Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Rum Cocktails, Blog Sitters and all that Jazz


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I have had a lovely week with a birthday and Valentine’s Day and I am now about to pack my bags to head off for a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate all our birthdays which all fall in February. I will report on the activities they have planned on my return… at least those I can talk about!

I got very excited when I read the headlines in the Daily Mail online yesterday that promised hotter temperatures than Spain with a high of 16 degrees and sunshine.. As I was planning what to pack, I thought I better check a more reliable source than the DM!  Sure enough, apart from a couple of days with a glimpse of yellow behind the clouds there is a 45 – 55% of rain all week and a high of 10 or 11.

I have put away my swimsuit, shorts and flip flops again in the attic with the other summer clothes that I fear may never see the light of day again.

However, all is not lost as David bought me a therapy lamp with safe tanning for my birthday. I have been using as advised and retire upstairs to the spare bedroom and don goggles, my iPod and pretend for 15 minutes that I am on a tropical island on a sandy beach. It was not quite there…. but David solved that by buying a bottle of rum, and a dram of that in my coconut water and Bob’s your uncle.. (please drink responsibly with only one cocktail per tanning session and only at sundown)

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I was going to put up a few regular posts during my absence just to keep things ticking over. I then thought that it seemed a shame not to use this as an opportunity to promote a few of my blogging friends and so posted a part-time blog sitter vacancy.

I know how busy everyone is with their own blog and projects so was very grateful to receive a wonderful response to the advert.  I have put together a programme of events for the week that I am away beginning Tuesday with posts from this group of talent writers.

Paul Andruss, Tina Frisco, Colin Chappell, Debby Gies, William Price King, Geoff Le Pard, Noelle Granger, Susan M. Toy, Mary Smith, Robbie Cheadle, John W. Howell and Linda Bethea.

The full programme details can be found here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/smorgasbord-blog-sitting-special-21st-28th-february-programme-of-events/

Time for some of the posts you might have missed during the week.

William Price King – Leontyne Price

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As always my thanks to William Price King for his weekly music post and this week we follow the career and performances of Leontyne Price during the 1960s. Look out for William’s Creative Artist Interview on Wednesday March 1st.  It is an interactive interview and I hope that you will drop in and ask William questions about his life and career in the comments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-part-three-1960s/

Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer

Although Paul has contributed articles for the blog over the last couple of months I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to be a regular contributor going forward.. This is his official first post as Writer in Residence.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-or-the-horse-might-talk/

Personal Stuff

A short story for Valentine’s Day.. about love.. of course..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/smorgasbord-short-story-the-other-side-of-heaven-sally-cronin/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/weekly-image-and-haiku-aniseed/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-barb-caffrey-angie-dokos-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-hugh-w-roberts-charles-e-yallowitz-and-stevie-turner/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-both-sides-of-love-by-kimberly-wenzler/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-beast-within-mended-souls-book-2-by-jacquie-biggar/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-who-said-i-was-up-for-adoption-by-colin-chappell/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-keys-of-the-origin-book-1-the-scions-of-balance-aeldynn-lore-by-melissa-a-joy/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily showcasing 25 bloggers and their posts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-13th-february-2017-love-haitian-healing-50-words-reviews/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-14th-february-2017-upcoming-release-daisies-love-poetry-free-books-frank-immersed-and-sir-chocolate/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-15th-february-2017-devil-story-ruby-wedding-1960s-kathmandu-rrbc/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-16th-february-2017-valiant-blogger-angels-wings-runners-stretches-the-classics-and-columbian-roses/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-leyton-hollywood-trysts-llandeilo-and-dna/

Health

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-tryptophan-and-winter-blues/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-four-immune-system-and-people/

Food to pep you up a bit.. and not just for Valentines Day.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/st-valentines-day-food-aphrodisiacs-a-meal-and-red-roses-here-are-the-ingredients-the-rest-is-up-to-you/

New series – Top to Toe – The Human Body – The Brain

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-brain-introduction-and-anatomy/

A -Z of Common Conditions… nothing more common than the cold!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/smorgasbord-health-a-z-common-conditions-nothing-more-common-than-a-cold/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/time-for-some-laffs-from-around-the-usual-haunts-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/afternoon-video-how-to-beg-for-forgiveness/

That’s me done for the week.. It is a bit early for a rum and coconut juice but I might take a cup of coffee up with me to the tropical paradise and listen to some calypsos!

N.B. If you would like to promote your books and blog here on Smorgasbord the details are here. If you contact me and I don’t respond immediately don’t worry I will get back to you on my return after 28th of Feb.

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

Thanks for dropping by and see some of you tomorrow for a few of the regular promotions before I head off.

Smorgasbord Health – A -Z of Common Conditions- Nothing more common than a cold!


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In recent years we have had a number of scares as high infectious and contagious diseases that swept through populations. For example the Ebola outbreak in 2014 which actually got very scary for a time.  Whilst there is some debate on how the disease is passed, there is no doubt, that it is the vulnerable with either immature or compromised immune systems that are at the greatest risk.  As with any virus, Ebola is opportunistic and wants a host that provides all that it needs.

This is post is not about Ebola but a very much more common viral diseae that does already impact billions around the world every year. Although it does not have the devastating effect of Ebola, constant and repeated cold infections does weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to more dangerous pathogens.

The common cold.
This time of year many immune systems are compromised by the short days and variable if non-existent sunshine. Vitamin D has been in short supply since October for many of us, and unless we have taken steps to keep our immune system up to scratch with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as well as plenty of fluids and moderate exercise… we are at risk of catching a cold and being its host for a week or more.

Colds are spread by contact with another person suffering from one and we need to take some basic hygienic precautions to help prevent contagion but we also need to build up our own defences so that we shake off any unwanted bugs that fly in our direction.

What What exactly is the common cold?

