Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Choka – Dress Rehearsal by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Challenge 247 it is synonyms only for the prompt words ‘Twilight and Hue’ and I have chosen ‘Eventide and tint’ for my 9 line Choka.

Image by Val Lund from Pixabay

Choka – Dress Rehearsal

Eventide descends
black tint of night steals the light
life stirs in shadows
gleeful laughter echoing
those who love darkness
gather in ghoulish costumes
a dress rehearsal
for the one night of the year
they can mingle with humans

©Sally Cronin 2021

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Sep 21, 2021 Sandra Cox rated it five stars it was amazing

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

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

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – Poet’s Choice – #TankaProse – The Hunter’s Moon by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge it is Poet’s Choice I have created a Tanka Prose…

Tanka Prose – Hunter’s Moon

The change in season has mind and body confused. One craves the sunlight slipping away. The other desires warming stews and comforting puddings. The birds forage in daylight storing fat for the long journey to the southlands. We must remain to make the most of the encroaching darkness.

Moon of many names
urges the birds to migrate
following the path
genetically embedded
southward to long sunlit days.

© Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge: #Poet’s choice

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Sep 21, 2021 Sandra Cox rated it five stars it was amazing

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

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

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Podcast – Poetry and Flash Fiction – A celebration of Autumn – by Sally Cronin


I recently recorded a piece of flash fiction and a poem that was aired on Saturday 25th September by Showboat TV.. I recorded on Anchor and the two pieces are also on

But they are short so if you would like to hear them…here they are.

 

And here is the Double Etheree…

I hope you have enjoyed and as always would love to receive your feedback

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up -19th-25th September 2021 – Excursions, Free Book/blog Promotion, 70s Hits, Stories, Poems, Book Reviews, Health and Humour


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

I hope all of you are well…and had a good week.

On the home front 4 tons of stone and 16 tons of topsoil are now waiting for new lawn to be laid and after spreading and raking all of the materials my husband is looking decidely lean and mean.. beats running a marathon. He is supplied with regular infusions of liquid and food and has gone through several audio books in the process.

I have been working on a few projects and begun a declutter process starting with my clothes, handbags and shoes. Most of which have not seen the light of day since we moved in… which implies that I don’t really need them… do I???? I have to bite the bullet and pass them along to someone else who might enjoy using them instead.

I have been out and about…(including later today)

Author Sandra Cox who creates the most wonderful western romances, featured me on Friday and also separately wrote a lovely review for Life is Like a Mosaic…a great boost to the week, which can be viewed Sally’s Books and Reviews

Head over to read the feature: Sandra Cox – Friday Great Read..

Tonight I am reading a poem and flash fiction for an amazing event being broadcast by Showtime TV… Jane Risdon is also on the programme and it promises to be a great night. Starting at 7.30 p.m UK time it will be available to watch free and you can catch up wherever you are at your leisure – Equinox event 7.30 pm. onwards Showboat.tv

Before we get into the posts from the week.. a reminder of the new series of Posts From Your Archives due to start in October. I already have 10 authors who have agreed to let me poach two posts from their archives…so if you want to get on board.. get your skates on.

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 50,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts.

How to feature in the series? Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries October 2021- ‘Lucky Dip’ and Do You Trust Me??

This week I have been joined by William Price King in the Breakfast Show, Debby Gies in the Laughter Lines and Malcolm Allen with his usual great funnies in the Laughter Lines Extra.. as always I am very grateful for their contributions. And thank you for dropping in, liking, commenting and sharing the posts.

On with the show…

Chart Hits 1978 – Part Two – Bonnie Tyler, George Benson, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen

Queenie – Coming back to Life by Sally Cronin

Rosemary – The First Date by Sally Cronin

– #Etheree – Kinship by Sally Cronin

Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The pH Balance – by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

New Review – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

Book Reviews Rewind – #Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar

Book Reviews rewind – #Mystery #Thriller- The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent.

Memories, Music and Movies – 1963 Part Two – South Africa, South Pacific, Younger Than Springtime

– #WWII – Butterflies of Dunkirk by Claire Plaisted

Free vector graphic: Pink, Ribbon, Awareness, Cancer ...

Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Judith Barrow – Breast Cancer Survivor.

Tuesday September 21st 2021 – Jacqui Murray, Jan Sikes, Robbie Cheadle and Harmony Kent, John Howell, D.G. Kaye with Frank Prem

Thursday 23rd September 2021 – D.Wallace Peach, Valentina Cirasola and Robbie Cheadle, Olga Nunez Miret, Colleen Chesebro, Jennie Fitzkee

New Book on the Shelves- #Fantasy – The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1 by Janice Spina

New Book on the Shelves – #Baking #Bread – The Hearts of Bakers and Artists by Antoinette Truglio Martin.

