Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – September 5th -11th 2021 – Crow Tales, Contributions, Chart Hits, Book Reviews, Podcast, Short Stories, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up and the posts you might have missed during the week.

Hope you are all doing okay….Another week and already the second week of September. They joke about time speeding up as you get older seems to be true. Either that or I am losing the plot!

Update on Charlie the Crow (Rook)

Charlie has become more independent and is flying better and in fact the last couple of nights he has found himself a roost, we think in the hedge which is very thick around the back garden but enables him to climb up into the top branches out of the way of cats.

However, his beak is still not opening fully and finding food difficult.. so he arrives in front of the kitchen window looking expectant. He manages soft stuff and his favourite is seeded bread and butter, cut up in small pieces and soaked in raw egg or a half piece buttered that he can stand on and peck away..  Soft crumbly fat balls are acceptable as is a small pile of meal worms. No wonder he has put some weight on.

He took his first bath earlier in the week and has been going for a daily dip which is very important to improve the condition of his feathers and despite his beak problems is starting to preen a little.

Anyway.. I took some photos yesterday when he enjoyed a piece of bread and butter.

Denise Finn very kindly shared her recent review for Life is Like a Mosaic in a post, and I was in great company with Jacqui Murray and two of her books that I can also highly recommend.

D.L. Finn September Reviews Part 1

William Price King has returned from his summer break in the mountains and lovely to have him back. Carol Taylor gave us a lot to think about and a wonderful bread recipe in The Green Kitchen and Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen have brought smiles to our faces. As always very grateful for their contributions… Thanks to you for all your support and comments.. they do make my day.

Chart Hits 1977 – Part Two – Stevie Wonder, Manhattan Transfer, Elton John, Barbra Streisand

Banana Bread, Neem Oil, Homemade Beehive, Lemongrass, Snail Mail, Cider Vinegar and Reef Shampoo

Martha – The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

Norman An Old Soldier

Turning Back the Clock – The Guidelines by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

If you have five minutes to spare.. there is another short story – The Psychic Parrot on my podcast

Dogs #Mountains #Humour – Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew Cotter

Book Reviews Rewind – #Scottish #Historical – Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

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Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal #Historical #BoerWar A Ghost and his Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge Tanka Prose

Authors Pamela S. Wight and her guest Amy M. Reade

Authors in the Sun – #Hawaii #Family The Dolphin by D.L. Finn

#Influencers – A Tribute to One of My Role Models by Pete Springer

Tuesday 7th September 2021 – Patricia Furstenberg, Darlene Foster, Robbie Cheadle, Rebecca Budd, Terry Tyler, Jan K. Sikes

Thursday 9th September 2021 – D.G. Kaye, Elizabeth Gauffreau, Jim Borden, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor

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Women’s Health Month – Hormones and the Endocrine System by Sally Cronin

New Book on the Shelves – Age 6-12- A Cat Named Lump: 48 Poetic Tummy Turners by B.C. Byron

New Book on the Shelves – #Scifi #Adventure – The Great Between (Happy Tales Young Reader Collection) by Doug Parker

New Author on the Shelves – #AlternateHistory Shakespeare’s Twin Sister by Richard Seltzer

#Reviews – #Fantasy Jan Sikes, #Historical Ailish Sinclair, #Poetry Balroop Singh

#Reviews – #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Historical V.M. Sang

#Dystopian #thriller Terry Tyler, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Shortstories Sian Turner

September 7th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Diet Tips and Life Observations

The Irish View on Life, Bars, Accents and Heaven and Hell with Sally Cronin

September 10th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Confession and Operation

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope that you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – 29th August – September 4th 2021 – New Book Promotions, Out and About, Fleetwood Mac, Reviews, Health, Shortstories and Humour


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

Another week has flown by and I am extremely grateful for every drop of rain, little bit of sunshine and even the inevitability of the restrictions still placed upon us in Ireland for at least the next 6 weeks until October 22nd.

How very lucky we are to have such predictability, when so many have been faced with devastation and fear as they try to flee their homes in the face of violence and terror, or in the case of those on the east coast of America the natural malevolence of the weather.

It is good to see many nations reaching out to take in refugees but there are still millions who are left behind to face a very different future than they had wished for.

The Cafe and Bookstore New Book Promotions

If you are already in the Cafe and Bookstore please let me know if you have a new book coming out over the next few weeks either on pre-order or available on Amazon so that I can set up a new book promotion. I have a format for the post so only need a link for either Amazon US or UK and I will take care of the rest.