  • A common cold is an illness caused by a virus infection located in the nose but which can also affect the sinuses, ears and the bronchial tubes.
  • There are very few people who do not suffer at least one cold a year and some individuals can suffer 7 to 10 infections.
  • As we mature and we are exposed to more and more viruses our body learns to deal more effectively with them by producing more antibodies.
  • Babies and the elderly are the most vulnerable and likely to develop chest infections. Also at risk are patients on immune suppressing medications or whose lifestyle and diet have suppressed their ability to fight off infections.
  • Remember too, that, in this modern age, viruses are jet setters and can move swiftly from continent to continent on aeroplanes.
  • The symptoms include sneezing and sore throat for the first 24 to 36 hours followed by blocked nose, scratchy throat with possibly headaches, feverishness, chilliness and coughs.
  • A cold is milder than influenza but a light case of influenza will share the same symptoms.

There is an old saying that “if you treat a cold it will last a week and if you let it run its course it will only last 7 days”. A mild dose may only last a couple of days, particularly if you have a strong immune system or you react quickly with lots of vitamin C in foods and drink. For someone who has a compromised immune system, the symptoms could hang around for up to 2 weeks or longer if it develops into a bronchial infection.

The common cold is not just one virus.
There is not just one cold virus there are over 200 and this makes finding the ultimate cure very difficult. Rhino viruses are the most prevalent and cause over half of the colds we catch.

Cold viruses can only thrive in a living cell, which means your nose. If someone sneezes or coughs on you the first response is to wipe your body off with your hands. The hands are now contaminated and you then touch your mouth and nose passing the virus on. The virus is also passed hand to hand or by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles.

A cold develops between two and three days after infection.
Cold viruses only live in our human nose and that of our relatives the chimps and other higher primates. Other mammals are lucky and when your cat sneezes it might be down to too much catnip!

Travelling on trains, buses and aircraft are great collecting points for cold and influenza germs with aircraft being the biggest Petri dish of them all.

What causes the symptoms of a cold?
It is not actually the virus that causes all the unpleasant symptoms of a cold. The virus attaches itself to a small proportion of the cells in the lining of the nose. It is in fact the body’s response to the invasion that causes all the problems. The immune system is activated and also some of the nervous system reflexes.

A number of white cells from our defence system, including killer cells, are released into the bloodstream. These include histamines, kinins, interleukins and prostaglandins. When activated, these mediators cause a dilation and leakage of blood vessels and mucus gland secretion. They also activate sneezing and cough reflexes to expel infection from the nose and the lungs.

It is these reactions, caused by our own killer cells, that is treated by the “over the counter” medications, not the actual virus itself. By suppressing our bodies own reactions to the virus we can drive it further into the system causing more harmful infections, particularly if we have already got a weakened immune system.

After the killer cells have dealt with the initial infection antibodies are released that help prevent re-infection by the same virus. This is why as we get older we should suffer from fewer cold infections. Unfortunately, with so many cold viruses available to us we may not have produced enough different antibodies to give us total immunity.

What precautions can we take to prevent catching the cold virus?
There are two main ways to protect yourself from catching a cold virus. One is to minimise the risk of infection through contact and the other is to build up your immune system to enable you to deal with viruses if they do attach themselves to you.

It is almost impossible to avoid contact with people. Some of those people are going to have a cold or influenza and short of doing a ‘Howard Hughes’ and retreating into a sealed room with decontaminants you will have to make do with the main simple but effective precautions.

  • Wash your hands frequently to avoid passing the virus into your nose.
  • Use a natural anti-viral hand barrier cream. (I use Grapefruit Seed Extract)

There are some interesting areas of contamination – apart from door handles – for those of us who shop, trolley handles have usually passed through many hands…apparently in public toilets the least contaminated surface is the toilet seat but the most concentrated bacterial and viral load is on the tap handles and loo roll holder!

Also, you should exercise regularly in the fresh air and avoid over-heated, unventilated living spaces. If your nasal passages dry out they are more likely to become infected and this applies to those of us who live in air-conditioned and centrally heated environments most of the year.

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Boosting the immune system
The second way to protect yourself is to boost your immune system and both Vitamin C and Zinc have been found to help boost the immune system and help with the symptoms for centuries. If you are not able to get out into the winter sunshine at least three times a week with some skin exposure then I do suggest you are eating the few foods that contain vitamin D.. or that you consider taking a supplement during the winter months.

You will find full details of these three vital nutrients in the directory below that gives a breakdown of all the essential nutrients. In the food pharmacy section you find onions and garlic, two very useful ‘over the kitchen counter’ remedies for colds.

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A handful of pumpkin seeds as a snack each day will help you boost your Zinc intake.

From a dietary perspective, your diet needs to include all the necessary nutrients for our general health. If you are consciously working on boosting your immune system then certainly you need a high proportion of fresh vegetables and fruit in your diet which contain high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients essential for the immune system.

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Drink the juice of a lemon in hot water every morning when you get up and leave 10 minutes before eating your breakfast – a quick shot of Vitamin C before you start the day and also great for getting the body up and running.

Stress plays a large part in the health of our immune system. If you work or live in a stressful environment then you need to find some way of relaxing on a regular basis. Whilst exercise is very good for this, lying on the sofa listening to your favourite music is also very effective.

What do we do when we have been infected?

Cold symptoms are miserable and I realise that to function in this modern world of ours we are sometimes forced into the situation of taking something to suppress those symptoms.

If you work or have a young family, you cannot suddenly take to your bed for three days until the symptoms subside. However, if possible it is better for you and your cold to work with your body and not against it.

It is important, especially within your own family to limit the amount of contagion and the easiest way to do this is to all wash your hands very frequently. Do not share towels, toothbrushes or flannels and do not share drinks from the same cup or glass. When you use a tissue, use once and then discard safely into a plastic bag that you can dispose of later.

Fluids are very important especially as your appetite is likely to be suppressed. High content vitamin C drinks such as hot lemon with ginger, green tea with a slice of lemon and fresh squeezed juice drinks are the best. Other teas that you may find palatable are mint and elderflower or cinnamon with some lemon and a spoonful of honey. These tend to help sore and itchy throats and warm the chest.

