Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 21st -27th June 2020 – Josh Groban, Lemon Meringue Pie, #Ireland, Book Reviews, Authors and Humour


Welcome to the weekly round up with posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well as we peel back the layers of re-entry into the world again. Some are getting on better than others, and I can understand why the younger generation wants to dive back into the deep end of the pool.. but I think I will potter around in the shallows for a little while longer.

I am delighted that my hairdresser has finished the re-opening preparations, and they rang without prompting to ask if I needed an appointment.. David has done a great job with his clippers at the back, but the front that I have attended to, looks a little ragged around the edges. You can’t do it when wearing glasses very easily so took those off… not a good move… so it was a bit hit and miss with the scissors and I think I might have accidentally removed half an eyebrow too!.

Anyway…July 7th I will have it all cut back and aim for a quick visit every six weeks… with no magazines, a cup of coffee and no chit chat behind our masks it will not be quite the relaxing treat it used to be. It will be a while before the longer appointments for colour, highlights and extensions are reinstated but thankfully I use a silver rinse once a week at home and I am done…

The weather has been a mixture of very hot days, thundery nights, and now rain for the next five days. At least the lawn and the pot plants appreciate it. I have loved sitting outside with books and music and I am hoping that after this few days summer will return… one can only hope.

In the last couple of weeks I have been a guest on some friend’s blogs and if you have time to pop over and read and share that would be amazing.

Last week I was the guest of Marjorie Mallon as part of her series on poetry and thoughts of writers in isolation. She kindly share a recent poem of mine and my views on our lives going forward, particularly those of the younger children, those waiting for treatment for life threatening diseases and the elderly. Marje will be releasing an anthology of her own stories and poetry as well as her guests thoughts on the pandemic soon.

Photo by Jordan Benton from Pexels

Sally Cronin: Lockdown #Poetry #Thoughts #Isolation #Writers

This week I was the guest of author Darlene Foster whose successful Amanda travel series has introduced children around the world to the joys of discovering new countries and cultures. I shared my experience as a ten year old, of travelling to South Africa and some of the adventures during our two year stay in Cape Town.

Special Guest, Sally Cronin: Travels as a Child

Time to get on with the posts from the week and my thanks to William Price King, Carol Taylor and Debby Gies for their contributions which are always a delight to share and clearly enjoyed. Also thanks to you for dropping by, commenting and sharing; it is much appreciated.

The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban – Part One

Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘L’ is for Lamb, Lavender, Lemon/ Lime Meringue Pie, Liquorice and Liver…

James the Landlord 1939

#Thriller – Five Stars – The Reckoning Squad by S. Burke

#Eagles – The Daredevil by Sally Cronin – Image Tofino Photography

Tales from the Garden Chapter Seven – Little Girl Lost

Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge – #Butterfly Cinquain – Our Legacy

Letters from America 1985-1987 – #Texas weather, Suntans and Trivia Pursuit

#Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part Three and Music Therapy –

Food Therapy – Make the most of Summer – Homemade Fruit Salad and Smoothies

New Author on the Shelves – #RomanticComedy – Cogrill’s Mill by Jack Lindsey

#History – Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya by Paul Edmondson

#Murder #Mystery – Redlined: A Novel of Boston by Richard W. Wise

#Thriller Mark Bierman, #Mystery #Romance Lizzie Chantree, #Thriller John W. Howell

#Poetry Miriam Hurdle, #Memoir #Humour Andrew Joyce, #Memoir Marian Longenecker Beaman

#Memoir – Twenty Years After “I Do” by D.G. Kaye

#Poetry Frank Prem, #Fantasy Teagan Geneviene, #Humour #Mystery Mae Clair

Meet the Authors – #Mystery Barbara Silkstone, #Mystery Janet Gogerty, #Thriller Eloise De Sousa

#BritishHistory Mike Biles, #Thriller Suzanne Burke, #Doglovers Patty Fletcher

#PsychologicalThriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Thriller John L. DeBoer, #War #Dogs Patricia Furstenberg

#Scifi #YA Heather Kindt, #Mystery Lizzie Chantree, #Scifi Jack Eason

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – June 23rd 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – June 25th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – TGI Friday – host Sally Cronin

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit..look forward to seeing you again next week…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge – #Butterfly Cinquain – Our Legacy by Sally Cronin


This week Colleen Chesebor Tuesday Poetry Challeng no 183 Themeprompt was selected by Pat R and was a very interesting way to approach the prompt.

“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”

OR

“…Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time…”

From:
A Psalm of Life

By American Poet, HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist

Here is a link to the full poem:
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

And here is my response.. a Butterfly Cinquain based on the stanza – Lives of great men all remind us….