If you are not already in the cafe, please read the post at the following link to find out more about what I need from you: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves 2021 – #Free book promotion

Over the next few weeks in addition to the book marketing podcasts, I will be sharing some pre-recorded posts from my time on The Main Ingredient radio show with Kelli Brett in Spain. They are based on my Turning Back the Clock book from 2005 which offers some anti-aging strategies. I thought you might enjoy the format as Kelli Brett is very entertaining and we had a love of fun with the shows.  Not all the series survived but I will record those again.

I hope you will join me in knocking off a few years and getting ready for the winter months. The first post goes out Monday.

I will also be recording the next series of book marketing and public relations for authors to share with you.

I was out and about this week with Annika Perry who did a lovely feature and review for Life is Like a Tapestry – Woven in Words…

Annika Perry – Review – Life’s Rich Tapestry 

I was very honoured to be invited by interior and fashion designer Valentina Cirasola to be her guest in her new series of author interviews. Valentina asked some interesting and thought provoking questions and I look forward to meeting her other guests in coming weeks. Please head over to read and also find out more about Valentina’s work and her books promoting colour in our lives.

Autumn with an Author – Sally Cronin with Valentina Cirasola

As always my thanks to William Price King (back from his summer break) D.G, Kaye and this week Danny Kemp in the Open Mic night slot.. I am also grateful to you  for dropping in and your support which is much appreciated.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1977 – Part One – Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Carly Simon and Donna Summer

Volume Two – Kenneth – A Love for Life by Sally Cronin

– Lily – The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin

– The Village Square September 3rd 1939 – by Sally Cronin

New Book Review #Children’s and #Parents – Lulubelle Loves to Bake by Dawn Doig.

Book Reviews Rewind – Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry by Colleen M. Chesebro

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara

Paws on the Street Part Nine – 29 Days and Counting By Patty L. Fletcher

This series is about the person you feel has had the most influence on your life and has shaped the person you are today, and what you have achieved. That might be in reaching personal goals or to do with your career. This is of course also a marketing opportunity for your blog and books, and a showcase of your writing skills.

New Series – #Nonfiction – Guest Posts – Who has influenced you the most in your life?

#Mystery – The Coin by Rob Shackleford

#Reviews – #Tractors Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr

New Book on the Shelves – The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To #Communism by Mark Lee Myers

New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Blood Mark by JP Mclean

#Reviews – #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #PostApocolyptic Harmony Kent

#Reviews – #Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Sci-fi Thorne Moore, #Gothic #Supernatural Adele Marie Park

Reviews – #Mystery James J. Cudney, #Memoir Liesbet Collaert, #ParanormalThriller John W. Howell and Gwen Plano

Monday 30th August 2021 – #Bookclubs Rebecca Budd, Reviews D. Wallace Peach, #Review D.G. Kaye

Family Health – Dehydration – Headaches, skin conditions, fatigue and more

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Women’s Health Month – Introduction and The Reproductive System by Sally Cronin

August 31st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Sunscreen and Last Respects

September 2nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Eggs and Talking Dogs

September 3rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Mistaken Identity and Appropriate Names

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – August 15th – 21st 2021 – Crows, Chicago, Soul-Mates, Stories, Poetry, Health, Book Reviews and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I call days like this ‘Grizzly’ as the rain has subsided to a fine mist that bathes your face and hair as you move through it.. not a good look or feeling.. still the crows have descended on the lawn digging divots to put golfers to shame as they grab insects and slitherers seeking refuge from the water-logged clay soil. So at least there are some happy campers.

On the subject of crows we have been rehabilitating a young crow who we believe was either hit by a car or possibly attacked by a cat. I first noticed him/she not sure which, a couple of weeks ago. I love my birds in the garden who are so entertaining, but when crows descend in a ‘murder’ and mob the feeding station they cause havoc despite not being able to gain access to the seed. The rest of the garden birds sit in the trees glaring at the kitchen window waiting for ‘hooman’ intervention in the form of waving arms and expletives.

After such a display to dispel the murder, one particular scrawny crow only fluttered a few yards and seemed unsteady on his feet. I watched him over the next couple of days until he didn’t even make an effort to fly. In fact when I approached wearing protective gloves he meekly allowed me to pick him up and examine him. He didn’t appear to have any visible injuries but was very thin and scraggly looking.We did subsequently find some very fine black cotton wrapped around his toes which was barely visible and removed it,  and we put him into a roomy box with some food overnight.

We noticed that he made no sound and his beak barely opened and we think that might be associated with a head injury or pressure put on his throat during an attack. This made feeding difficult, but after trial and error, we found that he could manage cooked brown rice, mixed with a little tuna in sunflower oil and bird fat balls that are soft and contain various seeds. He has also taken a liking to chunks of banana still in their skin which keep him busy for hours.