A bowl of hot vegetable soup with carrots, spinach, onions and garlic will help warm you and as you will see from the post on onions and garlic they may help you fight off the infection faster.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/the-medicine-womans-larder-beware-vampires-onions-and-garlic/

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For centuries eucalyptus and menthol have been used to alleviate the symptoms of congestion and you can buy the essential oils in any health food shop. You can put a few drops of eucalyptus onto a hankie and inhale the aroma or dilute in massage oil and rub on your forehead, chest and upper back. Over the centuries the herb  Echinacea has been used to both boost the immune system and also alleviate the symptoms of a cold.

There have been rumours for many years that a cure for the common cold is imminent but in the meantime we may have to resort to some old fashioned remedies to ease the symptoms and help our body do the job it is designed to do, which is protect us.  The cynic in me does wonder at times if a cure for the common cold is ever on the cards since worldwide we spend billions each year on medications that are supposed to ease the symptoms!

You will find more information on Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin D in this directory along with the foods that supply our body with them.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/nutrient-directory-a-brief-overview-of-the-nutrients-we-need-and-the-foods-that-supply-them/

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Round up – Eagles, Irish Fairies, Opera and thrills and spills.


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Welcome to this week’s round-up of posts you might have missed. It has been a fairly busy week as I prepare for the new series of interviews beginning in March and I am thrilled with the response. Twenty five talented authors, poets, musicians and other creative people have come forward to take part in either Book Reading at the Bookstore or The Creative Artist Interview.

Whilst there are some set questions there are also three personalised questions that I am including in each interview so as you can imagine I am taking my time with that. I hope to have them all out by Monday… It looks like I may go to two posts a week to make sure that nobody is hanging around for weeks waiting for their interview to go live. That being the case if you have not already volunteered.. here is the link which includes the format for the interviews.

Here are all the new promotional opportunities, with something for everyone, all on one page.

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

On the subject of promotions.

On the 21st I am off on a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate our three birthdays that are all in February. I will be taking a break from writing posts for the blog but the blog will be handed over to some fabulous and talented members of the blogging community who will be filling in for me in my absence.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/a-little-blog-sitting-requested-february-21st-28th-part-time-position/

I have no worries about leaving the blog for the week to fend for itself but I thought it was another promotional opportunity for you all. As well as the guest post.. I will make sure to top and tail with an intro, feature books, blog, art etc as well as links. Definitely good for the blog and perhaps a little boost for you. Especially as I will not be doing the usual book promotions that week.

If you would like to apply for the job of part-time blog sitter please come back to me by Thursday so that I can get it scheduled in time.

As always I am hugely grateful for your wonderful support, comments, shares and motivation. ♥♥

Enough of the mushy stuff.. and on with the posts from the week…..

Classical music with William Price King

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So pleased that so many of you are enjoying the last in the classical music series and the story of American soprano Leontyne Price. This week a look at her performances in the 1950s and the bigotry that she endured in her early career.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-part-two-star-on-the-rise-2/

Weekly Image and Haiku

I am so lucky to have some wonderful co-hosts on occasion for the blog and one post this week seemed to touch the hearts of many of you. Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photographs has been a blogging friend for the last three years and he sent me some recent photographs of the eagles Romeo and Juliette.. he very kindly agreed to let me use one of the images for this week’s Haiku.. You can see the full sized version in the post.

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Short Story – After the Festival 

Another collaboration with illustrator Donata Zawdska with After the Festival. I was very privileged to be able to use the artwork for my short story..a new one from my upcoming Tales from the Irish Garden later in the year.. I hope you enjoy.

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The new interview series if you missed them last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/new-series-smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-musicians-bloggers-artists-photographers/

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-wind-follower-by-carole-mcdonnell/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-annwyns-secret-by-claudine-giovannoni/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-frank-immersed-a-frank-rozzani-detective-novel-frank-rozzani-detective-novels-book-5-by-don-massenzio/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-golden-age-of-charli-rsvp-by-jena-c-henry/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-sleeping-serpent-by-luna-saint-claire/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-teri-polen-colleen-chesebro-and-sally-cronin/

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Another 25 bloggers promoted this week.

If you would like to be included in the Blogger Daily then just leave a link to your most recent post in the comments section of the round up today..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-6th-february-2017-welsh-chapels-interviews-celebrating-books-and-angry-bird/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-7th-february-2017-share-buttons-reviews-crime-settings-poetry-and-octopus/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-february-2017-dr-dolittle-the-turin-shroud-sexism-politics-and-emotional-beats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-february-2017-smoking-dickens-leftovers-water-shortages-and-childrens-illustrations/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-february-2017-multi-culturism-drinking-war-correspondent-snow-cream-and-dog-rescue/

Smorgasbord Health – series Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-two-vitamin-d-the-sunshine-vitamin/

Smorgasbord health – A – Z of Common Conditions – Lung Cancer.

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Humour and Afternoon Video

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/time-for-some-laffs-and-some-cat-and-dog-views-on-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/time-for-some-laffs-from-around-the-usual-haunts/

That is it for another week on Smorgasbord.. Couldn’t do it without you.. Please remember that it saves me time if you volunteer your news about new book releases, fantastic reviews or share your blog post link.. Help me share your work.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Health – A – Z of Common Conditions – Cancer – Lungs


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Some of you will have read the original of this post last year.. I have updated and hope that you will agree that it is an important message to get out.. Especially as there are still young people taking up smoking because it is cool!

The latest statistics indicate that there 1.1 billion smokers in the world with approximately 800,000 being men. There has been a decline in smoking in countries who have banned smoking in public places and made advertising and access to them more difficult. However, every time I go shopping in my local Tesco there are two or three people in the queue at customer services buying three or four packs of cigarettes that are dispensed from a hidden compartment. I am always staggered at the amount they are handing over which is currently 11 euro a packet.

As you will see I am an ex-smoker and I do understand the addiction to smoking.. I just know that the rewards of giving up are more than financial.  My addiction, like many of my age group began when we started passive smoking at a very early age.

Where my addiction began.

My father smoked from age 12 he told me. In his time in the Royal Navy he smoked unfiltered duty frees and he continued to smoke until his diagnosis with prostate cancer at 76 years old. He didn’t die of that but the radiation treatment he received caused a fatal blood disorder. It was over 21 years ago and treatment was a lot less refined back then.