#Reviews – #Adventure Annika Perry, #TreeFairies D.L. Finn

New Author on the Shelves – #Fantasy #Romance – The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 1) by Yvette M. Calleiro

New Book on the Shelves – #Crime – Presumed Missing (Foxy Mysteries Book 2) by Fiona Tarr

Reviews – #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Historical #WW2 Paulette Mahurin, #History #Communism Mark Lee Myers

#Reviews – #Autism Karen Ingalls, #Poetry Jude Itakali, #Family #ComingofAge Matthew Keeley

#PsychologicalThriller Emiliya Ahmadova, #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Family Lisette Brodey

September 21st 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Lessons and inflight service

September 23rd 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Bread and Pin Numbers

September 24th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Acupuncture and Online Scams

 

Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Etheree – Kinship by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Weekly Challenge it is Synonyms Only. The prompt words are ‘Family and Peace’ and I have selected ‘Kinship and Harmony’ for my reverse etheree.

Kinship

Bonds
we form
with others
of our own blood
or unrelated
forged in the fires of life
create a circle of steel
sanctuary formed in kinship
there may not always be harmony
but the ties of love cannot be broken.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challengeColleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Weekly Challenge it is Synonyms Only.

 

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Lizzy‘s review five stars Sep 04, 2021

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – September 12th – 18th 2021 – Queen, Self-Care, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health, Humour


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

Another week over and we have had a few visitors. The electronic gate died and required a couple of days of CPR.. and then we had the first delivery of stones for drainage as part of the final landscaping.. topsoil and turf to come soon.  The inside of the house next as it is 5 years since we bought and decorated and it needs a touch up before it goes on the market next year. I am going to start a decluttering process soon as there are items in boxes that have not been unpacked or used since we moved in. I think if we have not felt the need to use them in five years they need to be passed along.

On the blog front …

I am going to be starting the new Posts from Your Archives in October and as well as giving you the details.. I am also sharing a post from the last series to show you how the post will look.

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100  Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 50,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts.

How to feature in the series? Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries October 2021- ‘Lucky Dip’ and Do You Trust Me??

My thanks to William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp for their wonderful contributions of music, wisdom on the subject of relationships and laughter.

And thank you for all the support, comments and shares during the week….

On with the show…

Chart Hits 1978 – Part One – Billy Joel, The Commodores, Bee Gees, Queen

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – September 2021 – The Relationship with Ourselves -Self-Care

Owen – Face to Face by Sally Cronin

Patrick in a time of War

Snowdonia – Tanka Prose Above the World

Authors in the Sun – #Blackmail- The Millennial by John W. Howell

Advance Review #Teen/YA #Sci-fi #Fantasy – The Syk’m by Richard Dee

Book Reviews Rewind- #Fantasy #Supernatural – The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by C.S. Boyack

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy – Lords of Chaos (Unraveling the Veil Book 3) by D.Wallace Peach…

Memories, Music and Movies – 1963 Part One – Glen Miller and Lawrence of Arabia

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Women’s Health Month – The Female Reproductive System – an overview of health issues

Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Outshining Ovarian Cancer by author Karen Ingalls.

#Reviews #Fishing Dawn Doig, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

New Book on the Shelves – Sticks and Stones: Ten Canadian Short Stories by M. L Holton

New Book on the Shelves – Anarchy (War of Nytefall Book 7) by Charles E. Yallowitz

New book on the shelves – #History – Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

#Anthology – #Paranormal – Where Spirits Linger – Compiled and edited by Kaye Lynne Booth

#Reviews – #Crime Carol Balawyder, #History Mike Biles, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack

#Fantasy Barbara Spencer, #Fantasy P.L. Stuart, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben

Tuesday September 14th 2021 – Jessica Norrie, D.G. Kaye, Joy Lennick, Carol Taylor, The Story Reading Ape

Thursday September 16th 2021 – Colleen Chesebro, D.G. Kaye, Valentina Cirasola with Teagan Riordáin Geneviene, Balroop Singh, Rebecca Budd with Miriam Hurdle

Laughter Lines Rewind – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Truth and Passion

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Rewind – One liners interrupted by comedic images by Sally Cronin

September 17th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – #Eyesight and Old Rugby Players

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope to see you again next week…Sally

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge #TankaProse – Above the World by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge Poet’s Choice I have created another Tanka Prose to get a bit of practice in… a tribute to my time in Wales living and working in the Snowdonia National park.

Snowdonia – Image by LeoRijnja from Pixabay

Tanka Prose – Above the World

Rare gift of late summer sunshine. Younger legs than today, eager to take even the steepest paths. Breathlessly grateful for viewpoints on the climb. Ultimate prize, tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches high above the world. Late summer grass offers resting place before the reluctant descent before dark.

