-scratch/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/new-series-cook-from-scratch-continental-breakfast-the-spanish-way/

Nutrients in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-health-2017-nutrients-in-the-news-can-take-calcium-supplements-damage-your-heart/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-1st-may-2017-annette-rochelle-aben-blueberry-lovin-from-berlin-escape-a-lifetime-and-leigh-reagan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-2nd-may-2017-lost-hearts-and-souls-jennie-fitzkee-coach-muller-and-sarah-brentyn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-3rd-may-2017-linda-bethea-patricia-salamone-adventures-of-a-lost-teen-and-k-m-alexander/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-4th-may-2017-bloggers-bash-lisa-burton-radio-cooking-at-zero-degrees-and-susan-toy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-5th-may-2017-sue-vincent-teagan-geneviene-kevin-morris-and-interesting-literature/

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. https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/05/01/book-of-the-month-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin-sgc58/

Poetry

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: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-poetry-rebellion-in-frome-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/weekly-image-and-words-rescued-from-the-deep/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/afternoon-videos-lets-walk-a-marathon-the-four-legged-competitors/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/time-for-some-laffs-from-the-archives-quickies-parking-problems-and-book-titles/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/afternoon-video-what-ever-our-differences-friendship-is-always-possible/

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