I started smoking at 14. My father would smoke around 15 to 16 cigarettes a day and he would then throw the packet with the remaining cigarettes into the top drawer of his dresser and at the end of the week he would consolidate all the extra ones into a packet to start the week. I assumed that he lost count of how many were in the seven packets and working on that assumption; I liberated one cigarette a day for my own consumption. (I never got caught, and sometimes I wish I had been as it might have ended my addiction before it really started)

I finally gave up smoking at age 39 as I was heading for an operation of my own. I was smoking around 20 to 30 a day and apart from anything else at £1.50 a packet I could not really afford the habit. I know that at the current cost of nearly £8.50 per packet, £4,600 per year I certainly could not afford to smoke.  Of course of that £4,600 approximately £3,500 is going into governmental coffers!

Bearing in mind that it is estimated that 10 million adults smoke in the UK, and if everyone of them smoked a packet a day, the resulting money going straight into the Government pocket is around £3billion pounds a year.  Although they claim that this is to pay for health care of those that smoke I am cynical. Whilst the public message is give up smoking I wonder if they are really keen to lose those billions of revenue per year!

100,000 people die from smoking related disease each year.  That is too high a price to pay for a pleasure that simply goes up in smoke.

After 25 years I do not know if I have dodged the bullet but I do believe that I gave myself a fighting chance by giving up when I did. Addiction to anything is tough to beat. But there are plenty of options to help someone these days and they can be effective if you meet them halfway.

It is important to remember that it is not just the lungs that are at risk from smoking but all your major organs including the heart and brain. Yes, there are some lucky individuals who smoke until 100 and get away with it – but they are in the minority and usually have extraordinary immune systems that have kept them healthy.

Some of the people around them however, may not have been so lucky and here is a short but sobering extract from an article that should make any smoker think about the impact they are making on those they love and consider friends.

Breathing in other people’s smoke, also called second-hand smoke, can cause cancer. Passive smoking can increase a non-smoker’s risk of getting lung cancer by a quarter, and may also increase the risk of cancers of the larynx (voice box) and pharynx (upper throat).

Second-hand smoke can cause other health problems too. Every year, second-hand smoke kills thousands of people in the UK from lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/passive-smoking

LUNG CANCER.

Just the words lung cancer are enough to terrify most people but it still does not seem to deter a large number of smokers who continue to inhale carcinogenic fumes every time they light up.

Although there are work-related contaminants that can result in lung cancer such as asbestos and coal tar, they only represent around 15% of all cases of lung cancer. Smoking or inhaling second hand smoke causes the remaining 85%.

The best preventative is not to smoke at all but even giving up right now will reduce the risk from developing cancer in the future.

Cancer is a disease of abnormal cells. Normal cells reproduce through their lifetime in a controlled manner replacing old tissue and repairing damage. Abnormal cells are rogues that are out of control increasing rapidly either in a localised spot in the body (benign tumour) or by spreading throughout the body developing tumours as they go (malignant tumour). The blood and the lymphatic system provide the perfect transport for these rogue cells and when they form a new growth it is called a secondary tumour or metastasis.

There are a number of different types of cancer cell that can affect the lung but they are all opportunists and if the lung tissues are already damaged by smoking it will be vulnerable to them all.

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Smoke inhalation damages the normal cleansing process of the lungs so that debris and toxins can accumulate. Hair like cilia on the cells within the bronchial tubes usually beat rhythmically to move mucous continuously upward and out of the lungs but smoke that is inhaled cause these fine hairs to disappear and the lining of the bronchial tubes thickens and narrows in an effort to protect the tissues from further damage.

Perhaps seeing a pair of healthy lungs beside an image of a smokers lungs might convince you to give up smoking more than my words.  If you know people who smoke around you then you might like to share this with them.

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Sources

http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_93.pdf

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me either in the comments section or privately on sallygcronin@gmail.com.

I will be covering other lung related diseases later in the A – Z series.

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New promotions, Leontyne Price, Myths and awesome talent.


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Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. In particular I would like to draw your attention to these two new promotional series.

Although my Cafe and Bookstore is as yet, virtual.. it is still a platform for promotion. Apart from the twice weekly updates for new releases and outstanding reviews…You can now do a virtual book reading. To mix things up a little; I will not only send you a choice of questions to answer including some personalised ones about your work, but we will open the comments section up to questions from the audience.. i.e. those who pop in to read the post.  This does mean that the author in question will have to pop in on the day and perhaps the next once of twice to respond to the questions.  I hope that this little twist will bring a new element to boost the post’s promotional reach.  Here is the post with all the details.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

The second new series is for those who might not have published a book and are therefore not on the shelves of the bookstore. Bloggers, book reviewers, short story writers, artists, musicians, photographers and any other creative talent. The same format as the author book reading.. with personalised questions and the interaction with the audience. This is an opportunity to showcase your work and to meet new followers and possibly customers through the Q & A in the commments.  Here are more details.

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Look forward to hearing from you once you have read the posts.. I already have twelve authors lined up for the Book Reading posts and two for the Creative Artists…don’t delay.

As I am an author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore I get to promote my latest book in the update tomorrow….I hope you will pop in and also take a look at the other two authors who will be sharing the post with me.

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In the meantime I would like to thank my two amazing contributors to the blog. William Price King and Paul Andruss who are amazing.  We are just coming to the end of the Classical Series in the next few weeks and this is going to be followed by a look at some of the iconic contemporary music artists. William is going to be starting this new series with an idol of mine and I am sure of many of you too.. The Boss.. Bruce Springsteen.

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Paul Andruss has certainly made an impression on followers to the blog with his posts across different worlds… From Ancient Greece and the myths and legends of Ancient Ireland to the worlds behind the modern artists who have left their mark in history such as David Bowie and Mark Bolan.. You will find a wonderful and eclectic look at these worlds on Paul’s website. http://www.paul-andruss.com/about/

Also thanks to all of you who have dropped in this week…liked, commented and shared. It is so appreciated.

On with the show.