When the weather is not raining ferociously, we put him out in the back garden which is enclosed but is unfortunately is still accessible to the neighbourhood cats… Word got around the grapevine that there was an injured crow for the taking and he (now called Charlie) was getting pounced upon if he sheltered in the hedges. We would put food out for him and he discovered a den under the shed at night that offered him some protection, however he then attracted (or his food did) the attention of a hedgehog who seemed over a few days to put on two stone.

There is a dilemma as to the quality of life for a wild creature in these circumstances and what would be the kindest thing to do in the long term, but two weeks on there has been some improvement. Charlie is out all day with water stations and the occasional half of fat ball. He loiters under the bird feeder and despite his increasing size the other birds who would normally demand some arm waving, ignore him and even join him on the ground to mop up stray seeds.

We left him out day and night but he became stressed and clearly exhausted being on alert all the time. He knows my voice and comes towards me and he lingers around David when he is working outside and accepts being picked up at night. I did wonder what he might think about us, if anything, but twice when we have left him out towards early evening he has managed to get under the gate from the back garden, around the house and David has found him outside my office window. Once seems a coincidence.. twice makes me wonder. He seemed keen to be picked up and brought inside.

For the time being he spends the night safe from cats and hedgehogs in five star luxury accommodation, in a large adapted box in the utility room with his favourite foods, some water and a stick which he uses as a perch.

He is now more active and is beginning to show signs of trying to fly. The exercise during the day is making a difference along with food, rest. Today was also a landmark moment as Charlie made his first sounds… two quacks. Hopefully not as sign of a personality disorder but the start of him finding his voice.

David is just finishing a purpose built aviary for him for night time outside against the side of the house. A mini house will all mod cons and plenty of space to move around. We will continue to put him out during the day and minimise our interaction with him in the hopes t as he gains strength, he will find his wings again and head off. If not, we are not going anywhere for the time being and he is welcome to make the garden his home.

A slightly different excursion this week with a feature in The Munster Express Bookshelf which is under the byline of author Mary Crowley, whose books are in the Cafe and I can recommend both of them. Mary very kindly featured Life is Like a Mosaic this week along with two other authors and as you can imagine, I was delighted.

Time to get on with the posts from the week

As always my thanks to William Price King who will be back from his summer break in a couple of weeks, Debby Gies for her wonderful column on Soul Mates and Danny Kemp with his take on humour.

Chart Hits 1976 – Part One – Barry Manilow, Paul Simon, Queen, Chicago.

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – August 2021 – Soul Mates

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Isobel -Hiding in Plain Sight by Sally Cronin

Volume One – Ifan and the Black Sheep by Sally Cronin

#Etheree – Pilgrimage by Sally Cronin

Choka Haiku Primal Fear

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Authors in the Sun – Pedigree Chump by Marilyn Brouwer

New Review – #Western #Romance – Keeper Tyree by S. Cox

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Musicians #Covid – Pause, Play, Repeat:The real impact of Covid-19 on musicians by Sammy Stein Reviewed by William Price King

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry Lockdown Innit by M.J. Mallon

Guest Post – Food Glorious Food and Favourite Aunts by Joy Lennick and Funnies from Eric Lennick

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – John W. Howell and author Gwen M. Plano

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The digestive system, the Immune System and a Chicken Sandwich by Sally Cronin

Family Health – Dandruff… Snow on the shoulders by Sally Cronin

#Interview D.G. Kaye – Leyla Cardena, #Learning Charli Mills – Norah Colvin, #Guest Allan Hudson-Jane Risdon

Tuesday 17th August 2021 – #Smell by Beth, #VikingBooze Rob Shackleford, #Update Mary Smith

Thursday August 19th 2021 – #Forgiveness Jan Sikes, #Environment #Waste Carol Taylor, #Elephants Patricia Furstenberg

 

#Reviews – #Environment Paul Noel, #Adventure Annika Perry

Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources by Karen Ingalls

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Extra – #Anthology – The Shadows We Breathe (volume 1) Edited by Sarah Brentyn

#Reviews – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Memoir J.Q. Rose

#Reviews – #Poetry Bette A. Stevens, #Crimethriller Jaye Marie, #Thriller Mark Bierman

August 17th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Cross Vases and Nuns….

August 19th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Expectations and Chihuahuas..

 

August 20th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Misunderstandings and Alibis

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and for all your support. I hope you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – July 18th – 24th 2021 – The Three Degrees, Podcast Round Up, Relationships, Interviews, Reviews and Funnies.


