Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Update – July 25th – 31st 2021 – Billy Joel, Short Stories, Poetry, Book Reviews, Pet and Human Health, Funnies


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

Another week flown by and the summer is half way through in the Northern Hemisphere anyway. Nothing much to report from HQ.. my laptop that I use for the podcast in my mini-studio blew a gasket on Friday…the hard drive failed but the in house technical department has the matter in hand and I should be adding some new posts to the podcast again soon.. I do have some already pre-recorded which I will filter through in the meantime.

Thanks to William Price King for his selections for the Breakfast Show this week and Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their funnies. Debby has been whizzing around blogworld this week and a special thank you for all the posts she has shared this week around the usual haunts.

My thanks to you as well for all the lovely comments and shares this week of the posts, it is appreciated and keeps me motivated.. Have a lovely weekend…Sally

Chart Hits 1974 Part Two – Elton John, The Hues, The Hollies, Billy Joel.

What’s in a Name? Volume One – What’s in a Name?- Francis – Forging New Bonds by Sally Cronin

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Special story – Mollie (The Duchess) Coleman – by Sally Cronin

New Review – Balroop Singh – #Poetry Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal #Romance – Ghostly Interference: (White Rune Series Book 1) by Jan Sikes.

Book Reviews Rewind – #YA – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

Etheree – Peaks by Sally Cronin

Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

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The Kidneys and Urinary Tract – Urinary Tract infections by Sally Cronin

Ticks – What, When and How to remove safely

Grazzi hafna from Sally aged seven to the old Prickly Pear farmer and his donkey #Influencers Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Podcast – Who are you writing your book for?

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Authors Darlene Foster and Nancy Blodgett Klein

Conversational Italian for Travelers: Just the Important Phrases (with Restaurant Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions) by Kathryn Occhipinti

New Book on the Shelves – Existing Creatures Living Dragons by Leyla Cardena

#Reviews – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #YAFantasy M. J. Mallon, #Romance Jacquie Biggar

Cafe Update – #Reviews – #Family James J. Cudney, #Paranormal John W. Howell, #WW2 #Russia Marina Osipova

– #Reviews – #CrimeThriller Carol Balawyder, #Poetry Victoria Zigler, #Family Lisette Brodey

Wednesday July 28th 2021 – #WriterLinks D.G. Kaye, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #Finances Jim Borden

Thursday July 29th 2021 – #Olympics Pete Springer, #Patchwork Jennie Fitzkee, #Research Jacqui Murray

July 27th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Shoes and Bricks

July 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Dogs and Tact

July 30th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Zoom Meetings and Restaurants

 

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge -#Themeprompt #Etheree – Peaks by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 236 it is a Themeprompt ‘ Expedition’ which has been set by Donna Matthews of the DJ Ranch – I have written an Etheree and hope you enjoy.

image Sally Cronin

Expeditions

All expeditions require careful thought
life and weather can change in moments
ignore those who say it’s foolish
to try to reach for the stars
pushing the boundaries
leaving comfort zones
finding courage
to achieve
all life’s
peaks.

©Sally Cronin 2021

Thanks for dropping in today and please head over to participate in this week’s challenge – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 236 it is a Themeprompt 

 

My latest book is a collection of  poetry and was published on July 19th 2021 and here is Colleen’s review.

Jul 25, 2021 Colleen Chesebro rated it five stars

Writer and blogger, (and I would add “POET” to that list), Sally Cronin, has compiled a stunning collection of syllabic and freestyle poetry in her newest book. Cronin says, “my intention was to share aspects of life and nature that we experience on a daily basis, but also can sometimes catch us by surprise.”

Through images and poetry, the author invites the reader along on a delightful journey filled with wonder and awe. Each piece begins with an image that delivers the first meaning. However, it is when you read the poetry that accompanies the photo that you discover a more meaningful interpretation from the combination of the two. Therein lies the surprise!

Nothing is mundane to this author. What looks like a bit of fishing gear washed up on a beach finds new meaning in the poem Washed Up, “where even the sea’s rejects provide us with beauty.”

Cronin explores the human condition with love, understanding, and humor. Some of my favorite verses were the rhyming prose poems that unfolded like stories sharing the author’s childhood memories growing up in Ceylon. Another favorite was called Farewell to Colourful Friends, which had me howling with laughter. All women of a certain age will completely understand.

Many thanks to the author for gifting me a pre-release copy of this book. I enjoyed the poetry so much; I had to share my thoughts with everyone. 

Buy the book £3.50 : Amazon UK – And for $4.79 : Amazon US

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


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

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

Opportunity Knocks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or on my recording platform: Anchor FM Sally Cronin

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

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

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

– July 2021 – The Universe Brings us Kindred Spirits

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

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

#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

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

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

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

Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity

Calcium Oxylate dihydrate Kidney Stone -2

The Kidneys – Function – Disease – Kidney Stones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th July 2021 – 1970s Music, Green Kitchen, Poetry, Short Stories, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Health and Humour


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

I hope you are all well.. as in the UK, Covid cases are on the increase here as expected, although they have been quite strict about non-essential travel. That all changes later in July and thousands of Irish families are heading off on holiday… long awaited. I think we will be sticking around in our coastal backwater and keeping out of the way.