Classical Music with William Price King

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Part one of the American soprano Leontyne Price who not only enjoyed a stunning professional career but paved the way for other African American opera singers to perform in their rightful place on the world stage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-the-early-years/

Guest Writer Paul Andruss

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A stunning piece on the myth of The Birch Maiden with the most beautiful illustrations by Donata Zawadzka.. I hope you will visit both their websites to enjoy more.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/guest-writer-the-birch-maiden-by-paul-andruss-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

Book Promotions

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

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-naked-alliances-a-richard-noggin-novel-the-naked-eye-private-investigator-series-book-1-by-s-k-nicholls/

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author-update-jpgCafe and Bookstore Update

This week’s look at new releases and recent reviews from the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-ali-isaac-n-a-granger-and-sally-cronin/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-kevin-morris-jane-dougherty-and-judy-e-martin/

Personal Stuff

A tongue in cheek look at our financial value.. and how we might perhaps encourage the universe to catch up to our expectations!

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/why-i-am-giving-myself-a-salary-increase-and-perhaps-you-should-too/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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Special mention for Terri Webster Schrandt who has opened up her photography files for our use.. this was my reblog and the image for this week’s Haiku was courtesy of her generosity.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/how-to-get-hundreds-of-free-photos-for-your-blog/

Blogger Daily – 25 more bloggers showcased in the week day look at some of the outstanding posts of the day.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-30th-january-2017-castle-douglas-wordpress-addiction-change-and-author-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-31st-january-2017-dragons-strong-women-peace-favourite-things-and-a-review/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-1st-february-2017-medieval-horses-fashion-savvy-bloggers-bash-caboodle-and-new-words/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-2nd-february-2017-three-things-crystals-oscar-and-audio-books/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-3rd-february-2017-jacaranda-trees-mental-health-dean-martin-dog-training-and-poetry/

Health

A final look at how we change as we grow and age and some of the voluntary and involunatry emotions we experience.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/smorgasbord-health-the-dynamics-of-health-emotional-being/

When was the last time you had a really good laugh?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/smorgasbord-health-why-laughter-really-is-the-best-medicine/

The second in the series of cancers that are most common… Prostate which is followed by lung and then bowel cancers.

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Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/time-for-some-laffs-life-span-speeding-and-highway-to-hell/

Thank you again for making this a regular stop on your blog tours.. Look forward to seeing you again..Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Health – A -Z of Common Conditions – Cancer – Prostate


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Some of you may have read this during Men’s Health Week last year but I do believe that it is a post worth repeating so that there is an awareness to act sooner rather than later if there is even the slightest change in the way our body behaves.

My father was diagnosed at age 77 with prostate cancer and it was at least stage three. This was twenty-five years ago and the treatment is radiation and lots of it. It gave him time but the last year was very hard on him. The radiation had caused a blood disorder that required him to have a regular blood-transfusions and good naturedly he would present himself at the hospital on the designated Friday.. My father loved his food and the day is significant… they served fish ‘n’ chips.  Eventually he required these transfusions weekly and after a short period of time he passed away aged 80.

Today there have been huge advancements in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer and the prognosis is much improved. But it is dependent on a very important factor and that is early detection.

I explored some very frightening figures after an image was posted on facebook from Just Eat Real Food that claimed that from 1900 the risk of developing cancer had increased dramatically from 1 in 30 to 1 in 2.  Many people thought that this could not be true.  Well it appears that it well might be.

In the UK, Cancer Research UK states that for those born after 1960 there is a 1 in 2 chance of developing a cancer of one type or another… This will be reflected in other countries who have adopted a highly industrialised food chain which includes mass farming methods and chemical and hormonal  ‘enhancements’ at each phase of the production process.

We all have rogue cells that are pre-cancerous but if we have a strong immune system these cells either self-distruct or are contained by our own defences.

However, if those defences are weakened by a nutritionally deficient diet, those actions will not occur and in a sugar rich and oxygen deprived environment, cancer cells will reproduce rapidly.

We are now living longer and as we age so do our cells. As our diet and lifestyle changes in later years, our immune system weakens and the defences are down. It is therefore absolutely possible that 1 in 2 of us will develop some form of cancer in our lifetime. The difference being that cancers that develop in our bodies in our 80s and 90s are likely to grow slowly and outlive us.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/risk/lifetime-risk#heading-Zero

Male reproductive health issues

As women face problems with their uterus, and possible hysterectomies, so men are faced with problems with their prostates. The good news is that in the majority of cases the conditions are benign, and are not going to lead to cancer, but symptoms should always be checked out.

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What is the prostate?

The prostate gland is a very small walnut shaped structure that sits at the base of the bladder and surrounds the ejaculatory ducts at the base of the urethra. Its role is to produce an alkaline fluid that mixes with the semen from the vesicles before it is passed into the penis to be ejaculated. This probably acts as a booster for the sperm keeping them active and therefore more likely to fertilise an egg should the opportunity arise.

In a young man the prostate is about the size of a walnut and it slowly gets larger as a man matures. If it gets too large, however, it can begin to cause problems with the urinary tract resulting in frequent urination and in some cases discomfort. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and is very common in men over 60 years old.

If problems with urination occur especially at night then a doctor should be consulted. Usually a rectal examination or scans will detect the enlarged prostate and appropriate treatment prescribed. If the enlargement of the prostate and the urination problems are relatively mild then it is usually left for a period of time to see if the normal reduction in testosterone will result in a decrease in the size of the prostate.

If the enlargement of the prostate or the symptoms warrant medical intervention it is usual to prescribe either alpha-blockers (can have some nasty side effects) or a testosterone lowering drug. As the testosterone levels decrease the prostate shrinks and the urination problems are solved. However there can be side effects such as loss of sex drive and possible erectile problems.

In extreme cases surgery may be advised if the urination problem does not improve. It can however result in other problems and should be considered carefully beforehand.

Prostate cancer

Women dread the words breast, ovary or uterine cancer and for men it is prostate cancer. As with most cancers if it is found early then the chances of recovery are very good. Unfortunately the early signs of cancer can be confused with BPH which is why it is an excellent idea to consult a doctor the moment you feel there is a change to your urination in any way. This is especially true if you develop a burning sensation or pain during urination or there is blood present in the urine. Sometimes there could also be blood in semen, pain in the back, hips or pelvis and painful ejaculation. There can also be an innocent and harmless cause of some of these symptoms but it is important to clarify the situation immediately with your doctor.