Butterfly Cinquain – Our Legacy

Writers
seek to inspire
those of us not yet great
to leave behind a legacy
of worth.
Fame and fortune is not required
if we are remembered
for our acts of
kindness.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in the challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebor Tuesday Poetry Challeng no 183 Themeprompt

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – #Etheree – The Wise Woman’s Apprentice by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 182 – Photoprompt Colleen has given us a photoprompt of a delectable black fluffy kitten, in anticipation of welcoming a new family member who looks very similar.

Etheree – The Wise Woman’s Apprentice

This
tiny
and fluffy
bundle of love
has a destiny
about to be fulfilled
in the most glorious way
as she is inducted into
the magical world of enchantment
of being a wise woman’s apprentice

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in the challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 182 – Photoprom

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 14th -20th June 2020 – Outsmarting the Crows, D.G. Kaye and Relationships, USA 1985, Books, Authors, Music and Funnies.


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

I thought this week I would share some of the work we have been doing in the garden to brighten up the place. With the garden centres shut until a couple of weeks ago, I was reliant on the local Tesco for early spring plants to bring a little colour into the front of the house. I waited until this week to visit the local garden centre as I knew they would be swamped initially and I went this last Monday and had the place almost to myself. I piled my trolley high and spent two days in glorious sunshine getting all the pots out of storage and planted. The pansies from March and April are still going strong and I feel the place is looking much brighter.  Here is a small snippet.

 

We have also had an ongoing challenge with rooks from the surrounding woods who believe that the seed we put out for the birds are for them alone. They have destroyed seed holders, knocked over the bird feeder tree and mobbed the garden. I don’t begrudge any bird food at this time of year when they all have young but the sparrows, tits and other smaller birds were being scared off. So I handed the problem over to David, who has spent the last couple of weeks in the planning and development stage.  He has not adapted his design so only the smaller birds up to blackbird and starling size can get to the feed and the rooks have taken to sitting on the telephone wire opposite cackling amonst themselves and plotting their next point of attack.

It is quite entertaining to see them come down to walk around the perimeter, testing the coat hanger wire for any weakness, and doing balletic movements to reach in as far as they can. They get the odd bit of seed but their days of gorging are over. (She says with a fair bit of confidence) There is also a metre square bird bath which is in full use by all the birds and it is a wonderful place to sit and watch the entertainment.

Empaths and Spiritual Communication through Energy

The Colour of Life – The Shop and Bakery – Family 1840s -1940s by Geoff Cronin

Tales from the Garden Chapter Six – Trouble in Paradise – Part Two

Letters from America 1985-1987 – May 1985 – Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and Los Angeles

The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova

Songs from the Movies – The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crown Affair

Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part Two and Music Therapy –

#Children’s Snowlilie’s Brother by Victoria Zigler

#Childrens Franky the Fearless Flamingo: A ‘Using Your Strength for Good’ Hero Story (Franky the Flamingo Book 4) by Wanda Luthman

#Crime Virtually Gone: A Mended Souls Novel (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar

#FamilySaga Judith Barrow, #History Mike Biles, #PsychologicalThriller Lucinda E. Clarke

#Family James J. Cudney, #Thriller Sue Coletta, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray

#Psychologicalthriller S. Burke, #Paranormal S.A. Harris, #ParanormalRomance Linda G. Hill

Share an Extract from a Previous Book – #Memoir – No One Comes Close by J. A. Newman

#Children’s – Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action by Darlene Foster

#Crime #Mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello

#Children’s Annika Perry, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Afghanistan Mary Smith

#Fantasy Jemima Pett, #Children’s Janice Spina, #Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz

#Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Christine Campbell, #Sci-Fi A.C. Flory

#Memoir #Africa Ann Patras, #Romance P.C. Zick, #Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor

Poetry Balroop Singh, #Family Christa Polkinhorn, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut…

Laughter Lines – June 16th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Laughter Lines – June 18th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

More Humour from the Senior Team

Thank you for dropping in today and for all your support during the week… I hope you have enjoyed.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice – Double #Etheree – Silver Lining by Sally Cronin


This week it is Poet’s Choice for Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 180 – Poet’s Choice and I have decided to share my reflections during these 12 weeks of isolation.

Double Etheree – Silver Lining

I
believe
there is a
silver lining
to isolation.
A chance to reassess
how we effectively use
one of life’s great commodities
so often wasted and lamented
yet measured so accurately each day.
Time can be fleeting or last a lifetime
and it seems there is little to spare.
But during this brief hiatus
I have come to understand
that clocks do not decide
how I use this gift.
In the future
I will live
and love
more.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 180 – Poet’s Choice 

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 24th – 30th May 2020 – ABBA, Jelly Beans, San Francisco, Resilience and Laughter


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed during the week.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying any slight lifting of restrictions. I notice a couple of people missing from social media this week and hope they are okay and I will follow up with them offline if I can. It has been a drastic change to our normal routine and so very much more difficult for those with children or who are separated from their families and close friends.