The garden has been watered naturally for the last two weeks without my intervention and despite the sparcity of sunshine…has continued to blossom.. I have a number of lilies that I have cultivated from bulbs over the years and then divide and repot at the end of the season. This last two weeks has seen them bloom and this year I used a different potting soil and instead of orange they have emerged as dark red…

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

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

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well. Instead of Sunday Lunch with a guest, this year I have cut back a little on the food side, but you will get a slice of cake!!

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

 For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Details on how to participate are at the end of the first post in the series on Tuesday.

This week I was joined by my friends and collaborators William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp and my thanks to them for their wonderful contributions.

William is off for the next few weeks on his annual summer break with family but he will be back in September. In the meantime he has left his selections and thoughts on the chart hits which will go out as normal on Tuesdays…Wishing him a wonderful summer.

Time to get on with the show….

Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation. 

Elaine, A Shining Light

Chapter Nine – The Boy, his Dog and a Fairy Princess

#Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

Book Reviews Rewind – #1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer

Choka… Spices

Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family  

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

Family Health – Nothing more common that a cold

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

#YAFantasy Deborah E. Bowman, #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Historical Joyce Hampton, #Family Saga Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

#Biographical #Fiction – Ever Rest by Roz Morris 

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#YA #Magic #Mystery – Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) by M.J. Mallon 

#Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

July 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Handwriting and more Oddities 

July 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Senior Jeopardy and even more oddities

July 9th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Brooms and Coffins

 

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – #Choka – Spices by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 233 it is poet’s choice. Something a little personal this week..a Choka…

Spices

Scents upon the air
and tastebuds are awoken
a recognition
of a long lost memory
the childish laughter
during play in the hot sun
spicy aromas
drifting out from the kitchen
promising curry for lunch.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this challenge:  Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 233

 

Thanks for dropping by and as always your comments are very welcome… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – #Haiku with a twist – by Sally Cronin


This week in the challenge, Colleen Chesebro has offered us the chance to create our own form of syllabic poetry...Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 232 – specific form

Here is my take on the challenge a Sanhaiku.… (San being the Japanese for three) I am sure there is an official name for it…

Image by Jan Erik Engan from Pixabay.jpg

a sudden silence
descends upon the garden
as birds cease to sing
a flutter of wings
heralds the arrival of death
to sparrows who stir
nature holds its breath
as the hawk enjoys his game
deadly hide and seek.

©Sally Cronin 2021

 

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: .Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 232 – specific form

Smorgasbord Poetry – – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 231 – #Choka – Discovery by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 231 Jules has chosen the theme prompt ‘Discovery’ – as my garden has thrown up some surprises this year…(I tend to forget where I have put the bulbs!)  I have created a Choka..

Discovery

Mysteries are solved
of what lies beneath the soil
as dormant bulbs stir
eager to feel the sunlight
reaching for the sky
to reveal their true colours
power of nature
an inspiring renewal
of spirit and of beauty.

©Sally Cronin 2021

You still have time to participate in this week’s challenge:  Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 231

And if you have time to browse: Sally’s books and reviews

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the poem… Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 229 – #DoubleEtheree – Night Creatures by Sally Cronin


This week Gwen Plano has selected the the words ‘Dawn and Twilight’ for Tanka Tuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 229, #SynonymsOnly – and I have selected ‘Cockcrow and Dusk’

Night Creatures

At
cockcrow
the night beasts
slink through the woods
carrying their swag
gleaned from the hen houses
and poorly concealed burrows
of those who cower underground
few hunters will have empty bellies
thwarted in their efforts by vigilance.
As the sun rises the countryside wakes
all creatures glory in the brightness
and in the safety that it brings
life’s precious needs must be met
within this brief daylight
for all of them know
they need to be
away home
before
dusk.

©Sally Cronin 2021

You still have time to participate in this week’s challenge: Tanka Tuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 229, #SynonymsOnly

 

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed this week’s poem… Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – #CrownCinquain – Life’s Progression by Sally Cronin – Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge


This week it is poet’s choice for Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 228

I have crafted a Crown Cinquain which I hope you will enjoy..

Life’s Progression

First breath
in the new world
air filling tiny lungs
instinctive cry for attention
bonding.

Small hands
find surfaces
to steady the progress
of the exploration of life
moving.

Hormones
surge and confuse
caught up in the vortex
between childhood and adulthood
yearning.

First glance
a connection
love settles in the heart
bringing new life into the world
caring

Wrinkles
mark passing time
how fast the years have flown
the mind flooded with memories
smiling.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 228

 

 

On the remote possibility that you have room on your overflowing TBR files… you can find out more about my poetry, stories and novels here:
Sally’s books and recent reviews

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – #ButterflyCinquain – First Steps by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 227 it is all about the journey.. I have created a butterfly cinquain.. around the theme.

Image by Daniela Dimitrova from Pixabay

First Steps

First steps
new beginnings
hesitancy and fear
one foot in front of the other
deep breath
Focus on smiles and hands outstretched
for you are not alone
on this journey
through life.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 227