Apart from a physical examination a doctor will also conduct a blood test to determine the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). These may be higher in men with either an enlarged prostate or cancer and it is backed up by an ultrasound to establish any abnormalities in the gland.

Usually a biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis and is commonly done by the doctor under local anaesthetic.

Treatment

These days if the cancer is in the early stages and slow growing it will be monitored regularly to determine if the next stage in the treatment is necessary. Treatments are being refined and reviewed continually and your doctor will have the latest information at hand.

The most common type of surgery is a radical prostatectomy where the whole prostate and some surrounding tissue is removed. This may result in loss of sexual function or urinary problems that may not correct themselves. There is a modified operation that reduces the risk of nerve damage and therefore impotence that some men will be offered if appropriate.

Radiation treatment is used in some cases prior to surgery to kill cancerous cells and shrink the tumour and following surgery to ensure that all harmful cells have been eliminated. There are two kinds of radiation, externally beamed into the prostate and internally where radioactive “seeds” are placed in the prostate itself, into or near the actual tumour. There can be some side effects with this treatment including impotence and incontinence, which will have to be managed in the long term.

Following radiation, patients may be offered hormonal treatment to prevent the cancer from reoccurring or if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This will usually result in menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes as well as a loss of sexual desire.

Now to a different perspective on prostate cancer treatment.

This in no way negates the need to get checked, as a physical examination is key to determining if there is a problem with the prostate. Whilst unpleasant (and trust me we women have equally invasive examinations) a few minutes of embarrassment or discomfort is better than years of treatment and doubt about the outcome.

Today treatments are targeted very specifically in the area affected and as you will read a different approach to beginning treatment is usually followed if the cancer is in the very early stages. A ‘watch carefully and wait and see’ strategy is particularly relevant if the patient is in their late 70s and 80s as certain cancers have a less aggressive growth pattern as we age.

Do read the article so that should you face a diagnosis of prostate cancer you can ask all the right questions to ensure that you explore all the options available. Be aware that different consultants have their own approach to specific cancers and whilst the ‘wait and see’ strategy is widely adopted in the UK it may be very different where you live.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/06/survive-prostate-cancer-without-surgery.aspx?e_cid=20150906Z2_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150906Z2&et_cid=DM85074&et_rid=1105579098

This series is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool..It is however a recommendation to find out about areas of the body which are at risk and to ensure that you notice changes that occur.. Nobody else can do that except perhaps someone close to you. This is why it is so important for partners to also keep an eye out for changes in habits that might indicate that there is a problem.

The sooner that prostate cancer is diagnosed the better the outcome. Get Checked.

You will find other posts in the A – Z of Common Conditions in the directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-health-a-z-of-common-condition/

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Opera, bloggers, authors, health, Haiku and a few laffs


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Welcome to the round up from a blustery and wet Ireland, apart from Saturday morning when we were beguiled into a sense of complacency… still as my husband says there is no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing!

Delighted that the new series are settling in and being enjoyed. I complain enough about the Happiness Engineers ‘fixin’ what ain’t broke’ but I hope that streamlining the promotional series has made it easier for everyone to get some limelight. With the current programme of events.. it means I can promote at least 30 bloggers a week in the Blogger Daily and at least 10 or more authors.

Here are the details… and one is for those of you who are in the Cafe and Bookstore already and another for those who are new to the blog.. For bloggers and writers across the board there is the Blogger Daily. And for those of you have contributed to an anthology there is a way to give the book a boost.

Check it out.. The only cost is a little of your time.

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

My thanks as always to everyone who has contibuted including William Price King.. we finished the series on Dame Kiri Te Kanawa this week and move to the last in this season of classical artists with American soprano Leontyne Price.  Following that series William will be looking at the lives and work of some of the most popular of contemporary artists such as Shirley Bassey.

I have been working on my own writing projects and should be able to do a cover reveal in the week.. and work begins on the next volume of Tales from the Garden…let’s hope they dont’ proof to be too waterlogged.

Thank you for all your support and for dropping in.. You are always very welcome to contribute a post as a guest..just get in touch with me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Have a great week.  Hugs Sally

Classical music with William Price King

The last part of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa series.. Thankfully we will be able to hear this fabulous soprano in the future as long as she continues to delight her audiences with concert performances.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/classical-music-with-william-price-king-dame-kiri-te-kanawa-part-three/

Book Promotions – Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-gigi-sedlmayer-karen-ingalls-and-kristina-stanley/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-nicholas-c-rossis-lori-lopez-and-fiona-tarr/

Book Promotions Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-50-ways-to-alleviate-boredom-by-mary-c-blowers/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-chase-tinker-and-the-house-of-magic-by-malia-ann-haberman/

Book Promotions – Collaborative Anthologies.

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Blog promotions

If you would like to join these bloggers who featured this week in the Blogger Daily then all you have to do is leave a link to your lates post in the comment section.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-23rd-january-2017-psychics-promotion-reviews-and-fairy-stories/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/blogger-daily-24th-january-2017-pizza-horror-weather-bunnies-and-author-etiquette/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-28th-january-2017-barking-mad-furry-dudes-writing-conference-writing-flow-and-beta-readers/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017The last post in the Weight Reduction Programme with some meal options to help you stay on track

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-some-meal-options/

dsc_1737The dynamics of change.. the voluntary and involuntary changes to our body, mind and emotions as we develop from birth to old age.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/smorgasbord-health-the-dynamics-of-change-part-one-our-physical-being/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/smorgasbord-health-the-dynamics-of-change-our-mental-being/

smorgasbord A - Z

The first part of four on the subject of the most common cancers – Breast Cancer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/smorgasbord-health-a-z-of-common-conditions-breast-cancer/

Personal stuff

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Kathleen must face the future and move on with her life.. but at what cost?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-first-date-by-sally-cronin/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/weekly-image-and-haiku-secret-door/

Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-out-of-the-mouth-of-babes/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/time-for-some-laffs-or-groans-it-is-pun-day/

Thanks for dropping by.. don’t forget to leave the link to your latest blog post so that I can share.  Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Music, books, blogs and Humour


round-upWelcome to another weekly round up of the posts you might have missed.  I am settling into my new routine of writing and reading and trying not to be distracted by all the great stuff being posted… It is not so easy to do but I am making progress … I am just handing off my next short story collection and hope that it will be ready by March… and I am working on two others that have been idling in a corner giving me baleful looks.