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed over the last week.

It has been summer here this week and like many of you very high temperatures. Even I have had to wait until early evening to sit out but that has been lovely.. Australia however has been enduring the lowest temperatures for a very long time with – 4 expected in the Sydney region.. That is cold for Australia.  Certainly the weather is very unpredictable at the moment.

Opportunity Knocks

A few things going on at the moment and here is an opportunity for poets and flash fiction writers from Judith Barrow and here is her facebook link to DM her if you are interested..Judith Barrow Author

“Hi Everyone, I’m putting feelers out for poetry readings ( your own work ,any subject) and a hundred word flash fiction pieces (subject “Harvest”) for an online festival to be held by Showboat in September. Showboat is an online TV company I sometimes volunteer at. It would be on Zoom and pre-recorded in a couple of weeks’ time. You’d be dealing directly with them, but I said I would ask those of you I know here. Anyone interested can DM me on FB and I will pass on your details and what you would like to do. It would be a great place to showcase your writing” Judith Barrow Author

I have been out and about this week with the lovely Marcia Meara, who has a series running ‘Ten things you may not know about me’  and if you have not seen the post you might like to pop over to discover a few more of my quirks and past shenanigans.

Head over to  join us Marcia Meara – Then things you may not know about Sally Cronin

I have also released my latest poetry collection this week. The 50+ poems have accumulated over the last year, with some that share memories of my childhood and teen years lying in a drawer for many moons. I have a number of writing projects on the go at the moment but I felt the need to finish one and get it out there.. I must admit I did take a screenshot of my orange flag #1 release in poetry and nature… I am sure fleeting but a little boost.

You can find out more about the collection here: #Poetry – Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony by Sally Cronin

This week I have uploaded the audio for some of my current and previous reviews plus my new book promotion as an example as I will be adding new books in the Cafe and Bookstore to the podcast menu soon.

Also a Short Story from Flights of Fancy – The Psychic Parrot.

You can select the track you would like to listen to by going to my profile page: Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Or on my recording platform: Anchor FM Sally Cronin

William Price King is on his summer break until September with grandchildren but he has left his selections for the Breakfast Show and sends his best wishes. This week D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with a new Realms of Relationships about Kindred Spirits who enter our lives at times when they are needed most. On Friday Daniel Kemp added his special brand of humour to the Laughter Lines.

My thanks to William, Debby and Danny for their wonderful contributions and to you for your support during the week..

Chart Hits 1974 Part One – Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Three Degrees, ABBA-

– July 2021 – The Universe Brings us Kindred Spirits

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Fionnuala – The Swan

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter Eleven – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part Two

#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry – Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind -#Cancer #Journal – Apple Blossom: my Hope…my Inspiration by Jaye Marie

Author Sue Wickstead brings Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell -#100th Birthday Celebrations.

Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity

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The Kidneys – Function – Disease – Kidney Stones

– Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf – #Influencers by Sally Cronin

Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Crime Fiona Tarr, #Family Christa Polkinhorn

#Romance Linda Bradley, #PsychicThriller GG Collins, #OrganisedCrime John L. DeBoer

#Poetry Leon Stevens, #Shortstories Pamela S. Wight, #Thiller #Romance Jane Buckley, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris

Meet the Authors 2021 – #Childrens Norah Colvin, #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

#Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

#Reviews – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Horses Jan Sikes, #Romance #Paranormal Marcia Meara

July 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Summer Water and Exam Answers

July 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Variety and Icelandic Nights

July 23rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Football and Tech repairs

 

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

Sally Goes Out and About – Interview with Rebecca Budd – Tea and Trivia – Life, Writing and Book Marketing


I was delighted to be invited to join Rebecca Budd on her podcast Tea and Trivia to talk about memories, writing and book marketing. It was a wonderful experience and Rebecca did a wonderful job of making it seem like a chat between two friends. Her husband Don is also a technical genius who edits and produces the broadcast.  I hope you will head over to join us.

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in!

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted and thrilled that my blogger friend and writer, Sally Cronin and I are connecting Ireland and Canada, a distance of over 7,000 kilometers. What would take 10 hours flight time has taken 10 seconds in the magic of WIFI time.

Sally is a storyteller. As a child, she used poetry, song lyrics and short stories to bring narratives to life. She is an indie author and proud to be one. Her greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy her take on health, characters, and twisted endings… and of course come back for more. Sally’s support and encouragement of the indie community is legendary. Today, we will be exploring writing, marketing, and telling your story.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling your Story.

 

I hope you will head over to listen in to our chat.. thanks Sally.