Everything here is becoming the new norm… nothing new to report except for the new book marketing series starting Monday.

There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter. If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore then you will automatically be featured over the next few weeks.

The posts for next week are all ready scheduled and the first authors on Monday are John Howell, Judith Barrow and Mary Crowley.. I hope you will join us to discover more about them and their books.

As always my thanks to those who contribute to the blog and this week columns by William Price King and Carol Taylor.

Thanks to you too for keep showing up and your support…here are the posts from the week.

ABBA Part Four 1980s Gimme Gimme more hits.

Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘J’ for Jelly Beans, Jalapenos, Jack Fruit and Jerky all with a little Jus

Letters from America 1985-1987 – April 1985 – Beverly Hills Cop, Sleepless Nights in San Francisco!

Chapter Three The Last Emperor

The Financier and the Farmer’s Wife

#Historical #Mystery – A Girl Like You (A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Book 1) by Michelle Cox

Lanzarote Plants Cling to Life

New Zealand, Queenstown Bridges

Butterfly Cinquain – Random Acts of Kindness

Project 101 – Resilience – Chronic Inflammation and the Immune System and Musical therapy

beating heart GIF

Weight Loss, Heart function and Immune System – Musical Therapy

Resilience – #Sleep Strategies and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

Food Therapy – Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality

A Year in the Life of Andrea Coe: A Psychological Thriller (In the life of …. Book 2) by Lucinda E. Clarke

#Fantasy #Shortstories The Butterfly Tree & other stories (Dragonscale Diffusions Book 2) by Freya Pickard

Pre-order for June 2nd – Cape Menace: A Cape May #Historical Mystery by Amy M. Reade

Pre-Order – #YAFantasy -The Green Door (The Eternal Artifacts Book 1) by Heather Kindt

#Shortstories Cathy Cade, #Science Fiction A.C. Flory, #Historical Apple Gidley

#Reviews #YAFantasy Jean Lee, #Humour Geoff Le Pard, #Poetry M.J. Mallon

#Romance #Suspense – Backstage by Harmony Kent

#Memoir #Drama – Miedo 2: A Reckoning With Fear by Kevin Cooper

May 26th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

May 28th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Really Bad Dad Jokes and a few funnies

Thank you for dropping in today and for your support during the week.. I hope you have enjoyed and will join me again. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Challenge – Random Acts of Kindness by Sally Cronin


This week Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 179 – Theme Prompt features a theme from Merrill D. Smith…

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Here is my Butterfly Cinquain

Random Acts of Kindness.

Like light
piercing the dark,
random acts of kindness
ripple through our community
outwards.
Touching hearts and minds of strangers
who absorb the message
and pass it on
with love

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 179 – Theme Prompt 

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 17th – 23rd May 2020 – Rainbow Fairies, Sound of Music, Books, Guests and Funnies


Welcome to the weekly round up with posts you might have missed in the last week.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some minor lifting of restrictions in the last week, certainly here and in the UK. It does look if travel plans are still on hold for millions who were planning to go away in the next few weeks, and for those without plans, the prospect of 14 day quarantine there and when you return is a daunting.

We have no plans before November but we might have to rethink that depending on virus resurgence and restrictions at each end. For us a minor inconvenience but for so many their livelihoods not just this year but going forward.

Looking at local businesses there are some who have adapted, gone online or offer takeaway if they are a food provider. I wonder though if my family run hairdresser and some of the small coffee shops in our high street will survive. I hope so and I know that the government is going part way to helping businesses.

Apart from that we have had some lovely bright days and I have managed to top up my tan in the garden.. we have had 48kph winds the last two days so whilst sunny not particularly enjoyable to sit out in…or  to wear a dress.

Apart from starting the new series Project 101 – Resilience – Get fighting fit, which seems to be going down well…I have been plotting another author promoting series for lunchtime for the month of June for every author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

This time, you don’t need to do anything as I will be taking care of the details but it would be great, if you are featured as one of the four authors each weekday, if you would share on your social media.  I will tag the authors on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn if you are there too. Starting Monday June 1st…

As always my thanks to guests who have contributed to this week’s posts and to you for dropping in to read them.

Here are the posts from the week.