My thanks to all of you who have been in and out during the week and are so consistent with your support.. It keeps me motivated and brightens my day..

Of course thanks to William Price King who is now in his third year of his invaluable contribution to the blog with his music series.  The last part of Kiri Te Kanawa is this coming Wednesday and then we have an opera singer who has influenced to many of today’s artists.. Leontyne Price is an American Soprano and one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

The next series from William is going to be covering some of the popular singers of our generation such as Shirley Bassey.. So don’t go anywhere.

Classical Music with William Price King

William takes us through the 1970s and 1980s as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa rose to international fame with some of her most popular performances.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/classical-music-with-william-price-king-dame-kiri-te-kanawa-part-two-international-debuts/

Cafe and Bookstore New Author on the Shelves

This promotion is for authors who have not been promoted on the blog previously and showcases their latest book and also links to their other work.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-cloud-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow-by-jill-sammut/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/sallys-cafe-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-wisp-by-adele-marie-park/

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Cafe and Bookstore Update

For authors who are already in the bookstore this promotion is to feature any new releases or most recent outstanding review.. It is an opportunity to keep a book in the spotlight throughout the year every couple of months or so.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-kathryn-meyer-griffith-richard-m-ankers-and-nicholas-c-rossis/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-caroline-clemens-m-c-v-egan-and-judy-penz-sheluk/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

This is a promotion for authors and bloggers alike.. I visit many blogs each day and select just a few to share in the Blogger Daily each evening.. It would help me out if you would leave a link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can make sure that I share.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-16th-albatross-window-cleaning-blog-stars-holiday-lets-and-dementia/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-january-17th-about-a-character-mlk-usaaf-ghost-variation-and-roast-veg/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-january-18th-2017-links-ambiance-glimpses-all-you-can-eat-cees-challenge/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-19th-january-2017-dogs-vs-snow-safari-afriku-fb-spats-and-cork-city-gaol/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-20th-january-psychiatry-shakespeare-deer-editing-101-and-westerns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-21st-january-canada-portugal-china-and-acceptance/

Health Weight Reduction and Bruising.

This week we come to almost the final post in the Weight Reduction programme with one more to come tomorrow. Also Bruising.. a common complaint but if persistent could be a sign that there is something more serious going on.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-get-your-beauty-sleep/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-stress-factor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-the-plateau-and-fluids/

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Personal Stuff

This time of year I look at some of the statistics available for the blog and make some tweaks to take advantage of what I have learned. 2016 was interesting for a couple of reasons which resulted in a change to when I posted and the addition of a Google Translate button.. If you have never checked the countries where your readers come from… you may be surprised. Your reach may be wider than you thought!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/what-use-are-your-analytics-for-your-blog-they-tell-an-interesting-story/

Weekly image and haiku.

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Humour and afternoon video

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/time-for-some-laffs-lawyers-where-would-we-be-without-them/

There are a number of promotions for authors and bloggers.. Here is the link and look forward to hearing from you.

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

Thank you so much for stopping by and please help me showcase your work by checking out the promotions and getting in touch.

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

Smorgasbord Health – A-Z of common conditions – Bruising.


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There will not be many of us who have not knocked some part of our body and seen a bruise appear the next hour or so.  When we bang into something harder than the skin’s surface we damage the very small blood vessels. This causes a discolouration of the skin in varying shades of blue and green and sometimes purple along with a tenderness to the touch. Usually both the pain and the bruise disappear after a few days as the blood vessels repair beneath the skin. As they heal the colour will change to red.. green and yellow as the blood is absorbed back into the body.

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For these occasional bangs and wallops that result in bruises there is little reason for concern and the discomfort can be eased with the application of something that is always in my medicine cabinet.

Arnica also known as Leopard’s Bane and Sneezwort is a herb that has been used for centuries as a treatment for bruises, inflammation such as sprains and acne. To be honest their is as usual very little scientific research into arnica and its properties but I have used it on bruises for many years and I do believe that it speeds up the healing process and reduces some of the discomfort.

It is used in the form of a tincture which is the concentrated herb diluted with fluid which is alcohol (acidic herbs) or if a resin such as balsam you would use a water and alcohol mix.. You would then leave the concoction for about three weeks before using..Thankfully, you can buy the tincture ready prepared in most health food shops.

N.B  There are few interactions reported but I do suggest that if you are pregnant that you do not use any herbal remedies, even topical ones without a qualified herbalist.. Also if you notice a reaction or rash after use, wash off immediately.

One very simply if chilly method to decrease inflammation and pain is to apply ice immediately.  If possible keep the bruised area elevated to decrease blood flow to the damaged site and inflammation.

Lavender oil has also been used on the continent. Make a soft compress with a pad for the lavender. Gently bandage in place and leave on for 24 hours.

The other medicine cupboard staple is Witch Hazel.. again available in pharmacies and health food shops. Rub into the bruised area three or four times a day.

Other reasons for bruising.

If you find that you bruise easily and particularly in areas that you feel you have not damaged then you should visit a doctor.  It could be as simple as a Vitamin C deficiency but it could be an indication of a more serious condition. Including leukemia and other blood disorders, diabetes and certain medications that have a blood thinning property such as aspirin or wafarin. It can also be the result of taking cortisone medicaion.

As our skin becomes thinner as we age, bruising becomes more common.. The bruises tend to be purple in colour and take far longer to dissipate if at all.

Diet to develop a thicker skin!!

It is important to have a balanced diet but Vitamin C plays a vital role in many organs of the body including our skin which is the largest waste organ of the body.

VITAMIN C: ASCORBIC ACID; An antioxidant that protects LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) from oxidative damage, leading to hardening of the arteries. May also protect against heart disease reducing the hardening of arteries and the tendency of platelets to clump together blocking them. Vitamin C is necessary to form collagen, which acts like glue strengthening parts of the body such as muscles and blood vessels. It aids with healing and is a natural anti-histamine.