Memories of youth
when mind and body aligned
eager for the climb
to reach the top of the world
above life’s imperfections.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge:  Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge Poet’s Choice 

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

 Lizzy‘s review five stars Sep 04, 2021

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

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

 

 

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


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

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

Update on Charlie the Crow (Rook)

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

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

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

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

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

D.L. Finn September Reviews Part 1

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

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

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

Martha – The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

Norman An Old Soldier

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

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

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

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

robbie a ghost and his gold

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

Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge Tanka Prose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 10th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Confession and Operation

 

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge #TankaProse – Bear Witness by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 241 it is to create in a specific form which is Tanka Prose…

Here is my Tanka Prose –

Bear Witness

Images seared on the mind. Men, women and children fleeing a future they have experienced before. Faith lost in those who swore to protect. Fear that borders crossed only hold more danger. Spectators from afar can only look on powerlessly, grateful for the safety and peace they often take for granted.

Do not look away
bear witness to tragedy
give deepest respect
to those who flee tyranny
do not become complacent

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 241 it is to create in a specific form

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Aug 29, 2021 Alex Craigie rated it five stars

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 22nd – 28th August 2021 – Out and About, ABBA, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Short Stories, Health and Humour


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

A week of sunny weather which we have enjoyed very much, so sorry that some places in the world are still experiencing the extreme heat and bush fire risk as well as on the other side of the coin.. severe flooding. It has been an opportunity to get weather related jobs down on the outside of the house and in the garden although I can only claim supervisory and catering responsibilities for the work!  Everything looks so much brighter with a new coat of paint…including he who wields the brush!

Charlie Update

The young crow we are rehabilitating is enjoying luxury accommodation at night with a running buffet of rice, raw egg, tuna in sunflower oil and meal worms.. (dead thank goodness).. He is eating well now despite his beak still not opening fully, and we know this by the amount of poop evident in the morning that requires cleaning.

He now has much more energy and we put what food is left in his dish out in the back garden near the bird feeders and whereas in the early days he would scuttle off if starlings or sparrows came near it, he is now defending his bowl and chasing them off. He still makes funny noises and we think he might be mimicking the chickens next door…

It is strange to see this lone crow surrounded by starlings and sparrows as they forage for seed I sprinkle on the ground but they seem to accept his squawk is worse than his peck.

He has put on weight and is attempting to fly from spots he has found in the garden that offer him some elevation. Hopefully another couple of weeks of food, rest and activity during the day he will be ready to take to the skies.

A very special week as for me as a writer, with reviews for Life is Like a Mosaic being shared. Every review I receive is such a gift. I know how many books are waiting patiently on everyone’s TBRs and so grateful when time is found to read mine. So huge thanks to Robbie Cheadle, Diana Wallace Peach and Toni Pike for their features this week they have boosted my confidence no end.

Robbie Cheadle – Robbie’s Inspiration

Diana Wallace Peach – Myths of the Mirror

Toni Pike – Website and Blog

As always my thanks to the regular contributors who make such a difference to the blog.. William Price King (back from his break next week) Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen with their take on humour. Thank you too for all your support during the week.. as always appreciated.

Now on with the show….

Chart Hits 1976 – Part Two – ABBA, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Kiki Dee and The Four Seasons

What’s in a Name? – Volume One – Jane – The Surprise by Sally Cronin

Jack – A VIP Visitor by Sally Cronin

Authors on Facebook.. Pages and Groups

and

Book Marketing and Public Relations – #Twitter and #LinkedIn.. Cons of marketing online by Sally Cronin

Crown Cinquain – Lullaby

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Jane Risdon and International Stylist and Journalist Dennie Pasion

New Review – #Prehistoric #Adventure – Laws of Nature (Dawn of Humanity Book 2) by Jacqui Murray

Book Reviews Rewind – #Children’s – Tina Lost In A Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack

Family Health A-Z -Pre-Diabetes – A billion at risk of diabetes worldwide by Sally Cronin

Solar Eclipse by Darlene Foster

Monday 23rd August 2021 – #Roundup Carol Taylor – #Interview M.J Mallon and Allan Hudson, #Ebookformatting Colleen Chesebro

Tuesday 24th August 2021 – #Review Toni Pike for Robbie Cheadle, #Childhood Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye

Wednesday 25th August 2021- #Interview Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello, #Heartbreak Donna Parker, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape..

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Adventure #Monkeys Joyce Murphy

New Author on the Shelves – #Romance Christmas at the Leaves of Change Café: Book 1 in the Leaves of Change Cafe Series by Sarah L. Campbell

New Book on the Shelves – #Teen/YA #Sci-fi #Fantasy – The Syk’m by Richard Dee

New Book on the Shelves – #Mystery, #Thriller – Vigilantes: A Drake Alexander Adventure by Allan Hudson

New Author on the Shelves – #Timetravel – Traveller Inceptio: Traveller Book 1 (Traveller Series) by Rob Shackleford

#Reviews -#Life Pamela S. Wight, #Cyberpunk C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle

Reviews – #Family Anne Goodwin, #Historical Noelle Granger, #Historical Andrew Joyce.

August 24th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Singles Bars and Inflight Panic

August 26th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Deafness and Questions!

August 27th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Search Engines and Oxymoron Museum

 

Thanks for dropping in and for all your support.. I hope you have an amazing weekend and will join me again next week… Sally.