Robbie Cheadle – How did we come up with the idea for Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

Something Good – The Sound of Music

Animal, Chicken, Hen, Poultry, Beak

The Colour of Life – The Devil Finds Work 1936

Tales from the Garden – Chapter Two – The Sanctuary by Sally Cronin

Cadiz – Coastal Defenses

Spain Magnolia and Bees

Brazos State Park, Anacondas and Doggy Bags

Fantasy, Paranormal Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack

Double Nonet – The Crocodile

Project 101 – Resilience – An opportunity to get fighting fit

Improving lung function, Weight loss hack – The Power of One and Music Therapy

Resilience – Weight Loss Hack No 2 – Improving lung function No 2, Musical Therapy

#Childrens – Busy Bee and the Silent Spring by Paul Noel

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Mystery Mae Clair, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll

#Thriller Paulette Mahurin, #Fantasy Marcia Meara, #Mystery J. A. Newman

#Memoir Pete Springer, #Writing Jane Sturgeon, #Fantasy Fiona Tarr

#Thriller – My GRL by John W. Howell

#Fantasy The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

#Thriller The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Series by Toni Pike

Short Stories The Alternative by Suzanne Burke

Food Therapy – Salmon – Omega 3 on a Plate

May 19th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – May 21st 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp

Thank you so much for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you again next week…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – #DoubleNonet – The Crocodile by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 178 – Photoprompt the image has been selected by Vashti Q. Vega, from last month’s challenge

 

Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

Double Nonet – The Crocodile

For millions of years the crocodile
developed the skill of patience
watchful and still he awaits
beneath his camouflage
of succulent leaves
tempting fodder
for careless
short lived
prey
Whilst
he is
dangerous
there is beauty
in his scaly form
honed as it has evolved
into this fearsome hunter
whose only predator is man
desiring his skin as a trophy

©Sally Cronin 2020

 

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 178 – Photoprompt

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th May 2020 – Relationships, ABBA, Ink Fish, Italian Tomato Sauce, Books and Laughter


Welcome to the Smorgasbord Weekly round up with posts you might have missed during the week..

It has been a full house this week with our regular contributors D.G.Kaye, William Price King, Carol Taylor and Silvia Todesco making sure that we have plenty of food for thought about relationships, music to dance to, recipes using ingredients beginning with the letter ‘I’ and the way you should be making the classic Italian tomato sauce.

We are seeing a lifting of some of the restrictions from Monday here in Ireland with bubbles of four people allowed to mingle, DIY and Garden Centres opened (I will wait a week until they get over their first rush of customers) and an extended exercise range of 5k. The Irish government are taking a very cautious approach and making adjustments every two weeks so that they can monitor the impact of lifting restrictions piecemeal.

Our tourist industry that welcomes 9 million visitors a year will be taking a hit of around 5 billion Euro as they face a two week guarantine period when they arrive. Restaurants, cafes and pubs are going to be the last to be opened which also means local communities will be struggling, and some businesses may never open again.

I am sure that countries will recover, but the world as we knew it is going to be changed dramatically, especially in regard to working environments and world travel.

I hope that wherever you are, and whatever your particular government is doing with regard to restrictions, that you will continue to take care when out.

Just a reminder that the new series of the Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience starts on Tuesday. I will be looking at the small changes we who are over 65 can make in both diet and lifestyle to improve our resilience to opportunistic pathogens that cross our paths. This includes addressing the key issues that have been identified at putting us at greater risk of not surviving being infected. Being 67 has made me conscious of the areas that I need to address and I have been working on these over the last nine weeks and I hope you will find them helpful.  I promise there will be some fun involved…

Now time for posts from the week.. and thank you for all your support, it is much appreciated.

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – Forming Healthy Relationships – What’s Inside the Box?

William Price King – ABBA – Part Three – Mid-1970s

Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘I’ is for Icing, Ink Fish, Indian Black Salt, Infusing Immortalittea and Irish Stew…

Italian tomatoes sauce: the truth about “Marinara”

Part Six – Malta and the Far East 1946

How the Stable was Built 1936

Adventures in the USA – 1985 – Easter in New Orleans

Tales from the Garden – The Guardians

Etheree – Advancing Years

Drought Spain

UFOs at Sunset

Apricot, Fruit, Power, Apricot, Apricot

Apricots – no honeymoon should be without Them!

#Scifi Richard Dee, #Romance Ritu Bhathal, #Thriller Carol Balawyder

#Childrens Deanie Humphrys Dunne, #Vietnam Chuck Jackson, #Dystopian Sandra J. Jackson

#Thriller S. Burke, #Mystery Lizzie Chantree, #Shortstories Anne Goodwin

#WWII – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

#Memoir – My Ideal Partner by Abbie Johnson Taylor

#Memoir- My Gentle War by Joy Lennick

#SciFi – The Godsend: Innerscape: Book Two by A.C. Flory

#YAFantasy – The Curse of Time : Book One – Bloodstone by M.J. Mallon

Afghanistan – No More Mulberries by Mary Smith.. on offer this weekend 99p/99c

May 12th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

May 14th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

More seclusion humour from the senior team

Thank you very much for dropping by today and I hope you will join us again next week.. thanks Sally.