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It is essential for the action of the Immune system and plays a part in the actions of the white blood cells and anti-bodies. It protects other antioxidants A and E from free radical damage and is involved in the production of some adrenal hormones. It is water soluble and found in all fruit and vegetables with best sources being Blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cherries, grapefruits, guavas, kiwi fruit, lemons, parsley, peppers, rosehips, potatoes, tomatoes and watercress.

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You will find the other common conditions in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-health-a-z-of-common-condition/

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to share.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Round Up – Kiri Te Kanawa, Ancient Greece, Bloggers, Authors and Parrots


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Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might have missed. All then new promotional series are doing well and you will find a link at the bottom of the post that gives you details of the ways you can promote your blog, books, art, photography and any other creative endeavour.

It was my husband’s birthday this week so I planned a surprise trip down memory lane. David moved from Wateford to Wexford when he was about 11 to Wexford and one of the beaches that they used to visit every summer was Curracloe Strand.  Apart from enjoying this sandy beach that stretches seemingly for miles; it was a chance to take a look at what is locally known as Omaha Beach.  This was the beach used in the incredible opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan.

Here is part of an article in The Journal with a link at the bottom to read the full piece.

IN THE SUMMER of 1997, a massive Hollywood film crew headed up by director Stephen Spielberg landed on a Wexford beach.

They were there to film what would become one of the best known World War II movies and for many Irish men, it is their claim to fame, as hundreds featured as extras in the epic D-Day scenes.

As with Braveheart a few years before, the young army reserves of the FCA were asked to take part. Their reputation as a reliable and well disciplined band of extras on Mel Gibson’s film was the reason Spielberg decided to film those iconic scenes in this country.

Colonel Pearse McCorley told us previously it was Gibson who recommended them, despite the fact he thought they were a bunch of smartasses.

For now Captain Peter Kelleher, who was then just 17 years old, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and he said he “jumped at the chance” to be involved in the scenes filmed on Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand.

Read on….http://www.thejournal.ie/saving-private-ryan-wexford-2144259-Jun2015/

On Wednesday Ireland was enjoying the backlash from the blizzards raging in the UK and it was very, very cold and windy.. However it was great to bring back memories of warmer days and visit the beach used in the film.

We did enjoy a great lunch in the Curracloe Hotel.. a plateful and a half to be honest and the best onion rings I have ever tasted. So if you are coming over to Ireland and planning a road trip down the south east coast perhaps you can add Curracloe to your plans.

Apart from that it has been a week of getting some writing projects re-started after the holidays and enjoying getting back into the swing of reading othe people’s posts and planning new promotions.

My thanks as always to William Price King for his continued presence here on the blog as both friend and contributor. This week too, a welcome to Paul Andruss who will be writing a post for Smorgasbord the first Friday of each month.. His first post is below.

And of course I am very grateful for your generosity as you leave comments, share across your own networks and keep me motivated.

Classical Music with William Price King

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/classical-music-with-william-price-king-dame-kiri-te-kanawa-the-early-years/

Find the previous classical posts in this directory.  https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

Guest Writer – Paul Andruss

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Delighted that Paul Andruss is joining the blog as a regular contributor on the first Friday of each month, and if you missed his two posts before Christmas you can find them in this directory in the menu.  https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/guest-writer-paul-andruss/

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The myths and legends of Ionia.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-ionia/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-hugh-w-roberts-yecheilyah-ysrayl-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-allow-yourself-to-be-a-better-person-by-balroop-singh/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-almost-human-by-kenneth-l-decroo/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-storm-wolf-by-stephen-morris/

Smorgasbord Meet and Greet

This series if for writers, photographers, poets, artists, musicians who have never been promoted on the blog before. Have a look at this first post by Robbie Cheadle and then contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com so we can talk about your promotion.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/smorgasbord-meet-and-greet-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-co-authors-of-the-sir-chocolate-book-series/

Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

This week 30 outstanding bloggers and their posts featured every evening. My intention this year is to devote as much time to bloggers as to authors when promoting and whilst I go on a hunt everyday… please feel free to leave a  link to your latest blog post in the comments to make sure that I don’t miss.. It gives me an opportunity to share across my networks and I will also inlcude in one of the Blogger Daily posts in the next few days.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-9th-2017-sight-sun-history-and-caboodle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/smorgasbord-daily-blogger-tuesday-10th-january-interviews-swamps-freezing-texas-and-a-writers-worth/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-11th-january-yellow-hair-earth-slices-of-life-sir-chocolate-and-david-bowie/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-12th-january-challenges-herbs-movies-and-motivation/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/blogger-daily-saturday-14th-january-2017-bananas-mystery-character-development-china-and-tea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-january-13th-blog-recommendations-ssl-prompts-editing-and-ancient-man/

Smorgasbord Health 

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Weight Reduction.

This year’s weight reduction programme continues with posts on boosting willpower, the benefits of food diaries, the small elements of your diet that may be sabotaging your weight reduction and some alternative rewards that do not contain chocolate!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-willpower-and-written-evidence/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/smorgasbord-health-2017-weight-reduction-the-accumulative-factor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-weigh-reduction-reward-system-and-calories/

A-Z of Common Conditions.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/smorgasbord-health-a-z-of-common-conditions-bronchitis/

Afternoon video – Equine Therapy

An extraordinary retreat where horses who have been born and trained to interact with humans, bring healing to the people that they come into contact with.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/the-afternoon-video-healing-equine-therapy-2/

The lighter side of life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/time-for-some-laffs-pirate-rooster-and-parrot-comedians/

Personal Stuff

The R's of Life

Chapter Thirteen of my book.. The R’s of Life….Retail Therapy – The Real Cost.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/the-rs-of-life-chapter-thirteen-retail-therapy-the-real-cost/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/weekly-image-and-haiku-bronzed-and-athletic/

Thank you very much for all your support this week and in particular for your generous sharing of the posts featuring bloggers and authors. It does make a huge difference.

Look forward to seeing you in the week and don’t forget there are a number of promotional opportunities to showcase your work.  Thanks Sally

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